When one thinks of Batangas, the first few things that come to mind are beaches and mountains. The province has a beautiful coastline that makes it an attractive short trip destination over the weekend or holiday. The mountains here are also stunning, characterized by verdant, rolling hills and a rugged landscape. However, the province is also home to many centuries-old churches because of the strong impression the Spaniards made on the country.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Santo Tomas is an example of the Catholic influence in the Philippines. Like many churches in the province, this church has undergone extensive maintenance and reconstruction work to keep its beautiful exterior and interior. Upon first glance, you wouldn’t realize the church (or at least the parish) is more than a century old, but the cracked bell that dates back to the 1890s will quickly remind you of the long history of the church.
The inside has a spacious nave and a beautiful altar on which you’ll also see many detailed religious icons. There are also statues of the saints scattered around the church. Say a prayer for your loved ones or sing a hymn before leaving.
Mass Schedule and Other Info
For those who want to attend mass here, the schedules are as follows:
- M-F – 6:00 AM
- Saturday – 6:00 AM / 6:00 PM
- Sunday – 5:30 AM / 7:00 AM / 8:30 AM / 4:30 PM
FIESTA: The church’s fiesta is on January 28. You can participate during the festivities.
CHURCH WEDDING RATE: If you plan to have your wedding here, you can contact (043) 778 4578 for the rates and availability.
How to Get There
- The church is accessible by public buses. There are many departing from Buendia Station bound for Lipa, Lucena or Batangas Grand Terminal.
- Tell the driver or conductor you will alight at Sto. Tomas. Fare is approximately P107 to P140 and may take up to two hours.
- You can hire a tricycle to take you to the church once you reach Sto. Tomas.
Attractions Near the Church
- There are other things to do and places to visit after you see the church. You can go to Tagaytay for a picnic or lunch/dinner at one of the cafes and restaurants with a view of Taal Volcano.
- Go hiking in Mt. Makiling to see unique plants or to simply enjoy nature.
- Another option is to travel to San Pablo, Laguna to see the lakes.