So here’s the second part of my Batangas post. Here a few other towns in Batangas that I have been to that I can recommend for others to check-out too. :)
Balete is just 20 minutes away from Lipa City proper. So, one holy week (around 10 years ago), we discovered this new place where we can do our Stations of the Cross. This heavenly place is called the Marian Orchard. It is a peaceful and serene place where you can do some praying and meditation. It features life-sized sculptures depicting the scenes of the Stations of the Cross. There are also shrines of different saints, a grotto, and a rosary garden. It also has a chapel and the shrine of the Risen Christ. It also has several gardens with fountains so it is really quite relaxing when you roam around the place. The first time I was here, I can really feel God’s presence. I can recommend this place as a good hide-away place when you want some peace and some personal time to pray and just feel God. :)
Life-sized sculptures depicting the scenes of the Stations of the Cross
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Batangas is a lovely province in Luzon’s Southern Tagalog region, located south of Manila/NCR. Here you will find Anilao (Mabini) which is famous for its dive sites, Taal Lake and Volcano – said to be the lake within the lake, old churches and houses dating back to the Spanish times in Taal, Calaca and Batangas City, and the Batangas International and Container Port. There is mountain trekking – in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns. There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake — San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay. Salt-water beaches abound in Matabungkay (Lian town), in Nasugbu, in Calatagan, in Calaca, in Lemery, in Taal, in San Luis, in Bauan, in Lobo, and in Laiya (San Juan town). There are also several island tourist destinations, namely: Tingloy, Verde Island, Ligpo Island, Sombrero Island, and Fortune Island. There are also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.
Lipa City, Batangas is my mother’s hometown. My grandmother and several relatives from the mother’s side live in Lipa, so I frequently go there, spending almost all special occasions and holidays there. Lipa City is full of history so it has become a tourist spot. Lipa has been made popular by the Dancing Sun Apparition and Rose Petal Shower in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, and has been made remarkable since it was lead by Mayor Vilma Santos-Recto for 9 years (1998-2007). So let me share with you several places in Lipa that are worthy to be visited by tourists, and even pilgrims.
Lipa City Exit at Star Tollway
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