In English, husband and wife medicine. It may sound strange but this thing is for real. Batanggenyo like me grew on this kind of medicine that we can easily purchase in sari-sari store. Though in some part of Batangas, this is not a known fact. I’m surprise that my girlfriend from Rosario Batangas didn’t know about it so I take time to do my research and here it goes.

Magasawang gamot refers to a combination of antibiotic Chloramphenicol with the analgesic/antipyretic paracetamol. Drug trade is not strict in the Philippines so people can easily buy medicine over the counter. They usually remember the last medicine that they used and work out so they use it again the next time to save the hassle of going to a clinic for checkup. Most especially in rural areas where the nearest doctor is several kilometers away.

It is usually taken as a single dose for a variety of illnesses and complaints: flu-like syndromes, colds and febrile gastrointestinal diarrhea disorders. The antibiotic part of the combination has been substituted with amoxicillin. A second or third dosing is determined by the user, depending on severity or persistence of symptoms.

Cost of ready-to-dispense, cellophane-wrapped single-dose magasawang gamot: amoxicillin 250 mg and paracetamol 500 mg is ranging from Php 8 to Php 12.

Rosario is one of the municipality of Batangas. Rice is the major crops planted in the municipality that’s why it is also called as the “Rice Granary of Batangas”.

This year they celebrated their 322nd founding anniversary with “sinukmani”, a local rice delicacy as the center of attraction. Sinukmani Festival is held every 9th of June to commemorate the especial day. No wonder they choose sinukmani as their pride and highlight festival, considering that they produces rice for the region. Local residents of around 200 establishments were able to make 462 meters of sinukmani stretching on the street. On top of this rice delicacy are peanuts, marshmallows, crispy rice and coconut shavings.

The celebration was celebrated successfully this year with the participation of all its barangays. Dance competition was held in the plaza with 15 participants coming from different municipalities and schools. Each participants were clad in costumes made of rice sacks, bilao and wooven mats.

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I am a proud batanggenyo from Lipa City.

“Batanggenyo” refers to all the people of Batangas Province in the Philippines. By typing this word in any search engine like Google, all the top information results you will get will point to my name, Richard Macalintal.

Online community refer to me using my pen name “batanggenyo”. I own three domain names under this word. One of these is my top visited website, Batanggenyong Online who has around 300 visitors everyday from people around the world searching for various Batangas related topics. I started this blog last 2008 and still active providing pure Batangas information to all my readers.

Aside from rich culture and resources, Batangas is also known for having word/term that is used and can only be understand by a true batanggenyo. I have written blogs regarding Batangas Dictionary before and lot’s of my reader commented and suggested words to be included in the list. I also browse the internet for related topics and compile them all on this ebook.

This is a reference guide with no verification from a qualified personnel and done for the purpose of sharing information only. All the words written here are suggested by online batanggenyo users. I never guarantee the accuracy of the words, but rest assured I carefully did my research.

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Built like a house by the sea, Balai Anilao Resort is perched atop a rocky slope in San Teodoro Mabini, Batangas. Architecturally designed with vast open spaces, it offers sweeping views of the sea. Scattered around are groves of trees, left to grow in their natural habitat, that frame the view from each of the decks of the nipa and bamboo cottages.

Relaxing comes so easily that one almost forgets that Balai is just minutes away from some of Batangas' most colorful dive spots. Open everyday and all year round, Balai offers SCUBA diving and other sports equipment to guests who are out to discover the wonders of another world under the sea.


A. Overnight Package
Cottage 1 and Cottage 2
Single Occupancy 3,050.00
Twin Sharing 2,250.00
Triple Sharing 2,100.00

BIG ROOM (Good for 8)
Flat Rate – Accommodation 2,500.00 per night
Meals 1,450 per head
ROOM 12 (Good for 4)
Flat Rate – Accommodation Plus Meals 1,600.00 per night
Meals 1,450 per head

B. Day Trip Package 750.00
-Welcome Drink
-Bottomless Tea/Coffee
-Free Parking near Balai Resort
-Day Entrance

* Dive rates are computed based on the number of divers in the group
¬ Tanks
¬ Dive boats
¬ Dive Master
¬ Weight Belt with weights


Balai Resort Anilao
San Teodoro, Anilao, Batangas
Office: (632) 240-2927 Email: BALAIRESORT@YAHOO.COM

Just a 3 hour drive from Manila, you can reach Brgy. Laiya, San Juan Batangas.

Sabangan Beach Resort Batangas is set along the white sand beach of Laiya. The 5,600 square meter landscaped compound has air-conditioned cottages, beachfront parasols, a gazebo, a pavilion with game tables, common cr, mini convenience store, childrens playground, drivers quarters, free parking for guests. Soon we will have a swimming pool.

Sabangan opened to the public in April 2004 with only 3 bungalows - all with private toilet and bath, patio area with sala set and well equipped kitchenette.

Today, the resort has a total of 6 units of the one-bedroom bungalow, 3 units of the two-bedroom bungalow and 4 units of the loft type cottage. The current lying capacity is 78 persons up to a maximum of 123 persons.

All accommodations are used for overnight stay from 2:00 pm to 12 noon the following day. Each cottage is fully equipped with a kitchenette (complete with refrigerator, electric stove, rice cooker, cookware, dining utensils, hot/cold water dispenser with a 5-gallon Agua Vida purified water). Our guest usually brings in food and drinks into the resort and cook in their designated cottage since there is no in-house restaurant.

Contact for Reservation:

Laiya, San Juan, Batangas Philippines

Phone: +63(2) 914-9640
TeleFax: +63(2) 667-3997

Office Hours:
(Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm

Carfel-Vistamar Incorporated traces its beginnings in 1981 when Carfel Seaventure Phils. was established. It started as a sister company of Carfel Shell Export which was then among the top shell exporters of seashells and handicrafts in Asia, supplying shell shops and shell collectors worldwide with specimen shells as well as rare collectibles. Carfel Seaventure Phils. was one of the country’s pioneer dive companies that offered dive tours, SCUBA instruction, equipment sales and rentals.

In 1991, the company ventured into the resort industry and established Vistamar Beach Resort & Hotel in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines. Strategically nestled between sea and lush mountain, its modern 4-building hotel has 96 rooms that provide comfortable rest and leisure for up to 500 hotel guests. The sprawling 3 hectare resort can hold up to 3,000 day trip guests at any one time, making it the biggest picnic destination in the area.

Anilao is widely acclaimed for its crystal clear water and rich marine life, a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay, from quiet walks to exhilarating water sports. Aside from providing guests with the latest amenities, it is the only resort that boasts of an impressive marine seashell museum, which makes one’s visit truly memorable and educational.
Just recently, Carfel-Vistamar Inc. opened its own SCUBA training facility in Makati—the Vistamar Dive Center. It has a one-of-a-kind training pool that has dual levels (5 feet and 15 feet deep) and viewing window that offers an eye level view for observers during actual training sessions. Its unique design makes it an interesting and conducive training venue for all SCUBA professionals and novice divers.

The center also serves as the headquarters for its subsidiary, Crestamar Dive Pro Philippines. Crestamar provides professional aqua sports concession services to prospective partners in the hospitality and resort industry. The company carries top-of-the-line leisure sports equipment, professional training programs and support services to its partners.

Vistamar Batangas Beach Resort
(+632) 821-8332 / 823-8265
San Jose, Anilao, Mabini
Batangas Philippines

Lipa City, known for its world-class coffee beans and rich abundant agricultural resources, maintains its commercial bonus in the Batangas region as 18 student companies from De La Salle Lipa showcase their products and services this September 5 to 25 in Level 2 Expansion Wing of Robinsons Place Lipa in Robinsons Malls’ Entrep Corner.

“This is our fifth Entrep Corner and we are happy that as the Program progresses so does our students. More and more students are breaking the norm and are infusing their own touch to offer something that will completely suit the needs of the customers,” said Nora Sarmiento, faculty-in-charge of the La Salle ‘Preneurs Eh!.

From pandan jam to custom pants, to unlimited serving of fruits and vegetables and 10-minute infrared massages, La Salle ‘Preneurs Eh! Season 5 will surely match the ideal offerings found in Robinsons Place Lipa.

“Seeing that Season 5’s offerings have things in common, we organized them into five “corners” – Tutti Fruitty, Yum Sarap, Eco Fashion, Gourmet-on-the-Go and Beauty to the Max. This gives the shoppers have an enjoyable De La Salle ‘Preneurs Eh! experience, “ explains Roseann Coscolluela-Villegas, Robinsons Land Corporation’s (RLC) Corporate Public Relations Manager.


Fruit lovers can check out Tutti Fruitty’s mouthwatering delights like ice cream topped with fruits, pandan jam sandwiches, fruits and vegetables buffet, pancakes, fruit dumplings, vegetable-flavored ice cream from The Fruit Box, Pandan Jam, Swakto Veggie Fruitas, Funcakes, Fruit ‘N Dumplings and Veggie ‘N Frutee correspondingly.


Shoppers will truly have a “yum sarap!” moment with siomai and barbecue meals from The iNiHAUS, unlimited lugaw from Ber Company, pica-pica treats like sweet potato fries and onion rings from Delectable Pick, and wine candy from Windy.


Preserving the environment does not have to be a fashion faux pas. Hassle No More!, Tela Moda and Denim Corporation prove this with their eco bags, 4-in-1 tops and customizing old pants respectively.


Lipaeños need not travel the world to taste international cuisine thanks to Frisotto Royale’s flavored rice balls, sweet treats from FinCorm 11, shakeable pasta from Shake That Pasta!, and Vietnamese rolls from Dua Company.


Whether it’s a spontaneous date or an instant client call, everyone will have extraordinary hair fast with Cheveux Salon’s extensive hair styling services and products.

Recognizing and developing the entrepreneurial skills and talents of today’s youth, Robinsons Malls provides a venue in the Malls for students from different colleges and universities around the country to showcase their products and services. Through the Entrep Corner, Robinsons Malls’ goal to provide students with actual experience in real retail set-up comes to reality.

And like in De La Salle Lipa, the Entrep Corner has furthered its advocacy with other colleges and university like Miriam College and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.

For inquiries, please contact RLC’s Corporate Public Relations Department at 397-1888 locals 791 and 792.

WESTMEAD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is established to provide exemplary education and training to both local and foreign students. Its focus is to produce graduates who will excel in their chosen fields and rise to the challenges of an emergent globalized society.

Westmead International School envisions to be an internationally recognized premier institution which values the pursuit of truth, the freedom of inquiry, and the expansion of knowledge in the services of humanity, through learning.

The school’s main campus is located in Gulod West, Batangas City. The city is classified as one of the fastest urbanizing cities in the country today. Westmead is at the heart of industrializing city center and is about 115 kilometers south of Manila.

Westmead offers a full range of courses, from preparatory school to college level. Short-term programs are also offered under the Technical-Vocational Department.

Westmead International (WIS) is a private-stock corporation founded in 2004. It is committed to the fulfillment of Higher Education thrusts such as (1) quality and excellence, (2) access and equity, (3) relevance and responsiveness, and (4) efficiency and effectiveness, which are the key indicators of development in the education sector.

Westmead IS aims to offer service oriented, quality, and relevant education at all levels. Further, the school aims to produce intelligent and responsible graduates who will pride themselves with adequate knowledge, skills, and attitude competing locally and globally among other graduates. WIS education is geared towards the full consummation of the talents and potentials of the Filipino in the task of nation-building.

ACUATICO is a tourist’s haven. A traveler’s and a vacationist’s ideal refuge. Soak your moments of leisure under its magic charms and exotic beauty. Its balmy tropical setting and the deep-blue crystalline waters of the sea. Enjoy the majestic Mt. Daguldul whose lush virgin forest remains undefiled by human exploitation.

And because of Laiya’s unique climate, characterized by less rainfall, ACUATICO is an excellent getaway for beach and nature lovers, even for those who simply want to spend a brief moment of relaxation, anytime of the year.

The beach resort derived its name ACUATICO from the Spanish word “water”, signifying its inherent business character and accentuates ACUATICO’s most prominent feature – a 700 sqm. infinity-edge pool that seems to assimilate with the blue waters of the adjacent sea, and distinctly differentiates it from other resorts in the area. The Infinity Pool is complemented by a Jacuzzi, a kiddie pool and a floating bar at the pool’s center.

ACUATICO offers Balinese-inspired villas with well-appointed rooms complete with amenities, an infinity pool, and unique Day Tour areas for tourists and guests who want to relax in elegance and style. It serves the best in food and accommodates guests’ requests - whether the cuisine be local or international – to suit their tastes.

ACUATICO’s corporate philosophy is to provide a high-class deluxe resort under a friendly atmosphere south of Manila and ensure premium leisure experience and complete satisfaction to all its guests.

It anchors its activities on exerting its best in meeting the various needs of its clients, rigidly implementing a set of values predicated on excellent service, optimum quality, adaptable flexibility, cohesive teamwork and solid commitment, ever conscious of its highly-motivating slogan – “Happy Guests, Happy Employees and Happy Stockholders.”

Fast gaining popularity, the resort is operated by Acuatico Beach Resort and Hotel, Inc. and managed by husband and wife team, the latter having extensive exposure in hotel management and operations. The resort is staffed by fully-trained personnel whose affable and courteous manners immediately put the guest at ease and settle him into a feeling of confidence and comfortability.

ACUATICO Beach Resort is a bona-fide member of the Association of Laiya Resorts Owners (ALRO) and is currently completing the necessary documents for accreditation with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Ang batang masimor ay laging pasal, maarimuhanan, ang bahaw na kanin ay laging binubungkal, walang kabubusugan,kahit ang ulam ay hawot laang…pero sobra namang pangkal,di ma –ingli at mapuknat sa upuan kapag sinusugo, ang katwiran eh. “Di baling pangkal di naman pagud”.

Minsan isang araw ay nag saing ng tulingan ang KAKA…yun gang ang-ang ang luto at gato na ang tinik…Eh di si pangkal ay naruon at biglang sulpot, sanghor na sanghor ang amoy….aali -aligid .nakasalibuyboy at naka bakay sa grasya….pamaya ay umuwi sa kanila at humipig, ay napasarap ang buog, ang lakas pa ng harok.. Nang ma-reparo ay tapos na ang tanghalian sa mga KAKA…ey di sikamor na ng takbo, doon pa nagdaan sa patuto, pinaldak ang linang ng mamay,dala ang sulyaw at hihingi ng sinaing…

Anla ay naubusan…dumating dine ay mulagang mulaga ang busilig at puro hanggor ang salawal. Ng sabihin ng Kaka na “Ala ey napaingo ang pangkal” ay mimiha –mihang umalis,naka kalpot agad eh , ng madaanan ang bilot ay binanatan ng tadyak ng sutil na bata , ay dagaab na sa tyan eh…are namang bilot ay iririkit na pumatikar at kang kang sa sakit…

Nasiglawan ng mamay…nakahagip ng lanubo at napag-aspike ng garute….ay di palahaw at atugak na ng iyak at nag ngu-ngoyngoy na umuwi(buti at ang nahagip ng mamay ay lanubo.ay kung yung pamupoy na pambakod..ay sya.. may kalalagyan ang apong sutil) Pag dating ng basaysay ay nag sabi sa ina… anla.. ay anugang nang yari ,lalo ng nadali , napingot na ay natangkab pa ..lagitik na eh…muntik ng mag-sungaba .hayan ang napapala ng batang pangkal…

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ANOTHER power plant will soon begin construction in Mabini, Batangas, and eventually provide an additional 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the Luzon grid.

This is what listed Basic Energy Corp. implied in its disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange announcing that it has recently completed initial assessment of the geothermal resource in its geothermal service contract in Mabini, Batangas.

“Our initial assessments indicate that the area has a good potential for a 20-MW power generation that could be developed in a two- to three-year period, considering the existence of adequate infrastructure, adjacency to transmission lines and a strong power demand in the area,” Basic Energy said.

Basic Energy, the operator and sole owner of the Mabini geothermal service contract (GSC), recently completed the controlled source magneto-telluric (CSMT) survey consisting of geophysical and geological surveys covering 3,481 hectares in the Calumpan Peninsula in Mabini, Batangas.

The company said the CSMT survey involved the recording of data that will be processed and interpreted in order to establish the steam resources in the area and the possible exploration drilling sites.

Basic Energy added that it is presently evaluating a 2D processing and assessment that will be submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE) for approval as an exploration activity for Sub-phase 2 in Year 3 of the Work Program with the DOE.

The GSC was awarded to Basic by the DOE on July 10, 2008, while the CSMT in the first stage of its exploration program committed under Subphase 1 of Years 1 and 2 of the Work Program with the DOE.

The 2D processing will further support and validate the CSMT results and thus provide more confidence in establishing the possible drilling sites identified in the CSMT and the depth of the steam resource.

Basic Energy earlier said the $3.5-million Mabini contract area in Batangas has a 20-MW to 40-MW target capacity.

Basic Energy said then it will conduct geological, geochemical and geophysical works that is expected to result in the identification of drilling locations for test wells and bringing steam out for power production.

Basic Energy is the former Basic Petroleum Corp., which has a long experience and know-how in energy exploration and development, and has participated in almost all the oil discoveries in the country that have been put under production since 1978.

The Philippines is the second-largest producer of geothermal power in the world, next to the United States. Among the country’s indigenous energy resources, geothermal is the largest source of electricity with an estimated total untapped potential of about 2,600 MW.



Ano ga’ng BANGAW, di ga nama’y BANGYAW?
Sabi mo’y BIIK, yun pala’y BUWIK.
Alin ga ang MAIKSI, ayun gang MAUTDO?
Yun gang inahin ng LISA ang tukoy mong KUTO?
Alam mo yung KUYUMAD, yung kutong talbata?
Ala, ay ‘wag kang sisigaw, at ako’y HIHIYAW.
PAR’NE na sa BATANGAS at kita’y BABARIK,
TIKME ang pulutan, KARA-KARAKA’Y tumagay
MAALMAN mo na, pag ika’y MALAGIHAY!

One of the most common tree you can find in Batangas is the Madre de Cacao tree or commonly known in our language as "marikakaw". This tree adapts easily to the temperature of Batangas, as well as the soil contents and nutrients. The tree is very useful in various things, especially it's branches.

Marikakaw tree usually grew up straight, so big tree's are ideal for a house pillar. Those who are orchid lovers also know that most of the woods used in their orchids, with a concrete cement stand, is marikakaw. Smaller trees and branches are mainly called "urang" in our Batanggenyo dialect. It is used mainly for firewood in bakeries and other similar establishments that uses it. And for those not so big branches, it's used mostly for vine plants like beans. I remember my uncle always putting one in every "sitaw" he planted. The vine plant use the marikakaw branch for growing upward.

This tree is truly connected and plays a very important role to a Batanggenyo like me.

COMELEC officially proclaimed the incumbent governor Vilma Santos Recto the winner on the recent gubernatorial race. She was proclaimed by provincial COMELEC supervisor in front of thousands of supporters in front of the provincial capitol.

Official Comelec results showed that Santos, a Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats bet, won in 5,840 precincts with 475,740 votes; followed by re-electionist Governor Armando Sanchez, 349,969; retired general Nestor Sanares, 34,606 and Marcos Mandanas, 4,797 votes.

Santos, wife of reelectionist Senator Ralph Recto, won in all but six towns and a city in Batangas province.

She also won in the province's four congressional districts with 31 municipalities and three cities.

In her speech after the proclamation, Santos thanked Batangueños for their support but asked them to cooperate and help her in terms of governance.

Evercrest Golf Club and Resort takes pride in being an ideal vacation getaway where you can have a truly relaxing and revitalizing stay. Situated in the Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas, which is about 2-hour drive away from Manila. Aside from the comfortable living via our 76-room accommodations, they have balconies overlooking the panoramic view of Evercrest Golf Course. They also treat you to our neighboring spots worth visiting for. You cannot resist the charm of the famous Caleruega Church as well as the breathtaking Taal vista.

Contact Information of this Batangas Resort

Evercrest Golf Club Resort, Inc.
Km. 72 Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
Tel nos.:(632) 712-9293 to 98
Fax no.: (632) 712-9299

Manila Sales Office
Ground Flr. Ever Gotesco Corporate Center
1958 C.M. Recto Avenue, Manila, Philippines
Tel. nos.: (632) 733-3822 / 733-9955
Fax no.: (632) 735-9353


For a wide variety of hotel accomodations, visit Pontefino Hotel and Residences. Located at Brgy. Gulod Labac in Batangas City, it is truly a magnificent place to stay and celebrate your happy moments. They offer wide array of hotel accomodations and functions for different occations.

Visit their site at

Carretonan Multi-purpose Cooperative was organized on July 11, 2001 with an initial member of 24 Agrarian REform beneficiaries. through the livelihood training provided, the embers acquired skills and expertise and eventually started the project using the fund granted by the Department of Labor and Employment. Candle expression, as the name impled, expresses thoughts in each design in every occasion.

Company Name: Carretonan Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Contact Person: Josephine Cello
Address: Street: Barangay Carretonan, Calatagan, Batangas
City/Town: Region 4A > Batangas > Calatagan
Zip/Postal Code: 4215

Visit them at

La Luz Beach Resort is a small Batangas resort on a property that has been privately owned for over 30 years and was recently opened to the public. The resort was only meant to be a hide away for a family of 13 children and hence the many rooms and a large pavilion. Guests normally are surprised that the cottages could be easily filled with just the immediate family alone.

The resort currently has 4 types of rooms namely: Standard, Junior Premier, Premier and Premier Loft rooms.

They offer the following services for your leisure and entertainment:
Massage Therapeutic massage using oil is available by trained staff from the local Barangay. P250/hour
Snorkeling Snorkel and goggle sets are available for rent at P100/3 hours.
Boating Local motorized outrigger boats (bangka) are available to explore the cove for P300/hour.
Kayak You may rent our Kayaks for 2 or 3 and paddle around at P200 an hour.
Diving La Luz is not a dive resort but there are 2 dive sites that are in front of the resort. Inquire with our staff. Guests should have their own gear. Tank rentals are available at P100 per tank. Dive Masters will have to be arranged in advance.
Volleyball Rent the ball from us and enjoy beach volleyball. P50/use
Hiking Mount Daguldol is a popular site for hikers. Naambon Falls and the Peak with breathtaking views are the highlights of the journey. A local guide can be hired for P350/day or P700 for an overnight camping expedition.
Bonfire This is available for stargazing on the beach at night for free. The resort arranges one bonfire at a designated area per night for the enjoyment of all our guests.
Board Games Playing cards, sungka, dominos, scrabble and chess sets are available for rent. P100/day

Visit their site for more details about this Batangas resort,

The first chapter president at the inception of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 1973 was Atty. Jose Contreras, a respected and brilliant criminal lawyer. From then on up to the creation of this website, nineteen (19) had served as president. The Chapter now has eight hundred and ninety three (893) members and still growing.

It is noteworthy that the Chapter's office was then housed in a small room at the Batangas City Police Station building. In 1994, it was transferred to the Batangas City Hall of Justice.

On November 19, 2005, Atty. Antonio A. Pastor, a member of the Chapter and a philanthropist conditionally donated to the Chapter a 268 square-meter prime lot located at Pallocan West, Batangas City. Not wanting to violate the condition, the construction of the building started six (6) months later. The rest is now history. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines Batangas Chapter Legal Aid Center was inaugurated on March 23, 2007 in memory of Don Pedro Pastor y Gutierrez, a Canon Lawyer, Clerk of Court, and a Finance Officer of the Philippine Revolutionary Government from 1896-1898. It figures a facade that will remind the community and its indigent clients of an edifice that houses officers of the court in pursuit of justice.

The Board of Officers aims to bring the Chapter close to the hearts, to the minds and to the workplace of its members so that they may actively participate and feel its relevance.

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Cuenca is a 4th class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 28,581 people in 5,222 households.

Once a part of San Jose it became an independent town under the name of "Cuenca" in 1876. Its famous tourist attraction Mt. Maculot (600 m or 1968 ft.).

The Patron of Cuenca is Saint Isidore the Laborer, the patron of farmers celebrates his feast day during 15th of May.

Cuenca was founded in 1875 by the decree of the Superior Gobierno issued on August 11, 1875. Another document states the barrios of Maculot, Dita, Ibabao, Labac, Bungahan and Dalipit be constituted into one civil and independent town due to its distance from the town of San Jose.

In 1896, Cuenca had a population of 5,660, which increased to 6,938 in 1898. The town also played a role during World War II. Mt. Maculot became the strong hold of the Japanese forces in Batangas. They also built tunnels in some parts of Barangay Dita. During the Liberation, Cuenca was badly bombed which cause the deforestation of the slopes of the mountain. Rehabilitation was needed in order for the town to rise up from the ruins of the war. American forces helped the town by rebuilding schools and bridges. A marker in Cuenca Central Elem. School shows the effort they did. Cuenca Institute was founded in 1947 in order to give secondary education and it is the oldest secondary institution in Cuenca. Back then, students who graduated elementary used to go to Batangas City or Manila and parents who could not afford to send their children to those places failed to give them a high school education. Cuenca became popular not only because of the mountain but to its number of bakers. In Manila, over 90% of all bakers come and started here, making Cuenca as "The Home Of The Bakers". Annually, festivals are made in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Today, Cuenca is building up a better future for all.

Mayor Celerino Endaya and Vice-Mayor Lucina "luchie" M.Cuevas are the current officials of Cuenca, Batangas.

After few days of hardwork, I am proud to announce my other Batangas blog.

This new site will feature more on Batangas resort, Batangas hotels, and other pure batanggenyo article.

You can visit the site on this link Take time to visit it.

One of my favorite merienda is the nilupak. It's made of kamoteng kahoy (yucca root or cassava), sometimes kamote (sweet potato), at other times saba (a form of banana used for cooking), mashed until it's smooth, with sugar to taste (and sometimes milk). The result is laden with butter or margarine. This is at times wrapped in banana leaf for packaging.

When I was a kid, we usually do the manual task of making this delicacy using banana or saging na saba. We usually borrow "lusong" to our neighbor that time, the one they use in grinding coffee. It's quite a task preparing this food, from cooking the banana to grinding it. But the result is one of the best. Add some margarine, sugar and coconut on'll surelly love it too.

The Family Farm School concept is patterned after the Spanish Escuelas Familiares Agrarias (EFA) and French Maisons Familiales Rurales (MFR) systems which are associations, primarily, of heads of families and parents committed to the development and upliftment of people living in a rural setting through integrative learning activities and technical training, particularly directed to young people, as a response to common and shared problems. Individuals, professionals, and institutions who wish to contribute to this mission-vision could form part of these associations. The system has been existing since the 1940s and has spread to more than 40 countries, in 5 continents today.

In the Philippines, the Family Farm School was pioneered by Pampamilyang Paaralang Agrikultura, Inc. (PPAI). The first school begun operation in 1988.

PPAI is a non-stock, non-profit foundation whose primary purpose is to assist groups and communities in the establishment of Family Farm Schools around the country.

PPAI is a member of the International Association of Family Movements for Rural Training (AIMFR, Association Internationale des Maisons Familiales Rurales). AIMFR is headquartered in France and has a network of 1,000 associations covering 100,000 families in 40 countries. This network fosters exchange of experiences and transfer of expertise among all its affiliates.

Mailing address:

Barangay Makina, Balete, Batangas

Mobile phone: +63-918-9215082
Email address:

Tawilis, also known as freshwater sardinella, is a popular food fish widely-known for its softness when cooked. People well-acquainted with this fish claims that one can swallow and chew a cooked whole fish without worrying about the bones pricking the inside of the mouth. It is tasty and delicious in whatever preparation: boiled, fried, dried or bottled. This fish is found only in Taal lake. It is the only sardine (Family Clupeidae) that is known to exist in freshwater.

As a way to help boost the local economy, BFFS, through the help of some experts in food processing and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), developed the bottled Tawilis in Corn Oil. The processed "Tawilis" prolongs its marketability to as long as two (2) years. A processing plant is located at the BFFS campus, Barangay Makina, Balete, Batangas.

The processed product is a livelihood project of BFFS to help finance its scholarship program which allow poor but deserving young girls to get a high school education with an entrepreneurial orientation at BFFS.

For bulk orders, please contact the Manila office of Pampamilyang Paaralang Agrikultura, Inc. (PPAI):

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The municipality of Tuy (pronounced “too-wee”) may be the only town in Batangas without a beach, but it is the only place in the archipelago that hosts the one of a kind Salagubang Pestebal or Festival of June Beetles.

Just like most festivals in the Philippines, the Salagubang Pestebal is a thanksgiving feast for a bountiful harvest. But unlike other festivals, this unique fiesta also celebrates the successful harvest of the pest on its crops. The sand colored, thumb-sized winged insect more commonly known as the native salagubang is actually the archenemy of sugarcane farmers of Tuy and other municipalities in Western Batangas. In droves, the larvae of these beetles would suck on the roots of sugar crops and cost farmers in the area more than P200 million in losses.

Meet the beetles

Now instead of using harmful pesticides which have proven ineffective in the past, the farmers use an environment-friendly and cost-effective strategy to control the infestation. The communities set aside a single day in June for the large-scale manual collection of beetles. The men use their brute force to shake the trees, while the women and children gather the fallen beetles and collect them in large sacks. On the first year, they stockpiled truckloads of beetles.

To discard these pests, Batangueños don’t burn them. Instead, some of them end up as stars of the thanksgiving celebrations.

Like many town fiestas, the Salagubang Pestebal features regular attractions of games, contests and a showcase of talents. It opens with a lively dance number of Batangueño youth clad in creative salagubang costumes. Then, young and old bring out their personally-trained beetles to engage in a salagubang race, wrestling and flying.

One enthusiastic grandmother’s pet salagubang enthralled everybody for its flying prowess. Unfortunately, imports are not allowed in this event and old granny had to be disqualified because her pet turned out to be a salaguinto (similar to the salagubang but with a hint of metallic green).

For the brave

Adding to the spectators’ excitement was the Salagubang Fear Factor Challenge, a local rendition of the popular foreign television show. But this is for the brave and brave alone – those daring enough to crunch down a live salagubang or withstand having to lie in a bed of those tickly, crawling creatures.
That’s not the end of it because the festival’s most eagerly awaited event is the Langhap Sarap Cooking Contest. The main ingredient? Why the salagubang, of course! The tastiest, most affordable and most creatively presented salagubang dish wins the grand prize.

Everyone is invited to partake of the wide array of salagubang dishes from pochero to ginatan, rebosado to adobo and the easy-to-prepare crispy fried salagubang.


While the salagubang has long been considered a native delicacy in northern and central Luzon, using the insect as a substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat is relatively new to the Batangueños.

The salagubang is known to be rich in protein, as well as other vitamins and minerals found in sugarcane, the host crop fed on by the stubby, slow-moving beetles. The Salagubang Pestebal has not only promoted the collection of beetles to lower infestation levels, but has also proven to be an effective vehicle to popularize the use of the insect as a food substitute to the locals.

Tourism for Tuy

“This (Salagubang Pestebal) is a direct way of easing the local folk’s level of poverty,” says Ralph Vallesteros, Program Officer of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), which organizes the festival. “We also wanted to give the municipality of Tuy a tourism aspect.”

With the Department of Tourism’s adoption of the festival’s yearly celebration, the spotlight now shines on a small sugarcane town with an insect problem that’s been turned into a celebration and a feast.

by Anselmo V. Talagtag

In the year 1603, in a small barrio of Caysasay, in the town of Taal, a fisherman by the name of Juan Maningcad went out fishing and instead of casting his net on the sea, threw it into the nearby river, and instead of catching fish, caught a little statue of the Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception about six inches high. Although it was soaked in water, it had a heavenly lustre and her face twinkled like a star. Upon seeing this marvel, the startled Juan, being a pious and virtuous man prostrated himself before the image and began to pray. He picked it up and brought it home. "No one knew how the image got to the river, and according to the old folks, perhaps the image was thrown by one of the Spaniards to pacify the ravages of the ocean during one of those expeditions and somehow the waves pushed it to the river. Another opinion was that perhaps someone exploring the river must have inadvertently dropped it. (Some believe it came from China.)

The news began to spread like lightning until it reached the priest in town, and the judge that represented the King of Spain at that time. Without notice they immediately went to Juan Maningcad's house and there they saw the beautiful image of the Mother of God. They knelt down to venerate it, and took the image to Taal where a town fiesta was celebrated.

The widow of the Justice of the Peace by the name of Madam Maria Espiritu, was given the task of caring for the image. She ordered a precious urn to be made for the image and kept it in her home. Every evening she noticed that the urn turned empty and the image gone, but then in the morning it would be back in its usual place.

Worried about these disappearances, the widow told the story to the priest. He accompanied her back to her house and indeed saw that the urn was empty, but soon the urn opened and there appeared Mary's image before them. For several times, in spite of the watch made by the priest, the same events would happen that made the priest and others perplexed, not knowing what the desire of the Virgin was. After sometime, the priest decided to take the image to the Church for safekeeping but it was in vain. The image continued to leave the church until one day it completely disappeared and was nowhere to be found.

Years later, in 1611, two women gathering firewood saw the image reflected in the spring water, near the place where it was originally found. They looked up, and saw the image on top of a tall sampaguita bush. The women reported what they saw to the parish priest. The people and the priest concluded that it was the Virgin’s wish to stay in Caysasay. So they built a chapel on the very spot where the image was found.

In the early seventeenth Century, a series of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary were reported at the rocky hillside of Caysasay, a barrio of Taal. According to a church inquiry, a vision first appeared to a native slave girl, Catalina Talayn, who had gone up the hillside with a companion to gather firewood and fetch some water. The unexpected vision of something small in stature but radiating extraordinary brilliance from a hollow in the rocky landscape so bewildered the girl that she ran to tell her companion, and both fled terrified back to the town of Taal, by the shore of the Lake. Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde, S.J., in his Historia de Filipinas, and other 18th Century Spanish chroniclers put the year at 1611, when natives began reporting strange visions on the hillside. This was also the year, according to Fr. Pedro G. Galende, currently Director of the San Agustin Museum in Intramuros, that the first makeshift church was reportedly built there. Historian Jose M. Cruz, S.J., currently dean of the School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University, reviewed original microfilm documents of the inquiry into the apparitions (his date, 1619). He reports that Church officials interrogated Catalina but she told them she could not clearly identify what she saw.

The sparseness of her report, however, seems to convince Fr. Cruz that she "was not fabricating the story." In 17th Century Philippines, an alipin like Catalina had "much to gain from associating herself to the divinity or to the saints," notes Cruz in his study on the Caysasay apparitions. At any rate, when word got around, many people flocked to the area. Stories later included in the Tagalog novena say that two girls had seen the image of the Lady in the spring, and when they looked up, they saw her perched on a branch of a Sampaga tree, two lighted candles by her side, and guarded by kingfishers or casay-casay birds that abound in the area. The village was by the Pansipit River, which was then a wide salt-water channel that connected Balayan (then Balangon) Bay to Taal (then Bombon ) Lake. Even without official church sanction, native devotion to the reported Lady of Caysasay was quick and spontaneous. Miraculous healing powers were attributed to the waters from the spring. And in a cave near the spring was found the image of the Blessed Virgin—the same image that was fished out of the river almost a decade earlier and mysteriously disappeared! More than 30 people declared they saw visions of the Lady at Caysasay.

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