Taal Shopping

  • Balisong Shops along the Road of Taal
    Balisong Shops along the Road of Taal
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  • Women's Embroidered Gown
    Women's Embroidered Gown
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  • Barong Store in Taal
    Barong Store in Taal
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    TAALENA'S ANTIQUE SHOP: FURNITURE & OTHER OLD ITEMS

    by davidjo Written Jan 23, 2015

    Walking down M. Agoncillo ST you will come across this antique shop on the right hand side of the road, next to Villa Tortuga. They specialise in antique furniture as well as glassware, jars, paintings and many other items. Photography is not allowed so i had to take the photos while the owner was not looking. I am not sure but it seemed to me he was making some furniture in the back of the shop so i was not completely convinced that all the furniture was original.

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    AT THE MARKET: THE BEST TAPANG IN THE COUNTRY

    by davidjo Written Jan 21, 2015

    Tapang Taal can be found at many stalls at the market ranging from 270 to 320 a kilo depending if it is pork or beef. Tapang is marinated meat and can be transported home safely by many visitors from Manila. As it is marinated it can easily be transported for 10 hours without refrigeration. Tapang is usually eaten at breakfast time and served with rice.

    frozen tapang

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    STREET VENDORS: HOW ABOUT SOME SHING-A-LING OR OTHER TREATS ???

    by davidjo Written Jan 21, 2015

    There are plenty of local snacks that you can buy and bring home for gifts to family and friends. One of the favorites is peanut brittle, a little sweet for my liking and not so good for my teeth. There is also the local rice cakes made from powdered rice, which are quite good if you like that sort of thing. You can also find empanadas but i rather liked the SHING-A-LING, something that i had never seen before in any part of the country. This treat is made from pumpkins, that are cut in strips and fried. I suppose they are healthier than the normal junk food.

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    BARANGAY BALISONG SHOPS: THE HOME OF THE BALISONG

    by davidjo Written Jan 19, 2015

    The balisong fan knife or Batangas knife is made here in Taal and you can find two or three shops selling these knives near the Flying V Gas Station at the turn-off to Taal. It is expertly hand-crafted and its gilt is made from wood, bone or animal horn. Other bollos and knives are made in many shops in Barangay Balisong.
    The knife can be traced back to 800 AD when it was used as a traditional fighting knife used in Kali, a martial art form found in Malaya/Polynesia. Perfecto De Leon first started producing the knife in the Philippines in 2005. Bali means break and Song means horn as the knives were first made from animal horns. Today there are several types to choose from, such as dibuyod, bayonet, double blade, razor, Rambo, and the standard blade. Along the streets of Taal, you can see TaaleƱos manufacturing the knives in raw form, from the molding of metal sheets to the sharpening of knives and the crafting of handles. Taal is definitely the place to witness balisong making and purchase one for keepsake!

    display at one of the shops shop near Flying V

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    Taal Market: Enjoy the Local Products

    by freddie18 Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    If you feel like buying the local crafts of Taal, come wander around the public market. There are so much to buy. Taal is noted for Longganisa or Local Sausage, Taal Beef, Suman or Rice Cake, embroidered clothes, and fan-knives. These are their specialties so we can make sure they are done in such a way that you will treasure or like it.

    Also, find other items like, sugar cane, vegetables, fruits, poultry, swine, and cattle just like any other market in nearby municipalities in Batangas.

    What to buy: Buy Balisong or Fan-Knives and Embroidered Products usually handmade.

    What to pay: $100 approximately

    Old Public Market Taal Market Street
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    Taal Shops: Philippine Barong & Saya

    by freddie18 Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Philippine Barong and Saya (Gown) are very famous in Taal, Batangas. Barong can be worn by either women or men depending on the style. Available for men are dress shirts and for women are gowns with intricate cutwork and crochet insertions. Obviously, most of them are embroidered and handmade. Although nowadays, manufacturers paint them with colourful motiffs. On my recent trip to Taal, I bought a couple of men's barong painted with bamboo. The materials are mostly jusi, pina, or pineapple fibers.

    This is a favourite for locals and non-residents alike for formal parties. Very elegant looking.

    What to buy: Formal Dress Shirts for Men and Formal Embroidered Gown for Women

    What to pay: $50 to $1000 per piece.

    Women's Embroidered Gown Barong Store in Taal Display of Men & Women Barong Barong Store
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    Street Shops: Knives called 'Balisong'

    by freddie18 Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Batanguenos (local people of Batangas) have a reputation of being brave because of the 'Balisong'. This is a Philippine handmade fan-knife that is supposed to be found and purchased in Batangas and Taal is no exception. Being a former resident of the province, I know for a fact that women carry them in their bags for protection. I know that women will gonna use them for self-defense.

    As a souvenir, you can buy them along the road especially when you are in Taal or in Barangay Balisong in Batangas. Most of this fan-knives were artistically designed. Take a pick and have a proof that you'd been to Taal.

    What to buy: Fan-Knives or any knives of different size, use, and style.

    What to pay: Affordable. Approximately $5-50 depending on the type of item.

    Balisong Shops along the Road of Taal Barangay Balisong
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    MARKET STALLS: THE USUAL SOUVENIRS

    by davidjo Written Jan 23, 2015

    By the market there are many stalls that sell the usual souvenirs such as ash trays, wooden boxes, carving, t-shirts, key rings, coffee mugs etc. Remember to bargain a little.

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    DON JUAN'S BBQ: KAPENG BARAKO --- GROUND COFFEE

    by davidjo Written Jan 21, 2015

    at Don Juan's bbq you can stock up on your ground coffee which is called barako. 500 grams of coffee cost 180 pesos.

    some of the best in the Philippines

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    AT THE MARKET: DON'T FORGET TO BUY LONGANISTA

    by davidjo Written Jan 21, 2015

    Taal is famous for the local longanista and you will see many vendors selling them at the market. Longanista is a Philippine sausage which is usually eaten at breakfast time, accompanied by rice.

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