TAAL LAKE & VOLCANO, TALISAY, BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES
The divine flame of thought is inextinguishable in the Filipino people, and somehow or other it will shine forth and compel recognition. It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!
_ Jose Rizal
Cities, Towns & Provinces
Philippines, named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, is an island nation located at the eastern edge of Asia, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the South China Sea to the west. The country, consisting of over seven thousand islands - some are too small to be inhabited or even named - is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There are about 80 dialects with Tagalog as the national language and English as second.
The country was a Spanish colony from 1565 to 1898, followed by American colonization between 1898 to 1946. There are over a hundred different cultural groups in the Philippines with rich diversity in customs and traditions, as well as food influenced by eastern and western cultures.
Metropolitan Manila or Metro Manila, located in the southwestern part of Luzon, is the main gateway to the Philippines. It is the center of culture, economy, education and government of the Philippines. It is composed of 16 cities: City of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navota, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela, including the municipality of Pateros.
Sta Cruz, Laguna
Laguna is a province in the Philippines found in the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon) region of southern Luzon. Laguna is located southeast of Metro Manila, in the foothills of three mountains - Mount Makiling, Mount Banahaw and Sierra Madre.
The municipality of Talisay is about 52 miles south of Manila. Located in the north-central area of Batangas Province, it is bordered on the north by the city of Tagaytay, on the east by the city of Tanauan, on the south by Taal Lake and on the southwest by the municipality of Laurel. Taal Lake and Volcano is the main attraction in this town.
Tacloban City is located in the northeastern part of the Island of Leyte, on Cancabato Bay in the San Juanico Strait. The MacArthur Landing Memorial Park, a memorial to the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and his troops on October 20, 1944 at Red Beach, can be found in Barangay Candahug, Palo, Leyte.
Quezon Province, formerly known as Tayabas, is the 6th largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area. Located southeast of Metro Manila, the Sierra Madre Range runs along the entire length of the province, including Mt. Banahaw.
Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines, located in the Central Visayas Region. It can be reached by air from Manila or by fast ferry from Cebu. The capital of Bohol is Tagbilaran City, known as the "City of Peace and Friendship", also the gateway to the interior of the island of Bohol.
Philippines has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with coral reefs to explore, sail and surf. Some of the best diving and snorkeling is to be found in Palawan - a large island group not directly part of the other three groups. The country is also home to a diverse range of landscapes – volcanoes, rivers and lakes, mountains, forests and plains.
Most of the lakes in the Philippines are closely related to volcanic and tectonic activities. There are three popular large lakes known in the country: Laguna de Bay located in Luzon, the largest lake in the Philippines, Lake Lanai in Mindanao, the second largest and third is Taal Lake in Luzon.
The city of San Pablo is known as the "City of Seven Lakes". When you are in the area and you have the time, it is worth trying to see all seven of them, as we did. Sampaloc Lake is the largest and is located just at the edge of the town. The view across the lake toward the southeast with Mount Banahao dominating the view is quite stunning. It is a pleasant walk around the lake, its shores mostly dominated by residences and, closer to town, hotels and restaurants. Most of the lakes have fish farms, while two of them, Pandin and Yambo, offer recreation. There are hiking trails that connect all seven of the lakes.