February 1, 2018


The town of Ibaan in the province of Batangas, named after the iba tree, a close relative of the calamias or bilimbi, is a 2nd income class municipality. Lost in history is the little known fact that the seat of the provincial government relocated temporarily to Ibaan shortly after the Japanese attacked the Philippines late in 1942; and this effectively made the town the provincial capital, albeit temporary, for a brief period of time.

Ibaan has 26 barangays and is part of Batangas’ 4th legislative district. It is known for its mosquito net (or “kulambo”) making industry as well as the production of the delicacy known as “tamales,” a local take on the Mexican tamale. Ibaan can be reached by road from Manila via the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road via its own exit or through the City of Lipa.

The map above is embedded directly from Google Maps.



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