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Batangas is the home of sages and the birthplace
of the country's notable nationalist. These historical places
are the legacies of the old colonial era. The province is also
widely known as the home of baraco coffee (rich, robust-tasting
coffee beans) and dedicate embroidery crafts on locally woven
jusi and piña fibers.
While tagaytay has traditionally been one of
the most visited tourism destinations in the Philippines. It was
the most visited Philippine tourist destination in 1998, and the
trend is likely to continue. The weather in Tagaytay is one of
the primary attractions for people to live outside Manila, but
the spectacular view of Taal Volcano is undoubtedly the biggest
tourism draw. Tagaytay is only about 45 minutes from Makati, Manila's
business district. It is only 30 minutes from Alabang, an area
which is currently Manila's most exclusive suburb. It is only
15 minutes from Santa Rosa, Manila's fastest growing suburb which
is destined to replace Makati as "the place to live"
and Santa Rosa will likely be the Philippines main financial district
within 10 - 15 years.
Travel Tips in Batangas City
Nature has endowed Batangas with natural resources
and picturesque sceneries. Coconut, orchids and mango trees lie
alongside smooth sand beaches and their submarine gardens. Just
a few kilometers from the shore will bring you to diverse dive
sites - from the ones fit for novices (relatively shallow, constant
water current), up to those which can pose a big challenge to
experts. Without question, the most popular attraction is the
Taal Volcano and Lake.
Batangas used to lie along the route of the
Spanish Galleon Trade from Mexico to Manila. The recent discovery
of the San Diego Galleon in Nasugbu, Batangas yielded precious
artifacts, including Ming dynasty jars which were exhibited in
Paris, France during this decade. The San Diego is considered
one of the foremost archeological finds of the 90's.
Batangas is the characterized by elevations
such as Mt. Makulot where the trainee pilots of the Philippine
Air Force Flying School in Lipa City practice their maneuvers.
The blue waters of Anilao Beach can prove alluring to swimmers.
The well-preserved town of Taal boasts of its old churches, handicrafts,
and historical landmarks. Batangas is the home of one of the country's
national heroes, Apolinario Mabini who is known as the "Sublime
The proximity of Batangas to Manila and the
good quality of most of the main roads make the province very
accessible thereby fueling the local tourism industry and the
Batangas' pre-eminence in the area of eco-industrial
growth cannot be disputed. It ranks as one of the country's richest
provinces for being the producer of high grade coffee varieties
among the other agriculture products, which won world acclaim
in the past.
There are more possibilities to unravel about
Batangas which investments can nurture, with eco-tourism and the
controlled use of natural resources as strategies for socio-economic
development. To date, the intensified development of Batangas
Port as an alternative port to Metro Manila augurs well for the
Travel Tips in Tagaytay City
Taal Volcano is reputed to be the world's smallest
and yet most active. It stands on its own island amid a landscape
of ash and cinder.
Tagaytay, considered as the country's second
summer capital because of its crisp and cool climate all year
around, is a treasure box of pleasure points in by itself. At
nightfall, one sees the lake sparkle with the pinpoint lights
of fishing boats. It is a perfect picnic spot. Here, the Department
of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Tourism Authority built Picnic
Groove, a public park in the city which generates public patronage
through user fees and the sale of low priced goods, thus contributing
to the industrial growth of Tagaytay.
Tagaytay, however, is more than a picnic haunt.
The place has given rise to many congregational houses and retreat
centers. It is also conductive to spiritual meditation, that is
earned yet another title for being the "Center of Spiritual
Thus, the masterpiece of nature that is Tagaytay
is a not to be missed item in a tourist itinerary. It should always
include a visit to the Volcano Island, and its enumerable side
Tagaytay City, located 2,500 feet above sea
level enjoys a cool and invigorating climate characterized by
a relatively low temperature, low humidity, and abundant rainfall.
Average temperature is 22.7 degrees Celsius. For this reason,
Tagaytay with its cool weather, balmy winds and foggy mists is
called the "second summer capital" of the country after
The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the late
revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan," Apolinario
Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who,
despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the Filipinos
and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his writings.
He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities in revolutionary
papers. His wrtings and memorabilia are kept here. His tomb lies
at the middle of the site where a replica of the house where he
was born also stands.
Location : Barrio Talaga, Tanauan
How to get there : Located about seven kilometers
from the town proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour
and 15 minutes' drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area,
one can turn to A. Mabini avenue laeding to Barangay Talaga. The
Shrine is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during
holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Travel Time : Approximately 15 minutes from the
Casa de Segunda Katigbak
The ancestral home of prominent Batangas family, the Casa is a
typical "Bahay na Bato". It is Spanish Colonial yet
tropical in ambiance. It was named after Segunda Katigbak, reputed
to be the first love of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippines' national
hero. Casa segunda is declared by the National Historical Commission
as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists,
poets and persons of learning and distinction.
Location : 198 Calle Rizal, Lipa City
Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library
The personal property of the family of the late President Jose
P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical
site and public library. The library is open everyday from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location : A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan
How to get there : The place is located in the
town proper and can be reached by land. Upon reaching the town
, turn to A. Mabini Road. The library is about 100 meters from
the national road, jeepneys and tricycles service the area.
Travel time : About 15 to 20 minutes' drive from
the town proper.
Marcela N. Agoncillo Historical Landmark
The birthplace of Marcela N. Agoncillo who was known as the marker
of the first official Filipino Flag during the Philippine revolution
against the Spanish authorities. The different flags of the revolution
are also prominently displayed.
Location : Marcela Agoncillo St., Taal
How to get there : One can take a bus or rented
car from Manila to the town of Taal. Once at the town proper,
one may take a tricycle to reach the place.
Travel time : About 1 1/2 hours by car from Manila.
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse
Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that still
function up to this date. Since it was constructed, no running
ship has ever ran aground.
Location : Calatagan
How to get there : The lighthouse can be reached
by taking a jeepney from the town proper of Catalagan.
Travel time : 40 minutes through semi-rough road.
Palace In The Sky
Originally designed to be the presidential guest house of former
president Ferdinand Marcos, this complex was not completed. It
is, however, now open to the public as a vantage area for viewing
a 360 degree profile of Taal Volcano. It is within the Tagaytay
Location : Tagaytay City.
How to get there : The place is a short drive
from the Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City.
Travel time : 15 minutes' drive from Aguinaldo
The Flower Farm
On a windy slope of a hill in Tagaytay City sprawls a flower farm
that keeps Manila abloom whole year round. The five-hectare flower
farm has many varieties of flowers such as chrysanthemums with
assorted colors, gerberas, carnations, roses, and anthuriums.
Location : Barangay Guinhawa, Tagaytay City.
How to get there : From Tagaytay City, the farm
is a brief 10-minute drive from the Aguinaldo Highway.
St. Anne's Shrine
The shrine is a small garden where a grotto of the Virgin Mary
stands. The shrubbery and flowers are well-trimmed and well-cared
for. There is even a small grass clearing in front of the grotto
which is conducive to quite reflection.
Location : Barangay Sungay, Tagaytay City
How to get there : From Manila, take BLTB buses
that pass by Barangay Silang Crossing to the Tagaytay Marker.
Here, one can alight to take a utility jeep leading to the Barangay
Sungay where the gate of the Shrine can be spotted along the road.
Travel time : About 2 hours' drive from Manila.
Tagaytay City Location
How to get there : The area
could be reached from Metro Manila via the Coastal Road or the
South Superhighway. BLTB buses from Pasay, Metro Manila having
a destination signboard of Nasugbu or Balayan ply the route passing
Tagaytay City. If going through the South Superhighway, take the
Carmona exit and drive down through Silang up to the entrance
of Tagaytay City.
Travel time : 1 1/2 to 2 hours' drive from Manila.
Batangas Resorts and Hotels
Inn & Suites - Eagle Ridge
Vista Hotel - Tagaytay
T Exclusive Home - Tagaytay NEW!
Days - Tagaytay
Tagaytay Country Hotel - Tagaytay NEW!
Sunrise Holiday Mansion - Tagaytay
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Cavite City - Island Cove Resort & Leisure Park