Little did I know that one of the two remaining preserved historical sight is tucked two hours away from Metro Manila- The historical town of Taal, Batangas.
Arriving at Taal is like a journey back in time. A tranquil municipality that showcases the remnants of the bygone Spanish era. Ancestral houses align along the spanish named streets. Accordingly, this area was once a community of Illustrados. The ancestral houses of notable Filipino heroes like Marcela Agocillo and Leon Apacible still stand to date, they are marked with an indelible historical significance.
A walk along the streets led us to Asia’s largest church: Taal Basilica of St. Martin. Grand- is understatement to describe her. The church is century old, measuring ninety six meters long and forty five meters wide. It has a unique architectural design, and the spanish influences are manifested through its interiors and antique details.
The wander continues to another notable church in this side of town- Our Lady of Caysaysay Church. This church has an interesting history, the little statue of immaculate conception was found by a fisherman, Juan Maningcad in 1603 in Panispit River. The miraculous image seats in the shrine, where she is honored as Our Lady of Caysaysay. The church is popular to pilgrims.
Aside from historical houses and churches, Taal is also known for “balisong” and embroidered barong. Taal town in Batangas relives the spanish era long forgotten. Indeed, this town is not only rich in cultural heritage but also an avenue of many religious and historical events.