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Taal is home to several heritage structures similar to Intramuros in Manila dating back from the Spanish colonial period. The town is famous for its old ancestral houses. Aside from that, Taal is also known as the capital of Barong Tagalog and Balisong (Butterfly knife).

The town is a hidden gem. You will be amazed by how much history there is in its old structures.

This is the reason why I always come back to Taal.

The first visit

My first visit was when our boss gave us a treat before she left for a new assignment in China.

I got hooked when I first visited Taal. Maybe because I really love history especially in the Spanish colonial era. The culture and old structures were maintained.

Short but sweet

The second visit was short but sweet because I was able to travel together with my partner and daughter after our vacation in Pico De Loro – Beach and Country Club, Nasugbu, Batangas.

It made me realize to always travel together with my daughter. 

Places to visit

Agoncillo-Mariño Ancestral House

Address: Calle Marcela Mariño Agoncillo

Agoncillo Ancestral House

Leon Apacible Ancetral House

Address: Calle Marcela Mariño Agoncillo

Leon Apacible Ancestral House

Galleria Taal – The first camera museum of the Philippines

Address: Calle Marcela Mariño Agoncillo

Goco Ancestral House

Address: Calle H. del Castillo

Goco Ancentral House

Casa Recuerdos de Taal

Address: Calle H. del Castillo

Casa Recuerdos

The San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps

Address: Calle H. del Castillo

San Lorenzo Steps

The Miraculous Well of Sta. Lucia

Address: Calle H. del Castillo

Sta Lucia Well

Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay

Address: Calle H. del Castillo

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours

Address: Calle San Martin

Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion

Address: Calle Marcela Mariño Agoncillo

Where to stay

Address: H. Del Castillo

It is located in the middle of Taal Heritage Town so you can easily access all good places. The rooms are clean and spacious. The breakfast buffet is good and they have very courteous staff who will attend to your needs anytime. 


Address: Calle Gliceria Marella

The place will take you back in the Spanish era – from the bed you will be sleeping to the surroundings and murals. The structure has more character than what you will see in the other places.

They offer complimentary breakfast like tap-si-log ‘Tapang Taal – Sinangag – Itlog’ and tablea.


Address: Diversion Road, Brgy. Carsuche

The hotel might be quite far but you may still reach Taal Heritage Town by taking public utility vehicle or with your private car.

The staff are nice and courteous. They offer complimentary breakfast.

You may also consider this place to be part of your list in choosing a wedding reception.

Cecilia Heritage

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Roland Lorenzo

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