The past couple of days have shown a drastic change in temperature. From having a Baguio-like temperature in Manila, it seems like the nationwide air conditioner has been turned off.
As the month of April begins, we need to plan for the upcoming long weekend that everyone has been anticipating. Closely observed, Holy week is often seen as a time to repent and strengthen one’s faith. For some, it is also a time to relax and stir away from all the stresses of work and school. In order to get the most out of the highly anticipated start of the summer season, consider these reasons why you should spend your holy week in Batangas.
If you value your time wisely, Batangas is the most practical way to spend your precious short vacation. Two hours away from the Metro will grant you unspoiled beaches and a relaxing sunset view that will remind you how great it is to be alive. If you’re the kind of person that values a quiet time alone along the shores of the beach, then Batangas would be a great alternative over the overpopulated Boracay and Palawan. Of course, you don’t want to be surrounded by noisy tourists and desperate vendors. Through choosing Batangas, you get to allocate more of your travel time into relaxation and recreation while enjoying your privilege to privacy.
Endless choices of activities
If you’re not too sure what you want to do during Holy Week, Batangas offers a plethora of activities to choose from. A trip to Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world, can be both serene and adventurous depending on your preference. Eating to your heart’s content can also bring the joy back in your tummies after being deprived of food because of intense projects at work. Of course, what is Batangas without swimming? Hanging out by the beach with your family is just the cherry on top of this trip. If you’re craving to do something more active, trying scuba diving out in Anilao, Batangas will let you discover a whole new world like you’ve never seen before.
Batangas is the home of several century-old Churches which are worth the visit. Make sure to visit the largest Church in the Philippines and in Asia, Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours. Your way to Taal Basilica will also provide you a trip down the memory lane as you pass by well-preserved ancestral homes. Another noteworthy Church you can’t miss is the Parish of the Immaculate Conception located in Balayan, Batangas. It is declared by the Philippine government as a National Cultural Treasure for its baroque style. The Church is said to have been covered with stone fortifications to protect them from pirate invasions. These two Churches are only the tip of the iceberg as you can also visit other Churches such as San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa, Marian Orchard in Balete, Church of St. James the Apostle in Ibaan, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lipa and the list goes on.. Lovely Churches in Batangas will make you thank God that you went Bisita Batangas.
Pro tip: End your itinerary with a short trip to Tagaytay to cool off your short but sweet holy week escapade.
No matter what how or where we spend our Holy week, we must never forget the true essence of this season. Book your rooms in advance now at Eagle Point Resort to secure the best accommodation for your holy week vacation!