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Lungsod ng Lucena
|— Highly Urbanized City —|
|City of Lucena|
|• English||City of Lucena|
|• Filipino||Lungsod ng Lucena|
|• Spanish||Ciudad de Lucena|
Cocopalm City of the South
The Gateway to the South
Entertainment Capital of Southern Luzon
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|Districts||2nd District of Quezon|
|Incorporated||June 1, 1882 (Town)|
|Incorporated||August 20, 1961 (City)|
|Incorporated||July 1, 1991 (Highly Urbanized City)|
|• Mayor-Elect||Roderick A. Alcala (LP)|
|• Vice-Mayor-Elect||Philip M. Castillo (LP)|
|• Total||80.21 km2 (30.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||15.2 m (49.9 ft)|
|• Density||3,100/km2 ( 8,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income Class||1st Class|
|Classification||Highly Urbanized City|
Lucena was originally a barrio of Tayabas town, then the capital of the Province of Tayabas which was explored by Captain Juan de Salcedo in 1571 and 1572. Tayabas was organized by the Spaniards through the Franciscan missionaries.
One of the former names of Lucena was "Cotta" meaning a strong fort, because forts or cottas were built to defend it from Muslim piratical raids. Spanish records mention the existence of cottas (Tagalog: kuta) along the coast of Lucena, particularly in Cotta itself and in the Barrio of Mayao, though these structures are no longer extant. Finally, on November 5, 1878, pursuant to an Orden Real Superior Civil, the community was named "Lucena." It became an independent municipality on June 1, 1879. The growth of local maritime trade facilitated in the Cotta port and the final defeat of Moro pirates plying the Luzon and Visayan waters, afforded the growth of Lucena as a town which eventually led to its being the capital of Tayabas province.
Popular knowledge attribute the origin of the name "Lucena" to the town of Lucena, Andalucia where the late Reverend Mariano Granja, the Franciscan pioneer parish priest was said to have earlier served (some even say that he was from this town). The city was originally known as Eliossana, from the Hebrew אלי הושענא Elí hosanna, "God may save us". Muslims called it اليشانة Al-Yussana. But according to the monumental work (Catalogo Biografico de los Religiosos Franciscanos de la Provincia de San Gregorio Magno de Filipinas) of a fellow Franciscan, Eusebio Gomez Platero, Fr. Granja was born in Paredes de Nava, diocese of Palencia, distant from Andalucia. Records also show that he had no previous post as priest of Lucena, Andalucia.
During the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the captain municipal of Lucena, Jose Zaballero, led the local revolutionaries. The local revolutionary government was organized by Manuel Argüelles, with José Barcelona as president. After the declaration of Philippine Independence, Gen. Malvar took over Tayabas Province on August 15, 1898. Don Crisanto Marquez was elected municipal president during the first elections.
Lucena was the site of bloody struggles at the outbreak of the Philippine–American War in 1899. Upon the establishment of a civil government in the Province of Tayabas by the Americans on March 12, 1901, Lucena was made capital of the province after a bitter debate between Tayabas-born and Lucena-based officials. The decision to make Lucena as capital was primarily based on its strategic location. Unlike the former capital town (Tayabas), Lucena has direct access to the sea.
During World War II, Lucena was not spared at the hands of the Japanese who occupied the city on December 27, 1941. Fortunately however, the city was not devastated by the war. The Hunter ROTC guerrillas succeeded in driving out the Japanese on January 25, 1945 and consequently, Quezon province was liberated by joint Filipino and American troops on April 4, 1945.
On June 17, 1961 by virtue of Republic Act No. 3271, sponsored by Cong. Manuel S. Enverga and Cong. Pascual Espinosa, Lucena became a chartered city. The City of Lucena was inaugurated on August 20, 1962 after the occasion of the 84th birth anniversary of the late Pres. Manuel L. Quezon during August 19.
The city proper is wedged between two rivers, Dumacaa River on the east and Iyam River on the west. Seven other rivers and six creeks serve as natural drainage for the city. Its port on the coast along Tayabas Bay is home to several boat and ferry lines operating and serving the sea lanes between Lucena and the different points in the region and as far as the Visayas.
There exists a Lucena Airport, but no commercial flights come to the city. Light aircraft can, however, make use of the facilities.
Being the provincial capital, Lucena is host to most of the branches of governmental agencies, businesses, banks and service facilities in the Southern Tagalog region.
|Population census of Lucena|
|Source: National Statistics Office |
- Barangay 1 (Pob.)
- Barangay 2 (Pob.)
- Barangay 3 (Pob.)
- Barangay 4 (Pob.)
- Barangay 5 (Pob.)
- Barangay 6 (Pob.)
- Barangay 7 (Pob.)
- Barangay 8 (Pob.)
- Barangay 9 (Pob.)
- Barangay 10 (Pob.)
- Barangay 11 (Pob.)
- Gulang-Gulang (Pob.)
- Dalahican (Pob.)
- Ibabang Dupay (Pob.)
- Ibabang Iyam (Pob.)
- Ibabang Talim
- Ilayang Dupay
- Ilayang Iyam
- Ilayang Talim
- Market View (Pob.)
- Mayao Castillo
- Mayao Crossing
- Mayao Kanluran
- Mayao Parada
- Mayao Silangan
Although Lucena is a highly urbanized city, its charter permits its citizens to vote for provincial elective officials (provincial governor, vice governor, and board).
Elected City Officials for 2013-2016 
|Mayor||Hon. Roderick "Dondon" A. Alcala||Liberal Party|
|Vice Mayor||Hon. Philip "Philip" M. Castillo||Liberal Party|
|Councilors||Hon. Anacleto "Third" A. Alcala III||Liberal Party|
|Hon. Rhaetia Marie "Sunshine" C. Abcede-Llaga||Liberal Party|
|Hon. Danilo B. Faller||United Nationalist Alliance|
|Hon. William M. Noche||United Nationalist Alliance|
|Hon. Danilo "Dan" R. Zaballero||Liberal Party|
|Hon. Americo Q. Lacerna||Nationalist People's Coalition|
|Hon. Benito "Benny" J. Brizuela||Liberal Party|
|Hon. Victor "Vic" U. Paulo||Liberal Party|
|Hon. Felix F. Avillo||Nationalist People's Coalition|
|Hon. Rey Oliver "Boyet" S. Alejandrino||Liberal Party|
|ABC President||Hon. Mario T. Paris|
|SK President||Hon. Mikell Angelo S. Portes|
|Climate data for Lucena|
|Average high °C (°F)||28
|Average low °C (°F)||22
|Rainfall mm (inches)||105
|Source: World Weather Online|
Economic activities 
Economic activities in Lucena are heavily concentrated in the poblacion and other sub-urban barangays where the highly dense and constricted central business district (CBD) is home to a large cluster of different business enterprises. As population grows in tandem with new and promising business prospects, business activities spill over adjoining barangays, thus forming mini satellite commercial areas.
Other commercial strips are located at 10 suburban barangays where both retail and wholesale trade, including other essential services, are being engaged in. Big commercial depots and warehouses in these suburban barangays do business in sales, distribution, and transport of assorted business products in bulk.
Of the total 8,316.90 hectare land area of Lucena City, 19 percent or 1,651.77 hectares cover the existing built up area. Almost 3% of this or 46.62 hectares cover the industrial section, located in different barangays of the city. These areas are home to significant industrial and manufacturing activities.
Industry in Lucena produces a sustainable amount of agro-industrial based products, dried and smoked fish, distilled liquors, bamboo and rattan furniture, ornamental flowers/plants, vegetable as well as meat products.
Lucena is also known as the "Cocopalm City of the South". Nestled amidst a wide expanse of coconut lands, Lucena has coconut oil mills which produce oil-based household products like cooking oil, soap, lard, margarine, and oil based medicines.The well known JnJ Oil, Exora cooking oil and Vegetable lard, Miyami Cooking Oil are proudly made in this city. Car assembly/manufacturing plants have also established in the city turning out quality vehicles and accessories while Manila-based car shops are starting to put up some branches.
Road network provides access from all key cities and towns in the island of Luzon to this highly urbanized capital. Well-paved radial and by-pass routes criss-crossing in and out of the city facilitate the transport of unlimited assortment of merchandise, supplies, and raw materials to and from the city on a round-the-clock basis.
Over the years, it was observed that a growing number of visitors from other places come to Lucena. Travelers of various types and sizes are drawn to Lucena because of modern facilities and good amenities that could be found in the city such as Quezon Convention Center, Kalilayan Civic Centre, Sentro Pastoral Auditorium, Alcala Sports Complex a two time host of a Palarong Pambansa, Manuel S. Enverga Gymnasium, and Sacred Heart College Gym and Marcial Punzalan Gymnasium.
Lucena Port (TMO Lucena) 
Lucena City is known as the gateway and melting pot city of Southern Luzon. It is considered one of the most important commercial and trading centers of Southern Tagalog. The sprawling trade and commercial district of Lucena are nested among a wide expanse of coconut trees, riceland and moderately rolling hills of gross and shrinks for pleasure. It has a rich fishing ground which supplies fish and other seafoods. Lucena Development Project is a PPA project designed to keep up the port facilities and level of services in Southern Tagalog region specifically the area defined by the Calabarzon province within which substantial to industrial growth is envisioned.
Port of Lucena is about 140 kilometres (87 mi) southeast of Manila located on coordinates of 13,54'13" north latitude and 121,37'36" east longitude. The port complex is built along the fishing village of Barangay Talao-Talao, a kilometer away to the east of Dalahican Fishing Port. The total port area of TMO Lucena is 5,174.75 square metres (55,700.5 sq ft). Operational area of 576.00 square meters and commercial area of 4,598.75 square meters as delineated under Executive order No. 199 dated September 20, 1994 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos.
The port is accessible via the paved provincial road connecting the Dalahican Road and a rough causeway leading to the port. It is 27 nautical miles to Dalahican, and 57 nautical miles to Batangas City and sea distance to Manila is 150 nautical miles.
Anchor of middle of eastern side of Magdumug Island is 20.1 metres (66 ft) depth, or proceed close to Slavari Island. Anchorage at 12.8 metres (42 ft) mud bottom southwest of Pig Point.
Passenger ferry services include Montenegro Shipping Lines, Phil Nippon Kyoei, and Blue Water Jet
Places of Interest 
Churches, Monasteries, and Seminary 
- Saint Ferdinand Catherdral
- Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish Church
- Our Lady of Carmelite Monastery
- Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church
- Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish Church
- St. Alphonsus Seminary
Historical Landmarks 
- Camp Guillermo Nakar
- Lucena City Hall (Main)
- President Manuel L. Quezon Monument (Perez Park)
- Quezon Provincial Capitol
Natural Attractions 
- Botanical Garden
- Country Flowers
- Perez Park
Beaches, Hotels and Resorts 
- Diamond Resort and Hotel
- Fresh Air Hotel
- Queen Margarette Hotel
- Quezon Premier Hotel
- Sevilla's Farm Resort
- Sulo Riviera Hotel
- Talao-Talao Beach
Shopping Malls 
- SM City Lucena
- Metro Gaisano Lucena
- Pacific Mall Lucena
Sports and Recreation 
- Alcala Sports Complex
- Bulwagang Kalilayan Civic Centre
- Edificio De San Fernando
- Lucena Holistic Fitness Gym
- Lucena City Tennis Court
- Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Gymnasium
- Marcial Punzalan Gymnasium
- Quezon Convention Center
- Sacred Heart College Gymnasium
- Sentro Pastoral Auditorium
- Team Badminton Lucena
- Yoga Learning Center
Pasayahan sa Lucena 
Pasayahan sa Lucena was conceptualized to showcase the natural and ecological interrelationship and independence between nature and man. It also promotes the ways of life inherent among the people of Lucena. All these find exquisites and appreciative expressions through a mammoth gathering of colors, outlandish costumes and symbolic floats reminiscent of Mardi Gras in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.
The festivity is a collaboration of the local government and private sector to boost tourism. It started in May 28, 1987 when two great men of this city, Officer-in-Charge City Mayor Euclides Abcede, and former Bureau of Internal Revenue local office Chief Aguinaldo Abcede, breathed the yearly festival. Its primary objective then was to reform the connotation that the area is infested with members of the New People's Army (NPA). Since then, it has not only become a project but a tradition.
Originally intended as three days of spirited merrymaking in the streets, the event has become a weeklong tourist attraction, culminating on May 30 in time for the celebration of the Feast of St. Ferdinand, the patron saint of Lucena. Lucenahins and even those from neighboring towns enjoy the festive moment of mardi gras. The main street of Lucena, Quezon Avenue is closed on these dates and Lucenahins, even those from neighboring towns flock together for the “tiangge” which can be found in the entire stretch of the main street. Live performances of local and famous bands come together at night and who says beer floods in October? Men and women enjoy not just beer but mostly food in every minor street you’ll see. Fashion keeps its spirit alive as the Quezon Designers’ Assiociation of the Philippines (QDAP) partake in its yearly showcase of their best of the best collection for the “Flores De Mayo,” participated by prominent actors and actresses of the country.
Another feast highlighting the entire celebration is the Chami Festival that would feature Lucena's very own pansit delicacy. It is a contest of cooking the mos delicious chami and the Chami Eating Contest at Quezon Avenue, the city's busiest street.
The most awaited time happens on May 28, the last day of the festival. Floats of participating companies and organizations start to build up in Pacific Mall Lucena and parade from this point to SM City Lucena (endpoint). Each float features a variety of the culture in Quezon province. Prominent is the production of coconut and other local materials but most particularly one can’t miss to notice their creativity. Not only this, an annual competition of floats makes this festival a sure-fire for all the participants. Cash prizes are given away.
Year after year the Pasayan draws a sea of frolicking humanity. More than the glitz and glamour of the Pasayahan in Lucena is the true essence of culture, camaraderie and harmony in the locality.
Chami Festival 
Lucena is known for the best taste of chami (a special noodle dish made of locally produced noodle, cooked like pancit with meats, vegetables and other spices), that's why the Pasayahan Executive Committee included a festivity that would feature Lucena's very own pansit delicacy and also in honor in one of the most popular food to lucenians appetite through the Chami Festival, resulting for it to be an official part of the entire festivities and now considered as one of the highlights of the annual Pasayahan.
Chami Festival was first introduced in the Pasayahan on May 25, 2004 as it is expected to merit the attention of the Guinness Book of Records to feature the city as the home of the longest cooking of chami. As good as advertised, hundreds of people gather in the town proper and almost 10 blocks of the street were closed to which tables and tables of chami were served and aligned in the street for eating and for the competition.
The traditional Chami Fest has a contest of who can cook the most delicious chami. The contestants line up along Quezon Aveue, the city’s main road, armed with their cooking utensils and will be provided free chami noodles, meat and other condiments for the cooking fest. All participants were also given cash incentive, gift packs from various sponsors.
After the cooking, the spectators were given a chance to eat for free the different taste of chami. They wanted that through this chami cooking festival this city will become a destination of our local and foreign tourists every merry month of May.
Years passed by, the festival organizers included the "Chami Eating Contest" by teams. The most important mechanic is eat all the chami on the table to win the cool prize cash. There are few mechanics in the competition such as no chami should be spilled, team cannot distribute or give the chami to a non-member. After a few minutes of eating, drinking and resting finally the first group who finished and emptied the table will be the winner.
Lucena City has a central transportation hub aptly called the Lucena Grand Central Terminal located in Barangay Ilayang Dupay, just midway through the Bicol Region and back. New and modern buses ply the route Buendia/LRT-Lucena, EDSA Pasay-Lucena, Cubao/Kamias-Lucena and Alabang/Starmall-Lucena. It serves not only Manila -bound buses but also buses going toward the upland and far-flung areas of Quezon province, particularly Bondoc Peninsula towns. Bus companies such as JAC Liner, Lucena Lines, JAM Liner, DLTBCo, A&B, BALGCO, Raymond Transportation, Superlines, ALPS, Philtranco, Penafrancia, Isarog, Cagsawa, and Dela Rosa Bus Lines bring back and forth passengers to Manila and Lucena.
Lucena also has a wide network of jeepney routes, all emanating from the city proper (Bayan) and reaching out to the major barangays of the city, as well as nearby towns. Thousand of tricycles also roam the streets of the city, bringing passengers right at their point of destination. These tricycles usually are the mode of transport when night falls.
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is on the process of rehabilitating the Existing Manila-Bicol and Baguio-Bicol Railway Line, which includes stops in Quezon province, including PNR Lucena station, which traditionally then is a major loading & pick-up point for passengers and cargoes alike when the railway system was once the primary transportation mode going to Manila. Modern air-conditioned coaches will ply this route.
Education facilities 
In 2006, the city had a literacy rate of 98.6 percent. It has numerous number of tertiary and secondary schools, including public and private.
The tertiary education system in Lucena provides instruction and training in fields of study, both for baccalaureate degrees and vocational courses. Institutions offering degree programs including liberal arts, arts and sciences, engineering, and information technology are the Alpha Centauri Educational System, Inc., ABE International College of Business and Economics along Quezon Avenue, Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc.(CEFI), City College of Lucena along the Maharlika Highway, Columbus College-Lucena, Catholic institutions of Sacred Heart College, being the oldest Catholic school in Lucena, on Merchan Street,Maryhill College (formerly Maryknoll Academy), which is found at the heart of the city (next to St. Ferdinand Cathedral), Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation, Southern Luzon State University - Lucena Dual Training and Livelihood Center at the City Hall Annex with soon-to-open SLSU College of Medicine to be built at the Quezon Medical Center Compound, the Baptist Voice Bible College on Edano Street, Quezon Center for Research & Studies - Institute of Management (QCRS-IM).
The Inter-Global Maritime College in Barangay Bocohan provides programs in the maritime sciences. St. Anne College of the Pacific (formerly St. Anne College Lucena, Inc.) in Barangay Gulang-gulang is known for its BSHRM course, St. Augustine School of Nursing at Carlos City Center, AMA School of Nursing in front of Quezon Medical Center offers degrees in the allied medical sciences. The AMA Computer College-Lucena on M.L. Tagarao Street in Iyam, Informatics Lucena - Granja Street, Metro Data Computer Learning Center, Datamex Computer Studies -Enriquez Street, United Computer Educational Institute - Quezon Avenue, and STI College at the corner of Enriquez and Profugo Streets, Infra Comm Asia at Ocean Palace Mall are institutions for higher education that provide computer-related courses.
Aside from tertiary schools, the city also has an expanse footprint on the pre-school, primary and secondary levels of education, both in public and private schools. There are numerous day-care centers found all over the city.
- Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (MSEUF)
- Southern Luzon State University (SLSU)
- Calayan Education Foundation Inc. (CEFI)
- Maryhill College (MC) (formerly Maryknoll Academy)
- Sacred Heart College (SHC)
- St. Anne College of the Pacific (formerly St. Anne College, Lucena Inc.)
- International School for Better Beginnings (ISBB)
- STI, Lucena
- Alpha Centauri Educational System, Inc. (ACES)
- ABE International Business College, Lucena
- City College of Lucena (CCL)
- AMA Computer College, Lucena
- DATAMEX, Lucena
- Columbus College
- Informatics Computer Institute, Lucena
- Inter-Global College Foundation
- St. Augustine, Lucena
- Holy Rosary Catholic School (HRCS)
- Infant Jesus Montessori Center Phils. (Lucena City Branch)(IJMCP)
- Twin Hearts International School of Lucena City, Inc. (THIS)
- Lucena City National High School (LCNHS)
- Philippine Tong Ho Institute (PTHI)
- Quezon National High School (QNHS)
- Saint Philomena School (SPS)
- College of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (CSBC)
- Information to All Business Technology Institute Incorporated (InfoTAB)
Phone Services 
Lucena City is served by landline and mobile phone companies like the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Digitel Telecommunications (PLDT-Digitel). Major mobile phone providers in the area include Globe, Smart, and Sun Cellular.
Television Networks 
- ABS-CBN Lucena (Channel 24)
- AksyonTV (Channel 20)
- CBS 8 (Channel 8)
- GMA Lucena (Channel 12)
- GMA News TV Lucena (Channel 26)
- TV Natin
- RAMS-CTS 22 (Rural Airwaves Media Services - Countryside Television System)
- SMNI Lucena (Channel 28)
- STAR-SAIS (Souther Tagalog Regional Television) (Channel 6)
- Studio 23
- TV5 (Channel 13)
- TV12 Bagong Lucena (Channel 12)
Radio Stations 
FM Radio 
- 90.3 Magik FM
- 91.1 Campus Radio-Lucena FM
- 92.7 Bay Radio FM
- 93.5 Power FM
- 95.1 Kiss FM
- 96.7 Sigaw FM
- 97.5 Big Sound FM-Lucena
- 98.3 One FM
- 100.7 Love Radio FM
- 103.5 Hot FM
- 103.9 Spirit FM
- 105.3 Radio City Lucena FM
AM Radio 
- 972 DWTI 972 AM
- 1017 Radyo ng Bayan Lucena AM
- 1053 DZEL 1260 Radyo Agila Lucena AM
- 1188 DZLT 1188 AM
- 1512 DZAT 1512 kHz AM
Local Newspapers 
- Hataw Tabloid (D'yaryo ng Bayan)
- Monday Times
- People's Journal
- Pilipino Star
Lucena has private and public hospitals that are capable of providing most common and advanced medical services, as well as in handling medical emergencies. Both types of institutions are considered to provide the same standard of healthcare and services, differing mainly with the medical and diagnostic facilities at hand.
These are staffed with qualified medical practitioners that are well-versed in English. The doctors are graduates of the many top reputable medical schools in the Philippines; most have pursued further studies and training in the United States. Likewise, the nurses are the products of the many credible nursing schools in the country. These same institutions have produced the many Filipino nurses working in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and other parts of the world.
- Lucena United Memorial District Hospital, 178 Merchan Street
- Lucena MMG General Hospital, Maharlika Highway, Ibabang Dupay
- Mt. Carmel Diocesan General Hospital, Allarey Extension
- Lucena United Doctors Hospital, Barangay Isabang
- St. Anne General Hospital, 51 Gomez Street
- Quezon Medical Center (Quezon Memorial Hospital), QMC Compound, Quezon Avenue
- St. Mary's Hospital, Quezon Avenue
- Quezon MMG Medical Plaza, Quezon Avenue
Sister Cities 
Notable People from Lucena City 
- Proceso Alcala: Graduate of Luzonian University Foundation (now MSEUF), 12th Secretary of the Department of Agriculture
- Jessie Dellosa: Graduate of Quezon National High School, 43rd AFP Chief of Staff
- Manuel S. Enverga: Founder of the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (MSEUF)
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