Yuletide Feels in Taal Batangas
Taal Batangas, famous for well-preserved 19th century Filipino-Spanish adobe stone homes turned into a Christmas town because of the light display near the Basilica. A spectacular Christmas decoration in front of the oldest church in the Philippines and in Asia. It is a must-see if you want to have the yuletide feels this season.
Your kids will definitely appreciate the giant Christmas tree, the colorful tunnel of lights, LED step lights, jellyfish streetlights, nativity scenes, the laser lights show with smoke effects and many more.
Tunnel of lights
Upon arrival, we lined-up for a groupie and that was the only time we were together😅because of the big crowd. It was the largest since its opening according to locals because ABS CBN, the biggest network in the Philippines featured the display.
I never saw any person holding a cellphone not looking for a good angle to take the perfect shot with the jellyfish streetlights because just look at them. They were like living things, at least according to my kids. 😁
The LED step lights
Your kids will take a step then a different color of light will appear. They had fun chasing the colors and playing step up and down while guessing the next color.
Giant Christmas Tree
It wouldn’t feel Christmas-y without it. TAAL was also lighted in green beside the Christmas Tree.
Taal Basilica or the Basilica of St. Martin of Tours
I saw a brief history of the church from this website. Click here for more details.
- It was designed by Spanish architect 95 meters long and 45 meters wide where the adobe stones were dug up in a nearby barrio and carried uphill to the site. The structure was held together by lime and not cement. The tabernacle is made of silver, the only one of its kind in the country according to the article.
- Originally built in the town of San Nicolas in 1575 but destroyed in 1754 Taal volcano eruption and 1849 earthquake. Built in present location in 1755 and rebuilt after the earthquake in 1865.
- The structure took shape in 10 years and resembles St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and covers almost half a hectare of ground area.
There were also the nativity decorations and the laser light with smoke effects. They turned the lights off during the show to focus on different shapes formed by the laser light like the old church of Taal and many others. The show was truly impressive and your kids would definitely enjoy the night.
You should also try the street food nearby with famous food of Taal like empanada, panutsa, suman and kalamay. We never had dinner as we did not plan for this trip thus tried some of them. Sadly there was no bibingka anywhere. We craved for it on our way there just like the old days after Simbang Gabi. Nevertheless, the food selection satisfied our starving kids😄.
Places to Visit
There are also other places to visit aside from the display. Explore the rich-in-culture small town and learn history with its well preserved structures and architectural beauty. Check the official tourism website of Taal, click here for full details. Some of the famous places are:
- adobe-stone homes; Casa Villavicencio, Marcella Agoncillo Museum, Villavicencio Wedding Gift House, Galleria Taal, Agoncillo White House and the Apacible Museum
- oldest churches; Our Lady of Caysasay Church and Taal Basilica
- restaurants like Don Juan Boodle House and shop for world’s famous balisong and Taal barong.
This is a good place for family bonding these BER months because of the colorful decorations, lights and sounds display. Your kids will definitely jump for joy when they see the place. The only downside is that they will be uninterested in your Christmas trees at home now.
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