First things first. Sepoc isn’t an island. It’s a beach lacing the western tip of Maricaban Island in Tingloy, Batangas. It’s the same island that harbors some of the municipality’s other fast-rising beaches like Oscar Island (which is not an island either) and Masasa Beach.
Until very recently, Masasa Beach was a concealed gem, stashed away from the watchful eye of weekend warriors from Manila. But something this precious is hard to keep secret. As soon as word got out, tourists came in droves, rattling what used to be a dormant town.
Last week, we compiled the 10 best-rated beach resorts in Batangas. A couple of things surprised us: One, that there are a lot of awesome, well-equipped properties scattered around the province; and two — and this is more shocking for us — they are all very expensive. When we averaged
Over the past couple of years, Masasa Beach has emerged as a favorite hideaway among the Manila crowd. What used to be a best-kept secret has become a go-to weekend destination especially for campers. Although relatively remote, Masasa Beach is quite accessible, even if you’re taking public transportation. If you’re
Last year, we featured the 10 best beaches in Batangas with information on how to pull off a do-it-yourself getaway. This year, it’s time for a little bit of pampering — resorts!
Almost every decade, a new destination rattles the world of Manila-based beach chasers. In the 1950s, Matabungkay was put on the tourist map after two German travelers “rediscovered” it. In the 1970s, all roads led to Puerto Galera after UNESCO declared it a protected area. In the late 2000s, the
It’s funny how, sometimes, we know so little about the places closest to us. I grew up in a small Batangan municipality called Lemery, next to the more famous historic town of Taal. Lemery and Taal have always been twin units: Lemery used to be part of Taal during the
Batangas is known for many things: centuries-old churches, irresistible delicacies, a volcano within a lake, a strong accent, and the balisong (butterfly knife). But more than anything else, the one thing that first comes to mind when Batangas is mentioned — beaches. Even the Eraserheads knew this, when they sang
Update (11/2016): We got word that this is currently NOT OPEN to the public anymore. It was a road trip that needed to happen. My friend Victor had been in the Philippines for a few months already, but he had never really gone anywhere since he returned from Canada. Just
Born and raised in a Catholic household in Batangas, I was used to spending a day of the Holy Week on the road for our family’s annual Visita Iglesia. Also called the Seven Churches Visitation, Visita Iglesia is a Roman Catholic Lenten tradition that originated in Ancient Rome. Back then