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Driving Around Batangas (A WOWBatangas Road Trip)

It was early in the morning of July 21 that our team (the Communications Team: Miss D, Joel, me) and the Multimedia Team (Sir Alva, Reinier, Aris, Paul) met for our visit to Malvar Shrine located in Sto. Tomas.

Malvar Shrine or Miguel Malvar Historical Landmark is under the National Historical Commission; it showcases General Miguel Malvar’s life as depicted on the paintings, photos, and documents on display. Our visit there allowed us to get to know Gen. Malvar better, how he contributed to the Philippine History, and why the shrine is in Sto. Tomas and not in Malvar.

We stayed there for more than half an hour and after the interview with Mrs. Nelly Galicia the shrine’s OIC, we headed back to Lipa.

It’s sizzling sisig for lunch at SM City Lipa Foodcourt. The best part of the lunch? Spending GCs. 😉

What’s next after lunch?

All of us where thinking what our next destination would be as we still have the rest of the afternoon to spend.

And then Reinier thought of this resort in Laiya called Llamar Beach Resort which he can contact. After a few minutes of debate, we all agreed to go to San Juan. We were fortunate because the owner of that resort gave us the opportunity visit their place.

From SM City Lipa, we rode Indai again and headed back on the road. It was an awesome road trip. We traced the roads with music playing inside the car, laughters filling in between gaps, and some exchanging of “banat” lines. We shared everything we could enjoy while we were on our way.

Fom Lipa City, we passed the roads of Padre Garcia and Rosario before reaching San Juan. As we go on our way, I enjoyed looking on both sides of the road because of the trees and rice fields that these towns have. Well I’m sure the whole team loved it, too.

It was about 1 hour and a half drive to Llamar Beach Resort. Though the weather was gloomy that day, the team still managed to enjoy our almost 3 hours stay in that humble yet comfortable resort. We took pictures of the resort to be used for the feature article.

Sad thing for me and Miss D, we weren’t able to swim (unpreparedness and girl thing here) unlike the boys who raced towards the beach for a good swim. However, we did enjoy eating and posing for the camera. Click. 😉

At exactly 5PM we left the resort and headed back to Lipa.

We all went home happy and contented. Our road trip was great one. The day was filled with learning, relaxing, and strengthening a bond worth keeping.

Thank you Aris, that road trip will not be possible (or comfortable) without your Indai. 😉

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