Balanga, Bataan

Balanga, Bataan
Lungsod ng Balanga
—  City  —
Balanga as seen from the crucifix on Mount Samat

Map of Bataan showing the location of Balanga City.
Balanga is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°41′N 120°32′E / 14.683°N 120.533°E / 14.683; 120.533Coordinates: 14°41′N 120°32′E / 14.683°N 120.533°E / 14.683; 120.533
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bataan
District 2nd District
Founded 1712
Cityhood December 30, 2000
Barangays 25
 – Representative, 2nd Congressional District Albert Raymond S. Garcia (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 – Governor Enrique T. Garcia, Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 – Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia III (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 – Vice Mayor Noel Joseph L. Valdecañas (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 – Total 111.63 km2 (43.1 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 – Total 84,105
 – Density 753.4/km2 (1,951.4/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 2100
Income class 1st class city; component city
Population Census of Balanga City
Census Pop. Rate
1995 60,912
2000 71,088 3.37%
2007 84,105 2.35%

Balanga City (Filipino: Lungsod ng Balanga) is a second class city in the province of Bataan, Region III - Central Luzon, Philippines. It is the capital city of Bataan. According to the latest census, it has a population of 84,105 people in 14,065 households. Its citizens are called Balangueños.

Balanga City is primarily a residential-agricultural city. 8 out of 10 men engage in the driving of local tricycles, it is the local taxi of the city and obviously the main source of income for men in this town. In recent years, it is increasingly becoming an important commercial city in Region III. Unfortunately it also has a very unreliable electricity supply and the city is prone to power cuts almost daily. The local electricity company is called Penelco.



Balanga, the capital of Bataan, was formerly a visita of Abucay before it was established as a mission of the Dominican Order in the Provincial Chapter of April 21, 1714 and later declared a vicariate on April 18, 1739, under the patronage of Saint Joseph. Upon the establishment of Bataan as a separate province in 1754, Balanga was made its capital by General Pedro Manuel Arandia due to its favorable location, at the heart of the new territorial jurisdiction.

The word Balanga originates from the Kapampangan word "balañga" (clay pot) and to the Tagalog word "banga" (clay pot), which the town used to produce and which was among the best that can be found in the country.

On December 30, 2000, Balanga was inaugurated as City by the Republic Act 8984 authored by Cong. Enrique "Tet" Garcia.

Today, Balanga has just recently been transformed into a City. Prior to this development, the City has extended its urban fringe to west of Roman Superhighway and a new growth center in Barangay Tuyo has been delineated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. During the past years, the city saw a high record of residential growth. The consequent expansion of the physical limits of the urban core as well as the expected large increases in population, and its attractiveness to commercial and employment activities, the City Government of Balanga decided to undertake a Master Planning exercise and to propose various developmental projects that would establish Balanga as a well-planned community with quality and character that is innovative and special. However, this is hindered by an unreliable electricity supply. .[1]



Balanga City is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.

  • Bagong Silang
  • Bagumbayan
  • Cabog-Cabog
  • Camacho (Cadre)
  • Cataning
  • Central
  • Cupang North
  • Cupang Proper
  • Cupang West
  • Dangcol (Bernabe)
  • Doña Francisca Subdivision
  • Ibayo
  • Malabia
  • Munting Batangas
  • Poblacion Barcenas
  • Pto. Rivas Ibaba
  • Pto. Rivas Itaas
  • Pto. Rivas Lote
  • San Jose
  • Sibacan
  • Talisay
  • Tanato
  • Tenejero
  • Tortugas
  • Tuyo

City Mayor

Name Year of Service
Jose Enrique Garcia III 2010-
Jose Enrique Garcia III 2007-2010
Melanio S. Banzon Jr. 2004-2007
Albert S. Garcia 1998-2004
Melanio S. Banzon Jr 1988-1998
Teodoro Camacho III 1986-1987
Teodoro Alonzo 1980-1986
Celso Valdecañas 1972-1979
Vicente Malibiran 1964-1967
Emilio Bernabe 1960-1963
Pedro Dizon 1948-1959
Faustino V. Vigo 1952-1955
Graciano Pastorfide 1946-1947
Numeriano Quindoy 1944-1945
Mariano Batungbacal 1942-1943


Balanga City is the educational center of the province of Bataan. It currently has one public university and several private colleges offering various courses such as Accountancy, Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Technology, Elementary and Secondary Education, Engineering, and Health Professions like Nursing and Midwifery.

Bataan Peninsula State University is the lone state university in the city. It operates two campuses in the city, the main campus which is located in the capitol compound and the Balanga City campus which is located in downtown area.

Tomas del Rosario College is one of the oldest private educational institutions in the city. It is located at the Capitol Drive in Barangay San Jose.

The other private colleges in the city include Asia Pacific College of Advanced Studies and EastWoods Professional College of Science and Technology (formerly SOFTNET College of Science and Technology), both located in Barangay Ibayo, Bataan Heroes Memorial College located in Bataan Provincial Expressway, Microcity Computer College located at Capitol Drive, St. Joseph's College in upper Tuyo, Tomas del Rosario College along Capitol Drive and STI College Balanga in Barangay Poblacion.

Other higher educational institutions in the city of Balanga include AMA Computer Learning Center – Balanga, Philippine Women's University - CDCEC Bataan, and Proclesia International Inc.

The city is also a host to the biggest public secondary school in the province, the Bataan National High School. The other notable public secondary schools in the city are the laboratory high school of Bataan Peninsula State University, and the Bataan Integrated School.

Notable Private secondary schools in the city include the high school departments of Asia Pacific College of Advanced Studies, Bataan Infant Jesus School, Bataan Montessori School, Inc., Tomas del Rosario College and St. Joseph College's of Balanga.

Famous People from Balanga

  • Joseph Yumul
  • Romi Garduce
  • Pedro Tuazon (Solicitor General of the Philippines 1921)

See also


  1. ^ NSCB - 2001 Factsheet - 12 New Cities Created, July-December 2000.

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