Life So Mundane in Batangas
Showing posts with label BatangasInfo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BatangasInfo. Show all posts

03 May 2017

Know the Tsunami-Prone Areas in Batangas as Shown by a Phivolcs Hazard Map
Image captured by video posted by TD Interesting Topics Tube on YouTube.

Right after the magnitude 5.4 earthquake that hit just off the island of Tingloy on the 4th of April 2017, subsequent news reports showed clips of Batangas City-residents along the coastal areas hurrying off to higher grounds. Some of these were also sent scampering because of bogus text messages that warned of the impending arrival of a tsunami. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs quickly moved to allay people’s fears. The strength of the earthquake, Phivolcs spokespersons told media, was not strong enough to have generated a tsunami.

Tanauan City Ranked Excellent in the 2016 Anti-Red Tape Survey
Image credit:  Google Street View on Google Earth.

Three municipalities, one barangay and four municipal water districts were rated “Failed” in the 2016 results of an anti-red tape survey released by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The CSC is the lead agency in the implementation of the 2007 Republic Act No. 9485, also known as “An Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, Preventing Graft and Corruption, and Providing Penalties Thereof.1


Phivolcs Hazard Maps Show At-Risk Places for a Taal Volcano Worst-Case Scenario Eruption

Taal Volcano continues to be a danger despite its relative quiet in the last four decades.

Taal Volcano has been relatively inactive for so long now that it is often seen as an innocuous tourist destination. Although its last significant eruption was as far back as 1977, it is anything but innocuous. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recognizes that Taal Volcano, while relatively quiet for four decades now, is still capable of terrain defining eruptions such as the one in 1754.


05 August 2016

2016 Competitiveness Rankings: San Juan, Bauan Stay Top Towns in Batangas; Lemery 3rd; Rosario, Nasugbu Enter Top 5
Image credit:  Google Street View.

The municipalities of San Juan and Bauan stayed first and second in the Province of Batangas as per the 2016 edition of the Nationwide Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, the results of which were released by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines last month. The competitiveness index is an annual undertaking of the council in coordination with the Regional Competitiveness Committees and with assistance rendered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Tanauan, Batangas City Improve in 2016 National Competitiveness Ranking; Lipa Drops 22 Places

Image credit:  Google Street View.

The Province of Batangas’ three cities had mixed fortunes even as the province itself soared from 20th to 9th among 74 provinces in the 2016 Annual National Competitiveness Index. The calculation of the index is an undertaking by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines in coordination with Regional Competitiveness Committees and USAID. The 2016 results were released last 14 July 2016.


04 July 2016

Rankings of Batangas Towns in Terms of Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure

Images compiled from Google Earth.

This is the follow-up article to the profiling of Batangas’ three cities. This time, I present to all readers a profiling of twenty-two municipalities of the province in terms of competitiveness. The information in this article comes from data collected for the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, an annual ranking made by the National Competitiveness Council through its regional arms.


23 June 2016

Comparing Batangas City, Lipa and Tanauan in Terms of Population and Competitiveness

Image credit:  Google Earth Street View.

This article attempts to profile the three cities of the Province of Batangas, i.e. Batangas City, Lipa and Tanauan, based on demographics and competitiveness. This article is published for no other purpose than the information of the reader. The data published here has been taken from the official web sites of the Philippine Statistics Authority as well as the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index.

12 June 2016

Batangas Population Statistics (2015 Figures)

This article contains population figures for the Province of Batangas as per the national census undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2015 and released in 2016. The total population for the province is pegged at 2.38M. The full statistical figures by city and municipality is provided in tabular form below. The numbers are sorted in descending order from most to least populous.

Not surprisingly, the most populous localities are the three cities of Lipa, Batangas and Tanauan along with the municipality of  Sto. Tomas.  The small island municipality of Tingloy is the least populated.


20 May 2016

Passport Application Procedure, DFA Consular Office at Robinson's Place, Lipa City, Batangas

This page contains information about how to obtain a passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Consular Office at Robinson's Place, Lipa City, Batangas.  Before proceeding, please take a moment to read this announcement that was posted outside the consular office.  Kindly note that this web site is NOT in any way connected with the DFA and this article is posted as a public service.  The information contained herein MAY CHANGE over time, so kindly consider the date of this posting which may be seen near the top of this article.  Finally, the author does not have the time to respond to all questions or clarifications; but you may post yours anyway and hope that others who have undergone the application will take time to reply.


10 May 2016

Mayors and Vice-Mayors in the Province of Batangas 2017-2019

Below is a listing of all Mayors and Vice-Mayors in the Province of Batangas as per the results of the City/Municipality elections held in 2016. Terms end on 2019.


How Batangas Voted in the Presidential, VP and Senatorial Elections

With 100% of Certificates of Canvass received by the Commission on Elections from Batangas, the picture is crystal clear how much support – or lack of it – each presidential, vice-presidential and senatorial candidate received from the province.


08 May 2016

Lighthouses in Batangas: Safety Beacons for Seafarers

Image sent in by Jigger Gilera, MD.

Lighthouses are beacons of light that shine in the dark and serve as “navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or inland waterways.” They “mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbours, and can also assist in aerial navigation.1


13 April 2016

Hypotheses on the Difference in Accents between Eastern and Western Batangas

Taal, like Balayan, used to be a capital of Batangas.

When the Filipino actor Leo Martinez started gaining a bit of fame on Philippine television cast as a Batangueño with an exaggerated accent, I felt mystified that people bought the accent at all. It sounded extremely phoney to me.


11 April 2016

Taal Lake's Forgotten Past: How a Volcanic Eruption Reshaped It

Taal Lake seen from the Tagaytay Ridge.

Even to those Batangas born and raised, knowledge of Taal Lake is often limited to that which was taught in elementary geography: that it is a freshwater lake; that inside it is a small but active and dangerous volcano that bears the same name; that it is home to fish species found nowhere else in the world; and that, seen from the Tagaytay ridge, it is always postcard perfect.


02 April 2016

The Nasugbu Landing in WWII and Its Significance to the Liberation of Batangas

Image credit:  Wayne Violette.  American troops marching into Nasugbu town after the beach landing.

Among the wartime stories that I used to hear from my late mother was the amphibious landing of American troops on the beaches of her hometown of Nasugbu in Western Batangas. I know now from my own personal research that the landing occurred on the 31st of January in 1945.


26 March 2016

When Passenger Train Service Ran from Calamba to Batangas City

Image credit:  Batangas Railways.  Posted by user Pinai on the Indonesia v the Philippines discussion board on

When I was a small boy back in the sixties, I used to hear of trains that one could take if one wanted to go to Baguio up north or Bicol down south. In Batangas, even then, public train service was already non-existent.


19 March 2016

When 25,000 Batangueños were Massacred by the Japanese in World War II

The Japanese Army on its way to Manila.  Image credit:  Wikipedia.

[Warning: This article contains graphic images.]

My late mother was a maiden in the town of Nasugbu during the Japanese occupation. The Japanese invaders, she used to tell us, were not always the monsters they were portrayed after the war. They became vicious, she used to say, only when the tides of war had changed and defeat started to stare them in the face.


16 March 2016

Batangas Schools Rankings in Licensure Results by Course

Up until the nineties, if a family could afford it, the first consideration when a child was graduating from high school was always which school in Metro Manila. There were colleges and universities in Batangas; but the general perception – whether valid or not, I leave it to the reader to decide – was that these schools could not match up to those in the capital.


12 March 2016

Fernando Air Base: Its World War II Roots

Image credit:  John Tewell on Flickr.  Lipa Airfield seen from the air in WWII.

Many historical accounts have already been written about Fernando Air Base. Thus, or so I thought to myself, if I wrote one at all, it would be one that would avoid the trap of being generic. After all, Fernando Air Base was where I was born and where I spent my formative years. To this day, I have nothing but fondness for this almost 300-hectare military facility.


11 March 2016

The Ten Oldest Higher Education Institutions in Batangas

Image credit:  My Crazy Internet Marketing Expedition.

Why not just do an unqualified list of all schools in the province, you may be thinking of asking. There are just way too many which makes doing such a list impractical in a research sort of way. Hence, this list is limited to institutions of higher education.




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