The Our Lady of Caysasay Church is located in Taal in Batangas Province. This church is located in one of the province’s distinct cultural artifacts from the Spanish colonial period. Among these relics are the 27-centimeter image of the Virgin which was fished out of the waters in 1603. The Augustinian emblems engraved on the communion rails, the ornately carved holy water receptacle, and the few baroque motifs remain on the external frieze. The church has been renovated, but many interesting details of period art can still be appreciated. Continue reading
Dubbed as the largest Catholic church in Asia, the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours in Taal, Batangas is one astounding landmark that sits atop a hill right at the center of the town. With the length of 96 meters and width of 45 meters, it’s impossible for anyone not to notice this religious structure. The church had gone through several reconstructions. What we can see now was the last construction done in 1856 under Fr. Marcos Anton who sought for the help of architect Luciano Oliver who supervised the design and construction of the basilica. Two distinct features of the basilica are the façade, which will remind you of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the silver tabernacle, claimed to be the only one of its kind in the country. Often called Taal Basilica, the church is among the most visited Continue reading
This historical site is a shrine to Leon Apacible, a Batangas judge who became a Katipunero soldier in the 1890’s. The house was a meeting place of the resistance. On exhibit are old photographs of Apacible, 19th century period furniture, farm implements and household artifacts belonging to the original owners of the house. With the proclamation of the Revolutionary Government, Apacible was appointed as finance officer of Batangas, and then as a delegate to the Malolos Congress. Once the new constitution was in place, Apacible returned to his former civilian life in Taal where he died in 1901. Continue reading
One Taal delicacy that people rave about is the Longanizang Taal. This tasty favorite is pork meat wrapped in pork intestine marinated to perfection in special Taaleño ingredients that make it masarap! The chunky sausage is marinated in soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and calamansi, which gives it a bit of an adobe flavor. In the public market, you can find stalls of Longaniza ready to cook. They marinate the sausage right there so its flavor is at its freshest.
Taal 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
With Taal producing some of the fiercest revolutionaries and citizens, it is befitting that Taal is also the Balisong Capital of the Philippines. According to history, the balisong’s roots can be traced back to as far back as 800 A.D. Its ancestry can be linked to one of the ancient weapons used in Kali, a fighting art system of Malaya-Polynesia. The art of Balisong making began in the Philippines around 1905. It was invented as a deadly weapon by Perfecto de Leon. It has become a famous internationally known product of the Philippines.
Doña Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio was named as the “godmother of the revolutionary forces” by General Emilio Aguinaldo during the proclamation of the Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. Her passion in supporting the revolution against the Spaniards, and later the Americans, was inflamed by the death of her husband, Don Eulalio Villavicencio in February 1898. He was incarcerated by the Spaniards along with Pablo Ocampo and Dr. Ariston Bautista for supporting the Katipunan and the revolutionary movement. Of the material aid she extended to the insurrectos the most notable was the SS Bulusan, a ship which made trips from Manila to Batangas and back. It also transported Filipino soldiers, armaments and ammunitions and food supplies for the maintenance of the revolutionary forces. It was the first warship made available to the revolutionaries. Continue reading
Tagaytay 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 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