Another Aniversario Especial! This is a long due post btw. XD
Last year, we spent our anniversary at Cafeno (by my request) and we had a lovely date!
For this year, we spent it in the nearer-in-Manila Vigan: Taal!
|Welcome to Taal - the balisong and barong capital of the Philippines!|
BASILICA DE SAN MARTIN DE TOURS (TAAL)
Our first stop was the biggest church in Asia - Basilica de San Martin de Tours - aka Taal church.
|J posing with the majestic church|
|Back of the prayer room|
|Look how huge this structure is!|
|Antique-looking building adjacent the prayer room|
|Posing time again!|
|Photo of me and the church. Grand, it is.|
|Left side angle of the church.|
|The magnificent church|
We also walked around near the area.
Saw a not-so-maintained Jose Rizal statue. Please, if anyone with power in Taal is reading this, please please repaint this statue. Jose Rizal, being our national hero, should have a more dignified statue. It partially reflects on how we view our culture.
Buntong-hininga. Going back... The town is filled with ancestral houses.
|Interesting old houses nearby|
|The common two-storey house type during the Spanish colonial period.|
For refreshments, we went to Taal Bistro.
|With the menu|
|Obligatory light photo|
BRIDAL SHOPSWe also visited the bridal shops and the market! I didn't take pictures of the market, though.
Taal visit would not be complete without the museums.
Our first destination is the Galleria Taal.
|Aka Ilagan-Barrion ancestral house.|
Galleria Taal is an ancestral house turned into a camera gallery. Entrance fee is Php70 per person.
|Inside the house.|
|This photo was controversial during the time it was published because it was said to be provocative. |
Find out why during the tour! :)
|View from the outside. Cat siesta.|
|She's holding a panorama film.|
|Golden camera - limited edition.|
Next stops were Don Leon Apacible Museum and Dona Marcela Agoncillo Museum (though I didn't take photos from the latter. :( Battery problems). They didn't charge fees, but there's a donation box near the registration book. (We did donate but I won't say how much. XD)
|The great man behind it all. Miguel Malvar's right hand, Emilio Aguinaldo's finance officer ad a delegate in the Malolos Congress.|
|A haunting picture. Look, until the cost of our freedom sinks in.|
|Up we went.|
|A couple pic (Ray Ban, hi future sponsor please) inside Don Leon Apacible Museum|
|Intricate metal artwork.|
|Excuse my blurry photo, but I have to show you this because classy mosquito net holder. Yes, that's why.|
|Another classy metalwork. Toothpick holder.|
|Us, with a copy of The Malolos Congress. Rayban, please sponsor our trips please please! :D|
Trivia: You know about aliping sagigilid (gilid - corner)? They were called as such because they were only allowed to step on the corners of the house. They can only step on the middle if they're called for by their masters. The house turned into museum has those corners.
My favorite find in Taal is Tampuhan Cafe. We took lots of pictures using J's phone, but sadly, most unfortunately for me, they were all deleted due to formatting. :(
Anyway, Tampuhan Cafe got its name from a painting of two lovers having their tampuhan. The painting was in the shop, and it really depicts its title.
|My love, feigning tampo.|
|They have cheap coffee and free wifi. What more can you ask for?|
As for the food, they offer cheap but good coffee. I tried brewed coffee and lava cake. It's an awesome combination.
As for the last stop, we went again to the church, because we can't get over with its beauty. I also had to take the photo below.
|J, the moon (the white dot above), and the church.|
Overall, I truly enjoyed the heritage town. Allow me to state it like this: the Filipino culture and history were overflowing in the town, that I as a visitor had to take some to be rooted in my system.
Looks like we didn't get to taste any of Taal's delicacies like tapang Taal, so we should go back! :)