Batangas: A Great Getaway Destination

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Batangas is one of the places in the Philippines which houses several tourist spots that the country is being proud of. It is approximately two and a half hours from Manila proper and is strategically located at the southern coast of Metro Manila where you can find Anilao, which is known for its diving sites. Here you can also find Taal Volcano and Taal lake and of course, Tagaytay.
There are a lot of things to do in Batangas that a short vacation will not do. You can see caged tigers, swim in their one-of-a-kind swimming place where the reef is carved at the foot of the ladders to make it as a small swimming area, snorkel at Sombrero island to see the beautiful colors of various corals.

There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake -- San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay. Salt-water beaches abound in the following towns: Matabungkay (Lian town), Nasugbu, Calatagan, Calaca, Lemery, Taal, San Luis, Bauan, Lobo, and Laiya (San Juan town). Or you can opt to explore their mountains! There is mountain trekking in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns. There are also several island tourist destinations, like Tingloy, Verde Island, Ligpo Island, and Fortune Island and also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.

The place is also made famous by its trademark “balisong” – butterfly-like knives, which originated from Barangay Balisong in the town of Taal, hence the name. Panutsa or peanut brittle, Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna in vinegar), suman (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves), the longganisa and tapa, the achara and bagoong, kapeng Barako, sweets like macapuno, Ube and pastillas are also some of the craved foods in the area. If after eating a sumptuous meal makes you thirsty, you can try their mura juice with mura meat – a young coconut juice with the fruit's meat, really good when served very cold mixed with condensed milk for sweetness... Or if you prefer hard drinks don’t forget to try Lambanog from San Juan town. It's a local brew from Cane.

To experience this one of a kind trip or vacation, better book your reservations as early as this time of the year. So what are you waiting for? Experience Batangas, Experience Philippines!!!

And let’s support Paraiso PhilippinesTourism Pinas 2009 because Walang Iwanan, sa Bayan in Juan (We'll stick together in Juan's nation).

Credits: Laiya Beach by Ktrix


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