A Short Visit at Taal Lake
Visiting Taal Lake
The Taal Lake in Batangas is where you can find one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. Taal Volcano is located at the heart of the lake and only its tip can be seen on the surface. It was so amazing to see the beautiful and peaceful scenery brought by the lake, the volcano, and the mountains surrounding it despite of the warnings that the volcano has strong seismic activity. It will bring you to a melodramatic world where you can forget about the things that stress you out.
We really had a great time when we went there last December (2011) with my family. We had our lunch by the lake and ate Filipino dishes like fried "tilapia", which is one of the products of Taal Lake. They got it fresh from the lake where the locals breed them by building fish pens. We also had "bulalo" - stewed beef bone marrow cooked with potato, corn, peppercorns, garlic, cabbage, lemon or "kalamansi", and fish sauce, which is a specialty in Batangas. Another viand we had was "sinagang na hipon" or shrimp in sour soup where shrimp is cooked with tamarind, onion, tomatoes, radish, stringbeans, "kangkong" or water spinach, green pepper, and fish sauce. We ate with our bare hands ("kamayan" style) to add more fun to it and enjoyed the soup by placing it on a bowl or mug and sip on it. Nothing really beats eating fresh food while inhaling fresh air. A great escape from the busy life of the metro.
A closer look at Taal Volcano
Talking more about Taal Volcano
My mother and her family used to live on the volcano where she grew up with her siblings. However, they had to migrate to other towns of Batangas when the volcano erupted sometime in the mid-1960's.
Due to the series of eruptions (33 were recorded), it formed an island within an island, 47 overlapping craters and cones, and on the volcano island, it has a lake with another island in it.
The lake is the treasure of the locals living around it. It is where they breed "tilapia" (St. Peter's fish) and "bangus" (milk fish) for commercial purposes. They sell it to nearby towns and even reach the markets of Metro Manila. However, even nature has its limit so it should never be abused. Due to the vast number of fish cages built around the volcano, it became congested causing oxygen inadequacy, which lead to fish kill. I just hope that people will learn from it because this is one lake worth saving.
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