Lipa City History, Tourist Spots, Fesivals

Lipa is a component city of Batangas Province in Southern Tagalog Region, also known as CaLaBaRZon, Philippines.

Lipa City Hall
Lipa City Hall

Profile of Lipa City (Geography)
Location –> Batangas City (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 78 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> Malvar, Tiaong (Quezon Province), Padre Garcia, Ibaan, and Mataas Na Kahoy
Area –> 209.40 km2 (80.85 sq mi)
Population –> 332,386 (2015 Census)
No. of Barangays –> 72
Terrain –> Low rolling hills
Industries –> Real Estate, Trading, Tourism, Agriculture
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Tagalog, English
Mayor –> Eric B. Africa
Vice Mayor –> Mark Aries P. Luancing
Representative (6th District) –> Rosa Vilma Santos Recto

Lipa History

Lipa City had been inhabited long before the coming of the Spaniards in the 16th century. Their origin however is uncertain. They could be part of the Aetas or the Bornean tribes under Datu Puti who are believed to have arrived in the 12th century.

Lipa was officially organized as a municipality in 1702. In 1716, it became a regular parish with Fray Diego de Alday as the first parish priest. When Taal Volcano erupted in 1724, hundreds of people fled to Lipa and became residents. Over the succeeding years, Lipa became the center of the flourishing coffee industry allowing it to become the richest municipality in the country.

On June 20, 1947, Lipa was established as a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 162.

Read the history of Lipa City in Tagalog here.

Lipa Economy, Business and Investment

At present, Lipa is experiencing rapid urbanization and industrialization. Many subdivisions and commercial centers such as SM Mall and Robinsons now dot the city. Still, agriculture remains an important sector where poultry, egg, hog, vegetables, and coconut are the chief products.

Lipa City is home to LIMA Industrial estate with several factories producing various manufactured items.

Due to its prime location along the Southern Tagalog Access Road (Star Expressway) that connects its to Batangas City in the southwest and the Southern Luzon EXpressway (SLEX) going to Manila, Lipa will definitely remain attractive to investors.

Lipa City Downtown
Lipa City Crowded Downtown Area

Lipa Tourist Spots

San Sebastian Cathedral built in the Romesque tradition with circular dome
Carmelite Monastery – the site of a miraculous “shower of Petals”
San Sebastian Library of the Arts
Casa de Segunda Katigbak on 198 calle Rizal – a heritage house
Mount Malarayat
Susong Dalaga Mountain

Lipa Festival

Lomi Festival – to celebrate one of its popular local dish
Coffee Festival
San Sebastian Festival also called Lipa Town Fiesta

RELATED: Profile of Gapan City
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Map of Lipa City


  1. My father fought in all these places you mention. The difference between WWII pictures and now is dramatic! No matter what the catastrophic event, the Filipino people always recover.

    • It is only now that I read your comment. It was redirected to spam section and I didn’t see it before. Anyway, thanks again for your support. I wish I could write more on the detailed history of many places but I lack the time to do research. So only the common knowledge is all I can post for now. Yes, I believe we are a resilient people. We always recover from many catastrophes.

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