The province of Batangas is located south of Laguna and Cavite and west of
Quezon province. It is bordered on the south by Verde
Island Passage which is the world's center of marine biodiversity. Terrain is mostly rolling hills with small scattered plains.
Climate is characterized by two pronounced seasons: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Batangas Province is home to Taal Lake where Taal Volcano is found. It is also the location of two natural harbors: Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay.
The people of Batangas are mostly Tagalogs with few migrants from other cultural groups.
Famous People from Batangas
- Jose P. Laurel - President, Senator; Members of the Laurel Clan are one of the most active families in Philippine Society.
- Salvador P. Laurel - Vice-President, Cabinet Secretary,
- Claro M. Recto - Senator; Members of the Recto Clan are very active in Philippine Politics
- Manuel Araullo - Supreme Court Chief Justice (1921 - 1924)
- Querube Makalintal - Supreme Court Chief Justice (1973 – 1975); Speaker of the Batasang Pambansa (1978 - 1984)
- Ramon C. Aquino - Supreme Court Chief Justice (1985 - 1986)
- Renato Corona - Supreme Court Chief Justice (2010 - Present)
- Gregorio Y. Zara - 1978 National Scientist in physics
- Teodoro A. Agoncillo - 1985 National Scientist in Historiography
- Bienvenido Lumbera - 2006 National Artist for literature
- Apolinario Mabini - Revolutionary leader known as the Sublime Paralytic
- Marcela Agoncillo - Maker of the Philippine National Flag
- Miguel Malvar - One of the last generals to surrender to the United States at the end of the Philippine_American War
- Jovit Baldivino - Singer, Champion Pilipinas Got Talent Competition
- Ahron Villena - Actor
Economic Profile, Products, and Industries
- Parada ng lechon - (Balayan, June 24) a parade during St. John's Festival featuring lechon or roasted pig in various costumes.
Although farming and fishing are the main economic activity in the province, they declined steadily in importance. Many
farmlands has given way to residential, commercial, and industrial zones.
Agricultural production of Batangas in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory of Batangas in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand, rank among 79 provinces)
Other farm products include sugar, coffee, pineapple, and vegetables. Large manufacturing firms include petroleum
refining, iron and steel, chemical, electronics, and processed food. Batangas province is also home to large power generating plants
such as Ilijan, Sta. Rita, San Lorenzo, and Calaca power plant.
A modern international seaport was built in Batangas City as an alternative to the congested Manila ports. The city is also
a major port for interisland shipping and the main exit point for travellers to Mindoro, Visayas, and Mindanao using the
roll-on roll-off (RORO) mode of transportation. An expressway has been built to connect the capital city of Batangas to the South Expressway
providing a hassle free travel from Metro Manila to this province.
Due to its many attractions such as fine beaches and historical places, tourism is a major industry in the province.
Hundreds of resorts line up the coastal areas and still many are on the drawing boards of Manila's big real estate companies. As of 2007,
there were 236 banks, the 4th province with the highest concentration of banks. Total deposits amounted to 46.9 billion pesos.
Batangas Province is being positioned to be the site for heavy industrial plants. As such, it would do well to
invest in factories to supply the needs of these plants such as construction materials, chemical additives, machine parts,
and agro-based raw materials. Engineering services such as construction management, machine repair, and water treatment may
also be a good arena to look into. For agribusiness, the production of high value commercial crops such as malunggay and herbal
plants is recommended.
See List of Batangas Municipalities and Cities
Places of Interest/ Tourist Spots in Batangas Province
- Taal Volcano - One of the Philippine's most active
- Anilao - one of the country's best diving site
- Matabungkay beach
- Nasugbu resorts
- Punta Baluarte resort - Calatagan
- Taal Heritage Village - home to a number of colonial houses-turned-museusm
- Basilica of St. Martin
- Lipa Cathedral
|Where to Stay in Batangas Province?|
Provincial capitol of Batangas
Offices within the Batangas Capitol Compound
View of Anilao in Mabini town
Industrial plants in Batangas
Batangas International Port
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