|Municipality of Mabitac|
Hilltop view of Mabitac
Map of Laguna with Mabitac highlighted
|Region||Calabarzon (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||January 6, 1616|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Ronald Ilano Sana|
|• Electorate||13,312 voters (2016)|
|• Total||80.76 km2 (31.18 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 (660/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)49|
|Climate type||Tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||5th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||64,214,663.12 (2016)|
Mabitac, officially the Municipality of Mabitac, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Mabitac), is a 5th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 20,530 people.
Mabitac was an excellent hunting ground for wild game three centuries ago. Native hunters used numerous cave-ins or trap-ins called "bitag" in the local dialect. Hence, the place was referred to as "Mabitag" meaning "a place with many traps".
Mabitac is situated on the eastern side of the province of Laguna, 88 kilometres (55 mi) from Manila using Rizal Province on a winding road, or 123 kilometres (76 mi) via the South Luzon Express, Calamba and Santa Cruz, Laguna.
The first Spaniards who came to this place were the friars who established the first Spanish settlement in the area and began to Christianize the local population. The Spaniards, having difficulty in pronouncing the "G" consonant, called this place "Mabitac" whenever they mentioned this place. Eventually, the name found its way in the official records and maps of Laguna made by Spanish cartographers and mariners who chartered the coastal areas of Laguna de Bay.
This town was formerly a barrio of Siniloan, an immediate neighboring town. It became an independent municipality only in the year 1611, not by legislation, but by mutual agreement by and between the Spanish friars of both towns who were then the influential ruling class.
World War II
In 1942, Japanese soldiers entered and occupied Mabitac. In 1945, the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops of the 4th, 42nd and 43rd Infantry Division and 4th Constabulary Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary together with the recognized guerrillas defeated the Japanese Imperial forces during the Second Battle of Mabitac.
|Population census of Mabitac|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, the population of Mabitac was 20,530 people, with a density of 250 inhabitants per square kilometre or 650 inhabitants per square mile.
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