Batangas is famous for its white-sand beaches, mountains, and scenic drives. Tourists go all the way to this part of the country to beach-bum, swim, sunbathe, go snorkeling and scuba-diving. The province also has a stunning underwater ecosystem where you’ll see all sorts of corals, fish, and other marine creatures.
It is also home to many old churches some of which are more than centuries old. Batangas has an eclectic mix of old and new because you’ll find ancestral homes and structures that date back to Spanish colonial times amidst modern establishments.
One of the churches that will remind you of colonial times is the San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church. The church got its name from the patron saint of the town, Saint John Nepomucene. The structure has a storied past that dates back to the 1840s. It was initially made of palm and bamboo then it was refurbished into stone. A flood destroyed the original structure and was then transferred to its current location in 1894. It has undergone numerous maintenance works, repairs and renovations to retain its appearance.
Mass Schedule and Other Info
For those who want to attend mass here, the schedules are as follows:
- Monday – 6:00 AM
- T-F – 7:30 PM
- Saturday – 6:00 AM / 6:00 PM
- Sunday – 6:00 AM / 8:00 AM / 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM
FIESTA: The church’s fiesta takes place on May 16. You can join the festivities during that date.
CHURCH WEDDING RATE: The church is also a possible wedding venue. If you are interested you can contact (043) 575 3118 / 0927 845 1475.
How to Get There
- Option 1: San Juan is accessible by public transportation. Board a bus bound for San Juan via Lipa. There are buses departing from Taft, Buendia, Cubao, Alabang, and Kamuning plying this route. Two of the companies that serve this route are ALPS and JAM Liner. Fare is around P190 and the trip may take three hours or more.
- Option 2: Alternatively, you can board a bus bound for Lipa City for around P120 to P180. Once in the city, board another bus bound for San Juan which can cost up to P130.
Attractions Near the Church
- After visiting the church, you can travel to Laiya. You’ll find resorts lining or at least near the beach. Go beach-bumming, swimming or relaxing during your visit.
- Another option is to go to Sariaya in the province of Quezon to see more of the old houses and churches.
- You may also go food-tripping in Lucena.