Rosario, Batangas


Downtown Rosario, Batangas

Nickname(s): The Agro-Industrial Capital of Southern Tagalog; Rice Granary of Batangas

Map of Batangas showing the location of Rosario

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 13°50′42″N 121°12′13″E / 13.845°N 121.2036°E / 13.845; 121.2036Coordinates: 13°50′42″N 121°12′13″E / 13.845°N 121.2036°E / 13.845; 121.2036
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Batangas
District 4th District
Founded 1687
Foundation Day June 9
Feast October 7
Barangays 48
  Mayor Manuel B. Alvarez (UNA)
  Vice Mayor Leovigildo K. Morpe (Liberal)
  Total 226.88 km2 (87.60 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
  Total 116,764
  Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4225
Dialing code +63(0)43
Income class 1st class

Rosario is a first class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 116,764 people.[3]

Rosario is also considered as among the interior municipalities of the Batangas Bay Region comprising eleven municipalities and two cities whose catchment areas drain into the Batangas Bay. The town is also dubbed as "The Rice Granary of Batangas".[4]


Accounts show that the origin of Rosario was a Christian settlement along the coast of Lobo. The settlement became prey to the pirate raids during the Moro wars of the 18th century.

The Moro or pirate raids forced the inhabitants of the settlement to the safety of the ravine and forest on the north-west bank of Kansahayan River (now the Municipality of Taysan). Here the settlement was relocated. However, at the height of the Moro Wars in the second half of the 18th century, the Moro vicious Moro raids did reach Kansahayan. In one of their forays the Parish Priest is said to be among those slain.

The inhabitants decided to leave Kansahayan. They headed farther north holding a novena and praying the rosary in the process of their flight. On the 9th night of the novena, the fleeing inhabitants reached the river bank of Tubig ng Bayan (a river originating from Lipa) in now the town of Padre Garcia. Here they finally settled. Living in peace and prosperity, the grateful town’s people erected a stone church south of the river bank in honor of their benefactress, the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. The town was named Sto. Rosario.

Sto. Rosario was razed to the ground during the Filpino-American War. In the early American Military occupation of Sto. Rosario, a cavalry officer, Captain Ed H. Boughton, came upon the big spring at the foot of Tombol Hill. He decides to relocate the town west of the spring where the poblacion proper of Rosario is now.

Official record show that on June 9, 1902, a council of prominent citizens of the town met under a mango tree beside Tombol Spring. On the spot they formerly organized the municipal government of Rosario. The following distinguish gentlemen assumed the first key positions of the town government, to wit:

Don Geronimo Carandang (Presidente), Don Diego Rosales (Bise Presidente), Don Luis Greñas (Secretario), Don Leon Magtibay (Tesorero),

A wealthy landowner, Don Antonio Luansing donated foe the town’s public buildings and plaza.

Local historians were not unanimous as the exact date of the founding of this town. Certainly it was among those organized by the ecclesiastical authorities after the creation of Batangas as a province in 1581. It is generally believed to have come to the existence in 1687 while still located along the coast of Lobo during the term of Don Nicolas Morales as gobernadorcillo. Originally, Rosario comprised the whole parts of the municipalities of Lobo, Taysan, Ibaan, San Juan de Bolbok and the entire municipality of Padre Garcia.

The old settlement in Kansayahan now bears the name of Pinagbayanan, a thriving marketing post in the municipality of Taysan. The old town site of Sto. Rosario had been named Lumang Bayan before it was renamed Padre Garcia when the latter was created and carved out Rosario in 1950 as a separate municipality.[5]


Rosario is politically subdivided into 48 barangays.[2] Malaya was formerly known as Munting Tubig.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
041021001 Alupay 3.7% 4,314 3,991 +1.49%
041021002 Antipolo 0.6% 674 652 +0.63%
041021003 Bagong Pook 4.9% 5,757 5,165 +2.09%
041021004 Balibago 2.0% 2,280 2,147 +1.15%
041021005 Bayawang 1.1% 1,307 1,332 −0.36%
041021006 Baybayin 2.0% 2,323 2,288 +0.29%
041021007 Bulihan 3.4% 4,014 3,253 +4.08%
041021008 Cahigam 2.1% 2,450 1,907 +4.89%
041021009 Calantas 1.4% 1,634 1,560 +0.89%
041021010 Colongan 1.5% 1,727 1,655 +0.81%
041021011 Itlugan 4.0% 4,677 4,386 +1.23%
041021012 Lumbangan 1.4% 1,587 1,200 +5.47%
041021013 MaalasAs 1.7% 1,932 1,776 +1.62%
041021014 Mabato 1.5% 1,794 1,660 +1.49%
041021015 Mabunga 1.6% 1,838 1,713 +1.35%
041021016 Macalamcam A 0.8% 959 1,058 −1.85%
041021017 Macalamcam B 1.5% 1,765 1,480 +3.41%
041021018 Malaya 1.3% 1,555 1,482 +0.92%
041021019 Maligaya 0.8% 913 790 +2.79%
041021020 Marilag 2.5% 2,898 2,525 +2.66%
041021021 Masaya 3.4% 3,967 3,217 +4.07%
041021022 Matamis 0.5% 592 689 −2.85%
041021023 Mavalor 1.3% 1,549 1,481 +0.86%
041021024 Mayuro 2.1% 2,411 2,068 +2.97%
041021025 Namuco 4.3% 4,992 4,314 +2.82%
041021026 Namunga 4.5% 5,276 4,785 +1.88%
041021027 Natu 2.3% 2,721 2,392 +2.48%
041021028 Nasi 1.8% 2,048 1,925 +1.19%
041021029 Palakpak 0.7% 851 852 −0.02%
041021030 Pinagsibaan 2.9% 3,422 2,999 +2.54%
041021031 Barangay A (Poblacion) 1.0% 1,122 1,082 +0.69%
041021032 Barangay B (Poblacion) 1.2% 1,376 1,195 +2.72%
041021033 Barangay C (Poblacion) 0.8% 943 968 −0.50%
041021034 Barangay D (Poblacion) 0.8% 932 1,039 −2.05%
041021035 Barangay E (Poblacion) 1.9% 2,276 2,174 +0.88%
041021036 Putingkahoy 2.4% 2,811 2,612 +1.41%
041021037 Quilib 3.5% 4,041 3,157 +4.81%
041021038 Salao 2.0% 2,303 2,121 +1.58%
041021039 San Carlos 3.2% 3,771 3,345 +2.31%
041021040 San Ignacio 1.7% 1,954 1,780 +1.79%
041021041 San Isidro 3.3% 3,811 3,521 +1.52%
041021042 San Jose 1.8% 2,075 1,874 +1.96%
041021043 San Roque 3.3% 3,900 3,648 +1.28%
041021044 Santa Cruz 2.8% 3,301 3,055 +1.49%
041021045 Timbugan 1.8% 2,077 1,946 +1.25%
041021046 Tiquiwan 1.5% 1,736 1,654 +0.93%
041021047 Leviste (Tubahan) 1.5% 1,753 1,656 +1.09%
041021048 Tulos 2.0% 2,355 1,992 +3.24%
Total 116,764 105,561 +1.94%


For purposes of community organization and effective delivery of social development projects, the Office for Sustainable Development under supervision of the Office of the Municipal Mayor in 1995, conveniently divided the 48 barangays into 8 barangay clusters with 6 member barangays each.[8]

Cluster Barangays
South East I Antipolo, Calantas, Leviste, Matamis, Palakpak, Tulos
North East II Macalamcam B, Nasi, Pinagsibaan, Putingkahoy, Salao, San Isidro
East III Bayawang, Bulihan, Cahigam, Lumbangan, Mabunga, Mayuro
East IV Alupay, Balibago, Mabato, Macalamcam A, Maligaya, Natu
Central V Bagong Pook, Baybayin, Mavalor, San Carlos, San Jose, Tiquiwan
West Central VI Poblacion D, Poblacion E, Itlugan, Maalas-as, Namuco, Namunga
East Central VII Poblacion A, Poblacion B, Poblacion C, Quilib, San Roque, Sta. Cruz
West VIII Colongan, Malaya, Marilag, Masaya, San Ignacio, Timbugan

This system was patterned after the resolutions traditionally passed by the Sangguniang Bayan as part of its organizational plan following the general elections when new members are elected into office for a new term.

Consequently, the barangay cluster arrangement was adopted and served as the framework for land use development strategies enunciated under the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Rosario, Batangas for Planning Period 2000-2010 (CLUP).[9]


Population census of Rosario
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 66,923    
1995 74,976+2.15%
2000 86,110+3.01%
2007 95,785+1.48%
2010 105,561+3.60%
2015 116,764+1.94%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7]

The population of Rosario, Batangas, in the 2015 census was 116,764 people,[3] with a density of 510 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,300 inhabitants per square mile.

Local government

Rosario Town Hall

The current set of municipal officials were elected during the 2010 General Elections and re-elected in 2013; their term is set to expire in 2016.[1]

Immediate Past Municipal Officials

The immediate past municipal officials were elected during the 2004 General Elections and their term expired 2007. The mayor was Felipe Marquez who was reelected for his second term during the 2007 General Elections as chief executive of Rosario. The vice mayor is Danilo Alday. Sangguniang Bayan is composed of Angelica Rosales, Leonardo Anyayahan, Sonia Ebite, Adrian Montalbo, Kennedy Laroza, Pedro Andan and Johnny Minas. Sangguniang Kabataan Municipal Federation President is Grace Villar of Brgy. Quilib.

Mayor Felipe Africa Marquez expired October 8, 2011, while in office, due to various complications in his health at Mediatrix Hospital Lipa City, Batangas.

Barangay Officials

Barangay Punong Barangay SK Chairman
Poblacion A Emilio Aranda Albert G. Marasigan
Poblacion B Arthur John T. Macatangay Brian Benedict R. Untalan
Poblacion C Ranilo T. Serrano John Joseph E. Reyes
Poblacion D Romulo Q. Perea Maria Gracia M. Ebite
Poblacion E Angelito L. Coz Brent David P. Austria
Alupay Danilo Pasigan Mark Julius A. Aguila
Antipolo Rudy M. Endencio Gae Marie G. Gutierrez
Bagong Pook Alfonso S. Magtibay, Sr. Lester S. Marasigan
Balibago Gaudioso F. Alday Melvin Joseph H. Ilagan
Bayawang Norberto A. Manalo Adelle M. Bereña
Baybayin Cesar B. Agbay Marlon S. Barbosa
Bulihan Fidel Ramos Czarine Fatima M. Marmol
Cahigam Dante A. Alday Leo Joseph B. Balila
Calantas Leovino M. Dagli Andrew M. Aliwalas
Colongan Prudencio R. Barbosa June Myka C. Rizo
Itlugan saly De Mesa Grew Andrew B. De Mesa
Lumbangan Isagani C. Laroza Jette Kay P. Recheta
Maalas-As Enrico M. Siantiqua Frederick R. Guno, Jr.
Mabato Federico Z. Dimaandal Michelle Ann M. Mercado
Mabunga Vener S. de Torres Aemard DG. de Torres
Macalamcam A Ronaldo M. Ramos Mycah Marisse B. Montuano
Macalamcam B Raymundo G. Hernandez Mark L. Lalog
Malaya Domingo B. Roallos Psalm David O. Abarintos
Maligaya Atong Aclan Romel R. Joco
Marilag Jojo Fortus Sherwin R. Magsombol
Masaya Edwin J. Hernadez Adriane U. Mojado
Matamis (Malinao) Virgilio A. Dapoc Oliver D. Abaday
Mavalor Maximo S. Alagar Mary Jane C. Wagan
Mayuro Marciano S. Aquino Julie Anne M. Veyra
Namuco Rudy Pisigan Kenneth John L. Comia
Namunga Nonito Arias Jeanna Marie A. Pamplona
Natu Martin C. de Castro Lovely Lucille A. Maniebo
Nasi Emerson G. Tapay Realyn C. Pangilinan
Palakpak Roberto T. Lacerna Joseph Kevin D. Gutierrez
Pinagsibaan Angel B. Alvarez, Sr.1 Mark Kalvin M. Nucup
Putingkahoy Vicente S. Matibag Ladiely E. Tarcelo
Salao Luzviminda P. Austria Erica R. Cornella
San Carlos Darius M. Aguado Catherine Jane C. Torres
San Ignacio Rufina L. Olchondra Christopher D. Valencia2
San Isidro Rolly C. Leynes May M. Balmes
San Jose Benito L. Ilagan Angelica D. Boongaling
San Roque Vee Jay A. Andal
Santa Cruz Jaime C. Ramos Renier C. Escamillas
Timbugan Donjun B. Alcaraz Realyn A. Esguerra
Tiquiwan Reynaldo B. Braza Denmark DC. Garcia
Tubahan Crispo A. Custodio Ivy Veronica B. Zara
Tulos Andong Mendoza Julius B. Carpela

1 - Association of Barangay Captains President
2 - Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President

Notable people


Rosario, Batangas skyline with the downtown on the foreground and rice fields (where Rosario is known for) and mountains on the background.
Skyline from Tombol Hill


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