|City of Calamba
Lungsod ng Kalamba
(from top, left to right): St. John the Baptist Church, Second Tallest Jose Rizal Monument in the World and the legendary claypot where the city's name derived.
|Nickname(s): Resort Capital of the Philippines;
Regional Center of CALABARZON
|Motto: Premier City of Growth, of Leisure and of National Pride|
Map of Laguna showing the location of Calamba City
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|Congr. district||2nd District of Laguna|
|Incorporated||August 28, 1742|
|Cityhood||April 21, 2001|
|• Mayor||Justin Marc S.B. Chipeco (NP)|
|• Vice-Mayor||Roseller H. Rizal (NP)|
|• Total||149.50 km2 (57.72 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,600/km2 (6,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
4028 - Canlubang
4029 - Camp Vicente Lim (Mayapa)
|Income class||1st Class|
Calamba (PSGC: 043405000), officially known as the City of Calamba (Filipino: Lungsod ng Kalamba) and often referred to as Calamba City, is a component city of Laguna, Philippines. It is the regional center of the CALABARZON region. It is situated 54 kilometres (34 mi) south of Manila, the city is known as the Resort Capital of the Philippines because of its numerous hot spring resorts, which are mostly located in Barangay Pansol, Bucal and Bagong Kalsada.
According to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 389,377 people, making it the most populous local government unit in Laguna. It is the 5th densest city in the province with more than 2,600 people per square kilometer after San Pedro, Biñan, Cabuyao and Santa Rosa. Based on the overall rankings of the 2014 Cities and Municipalities Index, the city ranked 18th in the overall competitiveness (cities ranking) and 1st among cities in the CALABARZON region.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Tourism and places of interest
- 7 City government
- 8 Infrastructure
- 9 Education
- 10 Notable people
- 11 International relations
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The name of the city comes from a legend that during the early time of the Spanish period in the country, two "guardias civil" or soldiers were lost and passing through what is now Calamba. The soldiers met a young lady who came from a river carrying a jar of water and a wooden stove. The soldiers unwittingly in Spanish language and in authoritative tone, to conceal the fact that they were lost, asked the local maiden the name of the place they were in. The lady, who speaks only her native language, naturally thought she was being interrogated about what she was carrying and nervously uttered "kalan-banga", meaning "clay stove" (kalan) and "water jar" (banga). Because the Spaniards could not pronounce it properly, the town has been called Calamba supposedly since then. This legend is immortalized with a large concrete water jar erected in the city plaza with the names of the city's barangays written on its surface. It is now known as Calambanga and is considered the "World's Biggest Claypot". This same jar is also found in the city's seal. The plaza was proposed by Dr. Agapito Alzona, then the town councilor to utilize the waste area where the old town market relocated from. The resolution was approved by the then town mayor Roman Lazaro and added additional P5,000 for the fence to the original P15,000 construction cost. It was completed in 1939.
The oldest part of Calamba is believed to be Barangay Sucol where its first settlers remained. With the arrival of Spaniards, the whole area was converted into a hacienda, then a part of Tabuco (now known as Cabuyao City). Calamba became an independent pueblo on August 28, 1742, and formed into the town of Calamba in 1770. In 1813, Calamba was placed in the hands of “encargados” by the Dominican Brothers, who divided into portions and sold the haciendas to the natives during the American regime.
During the Japanese occupation in World War II, the city was the theater of a massacre during which the Imperial Japanese Army killed at least 2,000 civilians. The St. John the Baptist Church, established in 1859, was burned by the Japanese during World War II. It was reconstructed by Fr. Eliseo Dimaculangan. It was the christening site of José Rizal. The original baptismal font has been preserved and refurbished.
After a process of more than seven years, Calamba became the second component city of the Laguna by virtue of Republic Act No. 9024, “An Act Converting the Municipality of Calamba, Province of Laguna into a Component City to be known as the City of Calamba.” R.A. 9024 was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 5, 2001, at the Malacañan Palace. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) then set the plebiscite for Calamba’s cityhood on April 21, 2001 where 15,056 residents participated. 3,413 or 22.67% voted “No” while the remaining 77.33% voted “Yes” to Calamba’s conversion into a component city.
Events leading to Cityhood
As early as 1994, the town’s Sangguniang Bayan approved Resolution No. 60, Series of 1994 requesting the Senate of the Philippines thru its president and the House of Representatives thru its speaker to co-sponsor a bill for Calamba’s conversion into a city. It was only after two years that another resolution, Resolution No. 115 was passed requesting then Honorable Congressman Joaquin M. Chipeco Jr, to co-sponsor a bill for Calamba’s cityhood and requesting the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for their comments and recommendations regarding the matter. Another two years passed before House Bill No. 986 and Senate bill Nos. 1630 and 1791 were filed in the House of Representatives by Congressman Chipeco and Senate of the Philippines by Senators Franklin M. Drilon and Sergio Osmeña III, respectively.
It was only in the year 2000 that the motion for Calamba’s cityhood was fast tracked. Then Mayor Severino J. Lajara requested favorable endorsement of House Bill No. 986 from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on January 3, 2000. The Sangguniang Bayan also endorsed House Bill No. 986 and Senate Bill Nos. 1630 and 1791 and also requested favorable endorsement from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on the same month. A month passed and Mayor Lajara sent a follow-up letter to then Vice-Governor Teresita “Ningning” Lazaro on updates regarding the matter.
On March 8, the House Committee on Local Government approved House Bill No. 986 on 2nd reading at a hearing held at Hotel Rembrandt, Quezon City. The same House Committee conducted a public hearing on House Bill No. 986 at the Calamba Elementary School (Central II) gymnasium on March 23, approving the House Bill in principle. House Bill 986 was deliberated in April by the House of Representatives in plenary session and approved as House Bill No. 10661, which was then filed with the Senate of the Philippines in June.
The year 2001 came and brought about approval on 2nd reading of Senate Bill Nos. 1630 and 1791 and House Bill No. 10661 in a hearing held on February 5 at the Ambrocio Padilla Hall, Senate of the Philippines. Three days later, February 8, Senate Bill Nos. 1630 and 1791 and House Bill No. 10661 was deliberated in Plenary Session and was approved as Republic Act No. 9024.
CALABARZON Regional Government Center
Calamba lies on the northern slopes of Mount Makiling, a dormant volcano. The southern terminus of the South Luzon Expressway is in Calamba and this geographic position makes the city a gateway to the southern provinces of Luzon. The highway at the end of the South Luzon Expressway leads east to the other towns of Laguna and south towards the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.
Calamba City is bordered by Cabuyao City to the north, Los Baños to the east, by the province of Batangas to the south, specifically the municipalities of Santo Tomas, Tanauan City and Talisay, and by the province of Cavite to the west, with Tagaytay City and Silang. Laguna de Bay the country's largest lake, forms the city's northwest border. The provincial capital, Santa Cruz, is located 45 kilometres (28 mi) by road to the east.
|Classification||Land Area (hectares)|
|Urban Redevelopment Zone||2,080|
|Growth Management Zone 1||4,199|
|Growth Management Zone 2||2,460|
|Upland Conservation Zone||3,401.22|
|Forest Buffer Zone||333|
|Makiling Forest Reservation Zone||579.78|
|Agricultural Development Zone||1,427|
|Total Land Area||14,480|
|Urban Expansion Area||8,562.7 has|
Calamba City is politically subdivided into 54 barangays, the smallest administrative unit in the city.
|No.||Barangay||Land Area (hectares)||Population (2010)||Population (2007)||Classification||Zoning Classification|
|1||Bagong Kalsada||157.8||3,306||2,090||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|2||Bañadero||190.0||7,116||5,309||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|3||Banlic||274.9||12,780||12,626||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|4||Barandal||189.3||4,625||2,994||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1|
|5||Barangay 1 (Poblacion)||29.2||6,569||6,415||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|6||Barangay 2 (Poblacion)||17.1||8,005||6,764||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|7||Barangay 3 (Poblacion)||29.8||4,408||5,111||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|8||Barangay 4 (Poblacion)||4.5||3,237||2,989||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|9||Barangay 5 (Poblacion)||25.6||6,285||5,406||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|10||Barangay 6 (Poblacion)||42.3||2,447||2,309||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|11||Barangay 7 (Poblacion)||81.8||2,519||2,706||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|12||Batino||110.5||1,249||1,295||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1
Urban Redevelopment Zone
|13||Bubuyan||196.0||1,666||1,466||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|14||Bucal||265.0||11,346||12,171||Urban||Upland Conservation Zone
Urban Redevelopment Zone
Agricultural Development Zone
|15||Bunggo||556.6||3,809||3,650||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|16||Burol||258.2||1,783||1,722||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|17||Camaligan||106.5||978||918||Rural||Growth Management Zone 2|
|18||Canlubang||3,912.0||54,655||54,602||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1 & 2|
|19||Halang||166.7||6,829||6,442||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone
Agricultural Development Zone
|20||Hornalan||22.0||1,397||1,302||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|21||Kay-Anlog||272.0||2,665||2,195||Rural||Growth Management Zone 2|
|22||La Mesa||294.1||11,836||11,961||Urban||Upland Conservation Zone
Urban Redevelopment Zone
Growth Management Zone
|23||Laguerta||314.9||1,766||1,752||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|24||Lawa||146.6||9,169||6,132||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|25||Lecheria||157.5||8,391||6,722||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone
Agricultural Development Zone
|26||Lingga||45.0||5,817||6,322||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|27||Looc||179.1||14,524||12,444||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|28||Mabato||273.1||705||702||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|29||Majada Labas||180.2||5,172||2,090||Urban||Growth Management Zone 1|
|30||Makiling||465.7||7,510||7,100||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1 & 2|
|31||Mapagong||320.8||4,942||3,618||Rural||Urban Redevelopment Zone
Agricultural Development Zone
Growth Management Zone 1
|32||Masili||32.1||3,585||2,859||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|33||Maunong||399.2||2,105||1,917||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone
Growth Management Zone 1 & 2
|34||Mayapa||116.3||21,826||21,968||Urban||Growth Management Zone 1|
|35||Milagrosa, (formerly Tulo)||209.4||5,308||5,568||Urban||Growth Management Zone 1 & 2|
|36||Paciano Rizal||126.8||11,958||11,733||Urban||Growth Management Zone 2|
|37||Palingon||15.3||6,403||5,093||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|38||Palo Alto||273.7||10,628||7,270||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1|
|39||Pansol||528.2||10,868||9,980||Urban||Upland Conservation Zone
Urban Redevelopment Zone
Forest Buffer Zone
Agricultural Development Zone
|40||Parian||112.0||20,248||19,587||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone
Urban Redevelopment Zone
|41||Prinza||95.3||3,996||2,737||Rural||Urban Redevelopment Zone
Growth Management Zone 1
|42||Punta||331.0||3,511||2,615||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1 & 2|
|43||Putting Lupa||542.0||1,720||2,383||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone
Growth Management Zone 2
Forest Buffer Zone
|44||Real||132.9||13,805||13,375||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|45||Saimsim||194.5||5,504||4,634||Rural||Growth Management Zone 1|
|46||Sampiruhan||81.0||8,144||6,788||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|47||San Cristobal||119.0||12,584||13,453||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|48||San Jose||89.6||4,203||4,299||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|49||San Juan||15.3||4,780||4,309||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|50||Sirang Lupa||198.4||8,225||6,683||Urban||Growth Management Zone 1|
|51||Sucol||31.6||4,765||4,300||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|52||Turbina||51.5||4,475||3,677||Urban||Urban Redevelopment Zone|
|53||Ulango||227.6||858||845||Rural||Upland Conservation Zone|
|54||Uwisan||78.0||2,358||2,367||Urban||Agricultural Development Zone|
|Population census of Calamba City|
According to the 2010 census, Calamba has a population of 389,377 inhabitants, making it the most populated town in Laguna province, followed by San Pedro City, Santa Rosa City, Biñan City, San Pablo City and Cabuyao City. Calamba City is the 24th most populated city in the Philippines.
Calamba City is known today as the "Second Richest City in CALABARZON", after Batangas City (according to the 2012 Commission on Audit Annual Audit Report), as it registered a total income of P2,023,350,771. Calamba is also considered as one of the "Next Wave Cities" for outsourcing firms.
The major income sources comes from manufacturing and economic plants, tourism, agriculture and services. There are many manufacturing and economic plants located in upland barangays like Canlubang, Real, Lamesa, Milagrosa, Makiling, Punta, Barandal, Batino and Prinza.
|Year||Total Income (COA)||Growth %||Total Income (BLGF)||Growth %|
As of December 31, 2013, there are 83 banking offices operating in the city that offers banking services to businesses and residents according to Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation. Calamba is the top city in CALABARZON with total deposits amounting to 29,632,884 in thousand pesos from 374,122 accounts.
Industries and manufacturing
The city is a haven for industries. Considered as the heart of CALABARZON due to the number of companies housed in its area, Calamba City is one of the premiere industrial hubs outside of Metro Manila. Some of the industrial parks located in the city are:
- Allegis IT Park (Brgy. Milagrosa)
- Calamba Premiere International Park (Brgy. Batino, Barandal and Prinza)
- Canlubang Industrial Estate (Brgy. Canlubang)
- Carmelray Industrial Park I (Brgy. Canlubang)
- Carmelray Industrial Park II (Brgy. Milagrosa & Punta)
- Carmelray International Business Park (Brgy. Canlubang)
- Filinvest Technology Park (Brgy. Punta, Burol & Bubuyan)
- Light Industry and Science Park of the Philippines II (Brgy. Real & Lamesa)
- NYK-TDG IT Park (Brgy. Canlubang)
- SMPIC Special Economic Zone (Brgy. Paciano Rizal)
- YTMI Realty Special Economic Zone (Brgy. Makiling)
Food processing plants in Calamba like Zenith Foods Corp. (central commissary of Jollibee Foods Corporation), where its sauces and food products (i.e. burger, pies, fries, etc.) are first made before distributing to Jollibee outlets is currently the most advanced food processing plant in the Philippines and one of the best in Asia. Other food and beverage processing plants in Calamba are Rebisco, RC Cola, Monde-M.Y. San Corporation and Zest-O Corporation.
Some of the semiconductor companies are also located in Calamba. To name a few, they are Samsung Electronics Philippines, Continental Temic Electronics Philippines, Toshiba Storage Device Philippines Inc., ST Microelectronics (formerly Philips Electronics), Fuji Electric Philippines, NEC Tokin Electronics, NEC Toppan Circuit Solutions and Austriamicrosystems Phils.
Automobile manufacturer that have plants located in Calamba City are Asian Transmission Corporation and Suzuki Philippines Inc.
Avon, the leading global beauty company has a manufacturing plant (Avon Products Manufacturing) located at Calamba Premiere International Park.
Commerce and trade
Aside from the Crossing area in Barangay Uno, Barangays Real and Parian are also bustling with business structures, including SM City Calamba, Walter Mart Calamba and Liana's Discount Center Calamba.
Notable shopping centers in Calamba also include Walter Mart Makiling, SM Savemore Parian, Puregold Halang, Puregold Calamba Crossing and iMall Canlubang among others.
Tourism and places of interest
Here are some of Calamba City's tourist destinations:
- Rizal Shrine
- This is located at Calamba City Proper. Beside the St. John the Baptist Church, it is where José Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, lived before he was executed in Rizal Park.
- Calamba Rizal Park/The Plaza
- This public park in Barangay Real commemorates Jose Rizal. Erected on a 7 hectares (17 acres) land at Calamba City Hall Complex, the monument is 22 feet (6.7 m) tall, with the number symbolizing the 22 languages and dialects used by Rizal. It sits on top of a 15-step podium, symbolizing one decade since Rizal was born. The monument was once cited as the tallest Jose Rizal Monument in the World, until a monument of Rizal was built in Santa Cruz, Laguna for the Palarong Pambansa 2014. The monument was inaugurated by President Benigno Aquino III in preparation for the National Hero's sesquicentennial birth anniversary on June 19, 2011.
- Banga/Pot of Calamba
- Banga (also Calambanga) is a large pot that symbolizes the name of Calamba City. The name of Calamba City derived from the two words, "kalan" and "banga". The barangays in Calamba was inscripted around the pot. This pot is also known as Calambanga.
- St. John the Baptish Parish Church
- Established in 1859, the Calamba Church, also St. John the Baptish Parish Church was burned by the Japanese during World War II. It was reconstructed by Fr. Eliseo Dimaculangan. It was the christening site of José Rizal. The original baptismal font has been preserved and refurbished.
- Nuvali Republic Wakepark
The newest and most innovative wakepark in the world. Located at Nuvali, Canlubang, Calamba City.
- Wonder Island Resort
- Situated on a two-hectare island in the middle of Laguna de Bay, Wonder Island Resort is surrounded by the wide expanse of the largest freshwater lake in the country. About 50 kilometers south of Manila, the island can be reached via Calamba in Laguna, with a seven-minute ride aboard the sleek, safe and ultra-comfortable air-conditioned ferryboat.
- Hot Spring Resorts
- Most resorts in Calamba are located in Barangays Pansol, Bucal and Bagong Kalsada.
The 2013 local elections in Calamba City, held on May 13, 2013, replaced some members of the city government, including the mayor, vice mayor and other members of the city council.
Elected officials for the 2013–2016 term are:
- Mayor: Justin Marc SB Chipeco (Nacionalista)
- Vice Mayor: Roseller H. Rizal (Nacionalista)
- Association of Barangay Chairmen President: Edison Natividad (Barangay Bunggo)
- City councilors:
- Edgardo H. Catindig (Nacionalista)
- Ruth Mariano-Hernandez (Nacionalista)
- Moises E. Morales (Nacionalista)
- Peewee P. Perez (PDP-Laban)
- Lian Pecho Aldabe (Nacionalista)
- Christian Nino S. Lajara (PDP-Laban)
- Luis Vergel G. Baroro (Nacionalista)
- Maria Virginia A. Alcasid (PDP-Laban)
- Jose Morel DC Manaig (Nacionalista)
- Santiago O. Atienza (Nacionalista)
List of mayors of Calamba
The former mayors and political leaders of Calamba are:
- Mateo Elejorde (1901–1904)
- Isidoro Cailles (1904–1907)
- Ramon Santos (1907–1910)
- Rafael Pabalan (1910–1917)
- Roman D. Lazaro (1919–1922/1931-1934) (1937-1941/1945-1946)
- Felipe Belarmino (1922–1931)
- Eduardo A. Barretto (1934–1937)
- Enrique G. Shinyo (1942)
- Artemio M. Elepano (1943-1944)
- Exequiel Geneciran (1944–1945)
- Severino Q. Arambulo (1946-1947/1956-1959) (1968–1971)
- Sisenando V. Rizal Sr. (1948-1951/1952-1954)
- Pantaleon Alihan (1954–1955)
- Taciano V. Rizal (1960-1963/1964-1967) (1972–1975)
- Eduardo T. Yu Jr. (1975–1980)
- Salvador E. Delmo (1980–1986)
- Apolonio A. Elazegui (1986–1987)
- Victoriano Chipeco (1987-1988)
- Jesus Miguel Yulo (1987–1994)
- Severino J. Lajara (1994–2004)
- Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. (2004-2013)
- Justin Marc SB. Chipeco (2013 - present)
Official Seal of Calamba City
The seal of the City of Calamba has evolved and has been modified throughout the years. From being a municipality to a component city, a new seal was necessary to symbolize the new thrust of Calamba. In a city-wide seal-making contest, Reyjon de Guzman emerged as winner, for his work best symbolized the ideals, pride and achievements of the city. Each color, shape, number and object has its own meaning relative to what is Calamba in the past, present and future.
- Shield Shape – The shield shape in the center, with a slight circular bottom, flat top and curved edges at the top corners project solidity and congruence.
- Banga shaped twined with Dr. Jose Rizal’s image – The historical ambience is depicted in this twin image. The abstract represents the influence of Dr. Jose Rizal and the Banga in the history of the City of Calamba.
- Numbers – the engraved “1742” mentions the year when Calamba was founded and seceded from the town of Cabuyao, while "2001" was identified as the year of Calamba's cityhood.
- Objects – the mountain in the background and the water current at the bottom part relate to land and water resources of the city pertain to the vast natural resources of Mount Makiling and the aquatic benefits of Laguna de Bay. The water beneath Mt. Makiling shows that Calamba City touches a body of water notably Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country, and that's why Calamba City is also known as the "City by the Lake". The silhouette image of rice field on the left and the industrial buildings on the right symbolizing Calamba City's rapid modernization, urbanization, and industrialization. With both signs located beside each other, it shows everyone that nature and progress can efficiently coexist in Calamba City.
- Colors - Except for silver grey and metallic gold, all others are similar with the national seal. However, additional meanings are attached to each.
- Metallic Gold – This represents the radiating image of Dr. Jose Rizal and Banga that reflects in the minds and deeds of Calambeños.
- Red – This symbolizes the burning patriotism of residents as exemplified by Rizal.
- Blue – As land and water represent wealth and prosperity, the color blue signifies productivity and tranquility of the constituents.
- Silver Grey – This represents the transformation of development from an agricultural pueblo in the 1700s to an agro-industrial town in the 1900s and finally to an industrial city.
- White – This projects purity, transparency, efficiency and prudence pertaining to governance.
- Calamba City has a golden edge etched at the upper half with the words Lungsod ng Calamba depicting Calamba City as a Philippine component city. Laguna at the bottom part means that Calamba City is still part of Laguna province.
Tricycles, buses, jeepneys, and boats are popular modes of transportation in Calamba. There is also a PNR station in the city, namely as the Calamba railway station that will serve as a terminal for commuters going to Manila. The railway station will be re-opened to the public in 2014.
- South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) - Calamba City has five interchanges and three overpasses that cross or branch from the SLEX. Going southward from Metro Manila, the hierarchy of the said interchanges and overpasses are: Silangan Interchange or Exit 45 which takes you to Canlubang and Mapagong; Mapagong Overpass which crosses the area of SLEX close to the Calamba Tollway; Canlubang-Mayapa Interchange or Exit 47 that takes you to the National Highway in Parian and adjacent barangays Mayapa, Canlubang, and Paciano Rizal; Batino Overpass which crosses Batino; Batino Exit or Exit 49 wherein anyone can go to cities of Tagaytay and Tanauan and neighboring barangays Barandal, Batino, Prinza, Turbina, Lawa, Punta, and Bubuyan; Calamba Interchange or Exit 50 in which motorists can go to Batangas, Quezon province, Bicol region, Los Baños, Bay, San Pablo City, Santa Cruz, Pagsanjan, and Siniloan. The SLEX extension is already connected to STAR Tollway in Santo Tomas, Batangas.
- Maharlika Highway (Daang Maharlika) - accessible if entered Exit 50 or Batangas Exit of SLEX. It passes through barangays Turbina, Tulo, and Makiling in Laguna, and continues through Batangas and ends at Lipa City. Along Maharlika Highway are numerous factories, warehouses, and other industrial sites that can be found in Calamba City, Laguna, and Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
- Manila South Road (Old National Highway) - it starts from Alabang in Muntinlupa City and ends at Pagsanjan, Laguna. The construction of the SLEX loosened the traffic along the National Highway. Its jurisdiction in Calamba City starts at barangay Banlic and ends at barangay Bagong Kalsada. Recently, the National Highway underwent renovations and reconstructions to improve the driving quality. This section of Old National Highway is also part of the Maharlika Highway system (AH26).
- Chipeco Avenue and Extension - it starts at Padre Burgos Avenue in Barangay III, Calamba City and ends along the railroad tracks at barangay Real. It courses through barangays III, Lecheria, Halang, and Real, thus it crosses the National Highway. Calamba City Hall and Department of Education Building are located adjacent to Chipeco Avenue Extension.
- Calamba-Tagaytay Road - the major road going to Tagaytay City in Cavite. It starts from the Manila South Road junction in Barangay Parian going to Tagaytay. It bypasses suburban barangays in Calamba City.
- Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Road - the major road of the eastern part of the city, it starts at Crossing and ends in the town proper of Famy, Laguna. Recently there had been numerous projects on widening this mostly four-lane provincial road that connects the western and eastern parts of the province. It bypasses Calamba City, Los Baños, Bay, Calauan, Victoria, Pila, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan, Lumban, Kalayaan, Paete, Pakil, Pangil, Siniloan, and Famy.
- Mayapa-Canlubang Cadre Road - the major road to Canlubang. It starts from the junction in Manila South Road at Checkpoint, Barangay Paciano passing Barangay Mayapa going to Canlubang.
- 'Calamba-Los Baños Expressway' - a proposed expressway that will start at SLEX Extension (Calamba Exit) traverses along Laguna de Bay and ends up connecting a national road at Bay, Laguna. The construction of the four-lane 15.5-kilometre-long (9.6 mi) expressway will cost an estimated PHP5.9 billion or US$131.11 million. When constructed, it is expected to ease the traffic in the Calamba-Los Baños area, particularly along National Road.
- Laguna de Bay Flood Control Dike Expressway - also known as the C-6 Extension. A proposed expressway that will start from the coastal area of Laguna de Bay from Taguig, the province of Rizal to Calamba and Los Baños. The construction of the four-lane 43.6-kilometre-long (27.1 mi) expressway will cost an estimated PHP18.59 billion or US$413 million. When constructed, it is expected to ease traffic congestion along Muntinlupa and Calamba area. It will also serve as flood control facility in the Laguna de Bay coastal area.
There are 9 private and 1 government-run hospitals in Calamba. Some of the health centers in the city are the Calamba Medical Center, Calamba Doctors Hospital, Pamana Golden Care Hospital, St. John the Baptist Hospital, San Jose Hospital and Trauma Center, St. Marks Hospital and Medical Cente, Holy Angel General Hospital, CH Garcia Medical and Diagnostic Center, Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital, and Jose Yulo Foundation Canlubang Industrial Hospital.
Utilities and communication
Communication concerns are managed by different agencies found in the city: postal affairs rests on the Philippine Postal Corp. with three operating offices located in Barangays. Canlubang, Mayapa and the main office located at the back of City Hall. Telecommunications as well as internet connections are under the three major telecom companies such as PLDT, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular for Digitel. Aside from these, print and radio services are also present, with Calambalita and DZJV– a local radio station catering to the whole Calabarzon area.
A major part of the city is currently served by MERALCO, with two substations of the company located in Brgys Mayapa and Brgy 1 facilitate the flow of power throughout the entire city. All the 54 barangays are equipped with electricity, with only a few barangays such as part of Canlubang, Pansol, Bucal and Lecheria under NAPOCOR.
A big part of the City is served by the Calamba Water District, providing water to 23,655 households, 1,238 commercial establishments and 53 public buildings. Most of the city’s water supply comes from the faucet community water system.
Calamba has a literacy rate of 98.9%. As of 2007, there are 120 elementary schools, 51 of which are public and 69 private. There are 50 secondary schools, 16 public and 34 private. Post-secondary education include 17 universities and colleges, and 9 technical and vocational schools.
The city has four NCAA affiliate schools/branches, namely as the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines University, San Sebastian College – Recoletos and University of Perpetual Help System DALTA. Some schools located in Calamba are City College of Calamba, Calamba Institute, Laguna College of Business and Arts and Saint John Colleges.
- José Rizal, Philippine national hero, nationalist and reformist
- Paciano Rizal, military general and revolutionary, and the older brother of José Rizal
- Vicente Lim, World War II general
- Ronnie Alcano, professional pool player
- Jeric Gonzales, actor
- Thea Tolentino, actress
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