An indispensable province in the South Tagalog region, Batangas is similar to Lake Taal and the Vulcan. Two beautiful natural tourist attractions have made the province so proud that they will forever be bound by their names. But Batangas, which is only two to three hours away from Manila, has many offers for sensitive travelers other than the Taal Lake and the Volcano.
Batangas, covering an area of 3111.72 sq. Km, is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna in the north and Quezon in the east. The proximity of the province to the metro makes it a magnet for people looking for a perfect weekend getaway. Batangas has a wide range of landscapes and recreation areas. As most Filipino travel guides have said, the province is a haven for beach bumers, history buffs, adventurers and religious enthusiasts.
Batangas is the perfect place for you to enjoy the water under the golden sun without going to Boracay or Palawan. There are a number of first beaches in the province, such as Matabungkay beach in Li, Gerthel beach in Lobo, Mahabang Buhangin beach in San Juan and Natipunan beach in Nasugbu. If the beach bumming doesn't appeal to you, then plunge into the Tingga waterfalls in Batangas, the Calijon waterfalls in Malawi, the Bulalacao waterfalls in Lipa and the hot springs of Mainit in San Juan.
Batangas, with a population of about 2.3 million, is also known for its rich history. The traces of the rich Spanish influence in the province are still evident in the old churches that proudly stand in the center of each city and city. The Basilica of the Holy Mary Martin de Tours is famous among them. It is also the oldest church in Asia, 45 meters wide and 96 meters long. Other historic landmarks in the province are the Lady's Caysasay Church and the Evil Fathers in Taal.
The colorful festivals and exquisite events are the main tourism exhibitions in Batangas. One of the most anticipated holidays in the province is Parada ng Lechon in Balayan. During the June 24 event, roasted pigs from each barangay parade around the municipality. Another big event is the Anihan Festival, which presents a variety of Lobo products. The Rosario & Sinukmani Festival and the Matabungkay Balsa Festival in June and May should not be left behind.
Holiday rentals are not a problem in Batangas. Lodges range from very simple hotels to post-resorts. Vacation packages depend on your budget and your choice. Some of the remaining locations are Verde Island Resort in Batangas, Al Frontera de Taal in Talisay, La Coco Grove in San Juan, Evercrest Golf Club Resort in Nasugbu and Matabungkay Beach Resort in Lian.
For more information on Batangas and other Filipino travel information, contact the Provincial Tourism Office or the Governor. Before leaving the province, be sure to bring home some local flavors and a famous butterfly knife called balisong.