Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tanauan City (My hometown)

Dawn at Tanauan City
Lying on the middle part of the tourist spots in Batangas, Tanauan City is bounded on the north by Calamba City, on the east by the town of Sto. Tomas, on the south by towns of Malvar and Balete, and on the west by Taal Lake and town of Talisay.

Simply stated, Tanauan City is my hometown and I am a proud Tanaueno!

And let me show you the tourist spots in Tanauan.

Apolinario Mabini Shrine 

The Mabini Shrine is located in Barrio Talaga is about 7 kilometers from the city proper of Tanauan.  On the left side of the museum, you can find a mock-up house of Apolinario Mabini’s natal residence. The house is made up of light materials like nipa (palm tree leaves). (

Jose P. Laurel's Birthplace and Memorial Library

Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library is located in A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan City, BatangasThe site keeps the personal property of the family of the late President Jose P. Laurel which now serves as a historical site and a public library.

Old Municipal Building and and Museo ng Tanauan

Formerly, the Municipal Hall of Tanauan, now it houses the Museo ng Tanauan.

View of Taal Lake 

Taal Lake occupies so many towns in Batangas, and Tanauan City is one of those places. The lake can be seen in Barangays Banadero, Gonzales, Wawa, Maria Paz and Wani-Wani. Best spot is in Barangay Wawa.

Calejon Falls 

One of the best spots in Malvar but the site of the falls covers both the City of Tanauan and  the town of Malvar. The falls can be seen in Tanauan in Banjo West and in San Gregorio in Malvar. (

St. John, the Evangelist Church (city proper)

St. John The Evangelist Church is known as one of the best pilgrimage churches in Batangas aside from Taal Basilica, Lipa Cathedral, Balayan and Calacca.

Mannie Barradas Airstrip

If you enjoy skydiving and flying, then this is the spot for your pleasure and adventure. Located in Barangay Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas or 10 minutes away from the city proper.

Tanawan Hills

Or simply relax and enjoy nature at Tanawan Hills in Barangay Talaga.

Parade of Lights

And enjoy the bright and colorful lights of it festivity in the parade of lights.

Accommodations / Lodging

The Park (Bed and Breakfast) Contact No. - 043-784-7992 (city proper)

Tropical Breeze (Hotel and Resort) Contact Nos. 043-702-4847 / 0927-955-6242
Hacienda Daraza (Hotel and Resort) Contact Nos - 047-778-5354

Nearest tourist spots in Tanauan City

1. Gen. Miguel Malvar Shrine (Sto. Tomas)
2. Padre Pio National Shrine (Sto. Tomas)
3. Rizal Shrine (Calamba City)
4. Taal Volcano (Talisay)
5. Metro Turf (Malvar)
6. Lipa Basilica (Lipa City)
7. The Farm (Lipa City)
8. Tagaytay City

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Malvar, Batangas

In between Lipa City and Tanauan City, lies one of the rising towns in Batangas - the town of Malvar.

Here are the tourist spots in Malvar, Batangas:

Alulod, Bulihan, Malvar, Batangas

From the town of Malvar, you can hire a tricycle for P250-300 and go to Bulihan, Malvar, Batangas. Once you reach the CDO factory, you are just 30 seconds away from the alley leading to the jump-off point. 

Once you reach the Bulihan Water Point Corporation, then you have to travel by foot. The descending trek is good for 12-15 minutes depending on you pace.  

There are available cottages once you reach the spot. You do not need a guide to find your way. Entrance fee is only P30.00.

There are two-man made pools which you can enjoy. And there is also a falls. The view is just overwhelming!

Calijon Falls, San Gregorio, Malvar, Batangas

From Alulod, another tourist spot in Malvar is the Calijon Falls. It will take you only 15-20 minute drive from Alulod to reach the jump-off point.

The jump-off point is in Bessie's Store. And the trek is again descending for 15-20 minutes. You have to be very careful of your steps. The trail was destroyed when village people cut the coconut trees due to a pest that had been killing the coconut trees.

The Calijon Falls is one of the premiere tourist spots in Malvar, Batangas. You do need a guide to find your way but it is a lot safer and better to have one. 

Metro Turf Race Track (San Pioquinto, Malvar, Batangas)

If you enjoy horse racing, then, you will definitely enjoy the town of Malvar. The race track is situated near the boundary of Tanauan City and Malvar.

Lima Park Hotel

And the best place to stay is at Lima Park Hotel.

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Sto. Tomas, Batangas

The first town in Batangas using the South Super Highway is the town of Sto. Tomas. The next stop is my hometown, Tanauan City.

Batangas is known for a variety of tourist spots. The town of Sto. Tomas lives up to that reputation.

Here are the tourist spots in Sto. Tomas.

Gen. Miguel Malvar Shrine

According to history, Gen. Miguel Malvar was one of the first Filipinos to have joined the revolution against the Americans and the last General to have surrendered to the Americans on April 16, 1092.

The shrine is in the town itself and behind the shrine is the Municipal Hall of Sto. Tomas.

Talon Falls, San Vicente, Sto. Tomas

From the town of Sto. Tomas, it will take you only 5-10 minutes to reach Cabaong Bridge and then hire a tricycle ride to Talon Falls for P50.00. 

The river itself is good for swimming, picnics, and nature tripping.

From Talon Falls, take a 10-15 minute hike and you will reach - Lagaslasan.

A couple more steps and you will reach - Tag-araw Resort.

There are numerous river resorts or spots in Sto. Tomas but this resort offers one of the best places for swimming and relaxation.

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Padre Pio National Shrine (San Pedro, Sto Tomas)

From a small chapel, St. Padre Pio Church has grown into a shrine with the altar bearing a huge crucifix and a painting of San Pedro by Jun Torres.  

Every Holy Week, devotees flock to visit the shrine to reflect and pray at the Stations of the Cross.

 From the town of Sto. Tomas, it will take you only a 15 minute drive to reach the Shrine or if you are commuting, you can alight at San Pedro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas and then hire a tricycle for only P40.00.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Three Water Falls in Batangas in One Day

Last September 1, 2013, I went to three water falls in Batangas.

I am from Tanauan City, Batangas. And the first stop was Talon Falls in San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. From my place to the spot, it took me only 20 minutes using my motrocycle.

Next stop was the Alulod Falls in Bulihan, Malvar, Batangas.

The descending and ascending trek was tougest! It took out most of my energy.

From Tanauan, another 20 minute ride and half an hour hike.

The last stop for the day was Calijon Falls in San Gregorio, Malvar, Batangas.

From Alulod, it took me only 10 minutes using my motorcycle to reach the jump-off point and another 20 minutes to the falls.

It was really fun going to these water falls in Batangas! =)