If you happen to be a first time visitor of the Batangas province, the next thing you should know at hand aside from the places to stay and eat at are the products best purchased here.
Batangas is not only a popular summer destination in the Philippines, it is also home to various products which are among the province’s pride.
Butterfly Knives or Balisong
It comes in different sizes, the most popular of which is the “bente nueve” (another term for the balisong knife itself) or the 29-centimeter long variation. This folding pocket knife is mostly available in the town of Taal.
Another prominent product of Taal is their pork tapa. Either fried or grilled, Tapang Taal will surely satisfy your taste buds. There are many stalls in Taal Public Market from where you can buy this tapa.
Coconut trees grow in abundance in the town of San Juan. That is why lambanog (coconut wine or coconut vodka) is among San Juan’s top three products. Lambanog now has various flavors available in the market. Drop by the San Juan Pasalubong Center in Brgy. Maraykit for a bottle of lambanog and other delicacies you can take home.
The name says it all. Bagoong is a fermented anchovy sauce used as dip or a saline ingredient for Pinoy dishes. And Balayan is where the bagoong production industry boomed.
Lobo is known for its Anihan Festival because of its bountiful produce. One of which is the tamarind fruit. When wines from various fruits were produced in other parts of the country, Lobo thought of creating its own variety of wine and that is the Tamarind Wine.
Embroideries, Wedding Dresses, Barong Tagalog
Aside from balisong and tapang taal, Taal also prides itself with the beautiful embroideries which reflect the town’s rich cultural heritage. Locally termed as “burdang Taal”, jusi and piña are the fabrics used for the embroidery. It has been a long tradition in Taal which eventually turned into a local industry, making Taal a one-stop shop for wardrobe on special occasions like weddings, Filipiniana-themed events and the like.
Don’t you miss this humble yet super sweet treat? Taal is known for huge production of panutsa (Batangas’ own version of peanut brittle). One of our followers shared that panutsa making in Brgy. Alupay, Rosario has started since late 1950s. You can find panutsa in every pasalubong center in the province. Get a big one or the bite size ones, it’s just the same treat!
Atchara or atsara is an appetizer famously produced in the town of Calaca. Achara or pickled green papaya mixed with carrots, onions, red bell pepper, and raisins. Being the large producer of achara, Calaca celebrates their popular produce through their CALACATCHARA Festival
We’ll be adding more on this list as we unravel the best products all over Batangas. Keep posted!