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.
|| Batangas City
|| 3 165.8 sq
|| 1 700 000
|| Batangas, Lipa, Tanuan
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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
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
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,
The province is a major supplier of cattle to Metro Manila.
Taal Lake and the nearby coast are the main sources of fish for
Getting There and Away_____________________
Buses ply the Manila to Batangas route several times daily.
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
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
Map of Batangas Province
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