The province of Batangas, just a few hours away by land from Metro Manila, presents an eyeful of discoveries for our visitor’s. Batangas City is the bustling capital of the province and is the center of commerce and the seat of governance for the region. Known as the Industrial Port City of CALABARZON, Batangas City is one of the fastest growing cities in the country today. It’s international – calibre port facilities serve as the focal point of both international and inter-island trade and commerce.
Some of Batangas’ more renowned tourist destinations include the Taal Volcano that is surrounded by the mysterious depths of Taal Lake. Trek Volcano Island, or other mountains in the province. Additionally there are many waterfalls to explore and enjoy. The countryside is verdant with coconut plantations, mango orchards and coffee farms. Take a tour and experience the activities and lifestyle of the nearby rural communities. This effort might include a sampling of the local brews: rich Batangas coffee known as kapeng barako and the potent coconut fire-water called lambanog.
There are also a multitude of water recreation options to be had in the nearby seaside towns and villages. Dive into the depths of Anilao, Batangas’ very own underwater Eden. Swim and dive into the tropical waters of Verde Island Passage, described as the center of the world’s marine biodiversity. Relax on Laiya Aplaya, San Juan town’s famous stretch of white sand beach, or visit the variety of conveniently located offshore islets found nearby.
In town travellers are encouraged to explore the rich history and cultural heritage of the province itself. Historical landmarks, shrines and museums display the memorabilia of many heroic sons and daughters of Batangas, while various ancestral houses help to revisit the Islands Spanish colonial era, as do a variety of century old churches. Batangas is indeed an area of multi-faceted beauty that never ceases to catch the eye of the discerning visitor.
(Source: Department of Tourism, www.tourism.gov.ph)