Travel Guide: Batangas

BEACHES
More than anything else, Batangas is well-known for its alluring coastlines. Each beach has its own charm. While some are sandy, pebbly, rocky, and totally secluded—there are some fully developed. Batangas will always be that pristine, excellent vacation spot by the sea.

Calatagan
Popular among Manileño weekenders, Calatagan offers engaging activities such as wakeboarding, spa services, snorkeling, diving, and exploring Cape Santiago lighthouse.
Lemery
For some people, the fine black sands of Lemery are therapeutic. The place is also famous for skimboarding.

Lian
The municipality of Lian is recognized for the creamy white sands of Matabungkay and for the colorful balsas (bamboo beach rafts), making it the perfect destination for summer getaways.

Lobo
This beach destination is perfect for people who wanted lesser crowd. Lobo takes pride of its clear waters and fine white sands along  the shoreline of Bgry. Fabrica.

Mabini
It’s underwater grandeur makes it a prominent diving and snorkeling site. Mabini cradles Anilao, a world-class dive spot.

Nasugbu
The municipality of Nasugbu is where first-class tourist spots are located, including the Natipuan Beach, Tali Beach, Kawayan Cove, Twin Islands, and Fortune Islands.

San Juan
World-class resorts are developed along its off-white to fairer sand in Laiya and Hugom. Its pristine waters also attracts a lot of vacationers.

Tingloy
The perfect blend of its rugged mountain and white sand beaches makes it ideal for adventure seekers. Its small treks that end up to the beach can make your trip more unique.

Religious Sites
01 Basilica of St. Martin de Tours (Taal)
02 Caleruega Church (Nasugbu)
03 Carmelite Convent of Lipa (Lipa City)
04 Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church (Bauan
05 Marian Orchard (Balete)
06 Saint Raphael Archangel Parish Church (Calaca)
07 San Sebastian Cathedral (Lipa City)
08 San Jose Church (San Jose)
09 Sanctuario of Our Lady of Caysasay (Taal)
10 Montemaria (Batangas City)

Fortune Island, Batangas

Other Man-made Attractions
01 Lago de Oro (Calatagan)
02 Batangas Racing Circuit (Rosario)
03 Fantasy World (Lemery)
04 Batangas Country Club (Batangas City
05 Malarayat Golf and Country Club (Lipa City)

DELICACIES
When you travel, it’s a common rule that you try the local foods to completely appreciate your destination. When it comes to Batangas, your taste buds will be more than just satisfied with its culinary gems.
01 Kapeng Barako
02 Bulalo Batangas
03 Tawilis
04 Adobo sa dilaw
05 Lomi
06 Maliputo
07 Goto Batangas
08 Lomi Batangas
09 Caldereta Batangas

Taal Volcano

Natural Attractions
01 Anilao diving spots (Mabini)
02 Calatagan Mangrove Forest Conservation Park (Calatagan)
03 Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu)
04 Mt. Malarayat (Lipa City)
05 Taal Lake and Volcano
06 Verde Island Passage

Verde Isle Passage

Cultural and Heritage Sites
01 Casa de Segunda (Lipa City)
02 Mabini Shrine (Tanauan City)
03 Malabrigo Lighthouse (Lobo)
04 Leon Apacible Historical Landmark (Taal)
05 Taal Heritage Village (Taal)

FESTIVALS CALENDAR
Ala Eh festival is no doubt one of the most colorful and grandiose festivals in the Philippines. Held every December 8, it is the celebration of the founding anniversary of the province. But aside from Ala Eh, Batangas is also regarded for its cheerful and bright festivals throughout the year.

February to April
Last Week of February-March 7 – Mahaguyog Festival (Sto. Tomas)
March/April – Dagit (Holy Week) (Ibaan)
April 23 – Yamang Dagat Festival (Mabini)

May
May 1 – Pabitin Festival (Balete)
May 2 – Sublian Festival (Bauan)
May 8 – Balsa Festival (Lian)
May 14 – Pastulan Festival (San Pascual)
May 15 – Piyesta ng Tinapay (Cuenca)
May 26 – Sigpawan Festival (Lemery)
May 30 – Regatta (Maria Paz, Tanauan City)
Last Sunday of May – Grand La Paz (Alitagtag)

June
June 9 – Sinukmani Festival (Rosario)
June 20 – Lomi Festival (Lipa City)
June 24 – Bancathon Festival (Calatagan)
June 24 – Parada ng Lechon (Balayan)

July
July 23 – Sublian Festival (Batangas City)

August
August 9 – Maliputo Festival (San Nicolas)
August 12 – Kambingan Festival (Tuy)

September
September 10 – Bancaton Festival (San Nicolas)
September 27 – Anihan Festival (Lobo)

October
First Friday of October – Eggstravaganza (San Jose)
October 24 – Calacatchara Festival (Calaca)

December
December 1 – Kabakahan Festival (Padre Garcia)
December 2 – Mardi Gras (Nasugbu)
December 1-8 – Ala Eh! Festival (entire Batangas Province)
December 12 – Lambayok Festival (San Juan)

Dana Sioson
Dana Sioson

An artist who weaves words into stories and paints moments with light. She's a writer and photographer who is fond of sports, films, and fishes.

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