Category: Batangas

5 Great Reasons Why Puesto del Sol in Calatagan, Batangas Should Be Your Next Manila Escape

Working and living in Metro Manila can take a toll on your sanity, so it’s always a wise and wonderful decision to take a much-deserved break from the chaotic metropolis to rest and recharge your embattled spirit. Less than a three-hour drive away from the city, Puesto del Sol is a private...

Balayan, Batangas: Heritage Tour of the Immaculate Conception Church and Ancestral Houses

A day after the Parada ng Lechon in Balayan, Batangas, we enjoyed a heritage tour of the town, which has an impressive church and a number of well-preserved ancestral houses, just like the neighboring town of Taal.  One of the oldest towns in Batangas province, Balayan was once the capital...

Parada ng Lechon 2015: Witnessing ‘Luwa’ (Religious Declamation) in Balayan, Batangas

The Feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated with much mayhem in Balayan, Batangas with the cultural highlight of the Parada ng Lechon, a parade of roasted pigs through the streets held on the morning of June 24th, coinciding with the traditional basaan or dousing of water. The parade...

Anilao, Batangas: Marvelous Muck Diving in Secret Bay

While most recreational divers are naturally drawn to the coral reefs, macro photographers often choose to scour featureless seabeds instead. The muck diving spots in Anilao reputedly rival more established ones elsewhere in Southeast Asia such as those in Sabah, Bali or Sulawesi. Lying along the species-rich Verde Island Passage,...