Lian, Batangas

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Matabungkay Beach
Matabungkay Beach
Official seal of Lian
Map of Batangas showing the location of Lian
Map of Batangas showing the location of Lian
Lian is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°02′N 120°39′E / 14.03°N 120.65°E / 14.03; 120.65Coordinates: 14°02′N 120°39′E / 14.03°N 120.65°E / 14.03; 120.65
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Batangas
District 1st District
Founded January 31, 1947
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Isagani Ilagan Bolompo
 • Total 76.80 km2 (29.65 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 52,660
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4216
Dialing code +63 (0)43
Income class 3rd class

Lian is a third class municipality in the Province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 52,660 people.[3]

The patron saint of Lian is John the Baptist.



Lian is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.[2]

  • Bagong Pook
  • Balibago
  • Binubusan
  • Bungahan
  • Cumba
  • Humayingan
  • Kapito
  • Lumaniag
  • Luyahan
  • Malaruhatan
  • Matabungkay
  • Barangay 1 or Bonbon (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 5 or Tabok City (Pob.)
  • Prenza
  • Puting-Kahoy
  • San Diego


The climate of Lian falls under the first type of classification, Type I, characterized by two pronounced seasons: Dry season from November to April and wet season for the rest of the year.


Population census of Lian
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 31,296 —    
1995 36,000 +2.66%
2000 39,129 +1.80%
2007 44,925 +1.92%
2010 45,943 +0.82%
2015 52,660 +2.63%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4]

The population of Lian, Batangas, in the 2015 census was 52,660 people,[3] with a density of 690 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,800 inhabitants per square mile.


Matabungkay Beach
Matabungkay Beach is in Lian with a white sand beach reasonably accessible to Manila 120 kilometres (75 mi) that was originally 'discovered' to be a great weekend or daytrip destination in the early 1950s, allegedly by sun starved German residents of Manila. In fact the German Club had a cottage there then. It was soon a popular target for holiday-lovers and permanent cottages (even deluxe beach houses) were built along the beach line (and some into the beach) in the early 1960s by rich Manila folk.

Town Fiesta[edit]

Lian's fiesta day is June 24 of every year to celebrate the birthdate of Saint John The Baptist (baptised Jesus Christ). It is being celebrated by five barangays in the Poblacion 1,2,3,4 & 5 respectively, Sitio Bag-bag also celebrate their fiesta on this day since they are much closer to town than to their respective barangays which is Kapito and Bungahan.

Note that there is also a Bag-bag river, and Sitio Bag-bag is being shared by 2 barangays. Thus, Bag-bag Kapito and Bag-bag Bungahan which is just separated by the National Highway.

Balsa Festival[edit]

Nestled in Lian, Batangas is the quaint barangay of Matabungkay known for its wide beach, clear waters, creamy sand and the "Balsa" (Bamboo Beach Raft). Every year this small town will come alive in colorful celebrations as Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel hosts the Balsa Festival.

The first ever Balsa Festival was held on 18 May 2002, aimed to help the local community by bringing back the town's popularity in the tourism map. With the continued support of the Department of Tourism, the Balsa Festival has become an annual event that gives both local and foreign tourists a reason to revisit Matabungkay and experience a different kind of festival.

The festival is filled with more activities with the likes of Balsa Race Competition, Balsa Decor and Cultural Dance Competition, a concert and dance party by the beach, prominent media personalities and foreign executives to grace the Balsa Festival.

Local government[edit]

Current Officials as of 2013 elections:[1]

  • Mayor: Isagani I. Bolompo
  • Vice-Mayor: Braulio Jonson Lagrisola
  • Councilors:3
    • Erwin Austria
    • Eliseo "Eli" Maranan
    • Carlito "Carling" Caisip
    • Exequiel "Exy" Bonuan
    • Florante "jun-jun" Lagus Jr.
    • Jaime "Jimmy" Delos Reyes
    • Tomas Delos Reyes
    • Roland Magyaya


  • Lian Institute
  • Lian National High school
  • YALE Children's School
  • Grand Prairie Learning School
  • Lian Central School
  • Saint Claire Academy
  • Malaruhatan Elementary School
  • Matabungkay Elementary School
  • San Diego Elementary School
  • Bungahan Elementary School
  • Bagong Pook Elementary School
  • Prenza Elementary School
  • Cumba Elementary School
  • Lumanyag Elementary School
  • Luyahan Elementary School
  • Balibago Elementary School
  • Matabungkay National High School
  • Kapito Elementary School
  • Binubusan Elementary School
  • Binubusan Faith School
  • Saint Anne Academy (formerly known as Binubusan Academy)
  • R. B Concepcion Montessori School.


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: BATANGAS". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region IV-A (CALABARZON)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region IV-A (CALABARZON)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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