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Taal is the oldest town of Batangas Province, and was declared by UNESCO as a Heritage Site for being one of the only 2 remaining culturally preserved sites of Spanish colonial era.
History records show that the rich and famous of Batangas converged in Taal, as evidenced by the stately ancestral homes that line the streets, some of which are still beautifully preserved.
Taal is the site of the biggest Catholic church in Southeast Asia, the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours. The Basilica's architectural design is a medley of religious, artistic and patriotic influences, often described as "theatrical exuberance". Its baroque-inspired facade is said to be made of a single mass of stone, shaped and carved with delicate, ornate designs, akin to the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The story of Our Lady of Caysasay starts in 1603, when a fisherman named Juan Maningcad found a small image, about 6 inches tall (which was later identified by the parish priest as the Immaculate Conception) in the Pansipit River in Barrio Caysasay, Taal, Batangas. Since then, many miraculous things had happened. Our Lady of Caysasay was regarded as the protector of the town and healer of the people.
During the most violent eruption of Taal Volcano that lasted for eight months, lava almost closed the Pansipit River, causing floods to the towns of Taal, Tanauan, Lipa, Bauan and Sala. The locals and parish priest sought refuge at the Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay. Many towns of Batangas were buried in water; Taal was spared.
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