January 1, 2018

Batangas Cities & Towns with Land Area and 2015 Population

The Batangas welcome arch at the border of Santo Tomas with Laguna.  Image source:  Google Earth Street View.
The Batangas welcome arch at the border of Santo Tomas with Laguna.  Image source:  Google Earth Street View.
The Province of Batangas is among the oldest in the entire Philippines. It was first explored in 1570 by the conquistadores Master of Camp Martin de Goite and Captain Juan de Salcedo as instructed by Miguel López de Legazpi, in fact even before they saw Manila.

De Goite, in fact, in that trip made friends and vassals of the inhabitants of Balayan and villages such as Tuley along the coastline that in the present day spans the towns of Calatagan, Lian and Nasugbu.

De Goite would also be named the first “encomendero” or feudal administrator of the area that was, at the time, called Bombon in the vicinity of Taal Lake, or what would ultimately become Batangas.

Pueblos such as Taal, Bauan, Lipa and Tanauan would be founded by Augustinian friars along the shores of Lake Bombon as early as the sixteenth century. This means that modern-day cities and towns of Batangas that bear these same names are among the oldest in the entire country.

In the present day, the province of Batangas has three cities (soon to be four once the bill converting Santo Tomas into a city is ratified) and thirty-one municipalities, with a total land area of 3,119.75 square kilometers. Its population as of the 2015 Philippine Census has grown to almost 2.7 million, with the city of Lipa having the most number of inhabitants.

Provided in the table below are Batangas’ cities and municipalities along with land area and 2015 population for each.

in hectares
2015 Census
City/Municipality
Land Area
Population
Batangas City
28,296
329,874
Nasugbu
27,851
134,113
San Juan
27,340
108,585
Rosario
22,688
116,764
Lipa City
20,940
332,386
Lobo
17,503
41,504
Calaca
11,458
81,859
Calatagan
11,200
56,449
Lemery
10,980
93,157
Balayan
10,873
90,699
Tanauan City
10,716
173,366
Sto. Tomas
9,541
179,844
Tuy
9,465
43,743
Taysan
9,362
38,007
Lian
7,680
52,660
Laurel
7,129
39,444
Ibaan
6,899
52,970
Cuenca
5,818
32,783
Bauan
5,331
91,297
San Jose
5,329
76,971
San Pascual
5,070
65,424
Agoncillo
4,996
38,059
Mabini
4,447
46,211
San Luis
4,256
33,149
Padre Garcia
4,151
48,302
Tingloy
3,307
17,919
Malvar
3,300
56,270
Taal
2,976
56,327
Talisay
2,820
45,301
Balete
2,500
22,661
Alitagtag
2,476
25,300
Mataas-na-Kahoy
2,210
29,187
Sta. Teresita
1,630
21,127
San Nicolas
1,437
22,623

Notes and references:
1 Population statistics from the Philippine Statistic Authority
2 Land areas from "Batangas," Wikipedia.

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