Land Area: 3,185.8 square
Population: 1,658,567 (1995)
Population Growth: 2.35% (1990
Age Composition: 38.3% - below
15 years old (1990) 57.2% - 15 to 64 years old 4.5% - 65 years old
Banking Institutions: 180
including branches, province-wide
Predominant Languages: English
and Tagalog (Filipino)
In 1570, Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo, two Spanish generals
explored the coast of Batangas on their way to Manila and came upon
a Malay sttlement at the mouth of Taal River. In 1572, the town
of Taal was founded and its convent and stone church were constructed
Batangas was founded in 1581. Originally, it was composed of the
present provinces of Batangas, Mindoro, Marinduque, Southeast of
Laguna and even far Camarines. After several devastating eruptions
of Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world, the old Taal
town site was buried. The capital was eventually transferred to
Batangas (now a city) in 1754 where it has remained to date.
The name "Batangas" was derived from the word "batang,"
which is a term of the natives for the numerous logs found in the
Calumpang River, the body of water that runs through the northeastern
portion of the town and assumes the shape of a tuning fork.
Batangas was also among the first of the eight Philippine provinces
to revolt against Spain and also one of the provinces placed under
Martial Law by Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco on August 30,
During the Spanish-American War, many outstanding Batangueños
made names in our history. Most notable of them are Apolinario Mabini,
also known as the sublime paralytic and "Brains of the Revolution";
Marcela Agoncillo who made the present Philippine flag, and General
Miguel Malvar who was recognized as the last Filipino general to
surrender to the Americans. For this, Batangas also came to be known
as the "cradle of heroes and nationalists."
Batangas is the home of sages and the birthplace of the country´s
notable nationalists. Historical places have been the legacy of
the old eras. Natural resources and picturesque views abound in
the area. Numerous fine beaches have been the sought-after-sites.
And a few kilometers away from the shore will bring the more adventurous
ones to diverse dive sites, from the ones fit for a novice (relatively
shallow, constant water current), up to the ones for those who may
call themselves experts.
The proximity of Batangas to Manila and the good quality of most
of the main provincial roads are advantageous for the existing attractions
and facilities of the province. The tourism industry has been regarded
as a contributor to the economy of the province.
Batangas first came to be known as Bonbon. It was named after the
mystical and fascinating Taal Lake, which was also originally called
Bonbon. Some of the earliest settlements in Batangas were established
at the vicinity of Taal Lake.
In 1534, Batangas became the first practically organized province
in Luzon. Balayan was the capital of the province for 135 years
from 1597-1732. In 1732, it was moved to Taal, then the flourishing
and most progressive town in the province.
Batangas was also one of the few provinces in the country which
can boast of having a distinctive culture of its own. The song and
dance repertoire called "kumintang" is of Batangas origin.
Because of this, it came to be known as "La Provincia del Cumintang".
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Batangas International Port ------------------ 20 min.
Southern Tagalog Access Road (STAR) ---- 25 min.
(or South Luzon Expressway Extension)
Batangas City Proper (Financial District) ---- 15 min.
Ninoy Aquino International Port ------------------ 2 hrs.
Makati City -------------------------------------------1 ½
Dry Season from November to April and wet season for the rest of
the year which is favorable to agriculture and industries. Batangas
has a natural cool climate. It experiences two types of seasons:
dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year. Mean
annual rainful is at maximum during July at 1.5 to 2.5 meters. March
is the driest month. Mean monthly temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
February is the coldest month averaging 69 degrees Fahrenheit while
May is the hottest at 96.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Lipa City and Mataas
na kahoy enjoying the coolest temperatures.
Power: National Power Corporation through Manila Electric Company
Water:Batangas City Water District
Telecommunications: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (up
to Shell Refinery Area) Cellular Phone coverage of Smart, Globetel,
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The terrain of the province is generally rolling. Fifty percent
of its land area has a grade of less than 15 degrees. The rest are
mountainous and hilly.
Located in the town of Lobo, it is one of the finest beaches of
the area. The approximately one kilometer stretch of white sand
beach has gradually sloping ocean floor to about two hundred meters
before the drop-off. A beach resort that also serves as an accommodation
facility also exists.
Also located in the town of Lobo. The garden consists of living
corals near the shore and is one of the beaches of Lobo. It can
be clearly seen during the early mornings when the water is clear
and the tide is low.
Mahabang Buhangin Beach
Located in the town of San Juan, the area has white sand and a living
colony of corals. It lies in a cave that is a prerequisite for a
fine beach. A cave nearby adds to the attraction of the beach.
Located in Barangay Hugon, San Juan. The sand in Hugon Beach is
white and is more than one kilometer long. Some parts of the sea
bottom are covered with smooth rocks although the bottom is predominantly
sandy. There is a sudden drop-off only about ten meters from the
beach. Aqua sports, such as snorkeling and swimming are recommended.
Located in Daang Ibaan, Batangas City. The falls is about 30ft.
high with a pool made into a swimming area at its base. It is semi-developed
with concrete steps built for access.
Munting Buhangin Beach
Located in Nasugbu. The area is located in a cove and offers a fine,
white sand beach.
Also located in Nasugbu. It is similar to the Munting Buhangin Beach,
only that it is located in another cove.
Taal Lake and Volcano
Fresh water beach, also known as the lowest volcano in the world.
Surrounded by a lake, the volcano is situated on an 8.8 Km. isled
lapped by the 27 km long lake. Both the lake and the volcano are
situated on the crater of an extinct volcano. The Volcano Island
is also ideal for trekking. The volcano is the smallest in the world.
The lake holds four interesting features: two smaller lakes of hot
water, one green and the other almost red: a gas vent; and a triangular
obelisk of hard rock. It is a focal point of the province! A must
A two-kilometer long white sand beach situated in the town of Lian
facing the China Sea. The area is ideal for water sports such as
swimming, boating, yachting, fishing and skin diving. Dotting the
shoreline are several summer cottages.
Mt. Maculot. Located in Cuenca
One of the highest and prominent mountains in the province, it is
one of the favorite sites of mountain trekkers. It is said that
the mountain was the last stronghold of the Japanese in the province
before they were defeated. Several tunnels built by the Japanese
soldiers still exist in the area. The name Mt. Maculot was derived
from the people who lived in the mountain whose hairs are kinky.
Located in Barangay Calijon, Malvar. The attraction consists of
two major falls and two smaller ones. One of the bigger falls is
about ten feet high with a great volume clear water gushing down
to a shallow pool, while the other one (also about ten feet high)
braces the rock where the water flows look like a bridal gown. One
of the two smaller falls is located in front of a cave, while the
other one forms a series of small cascades. All the falls are located
in an area of about 300 sq. meters.
Mainit Hot Spring
Located in Baronage Pulang Bato, San Juan . About 10 km south of
San Juan, it is ideally located at the foot of a huge mountain lush
with thick vegetation.
Also located on the Island of Isla Verde . This is a spot where
wind-tossed waves surge and beat against the rocky cliff supporting
a long plateau. From atop the plateau, one commands a scenic sight
specially when the sea is calm.
Also located on the island of Isla Verde. An ideal place for picnics.
Its main attraction is a rockshelter that has always provided cool
shade to the visitors.
Located in Barangay Ilijan. A unique waterfall with water coming
from a big spring at the top of a mountain, gracefully from one
bowl to another. It has seven huge stone bowls carved naturally
out of the mountainsides and beautifully arranged like a flight
Located on the southwestern part of Maricaban Island, it has white
sands and shaped like a cove.
Located in Barangay Bulaklakan, Lipa City. The area has about three
small falls and enclosed in a canyon, the highest is about ten feet
high with the water com.
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