Taal history

Taal is located on the Batangas province in the Philippines. It is the name of a volcano, a lake and a town.

Pre-spanish period
On the 14th century, there were already several Malay settlements on the shore of the lake. One of them was lead by Datu Puti (some sources are saying he was coming from the island of Borneo)

Spanish period
During the Spanish time (from 1521 to 1898), Taal lake was called Lake Bombon. The area was conquered by the Spanish in 1572.
The Batangas province was founded in the 16th century and Taal town was its capital during the17th century.

Several towns like Taal town, Tanauan, lipa were located on the shore of the lake.
All these towns were destroyed during the various eruptions of Taal volcano and were relocated farther from the volcano.
As a result it was also decided that the capital of the province of Batangas will be transferred farther from the volcano and Batangas city was eventually chosen as the new capital.

Check this old map of Taal volcano and Taal lake.You can see the former and new sites of several of these towns.
At that time there was no lake inside the main crater!


old map of Taal volcano


Recent days
At the dawn of the 20th century, tourism started in the area and people started to hike Taal volcano.