February 2018 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore February 2018 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

February 2018

Executive Order No. 78 Separating Calatagan from the Municipality of Balayan

The western Batangas municipality of Calatagan was acquired from the Spanish crown by Domingo Roxas in 1829 and used to be called Hacienda d...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 60 Creating Lighthouses in Cape Santiago and Malabrigo Point

Among the Province of Batangas’ most important heritage sites are two lighthouses in Calatagan and Lobo. A July 1903 Executive Order 1 sig...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Liquefaction Hazard Map of the Province of Batangas

Image source:  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Above is the Liquefaction Hazard Map for the Province of Batangas origin...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Republic Act No. 11086 Establishing the City of Santo Tomas, Batangas

Santo Tomas is the Province of Batangas’ fourth and newest city, converted from a municipality in 2018. It is Batangas’ northernmost geo-po...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 97 Series of 1912 Reserving Land in Botong, Taal for School Purposes

In 1912, an executive order 1 was passed reserving land in the barrio of Botong in Taal, Batangas for school purposes. The executive order...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Map of World War II US Troops’ Movements in Batangas in March-April 1945

The map below shows the movement of United States Army troops in Batangas in early 1945. Its title is “Clearing Southern Luzon XIV Corps.” ...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 37 Series of 1913 Revoking Earlier Reservation of Land in Botong, Taal for School Purposes

In 1912, a parcel of land was reserved by the American Colonial Government for school use by way of Executive Order No. 97, signed by Newton...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Proclamations Nos. 8 and 10 of 1909 Regarding Camp McGrath, Batangas Town

The present-day district or area in Batangas City that people to this day still refer to as Camp McGrath used to be an installation of the U...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 127 Separating Lian from Nasugbu

The western Batangas coastal town of Lian is in the present day a 3 rd income class municipality with a land area of 3,119.75 square kilome...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 69 1922 Transferring Tingloy and other Barrios from Mabini to Bauan

The present-day Municipality of Tingloy was like a volleyball being tossed from one town to the other during the American colonial era. In ...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 68 1917 Defining the Boundary between Batangas and Cavite

On 24 August 1917, the Office of the Governor General Francis Burton Harrison defined the boundary line between the two provinces of Batanga...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Mataasnakahoy, Batangas

The town of Mataasnakahoy is the Province of Batangas’ 3 rd smallest town, with a land area of just 2,210 hectares. Its 2020 population as...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Malvar, Batangas

The town of Malvar is among the smallest of the Province of Batangas, with a total land area of only 3,300 hectares distributed among 15 bar...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Mabini, Batangas

The town of Mabini is on the Calumpang Peninsula which divides Batangas Bay from Balayan Bay. It used to be part of the town of Bauan. In ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Lobo, Batangas

The seaside town of Lobo in the Province of Batangas was, according to folklore, the original site of what in the present day is the other B...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Proclamation No. 5 S. 1926 Reserving Fortune Island, Nasugbu for Lighthouse Use

Fortune Island is a rocky island just off the coast of the western Batangas town of Nasugbu. In the year 1926, the American colonial govern...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Lemery and Taal, 1944

Below is a map of the towns of Lemery and Taal in Batangas Province created in 1944 by the United States Army Map Service. It has been down...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Filipino Guerrillas in Nasugbu, 1945

Filipino guerrillas in Nasugbu, February 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. Date Taken: 3 February 1945 Original Cap...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

The United States Armed Forces Cemetery in Nasugbu, 1945

The U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery in Nasugbu, 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. Date Taken: 1 June 1945 Original Capt...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

American Soldiers Shelling of Mount Maculot, Cuenca April 1945

Fighting near Mt. Maculot in Batangas, 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. The photo above shows United States Army sold...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Lian, Batangas

The western Batangas town of Lian has a total land area of 7,680, distributed among its 19 barangays. Its population as per the 2020 Philip...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Troops Parachute over Nasugbu, 1945

American troops being dropped into Nasugbu in 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. Date Taken: 13 April 1945 Original ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Lemery, Batangas

The seaside town of Lemery along Balayan Bay began life as a barrio of the Municipality of Taal, and is named after a member of the Spanish ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Spanish Evacuees in Nasugbu offer Hospitality to American Soldiers, 1945

American troops being dropped into Nasugbu in 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. Date Taken: 13 April 1945 Original ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Punto Malabrigo Lobo, Batangas 1899

The Punta Malabrigo Lighthouse, 1899.  Image source:  United States National Archive. The photograph above was downloaded from the United...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Laurel, Batangas

Laurel is a lakeside town which part of the 3 rd legislative district of the Province of Batangas. Prior to 1961, it was part of the town ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Creation of the Pueblo of Cuenca in Batangas, 1876 (Spanish)

The town of Cuenca in Batangas is a 4 th income class municipality with a land area of 58.18 square kilometers and a population of 32,783 a...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Ibaan, Batangas

The town of Ibaan in the province of Batangas, named after the iba tree, a close relative of the calamias or bilimbi, is a 2 nd income clas...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Market in the Town of Lipa, c. 1903

The photograph below shows the market in the then-town of Lipa circa 1903. The picture was taken from the public domain publication entitle...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of US Army Maneuvers in Batangas 1930

Aerial Photograph of United States Army maneuvers in Batangas, 1930.  Image source:  United States National Archive. The photograph above...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Establishment of Horse Races in Taal, Balayan and Batangas, 1884

The Province of Batangas has had, since the Spanish colonial era, enjoyed a reputation for being home to fine horses. In his late 19 th ce...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Batangas Historical Tourism Destinations

[In this article: Batangas tourist spots, Batangas tourism destinations, historical tourism, historical tours Batangas, Galleria Taal Camer...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Batangas, 1918

Below is a map of the Province of Batangas originally contained in the 1920 publication “Census of the Philippine Islands taken under the di...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Cuenca, Batangas

The town of Cuenca in the Province of Batangas used to be part of the pueblo called San Jose Malaquing Tubig, presently just known as San Jo...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Lipa Airfield Runway with Bomb Craters, 1945

Below, a picture of the Lipa Airfield, still in the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army, pockmarked with bomb craters likely from raids cond...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Calatagan, Batangas

The western Batangas town of Calatagan, known for its fabulous beaches and resorts, is a 2 nd income class municipality. It has a land are...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of Taal 1939

The photograph below was taken by an aircraft flying from Nichols Field (present day Villamor Air Base) on 27 December 1939. This was less ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Calaca, Batangas

The western Batangas town of Calaca, renowned for its Calacatchara Festival, is a 1 st income class municipality which has become home to s...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Bauan, Batangas

The town of Bauan in the Province of Batangas is among the oldest, having been founded as a pueblo by Augustinian missionaries along the sho...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of Batangas City 1935

Aerial photograph of Batangas Town.  Image source:  United States National Archive. The photograph above was taken 31 July 1935 from an a...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Balete, Batangas

The small lakeside town of Balete was, until 1949, part of the=now City of Lipa. In fact, it was one of the sites of old Lipa before it was...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Town Plan of Lipa, 1944

The map below shows the street plan (including street names) of the then–town of Lipa in Batangas in the year 1944. The map was originally ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Flight of Steps in Taal, c. 1920

The photograph below has been taken from the 1920 publication “Facts and Figures about the Philippines” where it is simply titled “Old Fligh...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Women of the Red Cross Society of Lipa, early 1900s

Women of the Red Cross Society of Lipa, early 1900s.  Image source:  “The Story of the Lopez Family: A Page from the History of the War in...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Balayan, Batangas

The town of Balayan in the Province of Batangas is among the oldest in the country, even if its founding date is placed as “recently” as 157...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Proclamation No. 184 s. 1928 Reserving Sites in Bos. Cuta and Sta. Clara, Batangas for Storing and Discharging Stones

In the year 1928, during the American Colonial Era in the Philippines, a proclamation 1 signed by then-Governor General Henry L. Stimson fo...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Alitagtag, Batangas

Alitagtag is a fourth class municipality of the Province of Batangas. It is the fourth smallest town in Batangas in terms of size with just...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Batangas Town, 1944

Below is a map of the then–town of Batangas generated by the United States Army Map Service in 1944. It has been downloaded from the Digita...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Old Wooden Bus Similar to those Operated by the Batangas Transportation Company

The photograph above shows an antiquated bus of the Laguna Tayabas Transportation Company, sister company of the Batangas Transportation Com...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Agoncillo, Batangas

The lakeside town of Agoncillo is among the Province of Batangas’ smaller municipalities, with a land area of just under 5,000 hectares and ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Man with Deep Bayonet Scar on his Back, 1945

Date Taken: 2 October 1945 Original Caption: Hilario Laro, a Filipino, shows a bayonet scar which was inflicted by the Japanese during t...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Mount Maculot seen from One Side, 1933

Photo of Mt. Maculot taken in 1933. The picture above shows Mount Macolod (as the Americans called Makulot or Maculot) in the town of Cue...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Woman from Taal Showing Bayonet Scar on her Belly, 1945

Date Taken: 2 October 1945 Original Caption: Natividad Balba shows bayonet scar on her body which was inflicted by the Japanese during t...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

17-Year Old Lone Survivor of a Japanese Attack on Civilians, 1945

Date Taken: 19 October 1945 Original Caption: Milagros Barrion, 17, was the sole survivor of a group of 13 unarmed civilians whom the Ja...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Woman Bleaching Clothes on the Shores of Taal Lake, 1933

The photo below was originally given the caption/title “Batangas province (Philippines), Lavendera bleaching clothes on Taal Lake.” Of cour...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Taal Lake and Volcano Island, 1934

The picture above was taken in 1934 by Robert L. Pendleton. It has been downloaded from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Digital Li...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

The Town of Taal, Batangas c. 1903

The photograph below was taken from the public domain book “Official Handbook of the Philippines and Catalogue of the Philippine Exhibit” wh...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Sketch-Map of the Taal Volcano Region, c. 1911

Below is a sketched map of the Taal Land and Volcano along with the surrounding areas, extracted from the 1911 publication “The Eruption of ...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Act No. 958 Reducing the Municipalities of Batangas to 16, 1903

In March of 1903, Act Numbered 708 was passed by the Philippine Commission consolidating thirteen of the Province of Batangas’ 22 municipali...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Woman from Barrio Taysan, San Jose with Bayonet Wound 1945

Date Taken: 12 October 1945 Original Caption: A woman displays bayonet wound scar on the left side. Barrio Tayson [obviously an error ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

One-Year Old Baby with Bayonet Scar on his Head

Date Taken: 1945 Original Caption: Baby Vicente Barrion, 1 year old, who is held by his mother, has a scar on his head, which was caused...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Soil Survey at a Batangas Salt Field, 1930

The above photograph was taken by Robert L. Pendleton in the year 1930 somewhere in a seaside town in the Province of Batangas. It was orig...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

San Jose, Batangas Victim Shows Bayonet Wound 1945

Date Taken: 12 October 1945 Original Caption: On the left hip of Sofia Moog is a bayonet wound scar, which was caused by the Japs during...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Soil Survey in Santo Tomas, Batangas 1931

The photograph below was taken by the photographer Robert Larimore Pendleton in April 1931. It has been downloaded from the Digital Library...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

The Remos of San Jose, Batangas beside Burned Home 1945

Date Taken: 12 October 1945 Original Caption: Modesta U. Remo and her husband [probably should be daughter instead of husband] stand bes...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Filipino Native with Bayog Bark along Talisay-Tagaytay Trail, 1934

he photograph below was taken by the photographer Robert L. Pentleton on 23 August 1934 along the Talisay–Tagaytay trail. It has been downl...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Lipa Bishop Alfredo Obviar Officiating Cornerstone Laying of New Carmel Chapel

Image taken from a publication called "Isles of Mary." The above image has been extracted from the scrapbook downloaded from th...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Street Scene in Batangas c. 1898

The colorized picture below has been extracted from the public domain book “The United States Army and Navy: includes Cuba, Puerto Rico, th...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Destroyed Municipal Building of San Jose, Batangas 1945

Date Taken: 12 October 1945 Original Caption: These are the ruins of the Municipal Building, which was damaged by bombs, during the war....

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Palico Bridge, Nasugbu 1945

The picture below is of the Palico Bridge in Nasugbu and taken from the public domain book “The Angels: a History of the 11 th Airborne Di...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Proclamation No. 193 Series of 1928 Reserving Parcel of Land in Santo Tomas for Water Supply Use by Tanauan

Prior to 1928, apparently there was land dispute between the adjoining municipalities of Tanauan and Santo Tomas in Batangas. In the year 1...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Along the Talisay-Tagaytay Trail, 1934

The photograph below is part of the Robert L. Pendleton Collection of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Digital Libraries, with the o...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Residence in San Jose Ruined by Bombs 1945

Date Taken: 12 October 1945 Original Caption: These are the ruins of Dr. Luna’s residence, ex-Mayor of San Jose, Batangas, P.I. which wa...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Japanese Defense Positions at Mt. Maculot, 1945

The map below shows Japanese defensive positions at Mount Maculot (Macolod as reflected in the map itself; this was how many American docume...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 110 Series of 1914 Reserving Land in Wawa, Nasugbu for Lighthouse Purposes

In 1914, the American colonial government reserved specifically for use for lighthouse purposes a parcel of land in barrio Wawa in the weste...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of Nasugbu 1937

The photograph below was taken on 7 November 1937 by an airplane flying from Nichols Airfield in Pasay (later Villamor Air Base). The shot ...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Survivors Dig up Skulls of Family Members in Lipa, 1945

Date Taken: 20 October 1945 For the victims of Japanese atrocities in 1945 in Batangas, in the aftermath all the survivors could really d...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 107 Series of 1914 Reserving Land in Lemery for Lighthouse Purposes

In 1914, the American colonial government reserved specifically for use for lighthouse purposes a parcel of land in the municipality of Leme...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Lipa Family Stand before Home Burned by the Japanese in 1945

Date Taken: 20 October 1945 Not contented with murder, the Japanese late in World War II in Batangas also burned houses, depriving alread...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Young Girl from Lipa, Batangas with Scars from Japanese Atrocities

Date Taken: 20 October 1945 Crazed by their lust for blood, the Japanese were indiscriminate in who they killed and spared not even women...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Tanauan City, Batangas

The City of Tanauan is the Province of Batangas’ third city after Lipa and Batangas City, having been declared such as recently as 2001. De...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Female Survivor of Japanese Atrocities in Lipa in 1945 Shows Bayonet Scars

Date Taken: 25 October 1945 In their haste to kill the locals in Lipa, and likely because of the sheer numbers that they were trying to m...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Lipa City, Batangas

The City of Lipa is, as per the 2020 Philippine Census, the Province of Batangas’ most populous geopolitical subdivision with a total of 372...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Inside a House Ransacked by the Japanese

Date Taken: 13 April 1945 From the above photograph, one can see that the Japanese turned this home in Lipa, Batangas inside out for what...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Batangas City, Batangas

The City of Batangas, capital of the province and, therefore, seat of the provincial government, is the largest in Batangas in terms of land...

Buhay Batangas 2 Feb, 2018

Map of Taal Lake, Volcano and Surrounding Areas, c. 1906

The map below has been extracted from a digital copy of a 1906 edition of the Philippine Journal of Science 1 . It shows Taal Lake and Volc...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

US General & Staff in Front of Governor's Palace in Batangas, 1900

The colorized picture below shows Brigadier General Theodore Schwann and his staff in front of the Palace of the Governor in the then-town o...

Batangas History 2 Feb, 2018

Locust Infestation in Batangas, c. 1905

The start of the 20 th century was a traumatic one for Batangas. Not only were its inhabitants forced to live in concentration camps by th...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Portrait of Clemencia Lopez of Balayan

Portrait of Clemencia Lopez of Balayan.  Image source:  The Story of the Lopez Family: A Page from the History of the War in the Philippin...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Earthenware Pot Peddler in Taal, Batangas c. 1903

The picture below has been taken from a public domain document compiled and published by the Bureau of Insular Affairs of the United States ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photographs of the Batangas Airdrome 1945

Photo of the Batangas Airdrome taken in 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. The photos above and below were taken from a...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

House of Victims of Japanese Brutality in 1945 in Lipa, Batangas

Date Taken: 13 April 1945 Original Caption: A house where Filipino men and women were stripped of usable clothing and then with their ha...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photo of the Nasugbu Airstrip, 1945

Below, a picture of the Nasugbu Airstrip – alternatively known as the Nasugbu Landing Strip or the Nasugbu Airdrome – in 1945 soon after the...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

A Grove Filled with Dead Victims of the Japanese, 1945

>Date taken: 13 April 1945. Original Caption: This photograph was similarly captioned as another one shot of the same locality, where...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

People Killed by Japanese Soldiers in 1945 Left to Decompose in the Open

Date taken: 13 April 1945 Original Caption: Some of the bodies of a group of approximately 300 to 400 Filipino men and women who were fi...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photographs of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano 1939

The photograph below was taken on 27 December 1939 by an aircraft that flew from Nichols Airfield (present-day Villamor Airbase). It was or...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Southern Luzon including Batangas, c. 1899

Below is a map of Southern Luzon, including the Province of Batangas, which has been extracted from an 1899 Atlas entitled Atlas de Filipina...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Men Shoved into Deep Wells and Shot at by the Japanese in 1945, but Rescued

>Date Taken: 25 September 1945 The men showed in the picture above were the lucky ones who were rescued after having been shoved down ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Anchorages Near the Verde Island Passage, 1956

Below is a map of anchorages, i.e. areas where ships can anchor in, close to the Verde Island Passage. This passage is the strait or narrow...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Talisay-Tagaytay Road, 1945

The photograph below of the road from the Tagaytay Ridge to the small lakeside town of Talisay in Batangas is taken from the 1948 book “The ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of Tanauan 1941

he photograph below was taken on the 1 th of March 1941, likely by the same aircraft that flew from Nichols Airfield (present-day Villamor ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photo of a Boy from Lipa, Batangas whose Face was Mutilated by the Japanese in 1945

Date Taken: 25 September 1945 The photograph shows the side of the face of a young boy from the then-town of Lipa which was sliced from t...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Boy Looking at Mass Killing Site in Barrio Sulok 1945

Date Taken: 25 October 1945 Original Caption: A little Filipino boy inspects the site of a mass killing by the Japs in Sulac, Batangas, ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photos of the Battle at Mt. Maculot 1945

Captured Japanese artillery on Mt. Maculot, 1945. Considered among the fiercest battles fought between United States and Japanese forces in...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Destroyed Primary School where Massacre Victims were Assembled 1945

Date Taken: 25 October 1945 Original Caption: These are the ruins of a primary school, at Sulac, Batangas, Luzon, P.I. (for Philippine I...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Destroyed Makapili Headquarters in Barrio Sulok 1945

Date Taken: 25 October 1945 Original Caption: These are the ruins of the headquarter of the Filipinos, who collaborated with the Japs, a...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Men from Barrio Sampalocan, Lipa who Escaped Japanese Atrocities 1945

Date Taken: 1 October 1945 The photograph above was of five men who somehow had the good fortune of escaping the Japanese orgies of murde...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photographs of Malvar, Batangas 1941

An aerial photograph of Malvar, Batangas in 1941.  Image source:  United States National Archives. The photograph above was taken on the 1 ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Proclamation No. 124 s. of 1927 Reserving Land in Balayan for School Purposes

A proclamation signed by the Acting Governor-General of the Philippines Eugene A. Gilmore in 1927 reserved land and withdrew it from sale or...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Soldier Rests in Barrio Sulok during a Lull in the Fighting 1945

Date Taken: 9 April 1945 Original Caption: Private James Harper of Hanford California, a member of Company G, 187 th Regiment, 11 th A...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

US Army Company G Soldiers entering Sulok, Santo Tomas 1945

Date Taken: 9 April 1945 Original Caption: Infantry of Company “G,” 187 th Regiment, 11 the Airborne Division, moving up on the way to...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

View of Taal Volcano as Seen from Talisay c. 1859 ISketch)

The image below has been taken from a public domain edition of the magazine called “Ilustración Filipina, 1859 1 ,” a Spanish language magaz...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

US Army Troops Entering Barrio Sulok, Santo Tomas 1945

Date Taken: 9 April 1945 Original Caption: Tanks and infantry entering Jap motor pool, which was captured by Company “G,” 187 th Regim...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

American Soldiers Swimming in a Batangas River (between 1899-1902)

The photograph below shows United States Volunteers troops “possibly” in Batangas. The picture has been downloaded from the Forth Worth Li...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of Batangas City 1933

Below is a colorized photograph of the town of Batangas taken on 24 January 1933 taken from an aircraft that probably flew from Nichols Airf...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Young Coconut Climber and Tuba Extractor in Batangas c. 1929

Image extracted from "Lands and people: the World in Color."  Colorized courtesy of Algorithmia. The colorized photograph above...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Bridge under Construction in Lemery 1945

Date Taken: 26 March 1945 Original Caption: Bailey bridge over Pansipit River (which separates Lemery from the town of Taal) on Highway ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photographs of Fortune Island Off Nasugbu, Batangas 1935

A photograph of Fortune Island off the town of Nasugbu taken in 1935.  Image source:  United States National Archives. In this page, we f...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Bridge being Constructed by the US Army in Cuenca 1945

Date Taken: 26 March 1945 Original Caption: Double Bailey bridge under construction by the 131 st Engineering Construction group (of th...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Company G, 38th Infantry Regiment Soldiers Resting in Batangas, c. 1899-1902

The picture below is part of the Sandre Plummer Collection of the Fort Worth Library Digital Collections. Its description at the Fort Worth...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Maps of Batangas by Cities and Municipalities

For readers who are traveling to Batangas or simply wish to explore the province virtually, Batangas History has provided maps of its four c...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Tuy, Batangas

The Municipality of Tuy, which lies between Nasugbu and Balayan, is classified as a 3 rd income class municipality with a land area of 9,46...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Japanese Gun Captured in Cuenca, Batangas 1945

Japanese bun captured in Cuenca, Batangas in 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives. Date Taken: 26 March 1945 Original C...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Lipa Railroad Junction Low-Level Bombing, 1945

Below, a colorized version of a photograph taken from an attack airplane of the United States Army Air Force in February 1945 on the railroa...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 85 1917 Creating the Municipality of Mabini

Mabini is a 1 st income class municipality on the Calumpang Peninsula in the Province of Batangas. It used to be part of the larger town o...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Tingloy, Batangas

The town of Tingloy, made up of the islands of Maricaban and Caban along with other minor islets, used to be part of Taal and Bauan at vario...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Fallen Bridge over the Lagnas River, Bauan 1945

The photograph below is bundled with a group of pictures stated to have been taken in Bauan or Bauang in Luzon, Philippine Islands. Most of...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Sugarcane Train in Nasugbu, 1945

The photograph below shows a sugarcane train being prepared to carry ammunition to the war front in February 1945. Forces of the United Sta...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photos of the US Army in Nasugbu, 1945

The photographs in this post are taken from the public domain book “Eyes Of The War: A Photographic Report Of World War II, Vol. II,” edited...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Maria Orosa of Taal, University of Washington Yearbook Photos

Soon after the United States took over colonial administration of the Philippines in 1898, it started a program of sponsoring talented Filip...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Taysan, Batangas

The town of Taysan is a 2 nd income class municipality of the Province of Batangas, with a total land area of 9,362 hectares and a populati...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 33 Series of 1913 Reserving the Taal Volcano Island “for Civil Public Purposes”

In 1913, by way of an executive order 1 , Governor-General W. Cameron Forbes reserved for civil public purposes and withdrew from sale or se...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Steel Bridge over Dacanlao River, Calaca 1945

Date Taken: 24 March 1945 Original Caption: Losada (Lozada?) steel bridge over Dacandao (likely Dacanlao) River on Highway #17, west of ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Administrative Order No. 13 S. 1940 Requiring Resignation of Balayan, Calaca Justice of the Peace

In the year 1940, the administration of Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon forced one Fernando Barrio, Justice of the Peace of the town...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 80 Series of 1912 Related to the Construction of a Monument to Apolinario Mabini

Although the Batangueño national hero was a thorn in the side of the Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, and in fact was sent in...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Grandstand of a Playing Park in Batangas, c. 1910

Below is a photograph of the grandstand at a playing park in what was probably the town of Batangas taken around the year 1910. The picture...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Talisay, Batangas

The lakeside town of Talisay used to be part of Taal until it was formally established as a separate municipality in 1869. In the present d...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Taal, Batangas

The heritage town of Taal started from the first ever pueblo ever established in Batangas by the Augustinian missionaries close to the shore...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of Batangas City 1923

The photograph below was downloaded from the United States National Archives with the original caption of “Area 18. Philippine Islands. Lu...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Santo Tomas City, Batangas

The City of Santo Tomas is a 1 st class component city of Batangas and is also classified as agro-industrial, with its various manufacturin...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Republic Act No. 1229 Creating the Municipality of San Nicolas

The present-day lakeshore town of San Nicolas in Batangas used to be the site of old Taal, until the violent and prolonged eruption of the v...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Photos of the Cape Santiago Lighthouse, Calatagan 1902

The Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Calatagan, 1902.  Image source:  United States National Archives. The Cape or Punta Santiago Lighthouse in ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Santa Teresita, Batangas

The town of Santa Teresita, second smallest in the Province of Batangas, was created in 1961 with land formerly belonging to the towns of Sa...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Aerial Photograph of the Batangas Provincial Capitol 1935

An aerial photograph of the Batangas Provincial Capitol taken in 1935.  Image source:  United States National Archives. The photograph ab...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photograph of Batangas Airfield Hero Jesus Villamor, 1943

The photograph below is of the Filipino aviation hero Jesus Villamor, after whom the present-day Villamor Airbase has been named, and downlo...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of San Pascual, Batangas

The town of San Pascual used to be part of Bauan until it was created as a distinct municipality in 1969. It has a total land area of 5,070...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Photograph of Woman in Batangas using Cotton Gin, c. 1915-20

The photograph below, entitled “Cotton gin, Batangas” has been downloaded from the United States Library of Congress. It shows a woman usin...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 85 Series of 1910 Separating Tuy from Balayan

Tuy is a small town in western Batangas with a land area of 94.65 square square kilometers and a population of 43,743 as per the 2015 Philip...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Map of San Nicolas, Batangas

The town of San Nicolas along the shores of Taal Lake — although part of it is on the Main Taal Volcano Island Crater, no less — is the smal...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

1908 Proclamation Calling for a Special Election to Elect a Municipal President for Bauan

In the November 1907 local Philippine elections, one Antonio Loualhati 1 became the duly elected municipal president 2 as certified by the...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Filipino Guerrillas in Action in Batangas, 1945

Below, a picture of Filipino guerrillas in action against the Japanese in Batangas during World War II. It has been downloaded from the Uni...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Taal Volcano Island Seen from Agoncillo, 1962

The photograph below has been extracted from an April 1962 edition of The Chronicle Magazine 1 . The copy is part of the Basilio J. Valdez ...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Executive Order No. 43 Creating the Municipality of Alitagtag

The present-day town of Alitagtag in Batangas used to be part of the older and larger town of Bauan until the year 1910. The previous year...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Photograph of Taal Volcano Main Island Crater 1911

The photograph below, entitled “Taal, Volcano” has been downloaded from the United States Library of Congress. It was taken in the year 191...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of San Juan, Batangas

The town of San Juan (formerly San Juan de Bocboc) is the third largest geopolitical subdivision of the Province of Batangas with a total la...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

US Fighter Plane Drops Bombs on Japanese Positions, 1945

The photograph below was downloaded from the United States National Archives, where it was captioned: “During the bitter fighting east (pro...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Railroad Train in Batangas, 1930

A railroad train in Batangas c. 1930.  Image source:  University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Digital Library.  Colorized courtesy of Algorit...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Map of San Jose, Batangas

Formerly known as San Jose Malaquing Tubig, this town used to be part of Bauan until formally separated in 1765. In the present day, it is ...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Establishment of an Annual Cattle Fair in Lipa, 1865-1866

In the present day, it is the town of Padre Garcia which is almost universally known for its livestock industry and its cattle fairs. Howev...

Batangas History 1 Feb, 2018

Map of Rosario, Batangas

According to some accounts, the town of Rosario was originally in what is present-day Lobo. Persistent raids by pirates forced the inhabita...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

C. Rodman Jones, American Soldier Assigned to Batangas in 1902

The photographs contained in this post are taken from the public domain book “In Memoriam C. Rodman Jones,” by Charles Henry Jone and publis...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018

Batangas Town with Mt. Makulot in the Distance, c. 1945

Below, a colorized picture of the then-town and now city of Batangas taken in 1945 right after the conclusion of World War II. The original...

Buhay Batangas 1 Feb, 2018