| Tanauan City is the third city of Batangas Province. Just an hour away from the city of Manila, it is the hometown of two of our great heroes. History buffs would find this city a great place for walk tours.
The bus dropped us in front of my favorite Jollibee, of course we filled our tummies first with Jolly Spaghetti and Burger Yum before we proceed to Tanauan City tour. I was planning our IT with the help of printed google maps while consuming my jolly meal. Most are just around the Poblacion of Tanauan.
After the meal, we walked along Mabini Avenue towards the Church of Tanauan, the first in my IT, and along the way, just several meters from the Jolibee, we saw the ancestral house of President Laurel.
|President Jose P. Laurel is one of the two great sons of Tanauan. Being the Supreme Court Justice during the time of world war 2, President Quezon tasked him to lead the country on his absence. Laurel then became the President of 2nd Republic of the Philippines (puppet government of Japanese Empire).|
|President Laurel donated his estate in Tanauan to the Philippine Government to serve as a Museum and a Library.|
| Jose P. Laurel founded the Lyceum of the Philippines University after his presidency.Since we can no longer enter the Laurel House, we decided to continue walking and take look at the city's church. We spent a little time there and thanked God for everything, after such we proceeded next to the old municipal building which is just near the church.
|at the plaza stands the statue of another great son of Tanauan, Apolinario Mabini.|
|the Municipal Building now Tanauan City Museum|
|Tanauan became a city on March 10, 2001 under the leadership of Mayor Cesar V. Platon|
|Some say that Tanauan got its name from this plant known as "tanawa", Cordia dichotoma, which grows abundantly on the lake shore of Taal Lake.|
|Unknown to many, Tanauan City is the home of our great (champs actually) base ball players.|
|life size statues of the Stations of the Cross at the back of Tanauan Church|
My real purpose for visiting Tanauan was its public cemetery. I will be visiting Pres. Laurel's tomb to complete my presidential tombs project. So from the market, we rode a tricycle to Tanauan's old cemetery. We found there a simple tomb, you wouldn't think that a president was laid to rest inside it.
|tomb of President Laure at the old Tanauan public cemetery|
|Mabini Shrine in Brgy. Talaga, Tanuan City|
|Apolinario Mabini, "the Sublime Paralytic" or "the Brains of Katipunan", was one of the prominent individuals during the Philippine Revolution and the First Republic. He served as the Prime Minister as well as the chief adviser of Pres. Aguinaldo.|
|Mabini's humble abode.|
Tanauan City also have eco trails and lake tour but that would cost us more time and money. After visiting Mabini Shrine, we rode bus again back to Manila.