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.
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.
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.
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.