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Adventures, Batangas, Philippines

Taal Heritage Town: A Photo Diary

Right after the family’s Vigan trip, I met up with Jb here in my hometown (Calaca, Batangas) to spend a pre New Year regular hangout. We also met up some of my friends for a birthday drinking session later that night. He spent 3 days (4th day he has to leave) here and Calaca being the low profile town that it is, offered none but hidden and unnamed river streams, memorial parks (wtf, I know!), farm and fields, and all sorts of native (and identical to some other cities’) delicacies.

But hey, Taal is just a 15 minute drive from my house which lead me to the idea of bringing him there. Taal, like Vigan, is a heritage town but not well preserved and maintained like the former. Once you enter this quaint little town, Spanish architecture houses will greet you left and right. I and Jb just walked through the alleys and found this new camera museum called Galleria Taal.

Having gone back and forth in Taal for more than 10 years (my alma mater is in Taal), I assume that this is the first camera museum in the place. According to the care taker who greeted us, it showcases Manny Inumerable’s collection of rare cameras and a gallery of antique photographs during the American occupation. My photos do not comprise 50 percent of the magic inside. I highly recommend this place if your the kind who has a sincere inclination to photography. Some of the cameras inside are the Kodak Eastman Century Studio Camera, a collection of leicas and rolleiflex, new editions of Canon and Nikon cameras, and even a gold plated Nikon camera. Museum entrance fee is 70 php each.

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Brunch for two at Cafe G. The place is as vibrant as its food. I can also recommend this to those who will be visiting Taal.

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We could not miss the magnificent and grand Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, Taal Church. We climbed the Taal Belfry to which you have to pay 50 php for the maintainance of the old structure. I need not to say things because this church is the real bomb.

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It was a day trip but a well spent one day adventure. Everything wasn’t planned but things still turned out the best. Maybe right now, I could start digging the idea that spontaneous adventures are one of the best, if not the best of all adventures. :)

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37 Comments

  • Reply Mikyu January 11, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Ang ganda naman jan! Parang I wanna visit the camera museum!

    • Reply chester January 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      My photos did not even give justice. I swear, there’s a lot more!

  • Reply A January 12, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Nice!! I remember spending summers in Taal. There’s this resort I guess that overlooks the volcano and I have such fond memories (and terrible ones). :)

  • Reply Christine January 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Wow! Those photos are gorgeous! I love the church and the gallery, especially all of the wood (floors, walls, etc.) I love that traditional type of room/building. The architecture in the church is stunning with all of the archways and artwork in the walls! What an amazing day it looked like! :)

    • Reply chester January 15, 2015 at 1:32 am

      It was really an amazing day! :)

  • Reply Jordan January 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Wow wow wow! Coming over from the link-up and man, your pictures are gorgeous!!! They are so beautiful yet haunting at the same time. Glad I found your blog!

    • Reply chester January 13, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Thanks Jordan! Here’s to more years of friendship to us.

  • Reply Sydney January 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    This only makes me want to travel even more! Absolutely love these photographs, and the camera museum looks so interesting. I wish I lived somewhere where day travel could happen, but unfortunately everything requires planning and lots of time. You’re very lucky. :)

    • Reply chester January 14, 2015 at 12:27 am

      Thank you!Same sentiments, Sydney!

  • Reply nadine January 14, 2015 at 1:56 am

    really great pictures! I’ll note this post if I ever travel there in future (:

    • Reply chester January 14, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Thank you Nadine!

  • Reply James January 14, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Really like how you compose your photos, man. :)

    • Reply chester January 14, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Thank you James!

  • Reply Mary January 14, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Please bring us here, love!

    • Reply chester January 14, 2015 at 7:03 am

      I will. Someday! <3

  • Reply Anne January 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Waah//Very historic! Love your photographs, Chester. BTW, thanks for dropping by on my blog.

    Anne

  • Reply Mimi Gonzales January 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    This place is just really full of wonders. I’ll definitely put this into my list of places to visit there! :) Also, the pictures are all so beautiful. How do they manage to lure me so much??? Gosh, I really thank you for showing this to us! :)

    xo, Mimi

    • Reply chester January 15, 2015 at 1:31 am

      You should! 😀

  • Reply Christa January 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

    For as often as I travel to the Philippines, I don’t remember ever really stepping foot near Taal. I normally spend my holidays somewhere based around Vigan or Makati/Taguig whenever I’m there. It looks really cool though, and it’s awesome that there’s a vintage camera museum over there!

    • Reply chester January 15, 2015 at 9:46 am

      I have been to Vigan. Both Taal and Vigan are equally quaint places and worth visiting!

  • Reply Wild Hearts + Green Tea January 15, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Sounds like a fun day! Looks wonderful, thanks for sharing the pictures. Also have to say that I love the design of your blog, so easy on the eyes :)

  • Reply Uglyfish January 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Gosh, the church looks lovely, so detailed and beautiful. The arched ceiling is so stunning, I’d love to see more of it! A camera museum sounds interesting, and a great learning experience.

    • Reply chester January 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      The camera museum was the bomb!

  • Reply Corinne January 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I love camera museums, there’s one near to my house – well, it’s an industrial museum, but it has a whole room full of massive old cameras and an old cinema. It’s fab!

    Corinne x

    • Reply chester January 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I would love to visit that!

  • Reply Christina | Route Bliss January 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    As a collector of vintage cameras, I’d visit just for the camera museum alone! That pizza is making me hungry … think I know what I’m making for dinner! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    • Reply chester January 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Awww. I kinda want to see your colection!

  • Reply Jessica January 24, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Whoa. These are some nice pics.

  • Reply Chrizzia January 30, 2015 at 9:50 am

    amaaazingg! I’d definitely go back and see that camera museum :) I love the content of your blog <3

  • Reply Yshy March 28, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Backreading your posts and I’m happy I glanced upon this one! Ang ganda!! How to get there from Manila kaya? Haha 😀

    • Reply chester March 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      There are buses in Buendia that pass through Taal!

      • Reply Yshy March 29, 2015 at 12:21 am

        Oh, got it! :) Is the museum easy to find?

        • Reply chester March 29, 2015 at 5:14 pm

          Yes. It’s quite known to the locals.

  • Reply Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon September 20, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Hi, I’ve been visiting your blog from time to time but I just discovered today that you’re also a Batangueno! I’m actually from Taal and I realized I haven’t written about my hometown so that would be one of my projects. I know it’s weird to comment just now (it’s too late hahaha) but I’m just amazed to find a kababayan blogger. :)

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