I was a 21 years old Engineering student in May 2016, when a company came to our school looking for future employees. My friends and I went, took a few exams, got an interview, and in just a few hours was told we had a job waiting for me in Batangas.
Yup, I was hired. We were hired. Needless to say, we were ecstatic. Since we still wanted to take the board exam in October 2016, the company allowed us to do our review and take the exam first. By October, I was an official ECE Engineer! Wohooo! I now have a valid ID.
Since we were already hired in May, we only had to sign the contract to start working fully. On November 7, 2016, my friends and I were now working in Batangas. But what made me say yes to the job? Was it the salary?
No, I was receiving less than 15k a month.
It was Batangas in itself that made me say yes. Before going to Batangas, I googled the place and found a lot of beaches and tourist spots. Growing up in the mountains, I’ve always wanted to live in an area where the beach was only a few minutes away.
But to my dismay, the beach was two hours away. Despite that, my stay in Batangas consisted of frequent trips to the beach and a few more adventures in Laguna.
Here are some of the places worth checking out in Batangas and its surrounding areas that I was able to visit. All of these are just 2 to 3 hours away from Manila, and they’re pretty cheap too.
Batangas Tourist Spots
With the crystal clear water, impressive rock formations, almost white sand, and great snorkeling sites, a period of two days is just not enough to explore all of what the Masasa beach has to offer.
Binukbok View Point
Would you like to go to a pristine location where there is nothing but the sea and a lot of love for it? Then, set your sights and set your schedule because Wanderera has a great adventure for you!
Welcome to Binukbok View Point Resort, a mere three hours trip from Manila.
Bato Springs Resort
Imagine swimming in fresh flowing spring water surrounded by lush green trees. This is what Bato Springs Resort has to offer. Tucked in the city of San Pablo, Laguna, it is frequently visited by weekend warriors in search of a relaxing environment.
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Well known for being a hiking spot in Batangas, Mt Maculot is one of the best places to view Taal Lake. Just 2 hours away from Manila, the mountain can be the perfect weekend getaway when you just want to explore, go on an adventure, connect with Mother Nature, or unwind.
Manuel Uy Beach Resort
Famous for being an ideal place for beach camping, Manuel Uy Beach Resort offers an excellent place for those who want to rough it out.
Located in the humble town of Calatagan, Batangas, Manuel Uy is a small paradise for the weekend.
Looking for an uncrowded beach with clear blue waters and creamy sand? Why not go to Isla Verde? You won’t regret it.
Casa Antonio Glamping
Casa Antonio Glamping is one of the pioneers of glampsites in the Philippines. For a few years now, they’ve been offering their tents (and now also their glamping huts) to every glamper.
Valentino Resort and Spa
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Valentino Resort and Spa is located at Brgy. San Jose, a few minutes before Mt. Maculot if you’re coming from Manila. It was created from the simple thought of combining a health spa and a luxurious resort of international standards so you might as well prepare yourself to be wowed!
Taal Heritage Town
When I first heard of the Taal Heritage Town, I thought it was about the volcano. Little did I know, Taal has the largest Catholic church in Asia, rows of ancestral homes, and rich history. Traveling here feels like a trip back in time especially when you hear the stories of the past.
No Limits KFB Farm Resort
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Ever wondered what it would be like to live on a farm and relax with all the greeneries surrounding you? Now you can at No Limits KFB Farm Resort in Batangas.
One Laiya Beach Resort
For an affordable beach resort in Laiya, don’t forget One Laiya Beach Resort.
La Virginia Resort
Tucked in the province Batangas, the La Virginia Resort offers a stunning view of the Taal Lake and an amazing swimming experience. From castles to superheroes, the place will leave you breathless from wandering around the place.
Batangas Beach Camping Spots
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With all of these places in Batangas, there are still tons of destinations that I still have to visit and travel to. I even created a list. The ones mentioned above are just 25 percent of what I’ve written down. I think any person who’d go to Batangas would also fall in love not only with their tourist spots but with the people, too.
After staying there for more than a year, people now ask me if I’m from Batangas because of my accent whenever I speak in Tagalog. Not to mention, the ‘eh’ at the end of every sentence. Haha.
And when I’m in Batangas, I revert to speaking like a Batangueno changing some words:
- From dito to dine
- From ito to are
- From ba to ga
- From market to palengke (haha!)
The last part was one of the hardest parts for me since we, people from the highlands, prefer to use some English words.
All in all, staying in Batangas is one of my greatest experiences.
With the amazing locals, I found myself falling in love with this place.
If you’ve read my About Me page, you probably already know that I used to work in Batangas. I hail from the Cordillera mountains – Benguet to be exact. When you think about the distance between the two provinces, you’d be asking me what most people ask ‘Why go there?’. Why, indeed.
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