I was 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, had an interview and in just a few hours was told I 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.
Must Visit Places in Batangas That Are Only A Few Hours Away From Manila
Why Visit: Its surrounding waters are full of marine life. You’ll see here
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Binukbok View Point
Why Visit: This place is a
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Bato Springs Resort
Why Visit: During
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Why Visit: If you want to take a closer look at the Taal Lake, Mt. Maculot is the way to go.
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Manuel Uy Beach Resort
Why Visit: There are no fancy amenities in Manuel Uy. You only have the beach and the sea making it every beach camper’s dream.
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Taal Heritage Town
Why Visit: Is Vigan too far? Taal Heritage Town is just an hour away from Manila, and it’s full of ancestral houses.
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Taal Villavicencio Wedding Gift House
Why Visit: As one of the most beautiful ancestral house in Taal, this place is a must visit. It boasts of Victorian-era designs, too.
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No Limits KFB Farm Resort
Why Visit: If you love the outdoors, No Limits KFB Farm Resort offers wide open spaces for you to run, play and trek. They even provide fresh eggs and fruits for free!
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One Laiya Beach Resort
Why Visit: For an affordable beach resort in Laiya, don’t forget One Laiya Beach Resort.
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La Virginia Resort
Why Visit: Just like a theme park but with tons of pools, La Virginia Resort will bring out the kid in you.
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Batangas Beach Camping Spots
Why Visit: Love camping? You’ll love this list.
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With all of these places in Batangas, there are still tons of places 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 ba
- 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.
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.
Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.