Nasugbu is a 276.33 square-kilometer municipality in Batangas with a population of 113,926 residents. Though it is still a rural area, Nasugbu, Batangas has been a place of commercial importance in the tourism sector. The municipality has proven that it is a place where nature and industrialization can progress hand in hand. That is why the local government is pushing for the cityhood of Nasugbu so the town will be more industrialized and developed.
The municipality of Nasugbu can be reached via public utility buses and jeepneys but the main mode of transportation inside the town is tricycles. It is just a two-hour drive from Manila making it a popular destination to tourists who want to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The pristine waters around the town is also a great source to one of the main industries of Nasugbu; the aquaculture. There are also other breathtaking sceneries around the place that people can behold while getting towards the town. The rolling terrain slopes downwards the South China Sea beside the main road going to Nasugbu provide planting areas for the town’s agricultural industry. Visitors will notice a number of farms that line up the vast green fields, hills and mountains of Nasugbu, Batangas such as the ones indicated below:
- Sugar cane fields
- Corn fields
- Rice fields
- Vegetable farms
- Fruit farms
Nasugbu, Batangas is also home to one of the biggest sugar producers in the whole country; the Central Azucarera Don Pedro. There are also other attractions Nasugbu boasts. It is the only town in the country that hosts a rice cake area in its public market. The town’s delicacy has over ten kinds which can only be found there aside from the various types that can be found in other parts of the country.
Nasugbu has also become a prominent municipality in Batangas because of its rich history. There are historical events that took place at the town at the time of the Word War II. Some of them are listed below:
The Nasugbu Cow
A group of scientists discovered a wooden cow before the World War II, which they handed immediately to the National Museum of the Philippines. It was one of the most significant historical artifacts at the time but because of the destruction brought by the Second World War, the wooden cow was destroyed. Luckily, there had been another artifact discovered by scientists a year after the World War II in the nearby town of Calatagan, which became the most important pre-historic artifact of the country.
The San Diego Ship Wreck
Nasugbu’s greatest archeological contribution, found by a group of scientists in 1991 was the ship commanded by Fr. Antonio de Morga who fought Dutch soldiers at the time of the Second World War. The ship had sunk somewhere in Manila Bay but Morga couldn’t tell the exact location of the sunken ship. It was five hundred years after the first ever recorded battle between European forces in Asian waters before the ship wreck was found.
The Nasugbu Landing
January 31st is the date when the people of Nasugbu commemorate the landing of the Americans in the shores of the town, after the famous Leyte Landing. Though Nasugbu already existed even before the World War II, the townspeople celebrate the said date as the foundation day of the town. The said date has become significant because that was the mark of the beginning of the liberation of the island of Luzon from the Japanese.
The Lt. Angeles Mission
The Lieutenant’s mission that became one of the most deciding factors in the ability of the American forces to successfully land in the town and start ousting the Japanese Occupation Forces from Southern Luzon happened in the coast of Nasugbu. The remarkable event made Nasugbu, Batangas a significant place of historical events regarding the Second World War.
Nasugbu, Batangas became a Special Tourism Zone because of its rich history and magnificent beaches in 2007. A private sector was mandated to improve the potentials of the town making it a more outstanding tourist destination.
Photo from Tom Mascardo