Baby, JetSet, Go Destination Guide: Batangas

Batangas is a popular vacation spot because it is the closest place to the metropolitan area where one could enjoy beaches, resorts, and diving spots. It is also home to the scenic Taal Lake and Volcano Island, both of which are situated at the center of an ancient volcano. while it has several seaside towns that offer water sports and recreation, the province is also takes pride in its rich historical and cultural heritage. There are plenty of historical landmarks, museums, shrines, ancestral houses, centuries-old houses, and sights to see in Batangas.

History

Founded in 1581, Batangas used to be called ‘Balayan’ and was the capital of a bigger province that included nearby Mindoro, Marinduque, the southeastern part of Laguna, and the present land territory. In the 17th century, Marinduque and Mindoro became separate provinces and the capital was transferred to Taal, renamed ‘Provincia de Taal’. The capital was transferred to the present-day Batangas City, following a devastating eruption of the Taal Volcano.

Batangas came from the word ‘batang’ referring to the logs or wood natives found along Calumpang River, found northeast of the town. Known as the “Cradle of Heroes and Nationalists,” it is also distinguished as one of the first eight provinces to revolt against Spain.

Places to See

Aside from Taal Lake and Volcano Island, adventurous trekkers and mountaineers can also go to the 940ft Mount Maculot. Dive spots and breathtaking sunsets may be found in Barrio Anilao, where budget-friendly to high-end resorts line the Balayan Bay. Visitors can behold a historical landmark at the Leon Apacible Museum or pay the Apolinario Mabini Shrine a visit. Other historical and cultural sites include the Marian Orchard, the Carmelite Convent of Lipa, and fascinating old churches such as the Lipa Church and the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours.

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