Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Not Just Balisong: Batangas City's Holiday Attraction

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Shepherds and wise meen seek Jesus. 
I was fortunate to spend the holidays in Batangas City, the capital of Batangas province in Luzon, Philippines. Batangas, which is well-known for its Kapeng Barako (Liberica coffee) and balisong (fan knives), draws a lot of visitors this holiday season because of its animated show on the birth of Jesus Christ. The life-sized nativity scene is set in front of the Batangas City Hall's Administration building, just across Plaza Mabini. It narrates the events leading to the Savior's birth and the wise men's search for Jesus. 

Even if you're not a Christian, you'll find this animated Christmas display amazing. Here's a short clip of the show:

And once you're done watching the show, you can enjoy the Christmas lights and displays at Plaza Mabini,  buy some really affordable treats at the holiday bazaar, and try some street food and local delicacies at the  hawker stalls near the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. 

The lights at Plaza Mabini. 
The Nativity Show runs every night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It will conclude on January 15, during the annual fiesta of Batangas City. Make sure to catch it before the New Year!

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