Top 10 Things to Do and See in Tayabas City
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The Philippines is home to many wonderful, captivating, and breathtaking places. In fact, some of these places are just a few hours’ drive away from the Metro. One such place is Tayabas City, in the province of Quezon, just south of Manila.
This town features cheap gastronomic fares, UNESCO-worthy churches, and heritage houses that you shouldn’t miss if you happen to visit the place. To provide useful information to the readers, here’s a list of 10 activities to enjoy while in Tayabas.
Things and Places to See and Do in Tayabas
Budin photo by Itsmorefuninthephilippines.com
1. Eat Budin and Yema Cake
One of the things most travelers do when visiting a new place is sampling local foods, so make sure to drop by Kalye Budin to sample the “budin” or cassava cake. It’s heavy on the stomach but light on the pocket. Another gastronomic treat native to Tayabas is the sweet and salty yema cake, particularly Rodilla’s Yema Cake, a local brand that has grown popular in recent years that actually originated from Tayabas.
Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel
2. Visit Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel
This is the biggest Catholic Church in the entire Quezon province. Its captivating key-shaped architecture is one of the many things that draw people to it. Built in 1585, Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel became famous for having the longest aisle and centuries-old church bells. It also boasts of a clock in the belfry, which is thought to be one of the oldest in the whole of Asia. On July 31, 2001, the Basilica was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.
3. Experience Mayohan Festival
The Mayohan Festival is an annual festival commissioned by the municipal government each month of May. The main purpose of this festival is to foster solidarity amongst the locals of Tayabas. The festival lasts for nine days and usually takes place on May 11 to 18.
Tayabas Old Cemetery Chapel
4. Visit the Mortuario de Cementerio de los Indios
The old cemetery chapel in Tayabas also known as Mortuario de Cementerio de los Indios is famous for being one of few cemetery chapels in the Philippines with two belfries. Its Gothic architecture is one of the many things that have endured the old cemetery to locals and tourists.
Casa Comunidad de Tayabas is the biggest “Bahay na Bato” ever restored by the National Historical Institute photo by Nickrds09 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
5. Casa Comunidad de Tayabas
Declared a National Historical Landmark in 1978, Casa Comunidad de Tayabas is actually the town’s old tribunal. It is also one of Tayabas’ most famous landmarks. This was where Apolonio de la Cruz, better known as Hermano Pule, was sentenced to death by firing squad.
Food Trip at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
6. Eat at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
This Kamayan sa Palaisdaan restaurant is a haven for seafood lovers. It’s also one of the favorite stopovers of people traveling to and from Tayabas. It’s comprised of several nipa huts propped up on bamboo stilts in a huge pond. Among the delicacies served in this restaurant are Inihaw na Pla-Pla, Inihaw na Hito, Grilled Squid, and Crispy Beef Tadyang.
Malagonlong Bridge in Tayabas City
7. Malagonlong Bridge
It’s a fact that there are quite a number of centuries-old bridges in Tayabas. However, Malagonlong Bridge stands out from the rest because of its size. This 5-span 445-feet long bridge is the oldest in the entire Quezon province. It is also touted as the longest “Spanish” bridge in the Philippines, as it was built in 1840 during Spain’s colonial era.
“Puente de Alitao Tayabas” by Joelaldor – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
8. Alitao Bridge
Don Diego Urbano built this bridge in 1823. The bridge traverses the Alitao River and is composed of two arches made of adobe. It’s considered a historical sight in Tayabas, and therefore, worthy of a visit or two.
9. Drink Lambanog
Your trip to Tayabas won’t be complete if you don’t drink “lambanog” (wine made from coconut that carries 80-90 proof potency variations). Tayabas is one of the many provinces in Quezon where lambanog distilleries are rampant. This famous drink is even sold at the back of churches for less than 100 pesos per gallon.
Mainit Hot Springs photo by Mainit.info
10. Mainit Hot Spring
This natural hot spring has been converted into wading pools and is considered the only hot spring in Tayabas. It features some roofed pools where you can relax and enjoy meaningful conversations with your friends and loved ones.
These are just 10 of the awesome things and places you can do and see in Tayabas City. If you want to find out what else the town has to offer, make sure to include it in your bucket list of places to visit within the Philippines.