San Nicolas and Santa Teresita: Historic and Folkloric Notes about some of its Barrios

Exploring forgotten stories about the barrios of San Nicolas and Santa Teresita.

Balandis: the Slanted Houses Along a Road in Cuenca/Alitagtag

Exploring this quaint area in Cuenca and Alitagtag where the houses are slanted away from the road.

Mataasnakahoy: Historical and Folkloric Trivia about some of Its Barrios

Revisiting obscure barrio histories of the barrios of the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy.

An Old Tourist Spot in Taal Called the Pansipit Fishery

A throwback to a by-gone era, when tourists around Luzon visited this resort in Taal and Lemery.

The Hitchhiker who Gets on at the Zigzag in Cuenca Batangas Lipa

A tall tale familiar to all who drive through this curving road in Cuenca. Is it really a tall tale, though?

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28 December 2012

Vampire Stereotypes the Twilight Movies Laid to Rest

When a former player wanted to see me and was asking if I would be at home about lunch time the next day, I said I probably would not. I wanted to see the last of the Twilight saga. To which his mocking reply was, “Sir, you watch Twilight?”

If I am being honest, I am not really the Twilight-watching type. However, earlier this month, I got started with a passable copy of the first Twilight movie that I downloaded months ago but could not before that day bring myself to watch.

22 December 2012

Lipa’s Museo ng Katipunan

There is this little-known gem of a museum on the outskirts of Lipa that I would never have discovered were it not for the magic of the Internet. When I say little-known, I mean exactly that. I have lived in Lipa all my life; and the museum is no more than four or five kilometres from where I live. It has been in existence since the fifties – I was told – but I did not hear about it until I stumbled upon it yesterday while Googling for Batangas-related materials.

The name of the tiny museum is Museo ng Katipunan. It is located in this rural little village west of the city of Lipa called Bulaklakan. The museum itself is not difficult to find – and there are always village folks along the narrow road to ask directions from.

19 December 2012

The RH Bill: No Objections to It But...

The regional news had interviews with citizens on the streets earlier this week on the inevitable topic of the RH Bill. I found it strange that people would even be willing to go on air with their opinions when from their comments, it was quite apparent that few – if at all – of the respondents had bothered to read the contents of the bill.

Personally, I feel that unless somebody has even bothered to make an effort to read the bill, then he or she is not even qualified to participate in the debate. After all, whatever opinions he or she forms will only be based on hearsay.

Filipinos Among ‘Most Positive’ in the World

Filipinos are the eighth most positive people in the world, according to a global survey undertaken last year by Gallup Polls. The survey results suggest that 8.2 out of 10 Filipinos experience positive emotions in a day.

Panama and Paraguay topped the poll results for positive emotions, with Latin Americans dominating the top 10. Thailand, which yielded a slightly higher result than the Philippines, is the only other country in the top 10 not in Latin America.

17 December 2012

Stallions FC Winners as Cup Curse Strikes Again

The curse of the cup final has struck again; and whoever gets to the final next season must loathe ever being branded as favourites! No disrespect to Stallion Penson FC; but Global FC were the betting man’s favourites, arriving as they did for last night’s UFL Cup Final as league champions and with an almost obscene abundance of talent, many of them full Philippine internationals.

The cup, wherever in the world, however, is nothing if not romantic; a competition in which reputations count for little and fortune goes to those who dare.

16 December 2012

Maps of Batangas Cities and Municipalities

This section makes available geographical boundaries, road networks, street maps (where available) and satellite imagery of the different cities and municipalities of the Province of Batangas courtesy of Google Maps. The list of cities and municipalities is sorted alphabetically. Simply click on a desired location to view a map or satellite photo.

The maps and satellite photos come equipped with navigational tools inside the iframes which can be used to move along the map or zoom into it where possible.

  1. Agoncillo
  2. Alitagtag
  3. Balayan
  4. Balete
  5. Batangas City
  6. Bauan
  7. Calaca
  8. Calatagan
  9. Cuenca
  10. Ibaan
  11. Laurel
  12. Lemery
  13. Lian
  14. Lipa City
  15. Lobo
  16. Mabini
  17. Malvar
  18. Mataas-na-Kahoy
  19. Nasugbu
  20. Padre Garcia
  21. Rosario
  22. San Jose
  23. San Juan
  24. San Luis
  25. San Nicolas
  26. San Pascual
  27. Sta. Teresita
  28. Sto. Tomas
  29. Taal
  30. Talisay
  31. Tanauan City
  32. Taysan
  33. Tingloy
  34. Tuy


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San Juan Map

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Mabini Map

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Balete Map

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Tuy Map

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Batangas Hotels, Inns and Resorts

This post contains hotels, inns and resorts that can be found in the Province of Batangas, provided as a public service to travelers and guests of the province. The phone numbers are provided as initial contact information; and Life So Mundane does not certify the accuracy of any of these numbers as these are extracted from web searches and from the web sites of the hotels themselves when available. It is suggested that would be travelers visit the web sites as hyper-linked for everyone’s convenience to get further details about each hotel.

Owners who wish to have your hotel and/or resort listed please leave a message with the name of the hotel and/or resort, a web site URL if available and a telephone number. Web sites will be verified before a hotel is listed.

NAME City/Municipality Contact
Abby’s Garden Resort Taal +63 43 421-1547
Acua Verde Beach Resort & Hotel San Juan +63 2 381-7757
Alpha Asia Hotel & Resort Batangas City +63 43 723 0366
Anfa Royale Hotel Lipa City +63 43 757-5070
Anilao Beach Club Mabini +63 43 410-0512
Anilao Outrigger Resort Mabini +1-303-369-7777
Balai sa Anilao Resort Mabini +63 2 240-2927
Balai sa San Juan Resort San Juan +63 2 240-2927
Bahay Marikit Hotel San Juan +63 43 575-4745
Bambu Villa Resort Mabini +63.922.802.2628
Batangas Country Club Batangas City +63 43 722-1228
Batangas Plaza Hotel Batangas City +63 43 723-7707
Blue Coral Beach Resort San Juan +63 2 559-9747
Blue Dolphin Resort Balayan +63 2 506-3525
Blue Sapphire Hotel Lipa City +63 43 784-1764
Bonito Island Resort Tingloy +63 2 812-2292
Canyon Cove Beach Resort Nasugbu +63 2 908-1111
Canyon Woods Residential Resort Laurel +63 2 521-7878
Casa Cecilia Hotel Taal +63 43 408-0046
Casa Corazon Calaca +63 2 527-1347
Casa Punzalan Taal +63 43 408-0084
Casita Ysabel Mabini +63 2 546-7083
Chateau Royale Nasugbu +63 2 696-4374
Chez Rafael Lipa City +63 43 756-5555
Cintai Corito’s Garden Balete +64 2 475-7629
City Sleep Inn Hotel Lipa City +63 43 312-3933
Club Balai Isabel Talisay +63 43 728-0307
Club Punta Fuego Nasugbu +63 43 781-0385
Coral Beach Club Lian +63 917-901-4635
Days Hotel Batangas City +63 43 980 7321
Diltan Hotel Lemery
Dive Solana Resort Mabini +63 908.8 765262
Eagle Point Resort Mabini +63 2 813-3553
El Grande Residencia Hotel & Resort Lipa City +63 43757-0080
El Madero Farm & and Resort Lipa City +63 43 757-1665
Endaya Cove Cuenca 09178471379
Estrellas de Mendoza Resort San Juan +63 2 819-6050
Evercrest Golf Club Resort Nasugbu +63 2 712-9293
Forest Cove Beach House Nasugbu 0917-501-7239
Galilee Place Resort & and Spa Mataas-na-Kahoy 09277260379
Golden Sunset Village Resort Calatagan +63 2 556-0169
Hacienda Darasa Tanauan City +63 43 778-5354
Halo Anilao Dive Resort Mabini +63917-502-3483
Hotel Cara Lipa City 0917 603 7744
Hotel la Corona de Lipa Lipa City +63 43 756-1223
Hotel ni Mang Jose Lipa City +63 43 784-1897
Jo’s & Johnny’s Beach & Dive Inn Nasugbu +63 2 807-3416
Kabayan Beach Resort & Hotel San Juan +63 2 709-1470
Kamantigue Beach Resort Batangas City 0932-860-5357
King Solomon Dive Resort Mabini +63 917-563-3180
Lago de Oro Beach Club Calatagan +63 917-504-2685
Laiya Coco Grove Resort San Juan +63 2 894-1057
Laiya White Cove Beach Resort San Juan +63 2 994-7392
La Luz Beach Resort San Juan +63 2 726-6687
La Virginia Resort & Hotel Mataas-na-Kahoy +63 2 743-2047
Les Caraibes Beach Resort San Juan 0920-970-6985
Leonor Beach Resort Lemery +63 43 411-2131
Ligaya Resort & Dive Center Mabini +63 2 622-8111
Ligpo Island Hotel & Resort San Luis +63 2 823-5660
LIMA Park Hotel Malvar +63 43 981-1555
Matangbungkay Beach Hotel Lian +63 2 752-5252
Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel Lian +63 2 752-5252
Microtel Inn Sto. Tomas +63 43 405-6957
Monti’s Place Dine & Bed Lipa City +63 43 312-4832
Mount Maculot View Resort Cuenca +63 2 243-3772
Mount Malarayat Hotel Suites Lipa City +63 43 404-3000
Munting Buhangin Beach Camp Nasugbu +63 2 818-4798
Olympic Point Island Resort Tingloy +63 43 417-4164
Palm Beach Resort San Juan + 63 2 850-9544
Paraiso de Miguel San Juan +63 915-7545330
Paseo Verde Beach Resort San Juan +63 43 725-4994
Pier Uno Resort & Dive Centre Mabini
Planet Dive Mabini +63 2 475-2067
Ponte Fino Batangas City +63 2 631-8310
Portulano Dive Resort Bauan +63 917-540-4257
Punto Miguel Lakeshore Balete +63 915-7545330
Punto Miguel White Sands San Juan +63 915-7545330
Rose Gold Beach Resort Calatagan +632 433-7532
Rosemund Resort Bauan +63 2 844-1066
Sabangan Beach Resort San Juan +63 2 914-9640
Scuba Bro Mabini +63 2 724-4045
Sea Freedom Hotel & Resort Balete 0921-226-7629
Seascape Resort San Juan +63 43 706-2811
Sea’s Spring Resort Hotel Mabini +63 2 881-1766
Shercon Resort Mataas-na-Kahoy 0917-506-1204
Sigayan Bay Beach Resort San Juan +63 2 856-4673
SM Travelodge Batangas City +63 43 723-2645
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort Calatagan +63 2 403-8419
Sunrise Cove Calatagan +63-2724-3476
The ALPA Hotel & Restaurant Batangas City +63 43 723-1025
Taal Imperial Resort Taal 0922-777-2710
Talisay Green Lake Resort Talisay +63 43 773-0247
Taramindu Beach Garden Inn San Juan
The Farm at San Benito Lipa City +63 2 884-8074
The Sanctuary Spa Nasugbu
Triple G Beach Resort San Juan +63 915-900-1570
Valentino Resort & Spa San Jose +63 43 783-0558
Verde Island Resort Batangas City +63 43 723-2411
Villa Cornelia Resort Cuenca +63 43 342-1516
Villa Crisanta Garden Resort Rosario +63 917-839-8821
Villa Ferlin Resort Bauan +63 43 980-0428
Villa Gracia Beach Resort Lemery +63 43 411-2171
Villa Khristalene Resort & Restaurant Talisay +63 43 773-0148
Villa Rebekah Resort & Restaurant Nasugbu +63 43 931-1108
Virgin Beach Resort San Juan +63 2 759-2020
Vista Aplaya Resort Mabini 0920-970-5383
Vistamar Beach Resort & Hotel Mabini +63 2 824-0755
Vivere Azure Mabini +63 2 771-7777


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Nasugbu Map

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Lian Map

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Calatagan Map

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Laurel Map

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Calaca Map

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Agoncillo Map

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Lemery Map

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Taal Map

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Distances Between Cities and Municipalities in Batangas

As a guide to would-be travelers in and around the province of Batangas, this listing of approximate distances from place to place using common routes is made available by Life So Mundane. The distances are extracted from Google Earth’s Ruler tool and are therefore estimates as the crow flies or in a straight line. Actual road distances may vary from negligible to significant depending on the curvature of the routes from one place to another.

Distances are provided both in kilometres and miles for everyone’s convenience. For travelers from outside Batangas to get their bearings, the approximate distances from Manila to Nasugbu and Tanauan City, the two major gateways into the Province of Batangas by road, are also given at the end of the table.

From From To
Km
Mi
Tanauan City
Talisay
11.66
7.24
Talisay Laurel
14.30
8.89
Laurel Agoncillo
12.77
7.94
Agoncillo San Nicolas
2.74
1.70
Tanauan City
Malvar
4.70
2.92
Malvar Lipa
10.20
6.34
Lipa
Mataas-na-Kahoy
5.60
3.48
Lipa
Ibaan
14.33
8.90
Lipa
Padre Garcia
9.90
6.15
Padre Garcia Rosario
3.86
2.40
Rosario Taysan
9.54
5.93
Rosario Ibaan
7.77
4.83
Lipa
San Jose
8.88
5.52
San Jose Batangas City
15.53
9.65
Batangas City
Lobo
20.58
12.79
Batangas City
San Pascual
5.94
3.69
San Pascual Bauan
9.69
6.02
Bauan Alitagtag
9.04
5.62
Lipa
Cuenca
13.46
8.36
Cuenca Alitagtag
6.73
4.18
Alitagtag
Sta. Teresita
4.15
2.58
Sta. Teresita Taal
4.41
2.74
Taal San Nicolas
3.32
2.06
Taal San Luis
5.91
3.67
Taal Lemery
6.93
4.31
Lemery
Agoncillo
6.19
3.85
Lemery
Calaca
9.87
6.13
Calaca Balayan
7.24
4.50
Balayan Tuy
8.93
5.55
Tuy Lian
8.57
5.32
Lian
Calatagan
22.11
13.74
Lian
Nasugbu
4.88
3.03
Manila
Nasugbu
69.36
43.10
Manila
Tanauan
58.42
36.30


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Sta. Teresita Map

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Alitagtag Map

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