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Batangas City
Component City
View of Poblacion, Batangas City, from Gulod Labac

Nickname(s): "Industrial Port of Calabarzon"; Eco Tourist City of the Past, Present and Future
Motto(s): "All here So near"

Location in the province of Batangas
Batangas City
Batangas City
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°45′N 121°03′E / 13.75°N 121.05°E / 13.75; 121.05Coordinates: 13°45′N 121°03′E / 13.75°N 121.05°E / 13.75; 121.05
Country Philippines
Region Calabarzon (Region IV-A)
Province Batangas
District Lone District of Batangas City
Founded March 10 1917
Cityhood July 23, 1969
Barangays 105
 • Mayor Beverley Dimacuha (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Emilio Berberabe (UNA)
 • Representative Mario Mariño
 • Councilors
 • City 282.96 km2 (109.25 sq mi)
Elevation 477 m (1,565 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • City 329,874
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Batangueño (male)
Batangueña (female)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4200
IDD:area code +63 (0)43
Income Class First
Feast January 16

Batangas City (Filipino: Lungsod ng Batangas) is a first class component city and capital of the Province of Batangas, Philippines. It is the largest city in the province in terms of land area, and is currently classified as one of the fastest urbanizing cities of the Philippines. According to the 2015 census, the city has a population of 329,874 people.[3]

Known as the "Industrial Port City of Calabarzon," Batangas City is home to the Batangas International Port, one of the busiest passenger and container terminals in the Philippines, as well as host to one of the largest oil refineries in the country, three natural gas power plants, and several other major industries. In addition, the city also serves as the commercial, educational, industrial and transportation center of the province


Foreign rule

The first Spanish missionaries arrived in Batangas City in 1572 due to group migration. Finally, in 1581, Spanish authorities governing the Philippines created a pueblo in the area which included the hill (now Hilltop) where the present Provincial Capitol of Batangas stands after the formal end of the Coumintang Kingdom. The town was named "Batangan" because huge logs, locally called "batang", abounded in the place. The Spanish government appointed Don Agustin Casilao as Batangan's first gobernadorcillo. Said title of "little governor" as head of the pueblo or municipio was replaced in 1894 by "capital municipal." It is not clear who succeeded Casilao nor is it known whether there were subsequent appointments of capital municipal. Don Agustin Casilao is sometimes referred to as Agustino or Augustino in some sources. By 1870, its barangays were Balagtas, Bilogo, Bolbok, Bukal, Catandala, Konde, De La Paz, Kumintang Ibaba, Matuko, Mapagong, Paharang Kanluran, Pairang, Pinamucan, Patulo, Sampaga, San Agapito, San Isidro and Talahib.[4][5]

At the coming of the Americans in the early 1900s, local civil government of Batangas was set up. It took effect on July 4, 1901 with Jose Villanueva elected as "Municipal President." His term expired in 1903.[4]

Subsequent elections installed the following as municipal presidents: Juan Palacios, 1904–1905; Jose Arguelles, 1906; Marcelo Llana, 1907; Sisenando Ferriols, 1908–1909; Ventura Tolentino, 1910–1914; Julian Rosales, 1915; Juan Gutierrez, 1916–1919; Julian Rosales, 1920–1922; Juan Buenafe, 1923–1930; Perfecto Condez, 1931–1937; Juan Buenafe, 1938-1940. In 1941 the title "Municipal President" was changed to "Municipal Mayor." Pedro Berberabe was elected first municipal mayor.[4]

Batangas City was severely damaged due to the Japanese A6M Zero bombardment and on December 12, 1941, the Batangas Airport which is located in Brgy. Alangilan is totally destroyed. On October 14, 1943, municipal councilor Roman L. Perez was appointed Mayor by the Japanese after the inauguration of the Second Republic of the Philippines. Liberation begun when 158th Regimental Combat Team (or 158th RCT) under the command of the US 6th Army reached Poblacion, Batangas City by March 11 during the Philippines Liberation Campaign of 1944–45. By the end of April the same that year, some elements of the 188th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division was left to clear the barangays east and mountains south of the city as the main Allied Force continued their drive towards the Quezon Province. Some of hundreds thousands local Filipino soldiers and officers of the 4th and 42nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and 4th Constabulary Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was entering and re-invaded in Batangas City. Throughout the battle, recognized Filipino Guerrilla fighters played an important key role in the advancement of the combined American and Philippine Commonwealth troops, providing key roads and information for the Japanese location of defenses and movements. Hostilities ended as the war came closer to the end.[6][7][7]

Independence and onwards

After the Liberation, Pres. Manuel Roxas issued his reappointment. Mayor Perez ran and won in 1944, the first post-War elections in the country. In November 1949 he was killed by an unknown assassin. Vice Mayor Atilano Magadia succeeded then Mayor Perez. He served until 1951. Mayor Macario Chavez was elected in 1951. His four-year term ended in 1955.[4]

People voted Pedro S. Tolentino overwhelmingly as mayor in 1956. He was reelected three times. It was during his fourth term (mid 1969) that Congress approved the Charter, a milestone event which made him the first city mayor of Batangas.[4]

Other succeeding mayors followed are Mayor Macario M. Mendoza, 1974–1979; Alfredo M. Borbon, 1979–1980, Conrado C. Berberabe, 1980–1986; Jose M. Atienza, 1986–1987; Mario M. Perez, 1987, Eduardo B. Dimacuha, 1988–1998, Angelito D. Dimacuha, 1998–2001 and again Eduardo B. Dimacuha, 2001–2010, Vilma A. Dimacuha, 2010-2013 and again Eduardo B. Dimacuha, 2013–2016, Beverley Rose A. Dimacuha, 2016-present.[8]

Meanwhile, on January 19, 2008, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo opened Phase II project of the Batangas City International Container Port (with turn-over to the Philippine Ports Authority). She also inspected a major road project in Southern Tagalog. She then inspected the P1.5-billion Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), Stage II-Phase 1 connecting Lipa (19.74 kilometers and Batangas and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) road widening, expansion and the STAR toll way development projects in Batangas.[9]


Batangas City lies in the southernmost part of Batangas, facing Batangas Bay, and is bordered by San Jose to the north, Verde Island Passage to the south, Ibaan, Taysan, and Lobo to the east, and San Pascual to the west. The Calumpang River crosses the city from northeast to southwest. The area west of Calumpang River is generally plains, while the eastern area are mostly foothills and mountains.


Batangas City is politically subdivided into 105 barangays.[10] Pagkilatan was formerly a sitio of Matoco.[11] Malalim was formerly the "southern portion of the barrio of Sirang Lupa, the northern portion of the barrio Mahabang Dahilig, and the eastern portion of San Isidro" "together with the sitio of Malalim"; this territory became a barrio (barangay) in 1954.[12] In the same year, sitio Malitam, formerly part of barrio Libjo, was elevated as a barrio.[13] San Antonio was constituted from the sitios of Ilaya, Labac, Matalisay, Pajo and Cacawan, from the barrio of San Agapito.[14] In 1957, the barrio of Talumpok was divided into two. Sitios Romano, Poyesan, Bondeo and Latag were constituted into Talumpok Silangan, while sitios Ginto, Duhatan, Kulingkang, Piit and Cuaba were constituted into Talumpok Kanluran.[15]

Balagtas was formerly known as Patay, Kumintang Ilaya as Sambat Ilaya, and Kumintang Ibaba as Sambat Ibaba.[16]

  • Barangay 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 3 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 4 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 5 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 6 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 7 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 8 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 9 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 10 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 11 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 12 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 13 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 14 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 15 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 16 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 17 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 18 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 19 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 20 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 21 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 22 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 23 (Poblacion)
  • Barangay 24 (Poblacion)
  • Alangilan
  • Balagtas
  • Balete
  • Banaba Center
  • Banaba Kanluran
  • Banaba Silangan
  • Banaba Ibaba
  • Bilogo
  • Bolbok
  • Bukal
  • Calicanto
  • Catandala
  • Concepcion
  • Conde Itaas
  • Conde Labak
  • Cuta
  • Dalig
  • Dela Paz
  • Dela Paz Pulot Aplaya
  • Dela Paz Pulot Itaas
  • Domoclay
  • Dumantay
  • Gulod Itaas
  • Gulod Labak
  • Haligue Kanluran
  • Haligue Silangan
  • Ilihan
  • Kumba
  • Kumintang Ibaba
  • Kumintang Ilaya
  • Libjo
  • Liponpon, Verde Island
  • Maapas
  • Mahabang Dahilig
  • Mahabang Parang
  • Mahacot Kanluran
  • Mahacot Silangan
  • Malalim
  • Malibayo
  • Malitam
  • Maruclap
  • Mabacong (Matoco)
  • Pagkilatan
  • Paharang Kanluran
  • Paharang Silangan
  • Pallocan Kanluran
  • Pallocan Silangan
  • Pinamucan
  • Pinamucan Ibaba
  • Pinamucan Silangan
  • Sampaga
  • San Agapito, Verde Island
  • San Agustin Kanluran, Verde Island
  • San Agustin Silangan, Verde Island
  • San Andres, Verde Island
  • San Antonio, Verde Island
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose Sico
  • San Miguel
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Rita Aplaya
  • Santa Rita Karsada
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño
  • Simlong
  • Sirang Lupa
  • Sorosoro Ibaba
  • Sorosoro Ilaya
  • Sorosoro Karsada
  • Tabangao Aplaya (Tabango Proper)
  • Tabangao Ambulong
  • Tabangao Dao
  • Talahib Pandayan
  • Talahib Payapa
  • Talumpok Kanluran
  • Talumpok Silangan
  • Tinga Itaas
  • Tinga Labak
  • Tulo
  • Wawa


Batangas City has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification system type Aw/As), with influence from a bordering tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification system type Am) to the east. The city is dry from January to April, with temperatures reaching up to 33.3 °C (91.9 °F) in April, and rainy for the rest of the year, with July being the rainiest month, with up to 288 millimetres (11.3 in) of rainfall.

Climate data for Batangas City
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.7
Average low °C (°F) 22.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 31


Population census of Batangas City
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 33,131 —    
1918 41,089 +1.45%
1939 49,164 +0.86%
1948 59,582 +2.16%
1960 82,627 +2.76%
1970 108,868 +2.79%
1975 125,363 +2.87%
1980 143,570 +2.75%
1990 184,970 +2.57%
1995 211,879 +2.58%
2000 247,588 +3.40%
2007 295,231 +2.46%
2010 305,607 +1.26%
2015 329,874 +1.47%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][18][19][20]

In the 2015 census, the population of Batangas City was 329,874 people,[3] with a density of 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometre or 3,100 inhabitants per square mile.


A. Evangelista Street, one of the shopping centers in the Poblacion area

The City of Batangas gears up activities on trade, finance, education and medical services for most part of the province. As a center for trade and commerce, it hosts one of the largest oil refineries in the country, Pilipinas Shell, and three natural gas power plants, namely, Keilco, First Gas and Malampaya On-Shore Gas Plant. Other major industries include: San Miguel Food Corporation, JG Summit Petrochemical Corp., Universal Robina Corp., Himmel Industries Inc., Chemphil Bulk Terminal, San Lorenzo Power Plant and First Philippine Industrial Corp. It is the center for education, with three of the largest universities in the province and recently, more International Schools have chosen the City as their campus sites.

The City draws thousands of transient and migratory workers, with 58 banking and other financial institutions, about 9 shopping centers (6 in Poblacion, 1 in Cuta, 1 in Calicanto, and 1 in Pallocan West), 5 major hospitals and 3 major hotels, and various government agencies.


Batangas City's public transportation mainly include jeepneys and tricycles. Also, the city has transportation between barangays and other cities and municipalities. The city's central transportation is the Batangas Grand Central Terminal, found beside the Diversion Road in Balagtas.

Future railway connection

As part of Rodrigo Duterte's infrastructure development program, DuterteNomics or "Build-Build-Build", a railway line from Calamba will be constructed to connect with the city. The railway line, the Calamba-Batangas Line, a part of the longer Manila-Matnog Railway, is approved by the National Economic Development Authority on September 12, 2017, and funding will be provided by the Chinese government. Start of construction of the railway, as part of the Manila-Matnog Railway, is not yet set. [21]


Among the higher education institutions in the city is the Batangas State University, Lyceum of the Philippines University–Batangas, University of Batangas, St. Bridget College, Westmead International School, Golden Gate College and Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas.

The Department of Education also maintains a division in Batangas City.[22]For of the academic year of 2013-2014, there are 82 public elementary schools [23] and 18 public high schools.[24] For the academic year of 2016-2017, 50 private schools offering various levels of education from pre-school to college level have legal permit to operate in the city.[25]


Electricity services in Batangas City is provided by Meralco for most of its barangays. Some barangays in the eastern rural area near the boundary with Taysan are served by the Batangas II Electric Cooperative (BATELEC-II) . Power in off-grid Verde Island are provided by diesel generators and solar panels.

The water services in the urbanized areas are provided by the Batangas City Water District (BCWD). Rural areas are localized, and provided by the Rural Waterworks and Sewage Authority.

The city is also locations of two major power plants that supply power to the Luzon grid:

  • Ilijan Power Plant - a natural gas power plant owned and operated by the Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO)
  • San Lorenzo - Santa Rita Power Plant - a combined cycle natural gas power plant owned and operated by Firstgen


The city is famous for its nilupak. The art of making the dish is indigenous to the area and has been cited as having a great potential for inclusion in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.


Panorama of Batangas City and Mount Pinamucan


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  • Local Government of Batangas City (July 23, 1999), Batangas City Profile, 1 (1), Batangas City, Philippines, pp. 7, 8, 13, 14 

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