Taal Heritage Tour with the Ford Everest

One fantastic top-of-the-line car, a great look back at the history and the discoveries along the way.

Taal, Batangas, a National Heritage Town, is a home of Taal Lake, Barong Tagalog, Balisong and old ancestral houses. The municipality is a national historic landmark where some of the most significant Philippine historical events happened in the past.


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Our Ford Everest infront of Taal Basilica
Our Ford Everest infront of Taal Basilica

The experience of visiting in Taal is like being transported to the time of the Spaniards–marvelous architectural houses, complexes, and designs, intricately carved woodwork, antique pianos, magnificent facade structures and high-leveled staircases made of Narra. The constructions of houses then were very charming, looked so romantic. Get allured and marveled at a glimpse of the Philippines’ past and enthuse on seeing that heritage conservation and progress of Taal, Batangas.

Michael and I drive the new Ford Everest - Taal Heritage Tour with the Ford Everest
Michael and I drive the new Ford Everest – Taal Heritage Tour with the Ford Everest

On our joy ride from the big city to the old town and back, Michael and I drive the new top-of-the-line, Ford Everest. The completely well-designed 2017 version is here and ready for almost anything. It is tractable, capacious, and talented. Its large windows and clever comfort let you quickly appreciate the magnificence of the old ancestral structures. It has an entirely purpose-built capability which is designed to tackle tough terrain and unexpected obstacles just like the struggles of Taal as a heritage town; it is making its own definition to achieve sustainable and developmental heritage conservation. With its intuitive techno-control, it is ready to assist you, and so the guides are willing to help you explore the old towns. And the strong strength of 3.2L TDCi Turbo Diesel engine delivers 200PS of power and 470Nm of peak torque, all without compromising fuel efficiency that will also have fueled up your passion for Taal cultural heritage.

Get wondered for a day-trip joy ride filled to the brim with the sentimental journey in Taal, Batangas as we discover, explore and know about history.

Goco Ancestral House

“This house was built more than a century, around 1876 by JUAN CABRERA GOCO and LORENZA DEOMAMPO. Juan was known in a folksy and endearing way as “ANTO KUKOY.” “Anto” for Juan and “Kukoy” or Goco. Juan was a small land owner of modest means who lived frugally. But he was recognized for his honesty and proved it when he accounted for all the funds and contributions entrusted to him as Treasurer or Ingat-Yaman of the revolutionary forces of operating in this part of Batangas against the colonizers. The couple raised seven children, namely daughters Tomasina (Encarnacion), Maria (Asinas), Cirila (Villamin), Emilia (Mangubat), Josefa and sons Eliseo (Physician married to Elisa Ilustre) and Jose (Dentist, married to Josefa Punzalan).

The ceiling of Goco ancestral House
The ceiling of Goco ancestral House
Antique stuff of Goco's
Antique stuff of Goco’s
High-level staircase of Goco Ancestral House
High-level staircase of Goco Ancestral House

The house was restored in 1999, preserving its original structure and appearance, and in line with Taal having been declared a National Heritage Town. Its restoration was initiated by grandson Raul, son of Eliseo and his wife, Marietta Primicias. Raul served as solicitor-general (1992-1996), Philippine Ambassador to Canada (1996-1998) and was the first Filipino elected to UN International Law Commission (1997-2001). Marietta served as Undersecretary and Chairperson of the President Ramos’ Presidential Commission to Fight Poverty. They dedicate the restoration of this house to honor the memory of Juan Goco as a shining example of accountability and integrity and to perpetuate this inspiring legacy for present and future generations of GOCOs to cherish, emulate and follow.

Visitors Area
Visitors Area
The Goco Ancestral House featuring Ford Everest
The Goco Ancestral House featuring Ford Everest

The whole GOCO CLAN welcomes you to their ancestral house.” (Source: GOCO Family, January 1, 2000)

Agoncillo Ancestral House

Marcela Mariño de Agoncillo was born in Taal on July 24, 1859. She studied college at the Beaterio de Santa Catalina. Wife of Felipe Agoncillo, a well-known lawyer who was on 1859 in Taal.

Marcelas cupboard
Marcelas cupboard
Antique sala set in Agoncillo Ancestral House
Antique sala set in Agoncillo Ancestral House
Felipe and Marcela Paintings
Felipe and Marcela Paintings

In 1895, Felipe was accused of leading anti-church and anti-government activities and was consequently ordered to be deported to Jolo, Sulu. Felipe, however, was able to escape to Yokohama, Japan.

Marcelas replica doing his favorite past time, cooking.
Marcela’s replica doing his favorite past time, cooking.
Marcela's monument in beside their ancestral house.
Marcela’s monument in beside their ancestral house.

From Japan, Felipe traveled to Hongkong together with other Filipinos who were accused. While Felipe was in Hongkong, Marcela sent him money through Saturnina, Jose Rizal’s sister. (Source: Philippines Historical Committee, 1955)

Apacible Ancestral House

Leon Apacible was born on October 25, 1965, in Balayan, Batangas. He was an attorney and a judge. He established the masonry in the province. He worked for Miguel Malvar as sword hand; had helped to build the name of Batangas province during the time of Spanish rebellion. Was appointed as representative of Lepanto in Malolos Congress. Married to Matilde Martinez. He was a classmate of Rizal at Ateneo de Manila. Their house was the meeting place of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Mariano Ponce, and other national heroes. (Source: Philippines Historical Committee, 1955)

Michael in the window of Apacible ancestral house
Michael in the window of Apacible ancestral house
inside the house of Apacible
inside the house of Apacible
The window of Apacible house
The window of Apacible house
Michael standing at the balcony of Apacilbe house
Michael standing at the balcony of Apacilbe house

Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours

The Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours or popularly known as Taal Church is a Minor Basilica in the town of Taal, Batangas. One of Taal’s significant heritage showing the faith and belief by locals. The church is considered to be the largest in Asia. Its patron saint is St. Martin of Tours whose feast is celebrated every November 11.

The Basicila of Saint Martin of Tours
The Basicila of Saint Martin of Tours
The front of Basilica
The front of Basilica
The intricately sculpted ceiling of the basilica.
The intricately sculpted ceiling of the basilica.
The Altar of the Basicila of Saint Martin of Tours
The Altar of the Basicila of Saint Martin of Tours

On board of the new Ford Everest, knowing historical heritage and looking back in the history has never been this intriguing, fun and poetic. Having the Everest engineered for extraordinary adventure allows you to know and reminisce things in the past while moving forward to the present. It’s the car that’s perfect for all your historical trails.

The new extraordinary Ford Everest in front of Taal Basilica
The new extraordinary Ford Everest in front of Taal Basilica

Also Read: Top 12 Things to do and Places to Visit in Taal, Batangas

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