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Batangas Province
is located Southwest of Luzon. It is flanked on the north by Cavite, on the south by the Verde Island Passage wihich separated the province from the northern tip of the island of Mindoro.
BRIEF PROFILE
Capital: Batangas City
Land Area: 3 165.8 sq km
Population: 1 700 000
Cities: Batangas, Lipa, Tanuan
Number of Towns: 32

The land_______________________________

About half of the province´s terrain is generally rolling, while the rest is mountainous and hilly.

Mt. Makulot rises 1145 meters in the central part.

The world-famous Taal Lake and Taal Volcano is in Batangas. The province is said to be the base of a huge volcano and Taal Lake its crater before it erupted.

The present volcano, the smallest active one in the world, is sometimes referred to as "a volcano within a volcano".

The irregular coastline is dotted with coves, peninsulas and bays.The Maricaban and Verde Islands in the Verde Island Passage are still part of the province.

Batangas has two distinct seasons: dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year.

A Brief History___________________________

Batangas was made into a province by the Spaniards in 1581. It was composed of what is now Batangas, the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque, and the southeastern portion of Laguna. It was then called Bombon and later renamed to Balayan. By the beginning of the 17th century, Mindoro and Marinduque were made into a separate province.

In 1732, the capital was transferred to Taal and the province was named after it. In 1754, the capital was moved to Batangas and the province assumed its present name.

The province is known as the home of heroes and patriots. Apolinario Mabini, the "Sublime Paralvtic" and "Brains of the Revolution", was from Tanauan. Marcela Agoncillo, who sewd the Filipino flag hoisted during the proclamation of Philippine independence in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898, was from Taal. Miguel Malvar, the last Filipino General to surrender to the Americans, was born in Santo Tomas. Jose P. Laurel, the president of the Japanese-backed Philippine Republic during World War II, was from Tanauan too.

The People______________________________

Batangas is one of the principal seats of Tagalog culture. The people speak the language with a distinct accent.

Batangueños are known for their industriousness as traders. Many commercial center in the country often have establishments owned bypeople of Batangas descent.

Commerce and Industry_____________________

Agriculture is the main economic activity in Batangas. The major crops produced by the province are palay, sugarcane, coconut, and coffee.

The province is a major supplier of cattle to Metro Manila.

Taal Lake and the nearby coast are the main sources of fish for the province.

Getting There and Away_____________________

Buses ply the Manila to Batangas route several times daily.

Other Information__________________________

Taal Church, also known as the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours, is the biggest church in the Philippines.

The General Malvar Museum in Lipa displays historic relics and antique furniture.

The Msgr. Clemente Yatco Museum in Batangas City houses a collection of religious paraphernalia.

Resorts can be found throughout the province. Plaza del Sol in San Nicolas and Volcano Lake View in Agoncillo offer views from the base of Taal Volcano. Sea Breeze in Taal, Gerthel Beach in Lobo, and the Lobo Submarine Garden are among the province's aquatic attractions.

Scuba diving and sailing resorts can be found in Mabini town.

"Parada ng mga Lechon" in Balayan, is a parade wherein roasted pigs are carried through the streets before being eaten by guests. This parade coincides with the feast of St. John the Baptist.

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