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   BATANGAS: "HOME TO THE FAMOUS TAAL VOLCANO"
 
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Batangas is a first class province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the CALABARZON region. Its capital is Batangas City and it is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages to the south is the island of Mindoro and to the west lies the South China Sea. Poetically, Batangas is often referred to by its ancient name Kumintang.

Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. It is home to the famous Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, and Taal Heritage town, a small picturesque town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has many excellent beaches and diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan.

Batangas City has the second largest international seaport in the Philippines after Metro Manila. The identification of the city as an industrial growth center in the region and being the focal point of the CALABARZON program resulted to the increasing number of business establishments in the city's Central Business District (CBD) as well as numerous industries operating at the province's industrial parks. 

 
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MUST-SEE IN BATANGAS
 
Batangas is famous internationally for its remarkable beaches and resorts. But most people miss that Batangas is not only for the beach bums, in fact, it is also a place for the historical traveler, the spiritual explorer and the nature voyager.
 
Heritage Town of Taal: Where the old Basilica de San Martin de Tours Church located. Established in the 1500's and home to Asia's biggest Catholic church and a collection of old houses that showcase traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture. The town and its people played an important role in the Philippine revolution against the Spanish and is a great place to learn something about the country's history and culture. Taal Town is also known for making the country's best barongs, our traditional formal men's attire, and it is the birthplace of the famous balisong or butterfly knife.
 
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse: The lighthouse was built during the Spanish time in 1890. The lighthouse still works as a guiding light for forthcoming vessels, and one of the oldest functioning lighthouses. Built from slabs, with a touch of Spanish architecture of the 18th century. The lighthouse is located 20 minutes drive from the town proper of Calatagan.
 
Church of Immaculate Conception: Locate in Bauan and was piece together in 1700. Built around a neoclassical architecture and its walls are of medieval architectural style, with narrow pointed windows. The church fašade highlights symmetrical and spherical shapes.
 
Submarine Garden: can be spotted at the town of Lobo. However to reach the garden, one has to take a boat ride from either the town proper of Lobo, or in Batangas City. The boat ride will take you roughly 45 minutes. At the Submarine Garden, one can see live colorful coral bed near the shoreline. The corals can be clearly viewed at early morning, during low tide.
 
Mahabang Buhangin has a wide oceanfront of fine white sand beach. Traveling to Mahabang Buhangin is best during the months of March up to the months of September, when the sea is calm. However, the months of October to February brings strong winds from the east, which makes the sea extremely rough.
 
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