The Anilao region is a combination of mountain plains and ridges, and home to the smallest volcano in the world known as the Mt. Taal which is located at the center of the Taal Lake and elevated 600 meters. The Philippines main producer of sugarcane and its byproducts, the Central Azucarera Don Pedro is in its municipality of Nasugbu.
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Anilao in theBatangas province has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to a time that is long before the Spanish colonization. Natives of the area bartered and traded with China, Japan and India for the 13th to 15th century. From then on the locals of the province have adapted much cultural influence, beliefs, religions and customs.
At Spanish colonization, Nasugbu was a very important hub for trading. At American and Japanese occupation, the area witnessed several fights between European forces and attacks up on its bay. It was not until after the Second World War that Batangas could finally settle as a tourist destination.
In the Post American period General Douglas MacArthur makes his mark in history at the beach of Batangas, and later marks Luzon’s liberation after travelling to Nasugbu.
In the 1960′s, critics were originally against the transplant of a large coral reef to develop the rich abundance of sea plants and wildlife, until the venture succeeded and has since made the area of Anilao a popular diving and snorkeling destination for tourists.