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  • Hungry-sailor86
    San Fernando La Union, Philippines431 contributions
    this museum we discovered by accident mot realising its historical significance
    it has a real role in the katipunero movement and saw many key moments in overthrowing spanish colonialism as well as celebrating the heroism of its former occupants
    tour guide was highly knowledgable which is good as not much to read to explain the story
    all in all the tour takes around 40 minutes including a video and a full tour of the house but it is long enough to hold kids attention and educate them
    Written 24 September 2019
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  • Eunice
    Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
    When we came, we were treated to a storytelling of the rich history and culture of this site. The owner of the place was so hospitable and made me feel extremely welcome. I'd definitely come back here again :)
    Written 13 January 2020
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  • Asian_Pilgrim
    Manila, Philippines85 contributions
    The Taal Heritage Village in Batangas is very accessible from Manila via private car and the DLTB provincial bus (Take the Lemery bus) and is just approximately 3 hours away from the Magallanes exit via SLEX and StarToll. There are tricycles that can be hired to drive tourists to all the different heritage houses and other sites. Just be careful to negotiate well because they will charge an arm and a leg if you allow them to.

    This tour can be a whole day visit or spend one night to enjoy its old world charm to the fullest. It is the best and closet alternative to Vigan.

    Start this walking tour by visiting the Municipal Tourism Office which is located near the St Martin de Tours Basilica. They have a free walking tour map that will help guide you to the different heritage houses and musuems. I found the map confusing and there are no directional signs to the different sights within this town. Fortunately, I was told that an improved and updated map is currentlly being prepared.

    Avoid visiting on Mondays because the attractions are closed. I was also told that some heritage houses/museums charge an entrance fee.

    Like most hertitage towns, the streets of Taal are very narrow so parking is a challenge. We parked at the Basilica, then moved to the public market in time for late lunch at the Don Juan Boodle House.

    Things to Do in Taal:

    1. Stay overnight at the Casa Conchita Bed and Breakfast (the only B&B with secured indoor parking) and enjoy traditional cuisine and its gallery of hard-to-find vintage Filipiniana art.

    2. Drink from the healing springs of the Caysasay Church and marvel at the St Martin de Tours Basilica whose trompe l'oeil interior wall and ceilings rival those of San Agustin Church in Intramuros.

    3. Buy yummy Tapang Taal and Taal Summan at the Public Market for pasalubong

    4. Windowshop in the many dress stalls of the clean public market. There are tons of tacky formal gowns, but one can unearth unbelieveable treasures like beautifully beaded dresses fit for a little princess for just P600 to P1000 each.

    5. Visit the Don Juan Boodle House and taste the heritage cuisine such as adobo sa dilaw, crispy fried tawilis, sinaing na tulingan and fried suman with chocolate.

    Taal is fast becoming one of the most popular tourism attractions in Batangas so it is encouraged to get a local tour guide. Book a bed and breakfast or call a heritage house first to make reservations. Some heritage houses are still not quick to readily open their doors for unexpected guests. This, after all, is still an old sleepy town and good manners dictate that visitors should not drop in unannounced. :-)
    Written 24 October 2015
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