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What you are about to read is the history of Balete, Batangas taken from the available records in the Municipality of Balete’s Tourism Office.
Balete was a former barrio of the City of Lipa. Based on the stories handed down by old folks, BALETE trees were very abundant in this place during the early days when there were still few settlers therein. As time goes by, that place came to be known as “Balete”.
The first residents of Balete were Jose Magapi & his family. After the eruption of Taal Volcano in 1911, the well-known real state property owner of Looc, Balete were brothers Venancio & Ricardo Macasaet. Also famous honored and obeyed during that time was Pablo Maralit who resided in Barrio Makina.
During the period between 1910 & 1969, the following Teniente del Barrio handed Balete successively:
- Federico Dimaano
- Ricardo Macasaet
- Apolonio Boa
- Sixto Africa
- Maximo Cabrera
- Raymundo Javier
- Martin Nipay
- Policarpio Umali
- Vecinte Enriquez
- Hospicio Nipay
- Petronilo Maya
- Prancisco Lunat
- Cirilio Pasia
- Hospicio Ramirez
On June 21, 1969 the Congress of the Philippines enacted Republic Act No. 5659 creating Balete into a municipality with 13 barangays comprising it namely: Alangilan, Calawit, Looc, San Sebastian, Solis, Makina, Sala, Sampalocan, Magapi, Malabanan, Paligawan, and Palsara & Poblacion.
Last Updated: November 14, 2013