April 25, 2015 – Saturday DAY 1
7:30 AM FESTIVAL PARADE
8:00 AM Onwards AGRI FAIR/TRADE FAIR
8:00 AM Onwards VISITAS DELAS CASAS
9:00 AM ARTISTS’ EXHIBITION
2:00 PM EL PASUBAT CHALLENGE
7:00 PM DEPED NIGHT
April 26, 2015 – Sunday DAY 2
6:00 AM HOLY MASS
7:00 AM TAALMUSAL
8:30 AM PALARO NG LAHI
7:30 PM BURDANG TAAL FASHION SHOW
BAYLEHAN SA TAAL
CLOSING CEREMONIES AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY
By: Crystal April R. Valencia
An anecdote tells of a native Taaleno who, asked what the town was called, though the question had reference to what he was holding and he replied, “ta-ad” which is the Batangueno’s word for sugar cane points. From “taad” acording to some story – tellers, came “Taal”.
Places in the Philippines usually get their names from the plants or trees that grow in profusion near or around it. The Tal-an trees have always been identified with Taal settlers and the livelihood of the people. This makes the appelation tal-an (where the ta-an trees grow) much more relevant than ta-ad.
Perhaps, it was Datu Puti who coined the name shortly following their landing amidst the Tal – an trees at the mouth of the Pansipit river but time and people have a way of corrupting words, hence Tal – an became “Taal”.
Perhaps, too, with the establishment of Catholic missions, some friar from the region around Barcelona, Spain must have found the sound “Tal-an” almost the same as his birth, he must have given preference to “Tal-an” rather than “ta-ad”. Whit that native propensity of skipping syllables or slurring Catal-an was shortened to Taal and the name stuck ever since.
Not a few Taalenos however take pride in the belief that Taal was so called because it was the place of origin of the natives who were found by the Bornean settlers. Taal means real, true. In those early days, any native who might have wandered to other places might have been identified as “Taal” might have given the place its name. With the coming of the Spaniards the people were called Taalenos.
Taalenos is a name that has always inspired respect, deference, if not awe on the part of other people of the country when they meet a native of the place. To them, the name Taaleno is synonymous with bravery, daring, honesty, fairness, industry and the image of a gentleman.
What can be Found in Taal?
Come and see! :)
by: Crystal April Valencia
Celebrated annually during the month of April, EL PASUBAT Festival is the conglomeration of the trademarks of Taal, Batangas. EL PASUBAT stands for Empanada, Longganisa, Panutsa,Suman, Balisong, Barong Tagalog, Tapa, Tamales, Tawilis, Tulingan — the delicacies and crafts that Taal is known for.
The festival is one grandiose way of highlighting the products of Taal in a celebration made to ignite Taaleños’ pride of the things that contributed to the economic growth of the municipality and the unity that strengthens the people.
Parade of Floats and Street Dancing
The town’s celebration will kick off with a colorful parade and street dancing competition as heritage homes around the town plaza open their doors for tourists to behold Taal’s timeless beauty.
EL PASUBAT Challenge
Champion: Tampuhan Cafe
2Nd Place : Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Health Center
3rd Place: Taal Active Alliance Legion
TAPA Making: Our Lady of Caysasy Medical Health Center
Balisong Making: MGM Ranch
Burda Making: Taal Active Alliance Legion
Suman Making: Don Juan Boodle House
Panutsa Making: Don Juan Boodle House
Awarding Ceremony for the EL PASUBAT CHALLENGE
T A A L M U S A L
Another highlight of the festival is the Taalmusal, a breakfast fete on the streets of the heritage town that will feature Taal’s native delicacies.
PALARO NG LAHI
CONCERT IN THE PARK
What more could you ask for! It’s More FUN in TAAL!
Come and Celebrate with us!
By: Crystal April Valencia
Photos by : Haji Photograps
Featuring: Filipiniana, Retro Dresses, FDAP Outfits, and Wedding Gowns made by Designers of Taal
Burdang Taal is a coined term for the town’s hand embroidery industry which has been existing for many decades now. What makes Burdang Taal a local pride is because of its distinct patterns and accents. It also contributes not just in for the economy but also for the Tourism Industry of Taal.
April 27, 2014 Taal ELPASUBAT aims to promote Burdang Taal. The Fashion Show gives mark to the celebration, it showcased how the crafts of Taaleños were really artistically, intricately and sturdily made .
(Fashion Designers Association of The Philippines)
Wedding Gowns & Barongs
Aside from being known for its rich history, Taal, Batangas has a wide variety of foods and crafts that Taaleños (people of Taal) are really proud of.
Upon visiting Taal, Batangas, be sure to experience tasting their native products such as:
Empanada – It consists of ground pork with potato and carrots wrapped in a soft and delicious crust is considered to be one of the best-tasting versions of this Filipino version of the pocket sandwich.
Longganisa has a distinct taste from being marinated in secret ingredients. The meat is flavored with adobo marinade and garlic. The meat is not finely-ground and contains chunks of fat. It is slightly salty and would fall into the deredaco garlicky (or mabawang) category. This can only be bought at the Taal market.
Aside from bulalo, lomi, and kapeng barako which Batangas is known for, there’s another must-try when you head down here in the province – the tapang Taal.
Usually, when you hear the word tapa, you would think of beef. But in Taal, their tapa is pork marinated in soy sauce with garlic and calamansi. Last week, I had tapang Taal for three straight meals. It’s best paired with fried rice and kapeng barako. Have it dipped in vinegar with onions and chilis. Yummy!
The best thing about having a delicacy or a dish that became a best-seller is the opportunity for the locals to have it as their own livelihood. There are lots of Taal locals selling this tapa and eventually they have been gaining frequent patrons from other neighboring towns and even from other provinces.
Panutsa – It’s Batangas version of peanut brittle – made of caramelized brown sugar and whole peanuts. This sugar-loaded delicacy will surely give you enough dose for a sweet fixation. It may sound common, but Taaleños boast that their peanut varieties are tastier. It comes in different sizes, most commonly in the size of an 8 inch plate.
Suman or rice cake – This is wrapped in banana leaves is also something one should not miss. They say what makes it extra tasty is the fact that it was mixed for several hours in order to achieve a desired consistency.
The suman salehiya which is made of boiled sticky rice is a perfect merienda specially when eaten with tsokolate brewed from tableyang-taal, the distinct chocolate ball ground from cacao mixed with brown sugar.
Burdang Taal (Barong Embroidery) refers to the long tradition of hand embroidery since the turn of the century executed on fabric, especially on jusi and pina, and more popularly sought for the Barong Tagalog worn by the Filipino gentleman. Burdang Taal is also done for ternos and gowns and has a wide range of clothing lines from infants to adults, for both the male and female customers. Other fabrics are also used like cotton, linen and ramie. It is also used to accent garment accessories and home décor items.
Taal is known for, Burdang Taal , its fine hand-embroidered Barong materials, pillow cases, bed covers, table cloths and napkins. The finest burdang Taal are found in workshops and stores at Barangay Niogan and at the public market. The most popular embroidered materials are for making the barong tagalog and saya , the country’s traditional costumes for men and women respectively. There is a wide choice of materials from the expensive semi-transparent Piña made from pineapple fibers, jusi made from silk, gusot mayaman from ramie, cotton and synthetic fibers.
Balisong (Butterfly Knives) – This is a another Batangas’ pride. In the Wikipedia, it is described as: a Philippine folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called flipping, are performed for art or amusement.
One would usually find Batangas butterfly knives stalls on the highways of Lemery and Taal where one could directly buy balisongs. These knives are of various sizes, from a key-chain to beinte nueve – (the standard size) up to a garden-cutter size.
Alah eh, ay tayo na sa Taal!
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