The province of Batangas is well-known for its popular beaches, boasting of picturesque views, crystal clear waters, and rugged forests and mountains. Home to its fair share of well-loved beaches is Lobo, a municipality found in the southwest side of the province.
Eventually named after a balloon that local stories say was spotted by settlers during the Spanish colonization just when they were trying to figure out what to name their home, this once-vast wilderness that sprawled as far as the eyes could see is now a favorite and convenient destination for those who want to enjoy a day trip or a relaxing stay in one of the many resorts in the area. The barangays of Fabrica, Malabrigo, Olo-olo, and Soloc are the go-to places for those who want to enjoy what the beaches of Lobo has to offer.
The most famous activity in Lobo is diving. Submarine Garden in Barangay Sawang is a popular site due to its live corals and thriving aquatic life. It’s common to see small fishes swimming along around your feet as you wade even in just knee-deep water. Lumbangan Underwater Cave is another diving site that is 60 feet deep, perfect for experienced divers.
Those who are not into water-related activities can venture around Lobo and head to the Faro de Punta de Malabrigo Lighthouse, one of the 24 lighthouses built during the Spanish period, which sits atop a cliff overlooking Mindoro and Verde Island. Also known as Cape Malabrigo or Malabrigo Lighthouse, this Victorian-inspired structure was designed by Guillermo Brockman, who also did the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.
Want to see rice terraces without going all the way up north to Banaue? Head down south to see Lobo’s mini version of the famed steps in Barangay Jaybanga. The best time to head to these terraces is during the Anihan Festival every September.
Celebrating both a successful and bountiful harvest, and the foundation day of Lobo, Anihan Festival features a parade of crops and muses, numerous events and games, and lots of dancing. If you’re up for the challenge, try your hand at Juego de Anillo, a Spanish game traditionally involving the catching of rings using a dagger while on horseback.
Lobo also has its own religious fiesta, which happens every May 8 to commemorate the municipality’s patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel.
Complete your stay by bringing home a bottle of wine and some champoy (candy made from simmering fruits with a salt and sugar mixture), all made from tamarind and produced proudly by the people of Lobo.