|Municipality of Mabini|
|Nickname(s): Diving Capital of the Philippines|
Map of Batangas with Mabini highlighted
|Region||Calabarzon (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||January 1, 1918|
|Barangays||34 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Bitrics Luistro|
|• Vice Mayor||Jun Villanueva|
|• Electorate||28,259 voters (2016)|
|• Total||44.47 km2 (17.17 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)43|
|Climate type||Tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||151,175,607.87 (2016)|
Mabini, officially the Municipality of Mabini, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Mabini), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 46,211 people.
Legend states that the first Malay settlers to inhabit the vast fertile land bordering the two bodies of water now known as the Batangas Bay and the Balayan Bay, first found anchor along the shores of the land protruding down Southwest ward known geographically as the Calumpan Peninsula.
These Malay settlers found the land fertile and agriculturally appropriate and the sea rich in marine resources. They established their settlement in this once vast unknown land. As more Malay settlers arrived from distant lands, more settlements were founded until even the upland regions of the peninsula were settled. The inhabitants had their own form of village government. They were ruled by a headman, a datu, or a sultan, in case of big encampments. Malay civilization began to take roots. Rapid increase of population brought about the settlements of all the neighboring regions, that it did not take long before several nearby regions were inhabited later on to comprise the whole province of Kumintang, better known later as Batangas.
During the Spanish colonial rule, the Calumpan Peninsula was made a part of the pueblo of Bauan, in the province of Kumintang. The same peninsula territory of Bauan was subdivided into barrios: Mainaga, Pulong-Niogan, Pulong-Balibaguhan, Anilao, Solo, Pulong-Anahao, Bagalangit, Nag-Iba, Malimatoc, Saguing and Talaga. For more than three hundred years, while the Archipelago was under Spanish domination, the peninsula remained a part of the “pueblo” of Bauan even until the early part of the American occupation. The people of this peninsula, like other people of other regions, suffered untold hardships under the Spanish rule. The yoke of the Spanish tyranny was thrown off after the gallant uprising of 1896. The revolution emancipated the people from the tyrants of Spain. Foremost of the heroic young men was Don Francisco Castillo, known as Apian Kiko, who led the fight for freedom in this peninsula.
After efforts had been exerted by the proponents of establishing a new municipality independent of the town of Bauan, eleven (11) barrios of the Calumpan Peninsula and the whole of the Maricaban Island was declared an independent municipality, with the name Mabini, derived from the Philippine hero Apolinario Mabini. The new-born municipality of Mabini was inaugurated on January 1, 1918, with Captain Francisco Castillo, known as the founder of the town, as the first appointive Municipal President.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 44.47 square kilometres (17.17 sq mi)  constituting 1.43% of the 3,119.75-square-kilometre (1,204.54 sq mi) total area of Batangas.
Mabini is politically subdivided into 34 barangays. Barangay San Juan was formerly the sitios of Nag-ilong and Lugay in the barrio of Mainaga, constituted into a separate and independent barangay through Republic Act No. 212, approved June 1, 1948.
|Population census of Mabini|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Mabini had a population of 46,211. The population density was 1,000 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,600/sq mi).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 28,259 registered voters.
Jeepneys and tricycles are the main means of transportation around the town. Currently, there are two piers that serve the area: Anilao Pier and Talaga Pier, mainly catering for motor bancas going to and from the nearby island-town of Tingloy.
- Mabini General Hospital
- Zigzag Hospital
- Mabini College of Batangas
- Anselmo A. Sandoval Memorial National High School
- Mabini College of Batangas
- Saint Francis Academy
- Apolinario National High School
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- Anilao – popular with budget divers and snorkelers. There are several diving centers where trips can be arranged to diving spots in Balayan Bay near Cape Bagalangit and near Sombrero and Maricaban Islands. Snorkeling is available off Maricaban's Cemetery Beach, Red Palm Beach, and around Sepok Point. Although the beach at Anilao is not recommended for swimming, thatched bamboo rafts can be rented with tables and benches at the Anilao Beach Resort and other resorts.
- Mainaga – the business area of Mabini. During the Spanish time, it was called may narra" which was changed to Mainaga. It is home to companies like Suntrak Corp., CKU Steel Corp., PNOC, and Petron, with some shops like Chechu Mart, PRAB Foodhaus, and Mainaga Multipurpose Cooperative Mart, catering grocery items.
- Mount Gulugod-Baboy – "Gulugod-Baboy" is the general term that describes the hills traversing Calumpang Peninsula. It has three peaks: Gulugod Baboy, Pinagbanderahan, and Tore, accessible through several passages: Anilao, Panay, Bagalangit, Ligaya, Laurel and Malimatoc I. It is 525 metres (1,722 ft) above sea level. At its peak, one can see, from east to west: Janao Bay, Maricaban Strait which bears Sombrero and Maricaban Islands, a distant, faint blue Mindoro, Verde Island (SW) and Batangas Bay. The city and port of Batangas is visible on the west, following a farther Mount Daguldul. To the north is Mount Maculot, and even Mount Batulao and the Tagaytay highlands. It is popular among hikers during the Holy Week.
Welcome arch from Bauan
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