Batangas Travel Guide, Philippines
Batangas is seated in the southwestern part of Luzon and a part of the CALABARZON region. The city capital is Batangas and is known as the “Industrial Port City of CALABARZON.” Home to about 300,000 people, the city is among the Philippines’ fastest growing metropolis, as it is also a top revenue earning city. Furthermore, the city has gained recognition in the fields of social welfare, youth development, local governance and environment.
Aside from being an important trade and industrial hub, Batangas city is the site of Batangas International and Container Port, an important seaport serving the region, and also one of the country’s biggest oil refineries. The city also hosts the first three power plants utilizing natural gas.
The city’s name was derived from the word “batangan” meaning raft. The center was known as “balay”, or house, although, the province was traditionally named as Kumintang. Batangas was declared a city on July 23, 1969.
Batangas is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna on the north and Quezon on its east; Mindoro on the east and the South China Sea on the west.
Batangas province is also a famous tourist destination spot because of its beautiful beaches, like Anilao and Nasugbu, which are excellent for diving. The province also has a combination of rolling hills and plains. One of its famous mountain structures is the Taal volcano, which is the world’s smallest volcano.
Batangas is blessed with abundant natural resources that contribute much to its growing economy. The sugar and coffee industries are the main sources of income revenue in the province. Sugar by-products like sweets and the sugarcane wine ‘lambanog’ and ‘tuba’ are also abundant. Batangas boasts of its robust, strong-flavored coffee.
The pineapple industry includes not only the supply of the local fruit but moreover, pineapple leaves are made into “jusi” cloth that is used to manufacture the Barong Tagalog and used in embroidery crafts.
Being located near the sea, fishing is also a thriving local industry in Batangas. The milkfish, ‘tilapia’, ‘tanigue’ and the ‘bonito’ are imported to other nearby cities. The Batangas livestock industry boasts of its sought after Batangas Cow, which is said to be the country’s best cattle species.
The areas of Batangas near Laguna have a booming bamboo-based industry. These are mostly made into furniture, house materials and even used for cooking food, as it gives a different flavorful aroma. Bamboo shoots or ‘labong’ are also local delicacies in Batangas.
Since Batangas is very much accessible, it remains to be a frequently visited tourist spot. The eco-tourism economy of Batangas has thrived well over the years, owing to the efforts of the local government to preserve its natural resources.
The city of Batangas is also the main education center of the province. There are four reputable educational institutions based in Batangas. There are also several private-owned educational institutions located within the city’s vicinity.
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