Batangas Travel Information

Batangs is best known as the birthplace of some of the country's leading nationalists, the site of important archeological finds and for some of the nation's leading dive sites. It is also a major coffee producer.

The General Malvar Museum and Library in Sto. Tomas serves as a memorial to the last Filipino general to surrender to the American forces. The Mabini Shrine in Tanauan houses the remains and personal belongings of the revolutionary hero, Apolinario Mabini, the "Brains of the Katipunan." Tanauan is also the site of the Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library, which contains the personal property of the late President.

The Taal Heritage Village rivals Vigan for the best-preserved relics of the Spanish colonial era. Attractions in the village include Leon Apacible Historical Landmark, Marcela Marino Agoncillo Museum and Monument, the Basilica of San Martin de Tours and the Church of Our Lady of Caysasay, which houses priceless relics of the colonial period.

Lipa Cathedral was built in the Romanesque tradition, with a circular dome and massive walls and balconies. The major natural attraction of the province is Taal Lake and Volcano. Both the lake and the volcano are situated in the crater, or caldera, of a larger, extinct volcano. Taal Volcano is believed to be the smallest active volcano in the world.

Anilao is the main departure point for some of the mosrt spectacular dive sites in the Philippines. These incloude Ligpo Island, Caban Cove, Sombrero Island, Batalan, Merriel's Rock and Verde Island.

Other natural attractions of the province are the white sand shores of Gerthel Hugon, Matabungkay Beaches and Calijon Falls. Nasugbu is popular seaside resort area. The recent discovery of the remains of the Spanish Gelleon "San Diego," which yielded priceless artifacts such as Ming Dynasty jars, is regarded as one of the most important archeological finds of the 1990's.

Overview

Batangas is the home of sages and the birthplace of the country's notable nationalist. These historical places are the legacies of the old colonial era.

The province is also widely known as the home of baraco coffee (rich, robust-tasting coffee beans) and dedicate embroidery crafts on locally woven jusi and piña fibers.

Nature has endowed Batangas with natural resources and picturesque sceneries. Coconut, orchids and mango trees lie alongside smooth sand beaches and their submarine gardens. Just a few kilometers from the shore will bring you to diverse dive sites - from the ones fit for novices (relatively shallow, constant water current), up to those which can pose a big challenge to experts. Without question, the most popular attraction is the Taal Volcano and Lake.

Climate

Batangas has a natural cool climate. It experiences two types of seasons: dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year. Mean annual rainful is at maximum during July at 1.5 to 2.5 meters. March is the driest month. Mean monthly temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. February is the coldest month averaging 69 degrees Fahrenheit while May is the hottest at 96.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

How To Get There

The province of Batangas is 110 kilometers south of Manila. It is accessible by land transportation from Manila. Commercial buses of BLTB, JAM, Tritan, Batangas Express Liner,Triffman Liner, Biñan Transportation, ALPS and CJC Transit serve the riding public.

Batangas is accessible from neighboring provinces such as Cavite, Laguna and Quezon by land via public buses and jeepneys. Ferryboats and other watercrafts connect the province to Mindoro and other nearby islands. Most of the destinations in the province are accessible by public buses stationed on E. Delos Santos Avenues (EDSA), Pasay City and are about 1 1/2 hours ride away from Manila.




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