The municipality of Bauan, Batangas is ready to take center stage. Despite the dreadful traffic, it is making a name for itself in a much more positive way. To make the most of your time, go for this 7 must-try things to do when in Bauan.
Bask Under the Sun in the White Sand Beaches of Sampaguita
Batangas has long been associated with quick escapes at the beach. Some of the well-known dive spots are Anilao in Mabini, other superb vacation destinations are in Laiya in San Juan, Nasugbu, Tingloy and Calatagan. But the municipality of Bauan also has its fair share of white beaches along the seaboards of Barangay Sampaguita. Since Sampaguita has just started to step into the limelight, some of the infrastructures are still in progress. However, after enduring an approximately 40 to 45-minute bumpy tricycle ride from Anilao, you will get to take pleasure in its clear blue waters, coarse white sandy beach that are almost secluded from the rest of crowd. Today, there are a number of resorts that operate in Sampaguita which cater to weekenders. Il Sogno Resort is one of them.
Become One with Nature at Abaksa River
It awaits you right at the heart of Inicbulan. Find serenity as you set afloat Abaksa River’s cool placid waters. The river has been enhanced to create a deeper water reservoir but they made sure that the changes they did kept it to its most natural state. Breakaway from the usual beach holiday and be surrounded with lush greens for a change.
Indulge in a Mouthwatering Baby Back Ribs at Johanna’s Grille
Who loves meat? I do! Better get those forks and knives ready to dig in to a delectable, fall off the bone baby back ribs at Johanna’s Grille. The house turned into a restaurant had opened its doors for quite a while now feeding hungry locals. Visiting divers also feast in the grille before (or after) they go deep into the underwater world. Aside from their best-selling baby back ribs, Johanna’s Grille also serves burgers and other American barbecue favorites. Of course, they also offer classic Filipino dishes. The prices are above average but still reasonable compared to other steak houses.
Have a Fill of Authentic Batangas Lomi
Make room for more, because the food journey isn’t over yet. Among the myriad of Lomi variety around the country, Batangas-style Lomi is the one that made a mark. When in Bauan, Rori’s Refreshment & Eatery is the place to be. The restaurant was established in 1996, back then they used to make their own noodles nevertheless, they have maintained that same good taste. Fancy a bowl of perfectly cooked noodles in thick, rich and flavorsome broth topped with crunchy pork ‘chicharon’ and boiled egg for only PHP45.00 ($1). They also have other Filipino favorites like Pancit, Halo-Halo and more. Visit Rori’s Refreshment & Eatery located at Don Quintin Castillo St cor. J Y Oroza St., Poblacion III, Bauan, Batangas.
Visit Bauan Church – Immaculate Conception Parish
It is one of the century-old churches in Batangas. According to Wikipedia, the Church of Bauan, also known as Immaculate Conception Parish, is a type of Neo-classical church. The construction of the present church made of stone started since 1762 and was completed by 1861, finishing touches and decorations of the interiors and exteriors continued until 1881 and 1894 respectively. Prior to that, the church had been relocated thrice, the third was in 1690 to where it is presently located. As early as 1596, Mahal na Poong Santa Krus (Holy Cross of Bauan) has been its patron. The cross was made of Anubing, a type of hardwood, which was found in Dingin, a place of worship, near the town of Alitagtag. The Holy Cross of Bauan was said to be miraculous and had protected the town from many different types of plagues and natural disasters. These miracles credited to the Mahal na Poong Santa Krus enticed a lot of devotees.
Celebrate Sublian Festival
The town of Bauan celebrates Sublian Festival every 2nd of May. It intends to regain consciousness of the devotional dance, Subli to honor the Holy Cross of Bauan (Mahal na Poong Santa Krus). Subli, a native dance of Batangas, is a combination of words subsob (stooped) and bali (bent) referring to the men’s stance during the dance. A street-dance is staged to showcase not just the traditional dance but the colorful costumes too. It is also celebrated in the municipality of Agoncillo and Batangas City. Whenever you’re in Bauan during the time of the year, don’t miss this event.
For more information, photos and videos on Sublian Festival and Bauan, please check Bauan MIO Facebook Page
Buy ‘Pasalubong’ (souvenir) – Londres and Pianono at Ka Idro’s Bakery
For anyone who has sweet treats as their happy pill, a box-full of Londres at Ka Idro’s Bakery is a must-try. Londres is a sugar coated bread made only in Bauan, Batangas. It is available everyday but not all day, by 11 AM everything is sold. Londres is somewhat similar in texture to that of broas (lady fingers) or biscocho (but softer and a bit chewy). These small, square-shaped sugary delights have been my favorite ever since I’ve tasted it. Aside from Londres, Ka Idro’s Bakery is also known for their Pianono, soft rolled cake with cream filling. Ka Idro’s Bakery (in present location) started in 1987, however, they were first known as Bauan Bakery in the 1940s.
Bauan, Batangas has been eclipsed by its neighboring communities and has been identified mostly as the town before reaching Anilao in Mabini. But the municipality of Bauan is more than just a gateway to Anilao and other distinguished places in Batangas. Bauan is vibrant, it is lively, and it is a destination on its own. So, put it on your list and check out these 7 must-try things to do when in Bauan.
How to get to Bauan, Batangas
From Manila, you can take the bus from Cubao or LRT Buendia going to Batangas Pier for 165 or 157 respectively. Then take a jeep from Grand terminal to Bauan. Travel time: 2 and ½ to 3 hours depending on the traffic.
From Dasmariñas Cavite, you can take a van from Pala-Pala terminal. A little tip is to take the van route that goes from Lemery to Bauan, saves you from the traffic plus you get to have a peek of Tagaytay.
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