The city of Batangas, or Lungsod ng Batangas, is the provincial capital of Batangas province found in the South Luzon CALABARZON) region of the Philippines. Found in the southeastern portion of Batangas province, the city is generally characterized with rolling terrain with slopes ranging from 0 to 30% in slope. It lies approximately 120 kilometers from Manila and bounded by the municipalities of San Pascual to the northwest, San Jose to the north, Ibaan, Taysan and Lobo to the east, and by the Batangas Bay to the south. Its total land area of approximately 283.30 km² makes Batangas City the largest in the whole province.
Aside from serving as the provincial capital, Batangas city is also an important seaport, as well as a major trade and industrial center of the province. The Batangas International and Container Port services the entire CALABARZON region and Manila by functioning as an alternative harbor. It is the gateway port to Palawan, Mindoro, Marinduque, and to the Visayas. Major manufacturing products in the city are coconut oil, and silk and cotton fabrics. Although it is moving into becoming an urban industrial and commercial center, Batangas City still produces major agricultural products, such as sugarcane, which makes it an important sugar-growing region in southern Luzon.
Batangas City is also an important recreational and religious center in the province. The existence of numerous developed and undeveloped beachfronts is prime locations for locals and tourists alike for recreation and exploration. The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception found in the city center is a showcase of early Renaissance architecture in the Philippines. It was the first basilica in the country to be elevated into “Basilica Minor” of the Infant Jesus and the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius XII on February 13, 1946.
On June 21, 1969, President Marcos signed the Republic Act No. 5495 ratifying Batangas City into law. In its modern existence as a city, it has received multiple awards and recognition in the fields of social welfare, environment, local governance, and youth development.
Residential Places in Batangas City
Almost every barangay in Batangas City has residential neighborhoods. The most preferred residential neighborhoods of middle and upper class families in the city are at the city’s numerous gated communities, locally referred to as subdivisions and villages. Some of these communities feature a walled perimeter with guarded gates, while others are merely demarcations indicating the area of that neighborhood. More often these communities feature basic amenities such as lighted streets, water, and garbage collection.
Some of Batangas City’s subdivisions and villages are Abacan Subdivision, Lourdes Village, Golden Country Homes, San Isidro Village, Greenwoods South, Starville Subdivision, Villa Neneng Subdivision, and Verde Island Villas.
Hospitals and Universities of Batangas City
Batangas City is never lacking of tertiary care hospitals that can efficiently address any medical emergency or most common medical procedures. The private and government hospitals found in the city provide the same standard of quality in healthcare, more often differing only with the available medical and diagnostic facilities. These hospitals are staffed with qualified health practitioners that are well versed in English.
Physicians from either type of hospitals are graduates of the many top reputable medical schools in the country. Most have pursued further studies and training in the United States before coming back to practice. The nurses, likewise, are the products of creditable nursing schools in the Philippines. These same institutions have produced the many Filipino nurses that are working in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Below is a list of hospitals and medical centers found in Batangas City:
Batangas City Hospitals and Clinics
Hospital/Clinic Address Telephone
Batangas Regional Hospital Kumintang Ibaba 723-0911
Diane’s Maternity and Lying-In Hospital Apacible Street, Barangay 10 723-1785
Saint Patrick’s Hospital Medical Center Lopez Jaena Street 723-7089
Golden Gate General Hospital 17 P. Prieto Street 756-1313 or 341-3112
Jesus of Nazareth Hospital Barangay Gulod Itaas 723-4144, 723-2918 or 300-3645
Pioneer Clinical Laboratory & Medical Clinic 2/F F. Beredo Building, P. Burgos Street -
Batangas City also serves as the province’s chief education center because of the four large prominent tertiary educational institutions located there. These are the Batangas State University, University of Batangas, Lyceum of Batangas, and Saint Bridget College.
The state-owned Batangas State University (BSU) was established in 1903 and started as a trade school for boys. It now offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various fields, such as in the fields of the arts & sciences, broadcasting & communication, public administration, criminology, education, accountancy, business management, economics, banking & commerce, food science technology, hospitality management, industrial technology, engineering, architecture, computing sciences, nursing, and health sciences.
The University of Batangas (UB) is a private non-sectarian university established in 1946. The university is divided into the colleges of law, liberal arts& education, commerce, engineering, allied medical sciences, nursing & midwifery, and graduate studies. Aside from providing tertiary education, UB also has preschool, elementary, and highschool levels. Its campus stands in Hilltop.
The Lyceum of Batangas (LB) is another private non-sectarian tertiary educational institution in Batangas City, which was established in 1966. It is a satellite campus of the Lyceum of the Philippines in Intramuros, Manila and currently has the largest student population in all three Lyceum campuses in the country. LB offers over 30 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and associate programs. The university is divided into the colleges of Allied Medical Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, Arts, Sciences & Education, Business Administration, International Hospitality Management, Computer Studies, Engineering, Criminology, and the Lyceum International Maritime Academy.
The Saint Bridget College Batangas is a private Catholic tertiary educational institution established by the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) in 1913. The college stands on M del Pilar Street and has preschool, elementary, and highschool, aside from college levels.
Other educational institutions found in Batangas City that are fully dedicated for tertiary education are AMA Computer College on P. Genato Street, STI College Batangas at the corner of Noble and D. Atienza Streets, and Golden Gate Colleges located along P. Prieto Street.
Commercial Places in Batangas City
The city’s largest retail center is the SM City Batangas located in Barangay Pallocan West. It is a branch of the country’s largest chain of shopping malls in the country owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings. This branch carries the usual SM anchors, such as the SM Department Store, SM Appliance Center, SM Supermarket, SM Cinemas, and SM Foodcourt, and other retail and service shops. Some shops found in SM City Batangas include Bayo, Folded & Hung, Guess, Marithe Francois Girbaud, and Mossimo for men and women’s apparel; Celine, Hush Puppies, Mendrez, and Rusty Lopez for leather goods; The Body Shop and Watsons for toiletries and cosmetics; George Optical, Executive Optical, and Ideal Vision Center for optical shops; and David’s Salon and Freshaire for beauty salons.
The SM City Batangas also carries notable dining establishments that range from casual sit-down restaurants to outlets of some of the country’s most prominent fastfood chains. Some of these establishments include the Filipino restaurants Chicken Bacolod, Gerry’s Grill, and Max’s Restaurant; Asian restaurants Flavours of China, Kitaro Sushi, and Tokyo Tokyo; and American restaurants Kenny Rogers Roasters, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Yellow Cab Pizza. Prominent fastfood outlets found in SM City Batangas include McDonald’s, Greenwich, KFC, and Chowking.
Another shopping center in Batangas City is the Bay City Mall located at the corner of D. Silang and P. Burgos Streets. Although much smaller than the former, the Bay City Mall also carries retail stores for clothing, footwear, books, and magazines, and other service shops.
Batangas city’s prime recreation centers are found at the city’s fine hotels and resorts, such as The Pontefino Hotel, Days Hotel Batangas, Alpa Hotel, Villa Angelina, Verde Island Resort, and the Batangas Country Club Resort and Convention Center. These establishments feature leisure amenities, such as swimming pools, spas, and cottages fronting the beach, as well as several fine dining restaurants.
Service Establishments of Batangas City
The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) distributes the electricity generated by the National Power Corporation (NPC) to the 24 poblacion and 65 rural barangays in Batangas city. The barangays of San Jose Sico and Talumpok, on the other hand, are served by the Batangas Electric Cooperative II (BATELEC II). There are still some rural barangays in Batanagas City that have not been reached by either of the two electric power distributor companies. To make up for this, the 6 barangays in Isla Verde utilize solar energy devices, while the rural barangays of Ilijan, Talahib Payapa, Talahib Pandayan, Dela Paz Proper, Dela Paz Pulot Itaas, Dela Paz Pulot Aplaya, and Pagkilatan in the mainland are being considered by MERALCO to be included in its Rural Electrification Program.
The major telecom company that services Batangas City is the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). The company provides traditional fixed telephony and Internet access via dial-up and digital subscriber line (DSL).
Alternative telephone and Internet service providers in the city are Digitel Telecommunications and Globelines of Globe Telecom. The former provides Internet connection via dial-up and DSL, while the latter provides wireless broadband. Next Mobile of Nextel Philippine offers wireless broadband connection for mobile devices, such as PDA’s, Pocket PC’s, and cellphones.
The three largest cellular network service provider in the Philippines are Smart Communications, a subsidiary of PLDT, Globe Telecom, and Sun Cellular of Digitel Telecommunications. All three companies have a nation-wide coverage and offers prepaid and postpaid subscriptions.
The Batangas City Police Station is a part of the Philippine National Police Region IV-A (CALABARZON) District. It is located on P. Burgos Street and may be reached through 723-2434 and 723-2030. Sub-stations and police community precincts are located in every barangay to ensure the safety of its inhabitants and immediate response to any emergency.
Embassies in Batangas City
Batangas City has no foreign embassies or consular offices found in its locality. The bulk of these diplomatic missions to the Philippines have their offices located in the cities of Makati and Manila in the National Capital Region.