Batangas is a blessed province with plenty to offer visitors, from its white sand beaches to its delicious food and rich heritage. There are many resorts open for day tours with facilities for an enjoyable day out. It is also a popular and accessible destination for scuba-diving, snorkeling, and swimming. There are also many mountains you can climb for even just half a day such as Batulao, Manabo, and Taal to name a few. Batangas is also home to many old churches because of the strong Catholic and Spanish influence not just in the region, but in the country.
San Nicolas is a small town in Batangas near Taal with a bucolic atmosphere which characterizes many towns in the Philippines’ rural areas. Here you’ll find the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church. It has a simple yet beautiful exterior and interior. The ambiance inside provides a calming experience ideal for contemplation, prayer, and confession.
Mass Schedule and Other Info
For those who want to attend mass here, the schedules are as follows:
- M-Sat – 6:00 AM
- Sunday – 6:00 AM / 8:00 AM
FIESTA: The church holds its fiesta on September 1. You can join the festivities if you’re in town on this date.
CHURCH WEDDING RATE: Those who want to have their wedding here, you may contact (043) 210 5247 for rates and availability.
How to Get There
You can get close to the church by public transportation. There are buses that depart from Buendia Bus Terminal bound for Lemery, Batangas. Fare is around P140 to P220 and the ride may take up to three hours depending on traffic. From Lemery, you can either hire a taxi to reach the church in San Nicolas or board a jeep that goes to the town.
Attractions Near the Church
- San Nicolas is near a couple of attractions which are possible inclusions to your itinerary. You can go to Taal Volcano and go hiking from the town.
- You can also see many traditional and old houses found in the nearby Taal Town such as the Dona Marcela Agoncillo Museum, Old House of the Agoncillo Family, and the Galleria de Taal.
- You can also visit the Basilica de San Martin de Tours – also known as the Taal Cathedral – which is recognized as the largest Catholic Church in Asia.