One of the leading poultry and livestock providers of Metro Manila, San Jose, a municipality of Batangas, is known as the “Egg Basket of the Philippines.” The town prides itself so much with its efficiency and effectivity in providing poultry products that they created a festival just in honor of that.
The Sinuam Festival is held annually every April 25. The festival is in honor of their founding anniversary and also in gratitude to their patron saint for continually blessing them in their leading business of producing and developing poultry.
However, that doesn’t mean that their only priority in produce is poultry. The town also boasts of having and growing quality lanzones and coffee beans. San Jose is proud to say that they have one of the most prosperous farms and businesses in terms of lanzones and also coffee.
On another note, San Jose is also the center of the Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Lipa, since the town is bounded by Lipa City. And in line with that, the town is home to religious and historical churches. Built in the late 1700’s, the original Shrine of Saint Joseph the Patriarch was primarily built with cogon and bamboo by the Augustinian Friars. Soon after, in the early 1800’s a famous botanist, Father Manuel Blanco renovated it to its present structure.
The shrine is located in the town proper and is a popular site for devotees from all over the province to visit and pray to. Other than that, the Oblates of Saint Joseph Mission and its Minor Seminary is also located in San Jose. Historically, this place was where the Italians congregated and made San Jose their first foreign mission.
San Jose has both economical and religious qualities to it and is worth a visit.
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