Nostalgia: Re-visiting the Heritage Town of Taal, Batangas
Adelle Pauline | Apr 01, 2016
“Paano kapag masama ang panahon? ‘wag na tayong tumuloy sa Maculot.”
“Pasyal nalang ulit tayo sa Taal.”
That’s what PJ and I agreed on when we went to Batangas for the long weekend. We departed Manila Sunday at 5 in the morning, and arrived Alitagtag, Batangas 2 hours later. Despite the bad weather, people still flocked along the national highway of Cuenca, Batangas, and prepared themselves to hike Mt. Maculot. I told Pj that we’re not going to push through if the weather won’t permit. Safety first!
We attended Sunday service with PJ’s parents until 12 noon. After that, we went to Nikko’s Eatery in the center of Alitagtag, for lunch. We bade goodbye to his parents as they went home, and we went straight Ate Sharon’s to spend the rest of our stay in Batangas. Yay, free accommodation!
We took a nap, and at 3PM we went to Taal, Batangas. just a ride away from Alitagtag.
Taal was once the wealthiest town in Batangas, and the mansions are a testament to its historic and glorious past. Some of the homes have been preserved, and have been opened to public since; others have been turned into restaurants and museums.
We passed by Agoncillo Street, and found Doña Marcela Agoncillo’s house. It was in this house that the first Philippine Flag was sewn by Marcela Agoncillo herself.
We also re-visited our favorite cafe in the area, the Tampuhan Cafe, also located along Agoncillo Street.
It had a homey/cozy vibe. It wasn’t too crowded, in fact we were the only ones who dined in during our visit so it’s the perfect place to hang and eat. We were seated at the very same spot when we first visited this place over a year ago. KILIG! ♥
After satisfying our hungry stomachs, we roamed around again, and passed by old yet equally beautiful structures.
We also passed by a small carinderia that makes an empanada, which according to the cook, is equally tasty as the ones in Vigan. Unfortunately we were still too full to order and eat.
Walk another three minutes and you will see the biggest church in Asia, the Basilica de San Martin de Tours, simply known as Taal Basilica.
The church is located at the main road. The facade is already picturesque on its own, and wait until you see the interior. A lot of people–local and tourists alike–gather around, especially during the weekends.
Opposite the church is Taal’s Municipal Hall. It’s like an old Spanish huge house that was later turned into a public hall.
Truly, Taal is an interesting destination. I hope people will find time to visit this part of Batangas. Surely it will make everyone feel nostalgic and feel like everyone is back to an old era.
How to get there:
- Take a Lemery-bound jeep in Buendia, and it will pass by the town of Taal, Batangas
- Alternatively, you may take a Batangas City-bound bus from Buendia, and get off Tambo Exit. From tambo exit, take a jeepney bound for lemery, and it will pass by Taal.
- Coming from Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), going to ACTEX, and take the Tambo Exit. From Takbo exit, turn left, and you will pass by the towns of Cuenca and Alitagtag, before reaching your destination.
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