Batangas City

Batangas City

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official_name = City of Batangas
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native_name = "Ciudad de Batangas"
"Lungsod ng Batangas"
nickname = "Industrial Port of CALABARZON"
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motto = "Eto Batangueño Disiplinado"

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Philippines
subdivision_type1 = Region
subdivision_name1 = Region IV-A CALABARZON
subdivision_type2 = Province
subdivision_name2 = Batangas
subdivision_type3 = Congressional District
subdivision_name3 = 2nd
subdivision_type4 = Barangays
subdivision_name4 = 105
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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Eduardo B. Dimacuha
leader_title1 = Vice Mayor
leader_name1 = Jose Virgilio Y. Tolentino
leader_title2 = Councilors
leader_name2 = Luisa F. Macaraig
Carmela H. Atienza
Nestor E. Dimacuha
Julian B. Villena
Ricardo A. Ambida
Renato C. Cruz
Eloisa Angela D. Portugal
Manuel S. Aclan
Gerardo A. Dela Roca
Mario Vittorio A. Mariño
leader_title3 = ABC President
leader_name3 = Vilma A. Dimacuha
leader_title4 = SK Federation President
leader_name4 = Khristian Rafael S. Montalbo
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established_title2 = Founded
established_date2 = 1581
established_title3 = Cityhood
established_date3 = July 23, 1969
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postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 4200
area_code = 43
blank_name = Income Class
blank_info = First Class
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blank1_info = Component City; Partially Urban
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Batangas City (Filipino: "Lungsod ng Batangas") is a city in the province of Batangas, Philippines. It is the capital of, and largest city in, Batangas province. Batangas City is an important seaport and trade center for the province, which is a sugar-growing region. Silk and cotton fabrics and coconut oil are manufactured in the city. The city is also the largest seaport in the CALABARZON region. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 295,231 people in 50,223 households.

Batangas City is a major recreational, religious, commercial, industrial and educational center in Batangas Province, as shown with the presence in the city of educational institutions (such as Saint Bridget College, Batangas State University, the University of Batangas, and Lyceum of Batangas), the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Batangas City)|Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the city center, SM City Batangas, as well as numerous hotels (such as Hotel Pontefino, Alpa Hotel, Batangas Country Club and Days Hotel).

Eduardo B. Dimacuha is the current city mayor (2004 - 2010).


Foreign Rule

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 Antonio Casulao as Batangan 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 succedded Casulao nor is it known whether there were subsequent appoinments of capitan municipal.

At the coming of the Americans in early 1990s 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.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.

Batangas City was severely damaged due to the Japanese A6M Zero bombardment which totally destroyed the Batangas Airport located in Alangilan-Balagtas area. [ [ Batangas City's Airport destroyed During WWII] ] On October 14, 1943, municipal councilor Roman L. Perez was appointed Mayor by the Japanese after the inaguration of the Second Republic of the Philippines. By 1944 to 1945, Batangas City was liberated by the elements of the US 6th Army, US Eighth Army and the 11th Airborne Division with the aid of some Military Forces of the Philippine Commonwealth and the local Filipino Guerillas.

Independence and onwards

After the Liberation, Pres. Manuel Roxas issued his reappoinment. Mayor Perez ran and won in 194, the first post-War elections in the country. In November 1949 he was killed by an unknown assasin. Vice Mayor Atilano Magadia succedded the late Mayor Perez. He served until 1951. Mayor Macario Chavez was elected in 1951. His four-year term ended in 1955.

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

Other succeeding mayors followed like 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.

Meanwhile, on January 19, 2008, President 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 Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX) road widening, expansion and the STAR toll way development projects in Batangas. [ [ Abs-Cbn Interactive, President Arroyo inaugurates Batangas port project] ]


Batangas City is politically subdivided into 105 barangays.


In Squaresoft's "Front Mission 3", Batangas is partially destroyed by a stolen copy of the M.I.D.A.S. experimental warhead dropped on an invading fleet from the air.

Television Networks:

*Conamor Broadcasting System: Channel 6
*ABS-CBN: Channel 10
*Q: Channel 26
*GMA Network: Channel 12
*Studio 23: Channel 36
* ASAP 36 Batangas: Channel 38


External links

* [ Official Website of the Local Government of Batangas City]
* [ Batangas Now-Portal with links to Batangas City Hotels, historical buildings etc.]
* [ azneita project | 13°45′24″N 121°6′50″E Sampaga East, Batangas City, Philippines 4200]

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