May 21, 2013

Taal Tour

The last time John and I visited Basilica de Taal was in 2001. This church was one of the many churches we went to to ask God to bless us with a child. The Lord is really that great, He didn't just give  as one but two kids, twins Julia and Rafael. Juancho was a bonus three years after.

Last May 1, we decided to hit Taal to give our long due thanks and praises. Well, the thanksgiving trip to Taal Church turned into a grand tour for three families, namely Borje, Lota and us - The Mendiolables.

Our first stop, Basilica de San Martin de Tours, commonly known as Basilica de Taal or Taal Basilica. It is the biggest Catholic Church in the Philippines and Asia, located at Taal Town Center, Poblacion, Taal, Batangas.

Second stop, Escuela Pia, is just beside Taal Basilica. Built in 1853, 
this old historical building now houses the Taal Cultural Center.

Residence of couple Eulalio and Gliceria Marella Villavicencio
who played important roles during the Philippine Revolution.

Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine is made of coral stones. This chapel houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Caysasay, discovered at the Pansipit River by a fisherman, Juan Maningkad, in 1603.

San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps is connected to the Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine. 
It has 125 steps that is made of granite 

Well of Sta. Lucia
is where Our Lady of Caysasay appeared to some of the residents of the area.
The water from the spring is said to have miraculous healing power.

We wanted to visit other beautiful places in Taal but the scorching heat was too much for the kids and the kids at heart (us moms and dad John) to bear.  Mr. Ernie Villavicencio advised that the best time to visit Taal is from December to February. And then we settled for an overnight stay at Little Bridge Beach Resort

On the way back to Manila we stopped at Balisong City where, of course, balisong abound. We already have balisong, given by Nora, so I opted to bring home the balisong keychain for souvenir (at para di magalit si Manong tindero na kinunan ko ang tindahan nya. Baka tarakan ako e, hehehe!)

On our next Taal Trip, we will be visiting the following places: 

Bagumbayan Church (A small chapel built in the early 1700s, making it one of the oldest churches in the Southern Tagalog region)

Balisong Church (Another 18th century church built to cope with the expansion of Catholic faith in Batangas)

Casa Real (Municipal Building, now housing the municipal government of Taal, it was built in 1845)

Don Leon Apacible Museum (a historical landmark, this museum is the ancestral house of Don Leon and Dona Matilde Apacible)

Dona Marcela Agoncillo Museum (constructed in the 17th century, this is one of the oldest buildings in Taal, Batangas. This was where Marcelo Agoncillo was born and raised)

Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion (home of Gregorio Agoncillo, where his uncle Felipe Agoncillo was also born and raised)

Gen. Ananias Diokno Ancestral House

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