Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines

A montage of verdant fields, hills, and mountains are what you will see along the coast of lush white sand beaches when you pass by Nasugbu. A first class agricultural municipality in Batangas, Nasugbu is famous for resorts, heritage houses, historical landmarks, and rest and recreation destinations. And just when you think that’s all there is to this town, wait until it charms its way to your heart with its natural attractions. Some of the must-visits are Karakawa and Fortune Island, the former being a series of multi-tiered naturally formed rock pools hewn out of the mountain. The latter, on the other hand, will transport you to some unearthly place created only for the gods. The origins of how Nasugbu got its name is passed from word of mouth. According to a legend, a group of Spanish soldiers went on a sightseeing tour of the friendlier villages on the western coast of Batangas. The group came upon a native couple cooking rice in a palayok (clay pot), the lid of which rattled over the steaming rice. In Spanish, the group leader asked the woman: "¿Cómo se llama este pueblo?" ("What is this place called?") The woman, who knew no Spanish, thought that the stranger was asking about her pot of rice. "Nasubo na po iyan, eh, kaya ganyan" ("The rice is boiling; that is why it is like that,") she replied. The Spaniard repeated the word "nasubo" and nodding his head towards his companions, introduced the word to them. The village henceforth began to be called by that name. 

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