Part of the biggest island of Luzon in the Philippines lies Batangas which is a part of Region 4. Several of its town are in coastal areas facing the China Sea. Considered as a first class municipality, it comprises of 31 municipalities in its 3,119.72 km2 total land area.
Agriculture is considered as the main source of livelihood for most batanggenyo. Living along the coastal areas and having a wide land area suits them to be a good farmer and fishermen. During the old time, early settlement in Batangas also thrive in doing business with other Asian countries like China. Livestock is also a main business in the province, with one of its municipality hailed as the livestock capital of the country.
Throughout the history of the Philippines, lots of Batanggenyo made it on the list. That includes personalities like Apolinario Mabini, Miguel Malvar, Claro Recto, Jose Laurel and even the current Vice President Jejomar Binay also hails from Batangas.
Batangas is also rich in culture, having been an early settlement of old civilization. Several artifacts are found in Nasugbu Batangas to prove existence of such ancient people. These includes early utensils and tools they use for a living.
The province is known to produce several best quality products such as barong tagalong, coffee, tapa and other local delicacies that can only be found on the province. Municipality of Taal boasts its tapa and barong tagalong dress, while the city of Lipa once known for its famous kapeng barako.
Most of all, batanggenyo people are known for being barako or stud. Whether male or female, this trademark is already with them wherever they are. This is also how other Filipino people distinguish them from the rest.
And lastly, Batangas is known of having one of the best beach resorts in the country. Along its coastal lines lies a long stretch of sands ideal for relaxing and enjoying the serenity of the ocean. As of now, there are lots of resorts operating in various places in Batangas mostly along the coastal road. But resorts with swimming pools are also abundant in the area especially in the city of Lipa where some of the nice resort are located. Having been located just hours drive from Manila, it has become one of the best choice for the people from Manila if they want to relax and have some good quality beach times. Tourism is booming on the province, providing extra livelihood income to its constituents.
Visit Batangas beach resorts to see what it looks like….