It wasn’t near, really. We’ve always been curious about the largest Catholic Church in the Orient so when we were in Batangas last summer, we decided to take the high road that led to Taal as part of our Visistas Iglesias for the Holy Week. We asked around for directions, and decided to take jeepneys to get there. It was not easy, it took us three long jeepney rides to finally get there and more or less 1.5 hours amid the hot summer morning of April. When we finally alighted from the Lipa-Lemery jeep, it was almost 1 in the afternoon. We checked out the very first cafe/establishment that caught our attention, and was immediately thankful that we did – the Feliza Cafe y Taverna.
A group was finishing lunch when we arrived so we curiously checked out the antiqueties displayed around the restuarant first. The cafe has a cool and comforting ambiance and sitting in one of the tables will give you an impression that you are dining in another century.
Although we’ve read that it is best and more affordable to try Taal food in the public market, we are already too hungry to search for the market. Food in Cafe Feliza is not that affordable but they are not too expensive either. I ordered Tapang Taal for me and Teloy and Ate Karen choose the Sinaing na Tulingan. Teloyskie ordered San Rival Cake and I asked for Suman Taal for dessert.
After attacking our food with much gusto, our waitress offered to tour us around the cafe and upstairs. The name Feliza came from the owner of the house, Feliza Diokno. She was the secretary our country’s very first president – Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo. History buffs will surely fall inlove with this cafe. The larger dining area keeps a circa 1900 typewriter, copper pans and pots and a Flag of the revolution.
The second floor of the cafe-resturant showcases memorabilia of the late Feliza. Her office table, steel cabinets and other items which will easily give you that late 1800’s feel. Our waitress/tour guide offered 2 available rooms for Php2000 if we are to stay overnight. There was also grand dining area and a door opens to a balcony in the second floor area.
We took a lot of pictures with the help of our tour before we decide it’s time to start exploring more of the historic town of Taal. She was very nice to offer us to try their coffee after our tour.