Be transformed and travel through time as you tread this quaint town located at the poblacion of Taal. Main attractions are the well-preserved old houses built during the Spanish colonial period that were converted and reused as museums. Noted historical luminaries in the Spanish era such as Marcela Agoncillo, Don Felipe Agoncillo, Eulalio and Gliceria Villavicencio, and Vicente Ilustre, among others, have ancestral houses in Taal. Most of these houses are open to the public and included in the walking tour packages.
Located on top of a hill, overlooking the town, the St. Martin of Tours Basilica stands tall and proud—a Taal landmark that couldn’t be missed. (Batangas Provincial Government)
Aside from the old houses and churches, there are other places of interest in Taal, such as Lucia’s Well, said to be with miraculously healing water, and San Lorenzo Ruiz’s Steps, which used to be known as hagdan-hagdan before it got renamed in honor of the first Filipino saint, Lorenzo Ruiz. The flight of stairs contains 125 steps connecting Lucia’s Well with Caysasay Shrine and the town center.
San Lorenzon Ruiz’s Steps (above) connecting Lucia’s Well (below) with Caysasay Shrine and the town proper.