Batangas

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

A province that is famous for excellent dive sites and the world's lowest volcano, Batangas is going nowhere but up. It is a thriving tourist destination replete with open beaches and sheltered coves, subterranean caves and deep harbors, a preserved heritage and brave men in history.

Found in the province is world-known Anilao and its many dive sites that are ideal for poking around and observing marine life, and outstanding for macro photography. Multi-hued crinoids are prolific. The variety of nudibranchs is unmatched. Night dives are especially nice and often reveal unusual creatures like sea hares, sea goblins, catfish eels, ghost pipe fishes, blue-ringed octopuses, mandarin fishes, and snake eels. The area's best known dive site, coral-covered Cathedral is spectacular at night. One of the prettiest dives in the area, Sepok has nice coral gardens and a vertical wall.

Taal Lake and Volcano in Batangas is Southern Luzon's centerpiece attraction. Known to be the smallest in the world, it is a volcano within an islet within a lake within a crater within a volcano. The town of Taal reigns as one of the two most culturally preserved sites of the Spanish colonial era; the other is Vigan in Ilocos Sur. The village in Taal conforms to the old town layout combining the municipal hall, school, church, and houses.

Among the multitude of popular tourism activities to be had in the province are heritage tours, pilgrimage tours, scuba diving, shopping, mountain climbing and trekking, swimming, and snorkeling. Batangas is located only 110 kilometers south of Metropolitan Manila, and is very accessible from the national capital by land.

GEOGRAPHY

The province of Batangas is bounded on the north by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna, on the south by the Verde Island passage, on the east by the provinces of Quezon and Laguna, and on the west by the South China Sea. It has a total land area of 316,580 hectares, 50% of which has a grade of less than 15 degrees. The terrain is generally rolling while the rest are mountainous and hilly.

CLIMATE

Batangas has a naturally cool climate. It experiences two types of seasons: dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year. Mean annual rainfall is at its maximum in July, at 1.5 to 2.5 meters. March is the driest month. Mean monthly temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. February is the coldest month, averaging 69 degrees Fahrenheit, while May is the hottest, at 96.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

LANGUAGE / DIALECTS

Batangueños are bilingual, with Tagalog and English as the basic languages used in business, government, schools, and everyday communication.

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

The province is composed of 32 municipalities. Capital is Batangas City.

  • SAN PABLO COCO FESTIVAL

    San Pablo City, Laguna

    January 3-16

  • FLUVIAL PROCESSION - Batangas City

    Batangas City

    January 7

  • KAWAYAN FESTIVAL

    Magdalena, Laguna

    January 16 – 18

  • SIKHAYAN FESTIVAL

    Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

    January 18

  • SALIBANDA

    Paete, Laguna

    January 17,18,24 and 25

  • FEAST OF SAN SEBASTIAN THE MARTYR (PALIGONG POON)

    Lumban, Laguna

    January 19 and 26

  • FEAST OF SAN ILDEFONSO TOLEDO

    Tanay, Rizal

    January 23-24

  • CANDLE FESTIVAL

    Candelaria, Quezon

    January 31 to February 2

  • PAHIMIS FESTIVAL

    Amadeo, Cavite

    February 2nd Week

  • NATIONAL ARTS MONTH

    Province of Laguna

    February 1-28

  • PHILIPPINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (PHSA) ARTS FESTIVAL

    Tanghalang Ma. Makiling, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna

    February 6 - March 26

  • HAMAKA FESTIVAL

    Taytay, Rizal

    February 9 - 15

  • LAGUIMANOK FESTIVAL

    Padre Burgos, Quezon

    February 14-17

  • SORTEO GRAND FESTIVAL

    Carmona ,Cavite

    February 16-22 (every three years)

  • SAMPAGUITA FESTIVAL

    San Pedro, Laguna

    February 21-22

  • Philippine International Arts Festival Province of Laguna

    Laguna Province

    February 9, 10, 11, 14, 25, 26

  • DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF BALDOMERO AGUINALDO

    Binakayan, Kawit Cavite

    February 26

  • BANGKERO FESTIVAL

    Pagsanjan, Laguna

    March 6- March 10

  • BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE PRESIDENT JOSE P. LAUREL

    Tanauan, Batangas

    March 9

  • BIRTHDAY OF GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO

    Cavite

    March 22

  • MANOK NI SAN PEDRO FESTIVAL

    San Pedro, Laguna

    March 27

  • BOLING-BOLING FESTIVAL

    Catanauan, Quezon

    March 6-8

  • ANILAG FESTIVAL

    Provincial Capitol Compound, Sta. Cruz, Laguna

    March 8-15

  • SIKARAN FESTIVAL

    Baras, Rizal

    March 15

  • SUMBRERO FESTIVAL

    Barangay Platero, Biñan, Laguna

    March (no definite date)

  • SUMBRERO FESTIVAL

    Barangay Platero, Biñan, Laguna

    March (no definite date)

  • PAGSANJAN BANGKERO FESTIVAL

    Pagsanjan, Laguna

    March 27 - 31

  • PENETENSIYAHAN

    Rosario, Batangas

    March 9

  • CENAKULO (CAINTA, RIZAL)

    Cainta, Rizal

    April 5-6

  • LENTEN OBSERVANCE (SAN PABLO CITY)

    Sn Pablo City, Laguna

    April 5-6

  • ANG HATOL . . . .(THE WAY OF THE CROSS)

    Cainta, Rizal

    April 6

  • GIWANG-GIWANG

    Binangonan, Rizal

    April 6 (good friday)

  • SALUBONG (ANGONO, RIZAL)

    Angono, Rizal

    April 7-8

  • ENCHANTED KINGDOM ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS COMPETITION

    Enchanted Kingdom, Laguna

    April 1- May 31

  • KESONG PUTI FESTIVAL

    Sta Cruz, Laguna

    April 1- April 9

  • KINULOB FESTIVAL

    Mabini, Batangas

    April (no definite date)

  • TINAPAHAN FESTIVAL

    Lemery, Batangas

    April 29- May 1

  • ANTIPOLO PILGRIMAGE

    Antipolo, Rizal

    April 30- May 1

  • ANA KALANG FESTIVAL

    Nagcarlan, Laguna

    April 13-17

  • THE SUBOK

    Taytay and Tanay, Rizal

    April 5-7

  • PABASA NG PASYON

    San Juan, Batangas

    April 21

  • TURUMBA FESTIVAL

    Pakil, Laguna

    April 10, 16-18, 27 May 6, 18, 27

  • PANDAN FESTIVAL

    Luisiana, Laguna

    April 3

  • FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

    Social Garden, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB)

    April (No definite date)

  • ITIK FESTIVAL

    Victoria, Laguna

    April (no definite date)

  • LILIW GAT TAYAW TSINELAS (FOOTWEAR) FESTIVAL

    Liliw, Laguna

    April 26 - May 1

  • SuMaKaH FESTIVAL

    Antipolo City, Rizal

    May 1

  • "LA LAGUNA" FESTIVAL

    Provincial Capitol Compound, Sta. Cruz, Laguna

    April 20-29

  • BANTAYOG FESTIVAL

    Camarines Norte

    April 13-16

  • SALUBONG (HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL)

    Alitagtag and Bauan, Batangas

    May 2

  • MAKALAWAN "PINYA" FESTIVAL

    Calauan, Laguna

    May 10-15

  • PAHIYAS FESTIVAL

    Lucban, Quezon

    May 14-15

  • BALWARTE SA GUMACA

    Gumaca, Quezon

    May 11-15

  • FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    May 14-15

  • SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL_ (PANDANAN)

    Luisiana, Laguna

    May 15

  • TAPUSAN FESTIVAL

    Alitagtag, Batangas

    May 31

  • TROMBA FESTIVAL

    Baras, Rizal

    May 1

  • SUBLIAN FESTIVAL

    Bauan, Batangas

    May 2

  • BALSA FESTIVAL

    Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas

    May 8 (every 2nd Saturday)

  • AGAWAN SA SARIAYA(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)

    Sariaya, Quezon

    May 8-16

  • MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)

    Tayabas, Quezon

    May 8-16

  • ARANA'T BALWARTE SA GUMACA(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)

    Gumaca, Quezon

    May 14-15

  • SINAGINGAN FESTIVAL

    Palocpoc, Mendez, Cavite

    May 15

  • MAUBANOG FESTIVAL

    Mauban, Quezon

    May 16-17

  • KATANG FESTIVAL

    May 25

    Calauag, Quezon

  • CALAUAN "PINYA" FESTIVAL

    Calauan, Laguna

    May (no definite date)

  • MAMANG-OS FESTIVAL

    Tuy, Batangas

    May (no definite date)

  • KALAYAAN FESTIVAL

    Provincewide, Cavite

    May 28- June 12

  • WAGAYWAY FESTIVAL

    Imus, Cavite

    May 28

  • NATIONAL FLAG DAY

    Rizal Park Iligan city

    May 28

  • BACOOR MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL

    Bacoor, Cavite

    May 6-8

  • TINAPAY FESTIVAL

    Cuenca, Batangas

    May 15

  • RIZAL ARTIST FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    June 1- June 30

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Cavite, Manila, and other historical site, (nationwide)

    June 12

  • RIZAL DAY

    Calamba, Laguna

    June 19

  • DAPITAN'S CHARTER

    Dapitan City

    June 19- June 22

  • FEAST OF SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA

    Pilia. Laguna

    June 24

  • REGADA WATER FESTIVAL

    Cavite City

    June 17-24

  • PARADA NG LECHON

    Balayan, Batangas

    June 24

  • RIZAL PROVINCE FOUNDATION DAY

    Rizal (No definite venue)

    June 11

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Kawit, Cavite

    June 12

  • LUBID – LUBID FESTIVAL AND COW PARADE

    Tiaong, Quezon

    June 24

  • RIZAL WREATH LAYING

    Dapitan City

    June 19

  • ILIGAN CITY CHARTER DAY

    RIZAL PARK, ILIGAN CITY

    June 16

  • SUBILAN FESTIVAL

    Batangas City

    July 23

  • SYENSAYA LOS BAÑOS SCIENCE FESTIVAL

    Los Baños, Laguna

    July ( no definite date yet)

  • KALAKAL FESTIVAL

    Santa Maria, Laguna

    July ( no definite date yet)

  • PADIGOSAN FESTIVAL

    Rizal Park, Digos City

    July 19

  • SELEBRASYON NG BUWAN NG WIKA

    Batangas

    August 1-31

  • SANTONES FESTIVAL

    Barangay Calumpang, Liliw, Laguna

    August 12-16

  • QUEZON DAY/ANGONO DAY

    Angono, Rizal

    August 19

  • ANNIVERSARY OF CRY OF PUGADLAWIN

    Pugad lawin shrine, Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City

    August 23

  • TURUMBA

    Teresa, Rizal

    August 30

  • CELEBRATION OF BUWAN NG WIKA

    Capitol Site, Batangas City

    August (no definite date)

  • MALIPUTO FESTIVAL

    San Nicolas, Batangas

    August 9

  • ARAW NG TAYABAS

    Tayabas, Quezon

    August 13

  • GUILING – GUILING FESTIVAL

    Siniloan, Laguna

    August (no definite date yet)

  • MANUEL LUIS QUEZON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

    Quezon City

    August 19

  • PARADA NG KAKANIN / FESTIVAL OF NUESTRA SENORA DE ARANZAZZU

    San Mateo, Rizal

    September 9

  • BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GEN. MIGUEL MALVAR

    Capitol Site, Batangas

    September 27

  • ANIHAN FESTIVAL

    Lobo, Batangas

    September 27

  • BURDANG LUMBAN FESTIVAL

    Lumban, Laguna

    September 21

  • KAWAYAN FESTIVAL

    Maragondon, Cavite

    September 7

  • BAÑAMOS FESTIVAL

    Los Banos, Laguna

    September 17-23

  • MA-TZU FESTIVAL

    San Fernando City

    Sept 23-25

  • KOMEDYA DE SAN MIGUEL

    Rizal Park, Iligan City Iligan

    September 28

  • PAGODA (Feast of St. Francis of Assissi)

    Cardona, Rizal

    October 4

  • LA TORRE

    Cardona, Rizal

    October 6

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LA NAVAL

    Quezon City Hall Ground

    October 3- 12

  • COFFEE FESTIVAL

    Lipa City, Batangas

    October 21

  • CALACATCHARA FESTIVAL

    Calaca, Batangas

    October ( no definite date)

  • EGGStravaganza FESTIVAL

    San Jose, Batangas

    October 8 (Every Second Friday)

  • TINAPA FESTIVAL

    Rosario, Cavite

    October (no definite date)

  • QUEZON CITY 72nd FOUNDATION DAY

    Quezon City

    October 12

  • PAGODA (FEST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI)

    Cardona, Rizal

    October 4

  • ANGONO ARTS FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    November 5- November 25

  • HIGANTES FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    November 22-23

  • PASKUHAN SA MARAYKIT

    San Juan, Batangas

    December 5 (1st Saturday of the month)

  • YUGYUGAN FESTIVAL

    Pagsanjan, Laguna

    December 3- December 12

  • FLUVIAL PROCESSION AT TAAL

    Taal, Batangas

    December 8-9

  • MAYTINIS FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION)

    Kawit, Cavite

    December 24

  • RIZAL'S DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    Dapitan City

    December 30

  • KALUSKOS BAMBOO ARCH FESTIVAL

    Cardona, Rizal

    December ( month long)

  • PASKUHAN SA IMUS

    Imus, Cavite

    December (month long)

  • KABAKAHAN FESTIVAL

    Padre Garcia, Batangas

    December 1

  • FIESTA DE LOS TOROS

    Nasugbu, Batangas

    December 2

  • LAMBAYOK FESTIVAL

    San Juan, Batangas

    December 12

  • ARAW NG MONTALBAN/PAMITINAN FESTIVAL

    Rogriguez, Rizal

    December 21

  • HANDURAW FESTIVAL

    Dapitan City

    December 27-31