Must See Montemaria!

Whatever travel experience or investment opportunity you’re looking for, you can find it all here in Batangas.

From natural to man-made, from preserved structures to modern greatness, from simple and relaxing vacations to thrilling and breathtaking adventures, whatever your interest may be, Batangas simply has it all.

Batangas is famous for its world class sites. Among its premier travel spots are the Verde Island Passage, also known as “the center of the center of marine biodiversity in the world” with  Anilao as the so-called “birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines.” The province also boasts of a mysterious, natural wonder—Taal Volcano, a volcano within a volcano surrounded by a lake.

Because of the short 90-minute commute time from Manila, Batangas is the ideal escape for locals who want get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. But aside from its proximity, what makes the province more stunning is it never runs out of things and places to offer for all types of travellers, investors, and retirees.

For the adventure seeker, the mountains in Batangas are perfect for hiking and trekking. For people who seek to have a glimpse of the past, they can check Taal Heritage Village which is one of the most well-preserved Spanish colonial towns in the entire country. And if it’s just a simple and relaxing vacation, the province has a myriad of options to select from.

But apart from these well-travelled places, Batangas is home to the 8th largest statue in the World—taller than Brazil’s Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and United States’ Statue of Liberty in New York.

Montemaria, proudly described as the Mother of All Asia, is home to the world’s largest statue of Virgin Mary. The 96 meters high (315 feet) construction is currently being built at the heart of the massive development situated in Montemaria, Batangas. The late, internationally renowned Philippine Artist Eduardo “Ed” Castrillo, sculpted the bronze hands and face of the statue.

Nestling on top of a 25-meter tall podium, the Marian shrine’s construction is expected to be complete by December this year. The Memorial Complex is being developed and operated by the Montemaria Asia Pilgrims, INC. (MAPI), a non-profit organization.

The eight-hectare sanctuary will offer chapel, retreat facilities, meditation gardens, seminar and conference rooms, scala sancta, view decks, and Way of the Cross. It will also house an exhibition hall and gallery of all images of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Meanwhile, the surrounding area of Montemaria will include residential and retirement villages, hotels, condotels, and other recreational facilities that will offer various activities such as scuba diving and sailing.

“The monument, dedicated to unity and peace for all countries in the world, is expected to attract millions of tourists not only from the Philippines, but also from the international community.”

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Dana Sioson
Dana Sioson

An artist who weaves words into stories and paints moments with light. She's a writer and photographer who is fond of sports, films, and fishes.

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