Discover Healing in Batangas: Exploring the Best Things to Do in Lipa


What is in Lipa?

As one of the four cities in Batangas, Lipa is a first-class city about 78km south of Metro Manila. It is an hour’s drive through SLEX and STAR Tollways. Lipa City is an ideal destination to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the Metropolis.

At present, the city remains a vibrant and pleasant place to live and invest. It is considered as the third highest place in Luzon giving it a good climate. Those who wish to live in a balanced lifestyle of urban and country will find Lipa City a suitable place for your next real estate investment. It offers many available properties including an affordable condo in Lipa that is sure to increase its value in the coming years.

6 Best Things to Do in the Healing Wonders of Lipa

Healing comes in many different forms during these days. For some it might be a new hobby, a new sport to try, or even a quick break from the busy world of adulting. Those looking for a relaxing getaway and at the same time discover healing thru nature will find themselves immersed in the natural wonders of Lipa City, Batangas.

Find out the healing wonders of Lipa City in this list of activities in the city:

1. Go on a religious pilgrimage

Lipa City is the “Little Rome of the Philippines” because of the many Catholic Churches surrounding it. In fact, during the Lenten season, you can complete the fourteen Stations of the Cross in different churches through Visita Iglesia.

Make sure to visit these two most popular churches to complete your religious pilgrimage in the city.

The San Sebastian Cathedral Lipa
Source: Photo from the Official Facebook Page of the San Sebastian Cathedral Lipa City – Archdiocese of Lipa

Otherwise known as the Lipa Cathedral, San Sebastian Cathedral lies right in the heart of Lipa City. It may not be as big as the other cathedrals, but it stands out for its design and architecture. Its dome-shaped Romanesque style is a magnificent sight to behold. The stained glass and statues in the altar add to the solemnity of the place. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Lipa.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Source: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church from the Official Website of Our Lady Mary Mediatrix of All Grace

The church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also called as Our Lady Mary Mediatrix of All Grace. It has a monastery ran by the Carmelites. This is a perfect place for spiritual healing because of its serene atmosphere. It is located a few kilometers from the city proper. The main church has a big parking area and an elevated open area for praying. Trees and flowering plants surround the statues of the Blessed Mother.

2. Go back in time by visiting famous historical sites

With a rich history that dates back from pre-colonial times, the Spanish era, and the American regime, Lipa has a diverse culture coming from various influences. History buffs and enthusiasts will enjoy going around the various historical sites in Lipa

Check out these two places most popular among history buffs:

Casa de Segunda

This is one of the few ancestral houses preserved and well maintained that showcases the rich history of Lipa. The house is named after Segunda Katigbak who belongs to the more influential families in Lipa.

Source: Photo by Renz Marion Katigbak from the Official Facebook Page of Casa de Segunda – The Luz-Katigbak Ancestral House

Historians tell us that Segunda Katigbak was Jose Rizal’s first love. The house is full of memorabilia as the relics and antiques of the past are displayed in the museum.

The entrance fee for the tour is very affordable and you can take photos of the interiors of the house for that instant throwback post.

Museo de Lipa
Source: Photo from the Official Facebook Page of Museo de Lipa

The museum showcases the history and culture of Lipa. There is a display of furniture, decorative objects, and art pieces donated by the antique collectors of the rich families of Lipa. A gift given by Juan and Antonio Lipa is displayed to show appreciation to the hospitality of the illustrados of Lipa. The place is a worthwhile destination to visit when you are in the city.

3. Enjoy a day (or two) in a farm

Tired from the city life? Spend a day or two in Lipa’s most famous farms for a rejuvenating experience that will nurture your healing soul. 

Milea Bee Farm
Source: Photo from the Official Milea Bee Farm Website

Get a taste of honey right from the source. The Milea Bee Farm is home to different bee species that produce the sweet taste of honey. A guide will tour you to the different bee habitats and visitors can taste the fresh honey from the hives. Visitors are also taught the proper way to farm and beekeeping thru workshops. The farm is known for its honey and vanilla production. They also offer various products like pure raw honey, propolis extract, stingless bee pollen, pure beeswax, etc.

Hardin ng Presa
Photo by Farsai Chaikulngamdee on Unsplash

Hardin ng Presa or Garden of Strawberry is a strawberry farm located at Brgy. San Benito in Lipa.

It started as a backyard garden with only four seedlings which eventually grew to four hundred strawberry plants of different varieties and still growing. Strawberries of different sizes depending in the variety are lined up as you walk along the garden.

Harvest seasons starts from January to march but can also bear fruit during the lean months. You can also buy seedlings to grow on your own backyard.

Old Grove Farmstead
Source: Photo from the Old Grove Farmstead Official Facebook Page

For that laidback and farm style vibes, a visit to the Old Grove Farmstead is a must for guests looking for a good venue for intimate events or a private function. Dubbed as the “Netherlands of the Philippines,” the place can be visibly seen from the highway because of its iconic red barn house, pond, and windmill. You can also do photoshoots in the farm, enjoy the café, take a dip in the pool, or take pictures with the sheep and ducks to complete the western barn experience.

The Farm at San Benito
Photo from The Farm at San Benito in Batangas

Need to recharge, take some off, and just breathe?

The Farm at San Benito is a haven for those looking for a nature retreat and rejuvenation. Found in Lipa, the place is an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort.  With its beautiful offering of a mountain view, relaxing villas and fresh air, the place offers healing through different activities such as yoga, power walks, and other fitness activities. It also conducts different wellness and health programs.

The Farm at San Benito is an award-winning resort, having 60 international awards including the “Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World” from SENSES Germany.

4. Feast on the local cuisine ala Batangueno

What is a trip to Lipa without tasting their world famous dishes and coffee? Ready to fill your tummies with the best Lomi and Goto and take a sip in one of the strongest coffee flavors in the world, Kapeng Barako.

Photo by Arlene Solis Chua from Shutterstock

Do not miss the chance of eating the authentic version of Lomi in Lipa. There are a lot of eateries in Lipa that serve this delicious dish. Lomi is cooked using thick egg noodles, meat, liver, egg, with a hearty and flavorful soup.

Source: Gotong Batangas from Panlasang Pinoy

Goto is one of the favorite foods that is popular among Lipenos and visitors. It is cooked using the internal organs of cows. beef, tripe, and innards are the main ingredients of this crowd favorite. Almost all barangays of Lipa serve this delightful dish.

Kapeng Barako
Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash

Lipa is a leading coffee grower and supplier to local and global markets.

Kapeng Barako is considered the best locally produced coffee in the Philippines. As the term “barako” implies in the vernacular, this coffee has a robust flavor and aroma. The coffee beans originally came from Mexico, dating back from the years 1740 during the Manila- Acapulco Galleon Trade.

5. Celebrate Batangas culture

Lipa is home to food festivals like the Coffee Festival and Lomi Festival.

Coffee Festival

The Coffee Festival is celebrated in October annually. It is filled with activities such as the “best coffee,” “best barista” and a whole lot more which local and foreign visitors enjoy. This festival is a thanksgiving by the Lipenos for the patronage of their consumers and a major contributor to the local economy.

Lomi Festival

Celebrated every Septmber, the Lomi Festival of Lipa searches for the best Lomi King and Queen in town and a Lomi Cook-Off. The festival is in honor of the famous Batangas Lomi.

6. Check out these other notable places

Aside from the mentioned places and activities on top, other notable places to go to in Lipa are the following:

Lipa Community Park

The Lipa Community Park is an ideal place to refresh, stroll, or meet your friends. You can jog, walk, or just sit idly on the benches of this neatly maintained park.

At night, you can watch the dancing fountains change colors as it spurts out water. This is a favorite hangout place for Lipenos and visitors as well.

3C’s Place
Source: 3Cs Place from 3C’s Place Official Facebook Page

A private events place in Lipa, this is a good place to celebrate special milestones of the family. It is located at the foot of Mount Malarayat. It has an infinity pool that can be rented for a day or overnight with your family and friends.

Hotel 1925
Source: Façade of Hotel 1925 from its Official Website

This hotel was established by Don Rufino Mojares whose birth year was 1925. This Spanish colonial themed hotel has a magnificent collection of antiques and relics of the past which adds beauty to its interiors. The hotel has two restaurants serving Filipino dishes and Italian cuisine. It also has a spa for those who want to rejuvenate and relax.

Lipa indeed has a lot of offer. From the most relaxing getaways to the heartiest meals, the city of Lipa is an ideal place for living for those looking for a well- balanced lifestyle. Lipa is recognized as the third best place to live in the Philippines. It is one of the fast- emerging key cities south of Metro Manila. The local economy is thriving and was in fact hailed as Top 10 cyber growth corridor in the Philippines.

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