Take a splurge! It is a good place to breath some fresh air.
Enjoy hiking the mountain! Especially when you reach the peak where you can see the paronamic view, the breathtaking and tranquil settings- verdant hills and fresh air, amidst the fun of the tourism boom in the area- from Tagaytay and Batangas boundaries.
Batangas is a place where you can relax, recharge and enjoy the atmosphere which is not so far from the busy metropolis, Manila.
Also you can enjoy the mouth watering Filipino cuisines!
Batangas is a name formed from the word ‘batang’ meaning logs (trunks or large branches of trees).
Legend has it that logs, locally known as batang, were floating all over the river. The word batang is said to be the root of Batangan, the former name of the city and the province.
Founded in 1581, Batangas used to be a bigger province composed of the present Batangas, Mindoro, Marinduque, and the southeastern portion of Laguna. It used to be called Balayan, with this town as the capital. In the beginning of the 17th century, Marinduque and the Mindoro were made into separate provinces. In 1732, the capital was transferred to Taal. Finally, in 1754, the capital was transferred to Batangas and the province was thereafter named after the new capital town.
Location, Accessibility Area
The City of Batangas is a coastal city lying in a cove-like shape at the south-eastern portion of Batangas Provinceand geographically situated at coordinates 13 degrees, 45 minutes and 25.96 seconds north latitude and 121 degrees, 3 minutes and 29.2 seconds east longitude. It is bounded on the northwest by the municipality of San Pascual; on the north by the municipality of San Jose; on the east by the municipalities of Ibaan, Taysan and Lobo; and on the south by the Batangas Bay.
Batangas City, the capital of Batangas Province has a total land area of more or less 28,541.44 hectares. It is about 112.00 kilometres away from Manila and has a travel time of approximately two (2) hours through the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR).
Batangas City has a rolling terrain that ranges from 0% to 30% in slope. Its highest point is Mount Banoy in Barangay Talumpok Silangan which is 968 meters above sea level and about 13.50 kilometers east of the Poblacion. The city‟s coastal Barangays starting from Sta. Rita Aplaya from the north down to Ambulong on the south are nearly level at 0% to 3%.
In the east beyond the barangays of Mabacong, Simlong and Pinamucan Ibaba, the slope rises from 8% to 30%. The Matuco Point at the southwest tip of the city along the Batangas Bay has a slope of 30%. To the immediate south is Verde Island composed of six (6) barangays which is mountainous and with a slope ranging from 3% to 30%.
Batangas City is generally coolest during the months of December to January with temperature ranging from 22ºC to 26ºC. The mean temperature rises and attains a maximum of 36 degrees Celsius (36ºC) in May. The month of October marks the steady fall of temperature.
For the year 2013, the projected population of Batangas City based from CY 2010 POPCEN of the National Statistics Office (NSO) is 325,532 with a population growth rate of 2.13%. Brgy. Sta. Rita Karsada has the biggest population with 18,460 while Barangay 17, an urban barangay has the smallest population of 111.
In the recent years, waves of migration from the Visayas had brought significant number of Visayans to the province. There are also a few who can speak Spanish, since Batangas was an important centre during the colonial period.
Batangas also has one of the highest literacy rates in the country at 96.5%, wherein the males have a slightly higher literacy rate at 97.1% than females with 95.9%. Combined average of literacy is 96%.
The dialect of Tagalog spoken in the province closely resembles the Old Tagalog spoken before the arrival of the Spanish. Hence, the Summer Institute of Linguistics called this province the heartland of the Tagalog Language. A strong presence of the Tagalog culture is clearly visible to the present day.
Batangas has Abrahamic religions like Roman Catholicism which is followed by very large majority of the population at 97%. Islam, is also present which can be found mostly in Balayan, Lipa and Batangas City. Jews are 0.02% of the population. The rest are divided between other Christian Denominations.
Taal Volcano at Taal Lake
Lake Taal is the third largest in the country (240 sq km) and it cradles a 23 sq km island with a 1.2 sq km crater lake within. It has 37 tributaries flowing into it and only one outlet to the sea, the 8.2 km Pansipit River which flows out to Balayan Bay. It is home to 15 species of migratory fish and 4 species of endemic fish (e.g. tawilis and maliputo), as well as reptiles like the fresh sea snake known as duhol. The basin is composed of 9 watersheds.
Taal Volcano is a unique geological masterpiece and a major landmark considered to be the heart of the province of Batangas. It is a sought after destination accessible through the municipalities of Talisay, San Nicolas, and Balete.
Anilao diving spots (Mabini)
Batangas is where diving in the Philippines was born. Diving spots in Anilao became world famous because of the magnificent underwater photo opportunities and the ‘natural high’ it offers for scuba divers. The tourism officer of Mabini can answer your queries about the enthralling wonders their seas have.
Calatagan Mangrove Forest Conservation Park (Calatagan)
Locally known as “Ang Pulo”, the park is home to about 20 species of mangroves 15 of which have been identified, a wide variety of shellfish and crustaceans and other marine life. It also plays host to abundant species of birds, many of which nest and stay in the area to feed in the vicinity.
Verde Island Passage
It is now more popularly known as the center of the center of marine biodiversity – a place with the greatest concentration of marine species in the Indo-Malay-Philippine archipelago.
The beaches of Calatagan are popular among Manileño weekenders. The Calatagan peninsula lies between the South China Sea and Balayan Bay, the reason why this town is among the top destinations of beach bums.
Lemery is known for its fine black sand which some people find therapeutic. Beach resorts are abound in Brgy. Nonong Casto. Aside from Nasugbu, the shoreline of Lemery is also a chosen destination of skimboarders.
The Municipality of Lian cradles Matabungkay beach, the one that first became a popular vacation destination for well-heeled people in and out of Batangas. The creamy white sand of Matabungkay and the colorful balsas (bamboo beach rafts) are just two of the reasons why this beach remains to be a preferred destination for summer getaways.
Beaches in Lobo may not be as prominent as the other beaches in the province but if you opt for a vacation by the sea and under the sun without a huge crowd, head to Lobo and discover its clear waters.
One can reach the Lobo’s beaches through the barangays of Fabrica, Malabrigo, Sawang, Soloc, Banalo, Biga, and Olo-olo. If you are fond of fine white sand, the shoreline of Bgry. Fabrica will give you that.
The Municipality of Mabini is situated on the Calumpang Peninsula. Its most prominent barangay is Anilao because of its diving and snorkeling sites. Local and foreign divers frequent Anilao’s world-class dive spots, making it one of the country’s top destinations for underwater splendor.
This first-class municipality on the western tip of Batangas boasts of a stunning coastline. Nasugbu is home to the charming Natipuan Beach, Tali Beach, Kawayan Cove, Twin Islands, and Fortune Islands.
Natipuan Beach is where most beachgoers flock. This is where Terrazas de Punta Fuego and Munting Buhangin Beach Camp are located. Tali Beach is ‘quieter’ than Natipuan as beach resorts here are privately owned. Kawayan Cove is perfect for families while Twin Islands and Fortune Island are top choices for brief treks and camping, and for diving and snorkeling respectively.
In the recent decade, San Juan emerged to be among the top summer destinations in Southern Luzon primarily because of the resorts that were developed along the shorelines of Laiya and Barrio Hugom.
The long stretch of off-white to fairer sand and the clean water of the beach attract people to this southernmost part of Batangas. World-class resorts can be found in Laiya and Hugom. One just have to be patient in finding the best deals as there are quite a number to choose from.
The beauty of the beaches of Tingloy is the kind that’s straightforward and perpetual. If small treks that end up to the beach is your idea of a good adventure and perfect getaway, Tingloy is the place to be at.
The white sand beaches and the rugged mountains complement each other, making Tingloy an all-around wonder to experience.