The holidays are coming? Planning on heading out? Do you have any idea where to go yet? Wait, stop right there! We’ll decide for you – Yes! And you’re going to Nasugbu, Batangas! Here’s a rundown of the many reasons why Nasugbu should be on the top of your to-go list.
According to the official page of the town of Nasugbu, prior to colonization, the coastal town had a population of a thousand people. It used to be a part of the Tagalog region which Chinese historians referred to as ‘Mai.’ Along with its surrounding areas extending to the Bicol Peninsula, Nasugbu was said to be one the most civilized and prosperous regions even before the Hispanic period. Before it became one of the top destinations for adventurers and tourists, it was a place known for its many haciendas. Working for the rich mestizo hacienderosbecame the people’s primary source of living.
Upon the arrival of the Americans and the succeeding Japanese occupation, the haciendas in Nasugbu eventually became the home of rebels. It was only after the end of the Second World War that the people permanently found their way back to normal life. Finally, during the 1970’s, the hacienda owners decided to sell to the people majority of their landholdings. These lands are now the 42 barangays that comprise its municipality.
While Taal Volcano will never be off anyone’s list, you should know that there are tons of other things to do within the area. Go town-hopping and make the best of nearby towns which are just as rich when it comes to Natural History. Follow the recommendations of the Batangas, Philippines blog and visit Marcella Agoncillo’s ancestral home in Taal, or Casa De Seguda in Lipa (Katigbak – yup, Rizal’s first flame) if you’re in the mood to be transported back in time. Or visit Basilica San Martin De Tours, which is rumored to be the oldest in Asia. Or even see the site of the miraculous falling roses at the Our Lady of Mediatrix in Lipa, Batangas.
Foods and Festivals
Salubong festival in April, Parada ng Lechon in May, and Coffee festival on December 11-16, the list goes on. Speaking of coffee festival, ditch Starbucks and make sure to grab a cup of Batangas’ famous kapeng barako. You’ll be sure to have your nerves jolted wide awake. When planning your trip out, as with any out-of-town excursion, make sure that there’s a festival to make full use of the authentic provincial experience!
For more travel ideas, watch out for our second installment of the Things to do series, here at CitiGlobal.com.ph.