When Pinoy families in Manila want a short holiday away from the city, Batangas easily comes to mind. Nasugbu, one of its municipalities, sits peacefully at the Western coast of Southern Luzon. For years, the town was quiet and lazy, with sugar production being one of its major industries. Its location, however, also allowed it to be a tourist destination. It gets flocked by beachgoers especially during the summer.

It’s no Manila yet, let alone Tagaytay, but it has the small town charm with relative convenience. If you’re just looking for a place to get away from the city with your girl or your bros just for the weekend, or if you happen to be in Tagaytay and want to go to the beach 30 minutes away, Nasugbu is the place to be. In this new edition of Day Trip, we list some activities you can do to spend the day, according to locals. Ganire la-ang:

Architecture Appreciation

Photo courtesy of CVMN

Photo courtesy of CVMN

Architecture enthusiasts can take pleasure in checking some of the Catholic Churches in Nasugbu. One of them, called Lumang Simbahan, or “Old Church”, is a hidden abode of a once grandiose place of worship, now in ruins. St. Francis Xavier on the other hand is found along the highway that runs through the town proper, and continuously provides a place for holy mass, weddings and funerals.

Try the Old-Time Flavors

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Photo courtesy of CVMN

When things and places stand the test of time, you know it’s doing something right. Empoy’s has catered to the lechon manok and liempo needs of the locals for years. Kainan sa Dalampasigan has also been around for a long time, and to this day still stands as a sweet haven of various foliage, cozy-looking interiors and its delicious classics like baked tahong, crispy pata, and leche flan.

Chill in the Town Plaza

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Photo courtesy of CVMN

If you’re in the mood to immerse in the local daily grind, it may be fun to walk around the plaza, get some street food (at your own risk!) and just walk or sit on a bench. An old train locomotive sits at the edge of the public lot, commemorating the heydays of sugar production in the town when trains were still used for transport.

Go to the Public Beach

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Photo courtesy of Caveman Travels

The sand is black and fine. There’s driftwood lining the shore where the water level would have been on a high tide. Stray dogs and locals tread past you, and some people pass by the shore on small horses. Somewhere along the shoreline, there’s a strange-looking commemorative monument  for the Filipino-American Allied Landing in 1945. The waves hit, and on the horizon, there is nothing but the open sea and the silhouette of Fortune Island.

Rent a Boat to Fortune Island

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Head over to Fortune Island Beach resort in Barangay Wawa, and from there, you can rent a boat that will take you to the famed island. On the boat it’s easy to forget about everything as you rip through the cool breeze and waves. And as you reach the island, you are welcomed by an almost mystical sight.

These are some things to do if you ever plan on going to Nasugbu. Have you been there already? Which of the activities we listed would you most like to do? Let us know in the comments!

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