Tuesday, April 6, 2010

TAAL - Batangas' Little Heritage Town

Batangas is one of the most preferred destination for Manilenos (and Cavitenos) to go for a day-long tour. Needless to say, the province is known for its fine beaches. And it is very accessible via SLEX.

But how many have actually been to Taal? Not the lake, but the town itself?

The historical town of Taal, Batangas is one of the few places that have preserved the rich heritage of the 18th century Spanish era. Many ancestral homes that are over a hundred years old still stand magnificently amidst modernization. If you can't afford to go to Vigan, Taal could be the best alternative to go on a heritage tour.

Taalenos are also widely known for their skill in making balisong and for their detailed hand embroideries done in pina and jusi, which are fabrics used in making the barong. These items can be bought here at great bargains.

To get to Taal town proper, from Pasay take the bus to Lemery. Then hop in a jeepney going to Lipa - and don't fall asleep because in a little less than five minutes you will find yourself in front of the Basilica of Saint Martin de Tours, the largest Catholic church in Asia. From there, enjoy the rest of the day walking in the streets of that little heritage town called Taal.
Basilica of Sain Martin De Tours

Gliceria Villavicencio Museum

Goco Ancestral House

Gregorio Agoncillo Museum

Taal Market Marker
Old Houses

Inside Casa Punzalan

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