A quaint and unassuming town upon first sight, Taal will let you feel as if you have travelled back in time. This 3rd class municipality in Batangas is bombarded with remnants of Filipino Herritage that is seen from their welcome arch to the houses that are restored and maintained in their old grandeur. St. Martin de Tours Basilica (also known as the Taal Basilica), reputedly known to be the biggest Catholic Cathedral in the Far East, is one of the main things to see in this town. Taal’s name has been translated as “native” or “true” to Bornean settlers. Some old folks believe that the name originated from the wild palm trees on the shores of the lake and along the banks of the Pansipit River known as Tal-an, while others believe it was derived from Ta-ad, an old Batangueño term for sugar cane points. Taal's Heritage Village is rich in history and stories that mirror the affected and diverse lifestyle Taalenos have encountered. As time passed by, some ancestral houses turned into gift shops, museums, galleries and hotels yet they preserved the architectural beauty of the homes. Also,Taal is the haven of authentic Balisong and intricate-detailed Barong Tagalog made from Piña fiber.