Happy Monday! My apologies for the weeks of hiatus – our internet crashed down so as my phone (It’s being repaired now in Singapore and it may take 4 weeks or less, i hope, before it gets back) and i’ve been busy with school lately ( Yes! I’m a student once again! ) hence my week long absence. But thank God for Coffee shops with fast internet connection, I can finally sit back and upload more of my summer escapades! So, where did I left you hanging? Oh, In Antonio’s Breakfast place. On our last day in Tagaytay, we visited the municipality of Taal which is pretty much amazing since I got to visit the biggest Basilica in Asia and Ancestral houses along the way. Now, let the photos do the talking. Have a great week ahead!
First stop at the Municipality was The Basilica de San Martin de Tours or simply known as Taal Basilica. You won’t have a hard time visiting this big guy since it’s pretty much huge and it is situated in the heart of the Municipality.
“The original town of Taal was founded by Augustinian missionaries in 1572 on the banks of the Taal Lake (where the municipality of San Nicolas now lies). Fr. Diego Espinar led the construction of the town’s very first church in 1575. In almost two centuries, the church continued to improve and was rebuilt only to be utterly destroyed in 1754 after the biggest explosion of nearby Taal Volcano. It wasn’t just the church, though, as the whole town of old Taal was so devastated.”
YLAGAN- DELA ROSA ANCESTRAL HOUSE
Aside from Vigan and other parts of Ilocos, Taal has also a large number of houses made by stone or locally known as bahay na bato. During the past years some of the houses were not maintained very well, lucky for some ancestral houses it was preserved well. Just like Ylagan-dela rosa’s. Here you can see the interiors of the house during the past years. Isn’t it vintage love?
Right after visiting these two tourist spots, we then headed directly to Taal Bistro for late lunch (didn’t bother to take photos since i’m really hungry and tired that time) and headed back to the Hotel and then Manila afterwards. Overall, my stay in Tagaytay was fun and memorable since I get to do things I never imagined I would do. Definitely one for the Books! I will see you soon Tagaytay 🙂