Batangas City | History 101

Spanish missionaries first set foot in Batangas City in 1572. The settlement was founded in 1581 and named “Batangan” because of the numerous big logs that abounded the Calumpang River. The logs were called “batang” by the natives who settled near the river and called the settlement “Batangan”. This name was modified and became Batangas in 1601. Don Agustin Casilao was appointed as the first Gobernadorcillo. Since 1754, the city has been the capital and administrative center of the province. Batangas became a city in 1969 through Republic Act. No. 5495.

The following dates marked the significant events/activities which shaped the growth and development of Batangas City.

1581 – the first Roman Catholic Church was built
1902 – Batangas High School was established
which is now known as the Batangas
National High School.
June 19, 1909 – The Batangas Municipal Hall was
inaugurated.
July 04, 1909 – Civil Government was established under the
American Regime.
June, 1910 The Batangas Trade School was formally
opened. Known now as the Batangas State
University formerly Pablo Borbon Memorial
Institute of Technology.
July 25,1915 – Plaza Mabini was inaugurated.
Dec. 12, 1941 – Japanese planes bombed and totally
destroyed the Batangas Airport in Barangay
Alangilan.
Feb. 13, 1948 – Batangas Catholic Church was elevated to
the status of Basilica Minor of Infant Jesus
and Immaculate Conception.
June 21, 1969 – The late President Ferdinand Marcos signed
Republic Act No. 5495 creating Batangas City
into law.
July 23, 1969 – Batangas City Government was formally
organized.
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