Fiestas abound in Nasugbu, almost always
arising from religious events. Nasugbu celebrates
the feast of its patron, St. Francis Xavier, annually
on Dec. 3 with a Mass concelebrated by priests from
all over Batangas, merry-making ans servings of food
throughout the day. The perish marks a milestone in
the year 2002, celebrating its 150th anniversary,
coincidentally also the 450th death anniversary of
St. Francis Xavier.
The Filipiniana-inspired beauty pageant called Barangayan
is a highlight of the town fiesta. It features a bevy
of beauties from each of the Nasugbu's 42 barangays
vying for the title of Miss Nasugbu, and song and
dance numbers by local perfromers. The event is preceded
in the morning by street-dancing participated in by
local students and a parade where barangays vie for
the best floats.
One may witness traditional religious practices throughout
the year, especially during the Lenten season (the
and "salubong"), summer (the "santacruzan"
and the "Flores de Mayo") and the
Christmas season ("simbang gabi").
Nasugbu's barangays also have their respective patron
saints, many of whose feasts are celebrated during
summer. Hence, summertime inevitably becomes both
religious and gastronomic celebration, the latter
as visitors enjoy their hosts' delicious food and
The 1945 landing of American forces in Nasugbu is
also a commemorated every Jan. 31st. It is graced
by national and local dignitaries, war veterans and
their families, and contingentsfrom
local schools and organizations.
Another awaited event is the glitzy Nasugbu Tourism
Ball, first held in March 2000. Plaza de Roxas is
transformed into a ballroom for the Induction and
Ball of the officers and members of the Nasugbu Tourism
Council (NTC), and the proclamation of Miss Nasugbu
A highlight of the night is the rigodon de honor
featuring prominent residents of Nasugbu.
Experience a new world of adventure as you explore
the great outdoors of Nasugbu. Nature enthusiasts
can enjoy guided tours with experienced mountaineers
in the town's scenic mountains and rivers.
There's Layong Bilog River in Barangay Aga, just a
20 minute drive away from the poblacion (town
proper). It is a popular swimming area with a deep,
natural pool at the foot of a waterfall. Its name
is derived from "layon" meaning
"deep" and "bilog" meaning
"round" because of the pool's shape. Karakawa
in Barangay Butucan derives its name from a series
of natural pools shaped like "kawas"
or vats. Water from the hills drain into the river
and trickles from kawa to kawa.
Mt. Talamitan in Barangay Kayrilao has two peaks,
the highest of which is 600 meters above sea level.
It gives visitors a breathtaking view of Nasugbu and
the neighboring province of Cavite. Mt. Pico de Loro
in Sitio Hamilio in Brgy. Papaya derived its name
from its peak which is shaped like parrot's beak.
The peak is 648 meters above sea level, giving visitors
a view of Nasugbu, Manila and Cavite. Monkeys can
sometimes be seen in the forest near the peak. The
more Adventurous might well want to trek through the
virgin forest of Batulao.
Golf enthusiasts will be trilled to know that nestled
along the ridge of hills and ravines refreshed by
the scent of trees and enhanced by cool mountain climate
is the Evercrest Golf Club Resort in Batulao. The
resort features "The Masterpiece", an 18-hole
championship golf course designed by the legendary
golfer Arnold Palmer. Experience playing in a course
designed around an actual ancient rainforest with
the majesty of age-old trees and the natural contours
of the land.
It is truly a golfer's paradise.
Sample Nasugbu's inimitable flavors in any of the
restaurants that abound in town. Feast in the freshest
seafood, vegetable, and fruits. Best of all, enjoy
all these in the company of Nasugbueños who
are well-known for their highly personalized way of
Unmissable in Nasugbu is Recy Tumbaga's Ancient Gold
Galleries, known in the town for its necklaces made
from beads that data as far back as the 8th century.
The beads are taken from excavations
in Samar, Palawan, Butuan, Baguio and nearby Calatagans.
Some of the pieces were also recovered from the wreck
of the Spanish galleon, San Diego, which sank near
Fortune Island during the 16th century. Tumbaga explains
that beads were onced used as a form of currency and
their value depended on their beauty and intricacy.
The rare porcelain chevron, for example, is made by
layering and baking color upon color. It is then painstakingly
chiseled so that all the colors combine to form a
pattern. The red ox-eye, also made of porcelain, dates
back to the Ming dynasty while the clay beads were
widely-used during the 15th century. Tumbaga combines
the beads with other antique pieces such as relicarios
(religious gold pendants popular during Spanish times
among rich women who used them to adorn tamborin necklaces
of solid gold) and mother-of-pearl pendants. The prices
vary depending on the beads' condition, size and age.
But her prices are reasonable considering the rarity
and the beauty of her necklaces.
is said that the statue of Our Lady of Caysasay was
caught in the net of a fisherman named Juan Maningcad
in 1603. News of its discovery soon spread and the
parish priest brought the image to the town to Taal
town where a rich matron, Doña Maria Espiritu,
was tasked with building a shrine for it. The shrine
was soon built and the statue safely enconsed in it.
But Doña Maria Espiritu was horrified to find
that it had disappeared the following morning. She
reported the incident to the parish priest but when
they went back to look for the statue the shrine's
door opened to reveal the Virgin. This went on for
some time until one day, the statue disappeared and
the people could not understand why. One night they
heard a voice, which was presumably that of the Virgin.
The townspeople followed the voice and they were led
to the town of Caysasay. The Virgin continued to disappear
until there came a day when it vanished completely.
A long time passed and one day, in the town of Caysasay,
two women were gathering firewood found the statue
near a well surrounded by kasay-kasay birds
(kingfisher). Thus, the name Our Lady of Casasay.
Many miracles are said to have been performed by the
Virgin. Legend has it that the people of Casasay prayed
to the Lady to make the town's well (which contained
seawater) potable. Their prayers were soon answered
and fresh water began flowing from the well. Until
today, people still draw fresh water from that well
which is reputed to be miraculous.