Lipa is sweetly tucked on a valley between Mt. Makulot and the Malarayat mountain range.
Lipa was the first coffee capital of the Philippines. In 1800’s, it was considered to be the 4th largest producer of coffee in the world. However, The thriving coffee industry came to a sudden halt in the 1900’s when plantations of coffee plants suffered coffee leaf rust disease. Today, the city is working on bringing back the glory days of the coffee industry in Lipa.
It is a first class city in the province of Batangas. It is 78 kilometers south of Manila- roughly an hour drive or less thanks to the efficient expressway. It is considered a major recreational, commercial, religious, educational and industrial center in the province of Batangas. Here are the must-visit places in this coffee town.
If you’re thinking of visiting this beautiful city, check out my list of ten things to do in Lipa city:
1. Visit Museo de Lipa – A trip to the museum as a first stop is always a good step to start exploring a place. It gives a chance for people of Lipa and visitors to go on a historical journey of Lipa’s past. It houses a good number of artifacts, mementos and a lot of antiques donated by collectors and some of the city’s high-borns. It also exhibits a coffee corner. In the Philippines, coffee is almost synonymous to Batangas. Some tools and utensils use in coffee production are neatly displayed in the corner. The museum is located in Plaza Independencia site along Katigbak Street.
2. Check out Carmelite Monastery – It is said that a number of apparitions happened in this Carmelite convent some 50 years ago. There was a shower of rose petals with images of Mary, Christ and Holy Scenes on them. It happened again in 1991, and after a couple of days after the rose petals shower, the statue of Mary came to life as seen by 6 children who, then, were playing in the convent’s gardens. Now, it has become a religious destination for pilgrims.
3. Marvel at Casa De Segunda – This house was built from 1886 to 1888 during the glorious years of Spanish regime. Casa De Segunda boasts of its Spanish architectures, bahay na bato. It was named after the first love of our national hero Jose Rizal, Segunda Solis Katigbak. The National Historical Commision declared it as a heritage house.
4. Attend the Coffee Festival – It happens every October. This is to celebrate the famous Batangas Barako Coffee.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Coffee by chichacha
5. Relax at The Farm at San Benito – The 48-hectares of verdant greens on the foothills of Mt. Malarayat is this world-class health resort. They offer spa treatments, meditation and yoga. It is an ideal place to rejuvenate.
6. Pay homage to San Sebastian Cathedral – The big, attractive and colorful cathedral was first built in 1605 by the Augustinians. It has a pipe organ with a grand baroque design. The ceiling has big and elaborate paintings.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): San Sebastian Church by Cesarcambay
7. Eat Lomi – a visit to Lipa will not be complete without chowing down a bowl of noodle soup with shrimps, squid balls, liver and vegetables. One of the more famous restaurants is Liams.
8. Unwind at BluRoze Parks and Wildlife – The place is ideal for camping, team building seminars and retreats. It was once a piggery and poultry farm. Now, it is park filled with fruit-bearing trees, medicinal plants, shrubs, vines and a lot of ornamental plants.
9. Play at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club – It is a 27-hole championship course designed by world-renowned J. Michael Poellet design group. It has a country clubhouse, driving range and a lot of sports facilities.
10. Check out Museo ng Katipunan – The museum exhibits the original flag during the Philippine Revolution. The flag still has the bloodstains of the katipuneros. It is located in Barangay Bulaklakan.
Have you been to Lipa City Batangas? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.