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History and Town Profile of Talisay, Batangas

Talisay is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. This town is located in the north-central area of Batangas.

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Below is the history and town profile of this town known as The Seedling Bowl of the Nation.


Long ago, the Spanish administration in the Philippines when Tanauan was in the place where its barrio Ambulong is now situated, Talisay was a very insignificant barrio of that municipality. When Tanauan was moved to its present site, Talisay become a barrio of Taal. Talisay as it is now called had no definite name. Nobody cared during those times because there were not many inhabitants in this place.

In the course of time people from Taal and Tanauan happened to reach this place and enjoyed staying in this locality. They found the place and enjoyed staying in this locality. They found the place adapted to the growth of sugarcane, rice and corn, the three most important products during those days, this discovery until Talisay was so well populated that it was necessary for the Spanish government to assign a priest to take care of the people’s religion.

A temporary building was built by the people in the center of the barrio. When the big church bell arrived, it becomes a problem for the priest to find a convenient place for it. In the place where the temporary church was built, was a big Talisay tree. The priest ordered the people to hang the bell on one of each branch.

When the big bell of the church was first rang, some people were panic-stiken. Some brave men tried to look where the sound came from. Later, they found out that it came from the big Talisay tree.

People from far and near were made to go to church on Sunday. On their way to church, when some people asked where they were going, the people simply answered, ” SA MAY TALISAY”. Often time, they only answered, “Sa Talisay”. The place was closely linked with the Talisay tree in the churchyard, that when the place was made into town, it was named TALISAY.

It was year 1869 when Talisay was formally known as a Municipio or a municipality and has since been celebrating its town fiesta every February 10 of each year and in commemoration of the miraculous patron Saint San Guillermo (St. William).

Source: Municipal Government of Talisay


Spoken language: Tagalog and English

Religion: Catholic, Born Again Christians, Protestants, Iglesia ni Cristo, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist and Aglipay

Education: There are nine (9) Public schools for Elementary level and one (1) Public school and three (3) Private school for Secondary level three (3) public school and nine (9) for kinder and pre-elementary school which provides our not so well-off families to continue their studies through the guidance and assistance of our efficient instructors who are very determined in their field of work.

Population: 39,120 based on the NSO Census 2007

Geographical Location: The Municipality of Talisay, Batangas is consisted of 21 barangays, eight of which are located in Poblacion (Town Proper), covering a total land area of 2822.0 has. (28.22 sq.km.). It is bounded on the North by the City of Tagaytay, on the east by the City of Tanauan, on the South by Taal Lake and Volcano Island and Southwest by the Municipality of Laurel.

Distance from Metro Manila: approx.80 kms. (thru SLEX via Lipa City)

Political Subdivisions: 21 barangays
Barangay I-VIII
San Guillermo
Sta. Maria

Climate: Wet or rainy season usually occurs during the months of May until November. Hot or dry season for the rest of the year.

Source: Municipal Government of Talisay

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