Quick facts about Taal Lake (Global Nature Fund)
- Third largest lake in the Philippines
- Second largest lake in Luzon
- Home to a venomous black and white “sea snake” (Hydrophis semperi)
- Home to the only freshwater sardines in the world, Sardinella tawilis
- Within the lake, there is a small volcanic island (Taal Volcano) that also has its own lake (Crater Lake)
Of Taal Lake and thoughtful gifts
The view of Taal Lake was taken on the day of Cham’s wedding in Club Balai Isabel in early January. I went with three friends from college and didn’t have enough time to prepare for a gift since the invitation only came a day before. Apparently, the bride was trying to reach me days before but to no avail. Of course I was willing to go out-of-town to join the once-in-a-lifetime celebration but I wouldn’t want to attend without a gift. Good thing that my friends were okay with just contributing for the group gift they have prepared. They diy-ed a honeymoon basket. It contained a pair of wine glass, bottle of wine, popcorn, popcorn bowl, and movie dvds. It was one of the most thoughtful and memorable gifts I have seen. Thanks to Jeffy for that idea.
Since it was just a day trip, I never really get to explore Taal and see the crater lake. Plus I’ve also read about a heritage village, so that’s another must-see on my next visit to Batangas.