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Map of Batangas showing the location of Lemery
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|• Mayor||Charisma M. Alilio|
|• Vice mayor||Honorlito B. Solis|
|• Total||109.80 km2 (42.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
Lemery is accessible by bus from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Lipa STAR Tollway and goes directly to Lemery. Furthermore, there are also vans that travels from Manila to Lemery. You can also reach Lemery from Tagaytay via Diokno highway.
During the early part of the 18th century, adventurous settlers from Taal, northern Mindoro and southern Cavite were attracted to the vast plain near the shores of Balayan Bay because of its abundance in fish and other marine life. Salting and drying fish became their major occupation due to the great demand of salted and dried fish by people coming from the provinces of Cavite, Mindoro, Laguna and Batangas. People came in great numbers to join the settlers, and the village became populous. The place was first called “Punta”, meaning direction, because of the influx of people who went to the village. In 1818, the village of Punta was converted into one of the barrios of the Municipality of Taal.
The first priest who was assigned to the village was Fr. Geronimo. Upon the suggestion of the priest who succeeded him, the place was renamed San Geronimo in honor of this priest.
Captain Roberto Lemery, the Commanding Officer of San Geronimo outpost instructed the military and the church personnel to study the language of the native and cultivate harmony with them. When Captain Lemery died in 1856, the people of San Geronimo requested their priest to change the name of the barrio to Lemery. In 1858, the barrio of San Geronimo became officially known Lemery.
In 1862, Lemery was separated from the Municipality of Taal and became the district municipality thru the efforts of Candida Cesario Valenzuela, Manuel Cabrera, Policarpio Mariño and Domingo Agoncillo. Jose Cabrera became the First Gobernadorcillo of the newly created town. For economic considerations, Lemery was again annexed to Taal in 1904. Finally by virtue of Executive Order 1549 of the Philippine Civil Commission, it became an independent Municipality in 1907.
Lemery is politically subdivided into 46 barangays. In 1957, the sitio of Bagong Pook was separated from the barrio of Arumahan and constituted into an independent barrio, while sitio of Masalisi was separated from Payapa.
- Bagong Sikat
- Bagong Pook
- Cahilan I
- Cahilan II
- Mahabang Dahilig
- Maigsing Dahilig
- Mataas Na Bayan
- Matingain I
- Matingain II
- Nonong Casto
- Payapa Ibaba
- Payapa Ilaya
- District I (Pob.)
- District II (Pob.)
- District III (Pob.)
- District IV (Pob.)
- Sambal Ibaba
- Sambal Ilaya
- San Isidro Ibaba
- San Isidro Itaas
- Sinisian East
- Sinisian West
- Wawa Ibaba
- Wawa Ilaya
|Population census of Lemery|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Most of the people in Lemery are Tagalogs. In recent years, there's been a noticeable increase of Visayans in some barrios or barangays. The main language spoken is Tagalog, and a significant number now speaks Cebuano. A small number of families speak Spanish. Many among the educated class can speak English.
- Sigpawan Festival: Celebrated during Easter Sunday, the festival's highlight is the Fluvial procession along coastal areas of the town. The festival showcases the rich culture and natural resources of Lemery, with booths displaying a variety of the towns agricultural products, native delicacies and its famous sinaing na tulingan. Sigpaw is a small net with a handle that is used by fishermen to scoop fish and catch shrimps and small fry along the towns shorelines. Farmers also use it to pick fruits from trees.
- Fantasy World Theme Park: Although not yet fully operational and an under construction, the Fantasy World Theme Park stands at 300 hectare-land in Barangay Masayang, Lemery, along the Diokno Hi-way. Considered as one of the will-be tourist spots in the town, the theme park will surely captivate the young ones and young at heart with its towering castles with colors, resorts and condotels that will be erected inside the establishment. A locally produced film entitled “A Little Princess” and GMA 7′s “Majika” was shot inside the Theme Park. which served as one of the locations of 2006 TV show of GMA Network entitled Majika and the movie Got to Believe of the late Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto.
- Barangay Payapa hosts the Leisure Farms, the first hobby farming community and agro-tourism site in the country developed by Landco Pacific.
- Casa Corazon’s Motorcycle Museum, first in the Philippines and ‘only one in Asia’
- Mayor: Charisma M. Alilio
- Vice Mayor: Honorlito B. Solis
- Maria Simonette G. Rosales
- Christopher Jones M. Bello
- Roger C. Ricalde
- Christopher P. Alilio
- Roman M. Suayan
- Jayvee C. Bendana
- Vincent U. Vergara
- Jude V. Suayan
- St.Roch Parish
- Holy Cross Parish, Bucal-Matingain
- Our Lady of All Nations Parish, Payapa (canonically erected as a parish last May 20, 2013)
The first modernized Livestock "Oksyon" Market in the Philippines
The Department of Agriculture will upgrade and modernize livestock trading in major animal production areas to provide farmers, raisers and traders more income, and create more jobs. The upgrading of the Lemery LOM was jointly funded by the Japanese government which provided P34 M under the 2KR grant, the DA through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) sharing P3 M, and the host municipal government counterparting P3.5 M.
Lemery can be considered as the center of medical health in its area in Batangas serving patients from Lemery and nearby municipalities. Some of the health institutions are the following:
- Don Juan Mayuga Memorial Hospital (Batangas Provincial Hospital)
- Metro Lemery Medical Center
- Our Lady of Caysasay Medical Center
- Lemery Doctors Medical Center
- Little Angels Medical Hospital
- Salazar Polyclinic
- St. Martin General Hospital
Lemery boasts of a number of schools including:
- Ayao - Iyao Elementary School
- Arumahan Elementary School
- Bagong Paraiso Elementary School
- Bukal Elementary School
- Dayapan Elementary School
- Dita Elementary School
- Dona Matilde Memorial Elementary School
- Esteban E. Vito Memorial Elementary School
- Lemery Pilot Elementary School
- Mahayahay Elementary School
- Marcos Catibog Memorial Elementary School
- Masalisi Elementary School
- Mayasang Elementary School
- Niogan Elementary School
- Payapa Elementary School
- Payapa Ibaba Elementary School
- R. Venturanza Central School
- San Isidro Itaas Elementary School
- San Isidro Labac Elementary School
- Sinisian Elementary School
- Talaga Elementary School
- Tubigan Elementary School
- Tubuan Elementary School
- Vicente Ornales Memorial Elementary School
- St. Mary's Educational Institute
- Stanford School of Batangas
- Christian Knights Academy
- Philadelphia Montessorian Academy
- Glorious Faith Christian Academy
- Maranatha Shekinah Christian School
- Escuela De Shalom
- Swiss Montessori School
National high schools:
- Payapa National High School
- Gov. Feliciano Leviste Memorial National High School(Formerly Batangas West High School)
- Ananias Hernandez Memorial National High School
- Dionisio P. Vito Memorial National High School - GFLMNHS Extension
- Lemery Colleges
- Batangas State University-Lemery campus
- College of Saint Jerome Dalmacia ( formerly St. Jerome International School)
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