Taal Travel Guide

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Taal Things to Do

  • VILLA TORTUGA---PHOTOS IN THE OLD HOUSE

    While visiting Villa Tortuga there is an opportunity to see the way the houses were furnished 150 years ago. We found out later that the villa also has a room for guests and breakfast is supplied.

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  • DRESS UP IN OLD PERIOD COSTUMES

    One of the more interesting memento of your visit would be to dress up in old costumes. While at Villa Tortuga we came across a family from Manila who were having their photo taken after choosing dresses from the huge selection in the wardrobe.The price for hiring a costume is 250 pesos, but the entrance fee is waived if you take advantage of this....

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  • WELL WORTH A VISIT

    We did not mange to enter many of the old Spanish houses in Taal because some were closed, some were privately owned and some were being renovated but we did find our visit to Villa Tortuga a worthwhile experience. The house is on the corner of the road that leads to Caysasay shrine towards the heritage village and not far from Pansipit Bridge. The...

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  • STATUE OF THE FLAG MAKER

    A statue of Dona Marcela Agoncillo stands in a small lot next to her ancestral home. She was the lady who sewed the first flag of the Philippines.

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  • THE HOUSE OF THE FLAG MAKER

    Marcella Agoncillo Museum is to be found in their ancestral home and is a landmark of the National Historic Institute and open from Tuesday to Sunday. It is one of the oldest houses in Taal and was built in the late 17th century. Marcella sewed the first Philippine Flag here and there is a statue of her in a small lot next door. The heirs donated...

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  • CAFE & B&B

    Casita's is another old Spanish house that was built nearly 150 years ago. Presently Casita's is a bed and breakfast place upstairs, and Timpuhan Cafe occupies the ground floor, but like many other places in town it is only open 2 or 3 days a week!

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  • ANOTHER MUSEUM TO VISIT

    Don Leon Apacible Museum is in the main street of the town where you can see some interesting exhibits such as blue and white Ming pottery, gilded Florentine wine decanters, a gilt-edge hand-painted Venetian dinner service, 18th -century chandeliers (many more were made in 1870 by M.F. Rachals of Hamburg, Germany) carefully preserved by the...

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  • DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A POLICEMAN ?

    Taal Municipality Police Station is located in Poblacion 7 just next to Taal Basketball Court. You can go there should you have a problem. There seemed to be a recruitment drive on when i was there and i found the poster interesting to read. There is no shortage of young people that are unemployed but they may not have attended school enough to...

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  • IMAGES & CARTS at TAAL BASILICA

    At each side of the church you can see several images and what appears to be some type of float on wheels so i assume that these relics are paraded around town on certain important dates.

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  • FORGIVE ME FATHER , FOR I HAVE SINNED

    Taal Basilica has two confession boxes at the side of the church. I am not sure if they are used today or they are old ones that are on display.

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  • TAAL BASILICSA----LIGHT A CANDLE

    On the left hand side of the church there is an area where you can light a candle. There is a boz there to make your donation should you desire.

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  • TAAL BASILICA----DON'T FORGET TO PRAY

    There are several different areas where devotees can spend a few minutes in silent prayer while visiting the church. Each area contains an image of Santa Nino or the Blessed Virgin

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  • TAAL BASILICA--- THE INTERIOR

    Being the biggest Catholic Church in Asia the Altar is quite impressive, the floor is made from small tiles and the ceiling has a magnificent design.

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  • FIND A MAP

    Most guidebooks do not include a map of Taal so i copied from one from a website and made a rough drawing of the town and points of interest which actually turned out to be very useful as there were not really any maps available in Taal except for the one that is available at the tourist office. Unfortunately it is very hard to read because of the...

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  • CASASAY CHURCH----MORE OF INTEREST

    Walking around the church you will see several statues and wooden carvings of the saints and Jesus as well as Christ on the cross.

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Taal Restaurants

  • BREAKFAST AT THE MARKET

    At the market there is a line of eateries (as they are called here) where they have a selection of pre-cooked meals. I just had a plate of the local Tapang taal, which is marinated pork or beef and then fried. It was delicious. My wife had pancit, but there are many other choices including longanista, a favorite with the locals. The places are...

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  • LATE AFTERNOON SNACKS

    Around 4 pm vendors set up their stalls and start preparing snacks for the locals to buy. This includes hot dogs, chicken, pork etc. It is bbq'd in front of you and very tasty , especially with some of the local sauce. You will find the stalls at the west side of the market.

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  • NEW PLACE, BUT SERVES GREAT FOOD & COSY...

    This cafe had only been open a few months when we decided to pop in for a late afternoon snack. The place was spotlessly clean, staff friendly and attentative, and glasses of cold water were placed on our table as soon as we sat down. The menu was quite extensive and offered many different meals and drinks, such as shakes, smoothies, coffees etc...

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Taal Transportation

  • TRIKES WILL TAKE YOU ANYWHERE

    Taal has plenty of tricycles and it is easy to find one near the market, but the trikes here are very small and for big tourists like myself it is quite difficult to feel comfortable in one. Anyway , all the attractions in town are within walking distance if you are really fit. Trike fares are 7 to 8 pesos per person for a short ride.

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  • BUS FROM MANILA TO TAAL

    Unfortunately there is not a bus that takes you all the way to Taal as you have to take a jeepney for the last 2 kms. The easiest way to get there is to take the mrt / lrt to Buendia Station and you will find the DLTB station at the intersection underneath the station (NW corner). Find the bus to Lemery and ask the driver to drop you off at the...

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  • Boat Rental

    Boat rental to the Taal Volcano can vary from P800.00 to P900.00 (as of January 2008). If you get approached by touts be firm and do not be swayed by the extras that they may "offer" (e.g. life vest - it is regulations that all boats have them.)

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Taal Shopping

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  • DON'T FORGET TO BUY A PASALUBONG

    A good place to buy a pasalubong (gift) is Don Juan BBQ by the market. The restaurant is open from 9.30 am until 9.30 pm. They sell barako coffee, frozen tapang and frozen longanista, all at a very reasonable price.

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  • FURNITURE & OTHER OLD ITEMS

    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...

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  • THE USUAL SOUVENIRS

    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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Taal Local Customs

  • THEY COME FROM AFAR TO BUY A WEDDING...

    Many prospective brides and their grooms come to Taal to purchase a wedding dress or barong (woven shirt). They are very affordable, good quality and modern style. The town is known for its formal embroidered wears and the business has been flourishing for many years as it is passed down through the families. Jusi and pina are used to make the...

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  • WINDOWS MADE FROM OYSTER SHELLS

    This is an old tradition from earlier times that is still common place today around Taal where the window panes are made from oyster shells (placuna placenta), the outer shell being translucent. The shells are found in several parts of the world but in the Philippines they are found around the province of Capiz, hence its name. The oysters re found...

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  • Walking Instead of Riding a Vehicle

    As in other provinces I've been to, locals have a different concept of distance. What may be NEAR for them can be already FAR for us; what could be walking distance for them is actually many blocks away and tiring for us :( Specifically in Taal, we were advised to just leave our Fortuner in the Cathedral's Parking lot, as it might be difficult to...

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Taal Warnings and Dangers

  • JUST THROW GARBAGE IN THE RIVER & FORGET...

    I was disgusted to see that the local people dumped their garbage in the Pansapit River while small boys were sometimes seen swimming in the river. This seems to be the norm in many parts of the country----just throw the rubbish in the river and it will be washed away!

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  • That is HOT!!!

    When hiking up to the crater of the Taal Volcano, do not check if the sides of the cracks in the ground scattered all over the volcano island are hot. They are! I found that out to my sorrow!I got curious to prove to myself if that small fissure on the ground is really connected to the center of the volcano and if that whitish stain on the ground...

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  • Use a little common sense please!!!!

    If you do decide to walk/hike to the crater of Taal Volcano, please use a little common sense to avoid getting hurt. Here are some points to remember:1. Bring drinking water with you so you can replace what you lost through sweating.2. Dress appropriately. Wear clothes that will vent sweat and let cooling air circulate to cool your body down. 3....

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Taal Tourist Traps

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    by monina_c Updated Jan 27, 2008

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    Do not be fooled by the touts on the Taal Volcano Island who tell you that the trail to the crater is difficult and too long to walk.

    First off, the trail up is only 4-kilometer gradual hike up. Any reasonably healthy/fit person can walk the whole way although the final hundred yards to the crater is steeper than the rest of the trail. The downside to walking is that the trail is dusty and sometimes the soil loose beneath one's feet. So watch where you put your feet.

    Second, if you do decide to ride a horse, the owner of the horses will quote you a prohibitive price for rental of a horse e.g. P700. Do not snap this up (even if you can afford it!) The actual price is way lower than that, say P400, but you can definitely make a better bargain than we did.

    Third, the way down is easier to manage so you can take a look around and get photos that you might not have time for on the way up.

    Unique Suggestions: The trail is full of fissures with hot steam rising from the center of the volcano. You can then experience the thrill of being on top of one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines.

    This fact alone can make you forget all the aggro that the mob of touts subjected you to. :D

    Pushy!
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  • Try the Local Batangas Cuisine and...

    Taal Town, being the Heritage Town, is the culinary capital of the Regional Batangas Province Cuisine of which they have some difference in the food from the Local Southern Tagalog Cuisine and you should try these goodies like the adobong dilaw, which is the national dish, the pork or chicken adobo cooked in turmeric instead of a soy sauce mix, the...

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  • Fruit Trees and Lots of Bamboo

    Just by driving someone along the Taal streets and roads leading to the town, you will encounter fruit bearing trees like Coconut, Mango, & Banana. You will also find sugar cane plantation and bamboo everywhere. The latter two are abundant in any part of Batangas including Taal.I am posting all the pictures of trees I mentioned above for those who...

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  • How to Make Barong By Hand

    I am posting pictures of local people of Taal who actually do the hand embroidery and bead insertions in a jusi material. Making them by hand is no secret. Stores would let you watch them. Afterall, this kind of business is an art and......needs a lot of patience!When you visit Taal, take a look, they will show you how 'easy' it is to finish a men...

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CAYSASAY CHURCH ---- BEAUTIFUL CIELING
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LUCKY CATCH
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OUR LADY OF CAYSASAY CHURCH & SHRINE
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THE PANSAPIT RIVER & BRIDGE
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A PITY NOBODY RESTORED THE GENERAL'S HOUSE
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MANY HOUSES REQUIRE RESTORATION
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TAAL PLAZA
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TREES OR BUSHES GROWING ON THE ROOF
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RIZAL COLLEGE
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WALKING THROUGH THE TOWN & SEEING THE HOUSES
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JOSE RIZAL IS HERE TOO.
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ONLY TILED ROOF IN TOWN---CASA REAL
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C. 1870 CASA ASINAS
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SURPRISE, SURPRISE, A CAMERA MUSEUM & A MURDER !!!
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CASA PUNZALAN
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THE MIRACULOUS WELL OF STA. LUCIA
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SHE GAVE THE COUNTRY THEIR FIRST WARSHIP
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JUST LIKE IT WAS, BACK IN 1876
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VINTAGE CAR AT VILLAVICENCIO HOUSE
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ONE OF THE FIRST MAGNIFICENT HOUSES IN TAAL
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LUCKY BRIDE RECEIVES A HOUSE NEXT TO IN-LAWS !!!
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FELIPE AGONCILLO --- A REVOLUTIONARY HERO
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GREGORIO AGONCILLO MANSION
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YLAGAN DE LA ROSA---ANCESTRAL HOUSE
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CASA CONCHITA
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VILLA SEVERINA c 1870
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WELCOME TO TAAL---- THE ARCH
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KAPENG BARAKO --- GROUND COFFEE
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DON'T FORGET TO BUY LONGANISTA
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THE BEST TAPANG IN THE COUNTRY
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HOW ABOUT SOME SHING-A-LING OR OTHER TREATS ???
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THE DISCIPLES AT THE BASILICA
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AN ITALIAN PAINTED ON THE CIELING
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BASILICA ENTRANCE & THE PLAQUE
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WAR REFUGEES OPENED UP A SCHOOL
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JESUS IN WHITE !!!
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DON'T FORGET TO VISIT THE MUNICIPAL TOURIST OFFICE
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A VIRGIN, A MORALITY SCHOOL & A CULTURE CENTER
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SON OF A MARKET VENDOR BECOMES A STATESMSAN
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LOOK OUT, SHE HAS A WEAPON !!!
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