Santo Tomas Travel Guide

  • intersection where many restaurants abound
    intersection where many restaurants...
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  • lots of pilgrims and tourists go there
    lots of pilgrims and tourists go there
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  • Things to Do
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Santo Tomas Things to Do

  • National Shrine of Padre Pio (2)

    part two of my tips with more pictures. located about 1 kilometer from the Maharlika Highway (National Road) in Santo Tomas Batangas. The National Shrine of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Italy is famous around the World for Devout Roman Catholic Piglrims as he is one of only 3 saints that bore the "stigmata" or wounds of Jesus Christ and his Shrine in...

  • National Shrine of Padre Pio (1)

    this will be a two part tip with more pictures around the sprawling site, located about 1 kilometer from the Maharlika Highway (National Road) in Santo Tomas Batangas. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Italy is famous around the World for Devout Roman Catholic Piglrims as he is one of only 3 saints that bore the "stigmata" or wounds of Jesus Christ and his...

  • Visit the Padre Pio Chapel

    At the Main National Road (Maharlika Highway) in Santo Tomas, just after the right turn going to the huge Padre Pio Shrine is the Padre Pio Chapel, which is located a few meters away from the road. The Chapel is the main House of Worship in the Barangay San Pedro Part of Santo Tomas Town and it has some artifacts and religious items from the Huge...

  • Streets of Santo Tomas, Batangas

    Just like any other streets in a small town, Santo Tomas' roads are normally narrow and congested. This is true due to the fact that the town is full of tricycle on the street. A tricycle is a common public transportation in Batangas and in Santo Tomas in particular. Although it is dangerous to walk along the street, the local people are used to...

  • A Visit to Santo Tomas Batangas Catholic...

    The Santo Tomas Catholic Church has been part of my life until now. I was born in the community where it is situated. I was baptized, studied my secondary curriculum in a school beside the church, got married and had wedding officiated here. I spent my high school days going inside the church almost everyday during my four-year secondary school....

  • Marker at Malvar's Park & Monument

    I have posted a photo of General Miguel Malvar's marker of his monument and park in Santo Tomas, Batangas. The information about him was in Tagalog but I will give you an idea on what was written in there:General Malvar was born in the Barrio (now called Barangay) of San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas on September 27, 1865. His parents are Maximo...


Santo Tomas Restaurants

  • "Bulalo", anyone!

    If you are traveling south along the Maharlika Highway (Pan Philippine Highway), make a stop for lunch or dinner to try their local dishes.Santo Tomas in Batangas is noted for their "bulalo" dish. Must try is their famous Batangas "bulalo" dish, so try it."Bulalo" is beef marrow stew, nice hot soup.

  • The Philippine Style

    Jollibee is a franchise hamburger business success that started in the Philippines in 1975. Today, it has 570 stores in the Philippines and expanded internationally with another 27.Most Filipinos patronized its products as it was prepared in accordance to their tastes. Try this restaurant and see the difference. The environment is very simple and...

  • Enjoy Bulalo

    Here you will discover a variety of Batangas cuisine or local Filipino dishes in general. It offers a most inviting, interesting, and delicious plate in a setting that reveals the warmth of Batangueno hospitality. This restaurant, or "Carinderia" or "Karihan" or "Kainan" as they call it in Filipino language, is famous for its "Bulalo". Santo Tomas,...


Santo Tomas Transportation

  • Tricyle At Your Service!

    To go around Santo Tomas and its barangays, a tricycle ride will be available at your service. In this town, tricycle are almost of the same form and length. It is actually a motorcycle with a sidecar or a passenger cabin with a third wheel attached. This means of transportation is widely used for smaller roads and for short distances and often can...

  • Flying Jeepney!

    Santo Tomas is a small town, quiet, and interesting. Jeepney is the local transportation to and around the surrounding barangays or barrios and the neighboring towns. It is actually considered as a minivan. Two passengers can sit in front and about 20 or more at the back facing each other. Jeepneys in this town are decorated in bright colours with...

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Santo Tomas Shopping

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    Souvenir Stalls and Makeshift Food Stalls: Lots of Souvenir Stalls and Makeshift...

    by machomikemd Written Apr 6, 2015

    Being a major Pilgrimage area for Roman Catholics who are devotees of the famous Italian Stigmata Saint, Padre Pio and only one of two shrines for the famous Italian Saint (the other one is in The Capital Region), The Padre Pio Shrine host a large number of souvenir stalls, makeshift food stalls and refreshment counters that sell everything from religious items, souvenir items, street foods, snacks, full meals and other kitchsy stuffs. you can buy practically anything from these shops.

    most shops and stalls are open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

    What to buy: all the religious items like crucifxes, marian statues, padre pio statues, bibles, various catholic prayer books, local items, assorted foodstuffs, snacks, drinks and refreshment and a lot more.

    What to pay: haggling is a must as prices tend to be higher here as this is a touristy and a pilgrimage place after all

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Santo Tomas Warnings and Dangers

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    Unbelievable Speed!

    by freddie18 Updated Jun 10, 2006

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    If you are in Santo Tomas or anywhere around the town especially on the main road, be very careful when you are walking along. Jeepneys and buses and all other public transport's driving speed is unbelievable! Most drivers do not follow the required speed limit, and nowhere you can find a Sign to this effect. I lived in this town for many years and still I have to check the oncoming vehicle frequently while walking because accident happens more often than normal. This is a must, I am telling you.

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Santo Tomas General

  • Santo Tomas Batangas - Municipal Hall

    I can show you the new municipal hall in my hometown of Santo Tomas, Batangas. This town was branded years ago as a 'sleepy town'. Santo Tomas seems to me not a sleepy anymore.The former mayoral authorities have transformed the town to a livelier community. If I remember it right, there were more lightings installed all over the town. Isn't this...

  • A Day Care Centre

    Posting the information on daycare indicates the changes I have noticed since the last time I visited my hometown. That was only 6 years ago. I mean, many years ago, there is really no need for a daycare in this community. There was always a way to take care of our kids and teach them to prepare for school. Does it show that my hometown is changing...

  • Barangay Dos Municipal Hall

    On my recent visit to my hometown of Santo Tomas (Batangas), I came across a building that belongs to a certain barangay in the town. This building was built as a municipal hall for Barangay Dos in Santo Tomas. As the name implies, this was setup for the use of the Barangay Dos residents. That means, all transaction pertaining to local residents of...


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