My trip to Batangas Province, as well as to Cavite Province, in December 2015 was made even greater in the company of my daughters, parents, relatives and my good friend Romwell. Unfortunately, my wife could not be with us as she had to be in Cebu with Mama Ising who was very sick in hospital at that time.

 

We started off by visiting the centuries-old Basilica of St Martin of Tours in the town of Taal, Batangas. This is the largest Catholic Church in Asia at 88.6 metres long and 48 metres wide.

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We then visited the Provincial Capitol in Batangas City.

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My Mum and Dad with my Mum’s sister Tita Lita and my cousin Jojo
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Batangas Provincial Capitol with the Philippine flag and Romwell’s car called ‘Nemo’

Our last stop for the day was the Shrine of Padre Pio in the town of Santo Tomas.

 

The next day, my cousins arrived from Manila as we crossed Taal Lake on a boat trip to Volcano Island and a horse ride to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of Taal Volcano itself, its crater lake and the tiny Vulcan Point Island.

 

Thanks to Officer Joel, Rogie’s brother-in-law from the local police station in Talisay, Batangas who helped us achieve this wonderful trek to see the famous island within a lake within an island within a lake within an island (a very good riddle indeed).

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Volcano Island Talisay Batangas
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With my cousins Ricky and Rogie, and police officer Joel (Rogie’s brother-in-law)
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Taal Crater Lake with the tiny Vulcan Point island

 

The thriving Batangas Province in the CALABARZON region has a lot more to offer. I hope to learn and try diving in Anilao one day, for example. And by the way, I do own a balisong

Coach Conto – Athlete, Warrior, Statesman, Spirit

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