Places near Metro Manila to Reconnect with Philippine Heritage

Take a tour into the country’s past.

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While most people would make the long 10-hour journey to Vigan to see old Filipino houses, unbeknownst to many, a mere 3-hour distance away from Manila, in the town of Taal in Batangas, situates a number of old, well-preserved houses.

Many mansions of wealthy families from the 1700s such as the Agoncillo Mansion, Don Leon Apacible House, Casa Punzalan, Doña Gliceria Marella Villavicencio Residence and Doña Marcela Marino Agoncillo home, to state a few, open their doors to visitors.

Besieged with intricate and stylish interiors prevalent during the colonial period, one can find an Instagrammable spot in almost every corner. Located not far away are the centuries old Shrine of the Virgin Caysasay and the Taal Basilica or otherwise known as Basilica de San Martin.

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Marky Ramone Go

Marky Ramone Go

Marky Ramone Go is a travel-junkie, writer and photographer based in the Philippines. Aside from contributing articles to various publications and websites, he narrates his experiences wandering the tropical paradise of the Philippines, the culturally rich regions of South East Asia, Sri Lanka and India on his travel blog Nomadic Experiences. After Asia, he is keen on exploring South America and eventually hoping to trace Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" trail in the United States to Mexico.