“Ala eh!”

Everyone in the Philippines would probably know where this two-word expression came from and where else will it be but it is the Batangas City. A very strong dialect is one of the things that the province of Batangas is very well known for, but aside from that, beaches, old churches, balisong and coffee industry also make the province popular.

For Batangueño’s who decides to transfer to the Metro for study or work, their dialect makes them stand-out from everyone else. Aside from a very strong pronunciation that is popular and can be heard mimicking in movies and shows, there are also words that are used by them and are used differently by Metro residents. Words such as “yayao” which means to leave in Batangas, actually means going to die in the Metro. Another word that is used differently is “liban” which means to cross the street in Batangas, actually means skipping class in the Metro.

Balisong and coffee industry is one of the economies in the province. Balisong or the “Batangas knife” or “butterfly knife” is a lethal weapon since the time of 800 A.D. It can be opened fast by a skilled professional and though dangerous, it is a good tool for self-defense; it is done in the town of Taal. On the other hand, a very strong coffee, Kapeng Barako / Barako Coffee came from this province. The term Barako actually means tough men which is very appropriate for this kind of coffee as it really gives you a tough coffee experience.

For tourist destinations, Taal which is known to be the Vigan of the South does have old houses and a home of the oldest Catholic church not only in the Philippines but in Asia as well. This is the Taal Basilica or the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours. This Minor Basilica has a Baroque structure and one of the things that make every visitor be in awe is the paintings that are done very elaborately on the ceiling and the walls.

If you are a fan of the iconic band Eraserheads, you will clearly remember the way Batangas was mentioned in the song Overdrive. “Magda-drive ako hanggang Batangas. Tapos magswi-swimming d’on sa beach…” Yes, the province is a home for a lot of great beaches though it doesn’t offer white sand beaches, this doesn’t stop the beachgoers to enjoy the stunning beaches of the province. The most popular place when talking about the province is the Laiya in San Juan. It caters to a lot of resorts from budgeted and high-end ones. Calatagan, Nasugbu, Anilao, Tingloy, Lian are also some other places that offer a different kind of public and private resorts.

For wedding destinations, the Caleruega Chapel in Nasugbu, Batangas will always be part of the list. As small as it can be, the chapel gives a very intimate wedding and a panoramic view of nature is perfect for photo opportunities. “Close to nature, Closer to God” is the theme of the place which makes the place also perfect for retreat and recollections.




Book your hotel room in Batangas. Simply click the name/links of any hotels below and it will bring you to the booking site. Most of these properties are offering best deals rooms.

Acuaverde Beach Resort & Hotel Inc.
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines

Anilao Awari Bay Resort
Brgy. Solo, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, 4202

Anfa Royale Hotel
Barangay San Carlos, LIPA CITY, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines

Batangas Country Club
Bolbok Road, Batangas, Batangas, Philippines

Camp Netanya Resort and Spa 
Brgy. Ligaya, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, 4202

Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa
Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, 4221

Canyon Woods Resort Club
Diokno Highway Barangay San Gregorio Laurel- METRO TAGAYTAY, Lemery, Batangas, Philippines, 4120

Calinisan Beach Resort
Agoncillo-Laurel Road, Barangay Buso-Buso, Laurel, Laurel, Batangas, Philippines, 4221

Cintai – Coritos Garden Hotel
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan, Balete, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines, 4219

Club Balai Isabel Hotel
Banga Talisay, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines

Club Punta Fuego
Barangay Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines

Coral Beach Club
Lian Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas, Philippines, 4216

Condo Units Pico De Loro Hamilo Coast Apartment
Pico De Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Brgy. Papaya , Nasugbu Batangas, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, 4231

Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort
Barrio Bagalangit, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, 1227

Hotel La Corona de Lipa
Kilometer 84 President J.P. Laurel Hi-way, Pilahan, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines

Microtel by Wyndham Sto. Tomas – Batangas
First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Philippines, 4234

Montecillo De Leonardo Resort
Purok 7 Brgy Gonzales, Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines, 4232

NDN Grand Hotel
26 J.P. Laurel Highway, Barangay San Roque, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Philippines, 4234

Pico Sands Hotel
Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, 4231

Seas Spring Resort
Barangay Mainit, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

The Farm At San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines

Seascape Resort
Bauan, Bauan, Batangas, Philippines

White Castle Hotel and Resort
Balibago, Lian, Batangas, Philippines

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  1. Wow, what a comprehensive list! You may want to add Casa Astillero, too! So quaint and perfect for families!

  2. I’ve gone to a few of these places. There are some here that are in my list of places to visit, maybe for our family’s next vacation. 🙂

  3. Looks like a great adventure. I envied all your trips, for real!

  4. I haven’t stayed in Batangas but we frequently go there since it’s near where I live.

  5. I’ve been to the several resorts here at Laiya. Batangas has a lot of wonderful beaches and historical sites so it’s nice to check out the above hotels.

  6. Will be considering this hotels if our crew will be visiting Batangas. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. I’ve been to Malarayat Golf Club and it’s a really beautiful place to spend a staycation in. It makes you feel you’re in a different place because it was really private. Vistamar and Eagle Point are just a few resorts really known by the Batanguenos.

  8. Jojo Vito Intraspec

    in my wish list..hope to have some training gigs here in the future 🙂

  9. next in our business trip 🙂

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