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Mt Batulao
Country Philippines
State Province of Batangas
City Luzon
Type of Location Hill Station
About the Location  

Mt Batulao is a famous camping ground. It looks different from the usual Philippine Mountains because it resembles the European Alps though a much smaller version. The view of the Taal Lake, the Batangas province, the South China Sea and the surrounding mountains like Talamitam and Pico de Loro will definitely fulfill your visual senses.

In the summit there is a image of the Blessed Virgin Mary is firmly erected. The name Batulao was derived from "ilaw sa dalawang bato" (light in between two rocks) or "bato sa ilaw" (light in a rock).

   
How to Reach  

By Bus

Batangas City is 2 1/2 hours away from Manila when using the old inter town route. Using the STAR Tollway route, one can reach Batangas City for just 1 1/2 hour. Tanauan City is about 1 hour away and in between Tanauan City and Batangas City, one will find Lipa City. ALPS The Bus, Inc. [1] is one of many bus companies that travels the said route.
Travellers can take air-conditioned buses in going to Batangas City. Those who want to go to Nasugbu, Calatagan and Lian towns (Matabungkay) can pass via the Tagaytay route.

By Car

When driving one's own vehicle to Tanauan-Lipa-Batangas City, travelers will pass through the South Luzon Expressway, then the STAR Tollway and can just follow the directional signs along the highway.

   
Key places to visit  
Taal Lake, Philippines, Talamitam, Pico de Loro,Mt Batulao
Places to Visit  

Taal Lake, Philippines

Taal Lake, PhilippinesTaal Lake is a freshwater lake located in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon, Philippines. It is formerly known as Bombon Lake, is 60 km south of Manila. It is the deepest lake in the Philippines (172 m) and the third largest in area (234.2 km2). The active Taal Volcano, which is the one responsible for the lake’s sulfuric content, lies on an island in the center of the lake, called Volcano Island. The island is called pulo or islet by the locals.

It is a caldera lake, having been formed partly by the collapse of a large volcanic crater and partly by subsidence. Subsequent volcanic activity has modified the morphometry of the lake. During the 10th century, it was connected to the sea at Balayan Bay by a wide channel, but an extremely powerful eruption of the Taal Volcano in 1754 rearranged the shape of the lake and narrowed the outlet to form the present day Pansipit River, the lake’s only outflow, which leaves the lake in its southwest corner and travels about 10 km to the sea.

Talamitam

Talamitam is a mountain that had a more glorious past. It was named after the talamitam trees that used to grow on its slopes – a reminder of the time when Talamitam had lush vegetation and untarnished ecosystems. Right now, kaingin and irresponsible garbage disposal have obliterated this serenity. As if to testify to the mountain's woes, the statue of the Virgin Mary - which has been described as "the guardian of Nasugbu" - has been literally decapitated. Although the statue has since been restored, it was not a welcome sight at the summit. Sir Nick, formerly the caretaker of the mountain, has spearheaded efforts to heighten awareness of this problem, but it remains to be seen if his efforts will be supported by authorities who are in a position to rectify curb the misguided local practices.

Pico de Loro

Pico de Loro offers a magnificent 360 view from the summit.  Located approximately 85 kilometers southwest of Manila by road, located within Cavite and Batangas rolling mountains, it is situated where the Caraballo Mountains are in the north, Nasugbu, Batangas in the south, Maragondon on the east and the South China Sea on the west.  Considered the highest mountain in the Cavite province, Pico de Loro is the highest point within the boundary of Cavite and Batangas.  The view from the summit is awesome, facing the sea on the north-eastern side of the Manila Bay area.  You can actually see ships passing by the Batangas and Bataan shore lines while the entire Batangas and Cavite on the south-eastern side will offer you a magnificent view of the south-eastern mountains like Batulao and Talamitam.

   
Right Time to Visit  

December - January
May - August

Temperature  

January - February -> 22(°C) - Winter
April - May -> 34(°C) - Summer

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