Lipa is a component city of Batangas Province in Southern Tagalog Region, also known as CaLaBaRZon, Philippines.
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 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.
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 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
Susong Dalaga Mountain
Lomi Festival – to celebrate one of its popular local dish
San Sebastian Festival also called Lipa Town Fiesta
Map of Lipa City