Taal Lake in Batangas

Taal LakeTaal Lake is a freshwater lake in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The lake is located 37 miles south of Manila, has two claims to fame: It is the deepest lake in the country, at 564 feet deep, and it is home to one of the world’s smallest, but most active, volcanoes.

Taal Lake has a volcanic crater with a maximum width of 15 miles (24 km) and rises less than 10 feet (3 meters above sea level. It has an area of 94 square miles (244 square km) and is the country’s third largest lake. Within the lake rises Volcano Island (984 feet [300 m]), which itself contains another small crater (Yellow Lake). Volcano Island, called Taal Volcano, Continue reading

Batangas Province

Batangas ProvinceBatangas (Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Batangas), (Spanish: Provincia de Batangas), is a first class province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the calabarzon region. Its capital is Batangas City and it is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages to the south is the island of Mindoro and to the west lies the South China Sea. Poetically, Batangas is often referred to by its ancient name Kumintang.

Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. The province has many beaches and is famous for excellent diving Continue reading

Tagaytay Ridge

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATagaytay City is known as the country’s second summer capital next to Baguio. Its famous Tagaytay Ridge is actually part of the crater of an ancient volcano that collapsed years ago. Within this collapsed volcano are the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano – renowned as the smallest in the world. The Ridge offers a panoramic vista of this natural wonder, as well as picnic spots, accommodations and other recreational facilities.

Taal Volcano in Batangas

Taal Volcano BatangasTaal Volcano is an active volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Located in Batangas Province, the Taal Volcano consists of an island in Lake Taal, which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier very large eruption. It is about 50 km from the capital, Manila.

The TVPL has an elevation of 600 meters above sea level. The volcano is a complex cinder and tuff cones formed inside a large caldera, the main rock type of which is Olivine Basalt.  Continue reading