The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the
late revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan,"
Apolinario Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic"
who, despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the
Filipinos and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his
writings. He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities
in revolutionary papers. His wrtings and memorabilia are kept
here. His tomb lies at the middle of the site where a replica
of the house where he was born also stands.
Location : Barrio Talaga, Tanauan
How to get there : Located about seven kilometers from the town
proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes'
drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area, one can turn
to A. Mabini avenue laeding to Barangay Talaga. The Shrine is
open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during holidays.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Travel Time : Approximately 15 minutes from the town proper.
Casa de Segunda Katigbak
The ancestral home of prominent Batangas family, the Casa is
a typical "Bahay na Bato". It is Spanish Colonial yet
tropical in ambiance. It was named after Segunda Katigbak, reputed
to be the first love of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippines' national
hero. Casa segunda is declared by the National Historical Commission
as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists,
poets and persons of learning and distinction.
Location : 198 Calle Rizal, Lipa
Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library
The personal property of the family of the late President Jose
P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical
site and public library. The library is open everyday from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location : A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan
How to get there : The place is located in the town proper and
can be reached by land. Upon reaching the town , turn to A. Mabini
Road. The library is about 100 meters from the national road,
jeepneys and tricycles service the area.
Travel time : About 15 to 20 minutes' drive from the town proper.
Marcela N. Agoncillo Historical
Landmark (National Landmark)
The birthplace of Marcela N. Agoncillo who was known as the marker
of the first official Filipino Flag during the Philippine revolution
against the Spanish authorities. The different flags of the revolution
are also prominently displayed.
Location : Marcela Agoncillo
How to get there : One can take a bus or rented car from Manila
to the town of Taal. Once at the town proper, one may take a
tricycle to reach the place.
Travel time : About 1 1/2 hours by car from Manila.
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse
Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that still
function up to this date. Since it was constructed, no running
ship has ever ran aground.
Location : Calatagan
How to get there : The lighthouse can be reached by taking a
jeepney from the town proper of Catalagan.
Travel time : 40 minutes through semi-rough road.
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