What are the best aspects of living in Batangas, Philippines as a young adult?

Batangas Beach Resort with pool

I work Sto.

Tomas, Batangas which is just a jeepney ride away from Laguna, but my home is in Batangas City, at the very heart of Batangas province.

,To be perfectly honest, my living conditions here isnu2019t very magical.

But things here are not as expensive as NCR, and the traffic is more tolerable, and though the shops are quite limited, with the emergence of online shopping, this need has been subdued.

,But the produce are very cheap.

At least in my home, vegetables are being shared by neighbors or are being sold in coin values.

,Decent apartment rates go as low as $40 monthly here (Sto.

Tomas area, about 20 sqm, 1 bedroom apartment w/ T&B), compared to Manila rates of $90 monthly and itu2019s still the not decent type, then compared to Laguna, the same $40 rate is for an apartment half the area of where I live.

,I can commute for 60 km in less than 2 hours here, from Sto.

Tomas to Batangas City, even in rush hours.

This commute includes 6 vehicle transfers yet Iu2019d spend the same time if wanted to commute from Cubao to Pasay (15 km at most and one bus ride), not even in rush hour.

,Food parks are slowly coming to the mainstream, offering more food choices than common fast food.

If you are a working young adult, there are quite a few places that offers IG-worthy food and aesthetics.

Food parks are also offering night time parties and alcohol which can help unwind young workers.

,There are quite a number of mass hiring industrial parks here that can make job hunting a lot easier than other provinces, though the prevalent need are mostly for skilled workers.

Most industries operate 24/7 so shifting and 6-day work is also common.

,There are many resorts in different areas of Batangas as well.

Some are pools but since Batangas is in the Southern shores of Luzon, there are several beaches as well.

White sand beaches in San Juan to Laiya and Nasugbu, brown sand beaches in Lobo to Ilijan and Mabini area, and for the cheap, there is also an open for all black sand beach in Wawa, Batangas City.

But wait, thereu2019s more.

There is a natural spring in Bukal, Concepcion, just a teeny bit walk from the highway and for the more adventurous, mountain falls and springs in the Haligue, Batangas City area.

In my fatheru2019s hometown in Rosario, there is also a mountain river where they used to play as kids.

There are many other places but Iu2019m sure that I missed but Batangas province is quite big so cut me some slack.

,And then there are also mountains to hike here such as Mt.

Maculot in Cuenca, Mt.

Batulao in Nasugbu and Mt.

Gulugud Baboy in Mabini.

There are others but these three are the mainstream.

,For the spirituals, Batangas is also a home for well-known churches such as The Basilica of St.

Mountain de Tours, Caysasay Shrine and Sta.

Lucia well in Taal, National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto.

Tomas, Mt.

Carmel in Taal, San Rafael the Archangel church in Calaca, Calueruega church and Don Bosco Batulao in Nasugbu.

,Taal in itself is an easy to go tourist spot resembling the Calle Crisologo feels in Vigan because itu2019s also a maintained ancestral town.

No calesas though, but at least, the horses are not being enslaved to carry a rickshaw on a hot weather.

,The cities in Batangas are at most, suburban.

Even though my address says, Batangas City, our backyard is a vast grassland used for herding cows and goats.

My parents used to sit on our terrace, simple appreciating the breeze from the North/East or South/West depending on the time of the year and the monsoon winds.

Even my own home in Sto.

Tomas is less than a kilometer away from the foot of Mt.

Makiling.

Nature is still prevalent in Batangas and I find the greens refreshing compared to the grey buildings inside the industries and other cities.

,Our specialty food isnu2019t too expensive: the Lomi eateries can be found in almost all towns and costs just less than $2.

00, already good for sharing.

,Another good thing I found just recently in Batangas are the obscure road-trip worthy roads.

These roads are mostly encompassing the rice fields from Rosario to Taysan area.

,I guess what I like the best is that there is no need for u2018out of townsu2019 to get to the good activities here.

And for a young adult, the cut in the prices here compared to other cities makes it very economical to live here.

Note: I actually find Laguna akin to a close sister to Batangas in terms of quality of living, though there are way better shops there than in Batangas, at the cost of more expensive living and also a bit heavier traffic.

Cheap Beach Resort in Nasugbu Batangas

I work Sto.

Tomas, Batangas which is just a jeepney ride away from Laguna, but my home is in Batangas City, at the very heart of Batangas province.

,To be perfectly honest, my living conditions here isnu2019t very magical.

But things here are not as expensive as NCR, and the traffic is more tolerable, and though the shops are quite limited, with the emergence of online shopping, this need has been subdued.

,But the produce are very cheap.

At least in my home, vegetables are being shared by neighbors or are being sold in coin values.

,Decent apartment rates go as low as $40 monthly here (Sto.

Tomas area, about 20 sqm, 1 bedroom apartment w/ T&B), compared to Manila rates of $90 monthly and itu2019s still the not decent type, then compared to Laguna, the same $40 rate is for an apartment half the area of where I live.

,I can commute for 60 km in less than 2 hours here, from Sto.

Tomas to Batangas City, even in rush hours.

This commute includes 6 vehicle transfers yet Iu2019d spend the same time if wanted to commute from Cubao to Pasay (15 km at most and one bus ride), not even in rush hour.

,Food parks are slowly coming to the mainstream, offering more food choices than common fast food.

If you are a working young adult, there are quite a few places that offers IG-worthy food and aesthetics.

Food parks are also offering night time parties and alcohol which can help unwind young workers.

,There are quite a number of mass hiring industrial parks here that can make job hunting a lot easier than other provinces, though the prevalent need are mostly for skilled workers.

Most industries operate 24/7 so shifting and 6-day work is also common.

,There are many resorts in different areas of Batangas as well.

Some are pools but since Batangas is in the Southern shores of Luzon, there are several beaches as well.

White sand beaches in San Juan to Laiya and Nasugbu, brown sand beaches in Lobo to Ilijan and Mabini area, and for the cheap, there is also an open for all black sand beach in Wawa, Batangas City.

But wait, thereu2019s more.

There is a natural spring in Bukal, Concepcion, just a teeny bit walk from the highway and for the more adventurous, mountain falls and springs in the Haligue, Batangas City area.

In my fatheru2019s hometown in Rosario, there is also a mountain river where they used to play as kids.

There are many other places but Iu2019m sure that I missed but Batangas province is quite big so cut me some slack.

,And then there are also mountains to hike here such as Mt.

Maculot in Cuenca, Mt.

Batulao in Nasugbu and Mt.

Gulugud Baboy in Mabini.

There are others but these three are the mainstream.

,For the spirituals, Batangas is also a home for well-known churches such as The Basilica of St.

Mountain de Tours, Caysasay Shrine and Sta.

Lucia well in Taal, National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto.

Tomas, Mt.

Carmel in Taal, San Rafael the Archangel church in Calaca, Calueruega church and Don Bosco Batulao in Nasugbu.

,Taal in itself is an easy to go tourist spot resembling the Calle Crisologo feels in Vigan because itu2019s also a maintained ancestral town.

No calesas though, but at least, the horses are not being enslaved to carry a rickshaw on a hot weather.

,The cities in Batangas are at most, suburban.

Even though my address says, Batangas City, our backyard is a vast grassland used for herding cows and goats.

My parents used to sit on our terrace, simple appreciating the breeze from the North/East or South/West depending on the time of the year and the monsoon winds.

Even my own home in Sto.

Tomas is less than a kilometer away from the foot of Mt.

Makiling.

Nature is still prevalent in Batangas and I find the greens refreshing compared to the grey buildings inside the industries and other cities.

,Our specialty food isnu2019t too expensive: the Lomi eateries can be found in almost all towns and costs just less than $2.

00, already good for sharing.

,Another good thing I found just recently in Batangas are the obscure road-trip worthy roads.

These roads are mostly encompassing the rice fields from Rosario to Taysan area.

,I guess what I like the best is that there is no need for u2018out of townsu2019 to get to the good activities here.

And for a young adult, the cut in the prices here compared to other cities makes it very economical to live here.

Note: I actually find Laguna akin to a close sister to Batangas in terms of quality of living, though there are way better shops there than in Batangas, at the cost of more expensive living and also a bit heavier traffic.

nasugbu, batangas beach resorts white sand

Greetings fellow budget traveler!,There are a few things to consider but generally, not at all too different from any other day in the year.

BUT, you are gonna want to visit the provinces if youu2019re interested in our beaches.

That said, consider that:,Price of services tend to be higher during the holidays.

That includes hotels and resorts if youu2019re booking late.

Thatu2019s an increase of anywhere between 5u201315% on top of regular rates, make sure to factor that in your budget.

,The archipelago is made of several thousand islands, but the biggest groups, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao all have distinct flavors.

Speaking only of beaches, here are some you can look up on the net, Iu2019ll try to add descriptions as much as I can for beaches Iu2019ve personally been to all of which are in Luzon but Iu2019ll also drop beaches which friends have recommended.

,Plan for a bit of traffic if youu2019re arriving during the holidays, they can ruin a well-planned trip if you let it.

,LuzonBolinao: White sands, great cliffs, caves, not so cheap rates for popular establishments, extremely cheap rates if you can book a room/hut owned by a local, seafood is not cheap so try to get a tour guide to haggle for you, can be a bit crowded but maybe not so much during Christmas or New Year.

,Subic: OK beaches, clubs, relatively cheap resorts, try out u2018The Coffee Shopu2019 which serves Filipino and International dishes,Anawangin: Calm, clear, waters, white sands, less crowded than most beaches, the only caveat(?) being, itu2019s totally detached, you get here via a 20u201330 min boat ride, thereu2019s no electricity, and youu2019ll have to cook (and bring) your own food, IMO thatu2019s the best thing about this place.

,La Union (San Juan): Surf beaches depending on time of year, great food, cheap rooms, try out the circle hostel for a unique u201croomu201d experience, very accessible,Caboangan: White sands, great (cheap) seafood, relatively newly opened, resorts are great for big groups but have no idea for smaller groups, downside is the long ride along rough roads, itu2019s a romantic place though.

,Baler: Very much like La Union except this one is a bit harder to access.

,Batangas (Nasugbu): Modern resorts, white sands, great for activities, not a lot of variety in food offered (at least from my experience).

,Palawan (Puerto Galera): Lined with clubs, also a great destination for activities, similar to Boracay, food is a bit expensive and getting here involves a half-hour boat ride from nearest port.

If you want the nature-y version, go to Puerto Princesa.

,Hundred Islands (Alaminos, Pangasinan): Cheap lodges, white sands and cheap seafood.

About half-an-hour boat ride from port but really is not that hard to get to.

You can rent snorkels and they have good places to dive too.

,VisayasBoracay: Well known, well established.

Beachfront is lined with clubs and resorts (and algae).

Also very good place for activities, Iu2019ve not mentioned, but most of what I list is also available in other beaches, also will try to add $ signs denoting price range, but these can vary from beach to beach):,Snorkeling ($),Scuba diving ($$),Paragliding ($$$),Banana boat/Flying Fish rides ($),Island hopping ($ usually comes free with snorkeling),ATV and Jet ski rentals ($$),Zip-lines ($),Caramoan: Only came recommended, so not a lot of advice I can give, but generally, relatively new beach so pack food if resort food is not for you.

,MindanaoTingko: Again, came recommended only, BUT, white sands, cheap resorts, very popular place (if not most popular),Aloguinsan (Hidden Beach): Not as crowded and has cheap resorts,,Not too different from any other country celebrating holidays, youu2019ll see a lot of people buying stuff for Christmas and New Year, moderate to heavy traffic in cities and warm smiles!,Some general advice:,If you can, get a tour guide or befriend a local, it just makes it so much easier.

Takes a bit from the exploration, but for me is worth it, considering youu2019ll only be here a week (or two).

,Learn a few words from the language, locals will try their best to speak English but you donu2019t want to spend a lot of time going back and forth, this is why itu2019ll also help to have a guide.

,Donu2019t just go to one beach.

Some are near each other but offer very different experiences, check out Puerto Galera and Pricesa for example.

,Get a roaming plan or mobile internet thatu2019ll work in the Philippines, thisu2019ll help you tons if you ever need to do any on-the-go researching.

,When in doubt, donu2019t.

,Above all, Enjoy!