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Taal, A National Heritage Site

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.

Seat of Spirituality in Batangas

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.

Site of Miracles of Our Lady of Caysasay

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.

  • Last visit to Taal: Nov 2008
  • Intro Written Feb 7, 2009
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    i am thinking a lot about going to taal in march where i will probaply have a few days in the phillippines. i would also like to climb the nearby vulcano if i get there.

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    Feb 12, 2009 at 5:52 AM

    This is a great tip!

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