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After having selfies and group shots, everyone hopped on the tour bus to start exploring our next destination – the Historic City of Tayabas. Apart from being one of the most progressive town in Quezon Province, Tayabas is known for its heritage sites and colorful past.
Pasalubong Shops in Calle Budin
Our first stop was at Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel. The local historians call it Susi ng Tayabas because of its key shaped blueprint. In 1590 the church underwent renovations that were supervised by St. Pedro Bautista, and designed after St. Michael the Archangel.
Basilica of St Michael the Archangel
Basilica of St Michael the Archangel is one of the 12 Basilicas that can be found in the Philippines. Apart from being the largest Catholic church in the Province of Quezon, the Basilica of St Michael the Archangel is also known for its huge Church Clock that is considered to be one of the oldest and biggest in Asia.
Freshly Cooked Tamales
Our next stop was at the famous Calle Budin in Jacinto Street. Calle Budin is a street in the City of Tayabas where you can find stalls selling freshly baked Budin – local term for cassava cake.
Aside from Budin, other delicasies like Broas, Pancit Habhab, Tikoy, Kalamay, Longganisa, Pinagong, Tamales, lambanog and other pasalubong products from Quezon province.
Rodillas Restaurant – Makers of the Original Yema Cake
From Calle Budin, we proceeded to Barangay Mateuna to visit the famous Malagonlong Bridge.
Puente de Malagonlong or Malagonlong Bridge is a 445 foot-long five-span bridge built in 1840. Malagonlong was the longest bridge ever made during the Spanish colonial era with approximately 100,000 adobe blocks used. The Bridge is one of the eleven (11) stone masonry bridges in the city that reminds them the importance of Tayabas as a former capital of the province.
Malagonlong Bridge Historical Marker
If Mexico has Tequila, the Philippines has Lambanog – the best liquor that can best represent the Philippines in the international market. Being the producer of the Philippines best tasting Lambanong, your visit to Tayabas will not be complete without buying or tasting their famous pure coconut vodka.
While en route to Sariaya, we had a quick stop at Capistrano Distillery in Barangay Wakas. The lambanog distillery is owned by Capistrano Family, one of the two leading lambanog producers in Tayabas.
Unfortunately, the owners were not there during our visit to give us more information about their lambanog production but the person in charge graciously allowed us to taste their lambanog while showcasing their products in various flavors and packaging.
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