Batangas is a first class province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon, kilala bilang “Industrial Port City of Calabarzon”. Isa rin ito sa pinaka popular tourist destination near Metro Manila.
Hindi lang beaches ang panghikayat sa mga turista. Kabilang dito ang mga diving spots ng Anilao, Matabungkay (madalas venue ng seminar ng FSC at PMPDA) Punta Fuego, Calatagan and Laiya.
Kung pagkain naman ang pag-uusapan, there are lots of Batangas food you’ll love. Batangueños are skilled cooks and fiestas around the towns and barrios will show their expertise in cooking.
One of Batangas food specialties is Kalderetang Kambing (stewed goat’s meat). Ang Bulalo (beef bone marrow and shank boiled) naman ay common along the highway of Sto Tomas. Batangas beef is considered the best in the Philippines.
You should try lechon, the Batangas way. Dahil ang mga Batangueños ay may kakaibang paraan ng pag-lelechon. Tapang Taal (jerked pork) is served with fried garlic rice, sunny side up egg and achara or atsara (pickled papaya). Pero mas maganda kung sa Taal mismo kayo kakain nito. They serve it with hot table tsokolate (cocoa chocolate) poured in rice.
Adobo in Batangas has a distinctive color of yellowish green, dahil yellow ginger ang ginagamit nila instead of soy sauce. Sinaing na Tulingan (boiled tuna), once cooked, can last for days without refrigeration. Niluluto ito sa palayok for at least 4 hours dahil dito sobrang lambot di mo na kakailanganin pang alisin ang tinik.
Maliputo fish can only be found in Taal Lake. This fish has delightful milky taste and usually cooked as sinigang, (boiled with tamarind and different vegetables) or grilled, served with Bagoong Balayan (anchovy). Tawilis, another fish found only in Taal Lake, is a small fish. Usually cooked deep-fried, and served with bagoong Balayan and green mangoes.
Pahuhuli ba naman ang Batangas kung kape ang pag-uusapan? Syempre hindi, Batangas has a world-class coffee called Kapeng Barako (Batangas brew).
Kung showbiz personalities naman ang pag-uusapan hindi rin papahuli ang Batangas dyan. Nagunguna sa listahan si Congressman Manhik-Manaog o Don Robert Dinero sa telebisyon. Ito’y wala ng iba kundi si Leo Martinez. Di nga bat nai-feature pa ang bagoong balayan sa kanyang music album.
“Mantakin n’yo, Recording artist na ako ngayon. Hindi naman dahil marami akong itatapon na k’warta (katunayan nga eh, marami nga’ng natapon) Hindi rin dahil magandang lalaki ako (dati na naman yon, di ba?) Hindi rin dahil makalaglag “P” ang boses ko (sa studio eh, patay na buhok lang ng producer ang nalalaglag). Ang bago kong “Career” na ito ay ipanag-kakautang ko sa presidente’t may-ari ng Alpha Records, si Buddy de Vera”.
Sa kaalaman ng lahat si Mr. Buddy de Vera rin ang syang nakatuklas at nagpasikat sa ating superstar Nora Aunor.
Vilma Santos—Recto, though she was born in Bamban, Tarlac, eh naging Mayor ng Lipa City where she won by landslide victories in three consecutive elections. Siya lang naman ang kauna-unahang babaeng Mayor at kasalukuyang Governor ng Batangas.
Zanjoe Marudo, born in Tanauan, Batangas. He is best known as a housemate of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. First place winner in Bodyshots in 2001, at nakipag-sapalaran sa mundo ng modeling.
He is one of the Top 10 Bachelors by Cosmopolitan magazine in 2006. He posed for the Metro Calendar. Recently, he has appeared in the Bench Fever Fashion Show. He was picked up by Bench top brass Ben Chan to endorse the men’s underwear line by Bench.
Renee Salud the country’s Premier Fashion Designer is also from San Juan, Batangas. He has also earned the distinction of being the “Ambassador of Philippine Fashion”. His clientele include former First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos, Congresswoman Gina De Venecia, Ms. Rosemary “Baby” Arenas, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez and the late Mrs. Dulce Saguisag.
Marie-Ann Umali was born in Batangas City. She competed in other beauty pageants like in Bb. Lungsod ng Batangas in 2006, where she won 3rd Runner up. On the same year she is also a Bb. Pilipinas candidate.
In 2009, she won as Miss Philippines (Binibining Pilipinas World). She also won the Best in Long Gown and Miss Photogenic plum contests during the pageant. She competed against 23 finalists to win the crown; one finalist of the original, Sandra Inez Seifert, was disqualified when it was discovered she had posed for a provocative photo spread in a men’s magazine.
For celebrity couples, very accommodating din ang Batangas as venue for wedding.
Judy Ann & Ryan wedding photo from Patrick Uy; Regine &Ogie wedding photo from www.pinkmagaline.com ; Oyo & Kristine wedding photo from www.jullbar.com
April 28, 2009, Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo tied the knot at San Juan Nepomuceno Church in San Juan, Batangas. Only closest friends and family are invited, because they want it to be simple and peaceful.
The invitation came in a rectangular native brown box read: “Eto na ‘to. Inuman na! Punta kang nakaputi. Sikreto lamang natin ‘to ah”, together with left pair of slipper. The other pair was claimed at the dinner reception. The slippers became the “official” footwear of the guests at the wedding dinner. The reception was at Balai Laiya Resort.
December 22, 2010, another waited awedding event in showbiz finally came. Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez had finally decided to get married at The Peak, Terrazas de Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas.
A thousand butterflies were released while Regine was walking down the aisle to the tune of Ryan Cayabyab’s wedding song Iniibig Kita. She was the first-ever bride to wear a red wedding dress specially designed by Monique Lhuillier.
January 12, 2011, the New Year’s first biggest celebrity event finally unfolded when Oyo Boy Sotto and Kristine Hermosa tied the knot at the Club Balay Isabel in Talisay, Batangas. The private wedding was attended by the couple’s closest friends and family.
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