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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 "penitensiya", "padasal", "pasyon", "prusisyon" 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 delightful company.

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 Tourism.
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 entertaining.

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.

It 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.


St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Nasugbu

The streets come alive with a burst of color, music and movement during the streetdancing revelry.

A bevy of beauties during the eagerly
awaited annual Barangayan.

Commune with nature in Barangay
Butucan's Karakawa.


Swing your way at the golfer's paradise.


Gastronomic overload!!!


The miraculous Church of Our Lady of Caysasay

 

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St. Francis Xavier,
Patron Saint of Nasugbu
Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines