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Municipality of Mataasnakahoy
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Official seal of Mataasnakahoy
Map of Batangas with Mataasnakahoy highlighted
Map of Batangas with Mataasnakahoy highlighted
Mataasnakahoy is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°58′N 121°05′E / 13.97°N 121.08°E / 13.97; 121.08Coordinates: 13°58′N 121°05′E / 13.97°N 121.08°E / 13.97; 121.08
Country Philippines
RegionCalabarzon (Region IV-A)
District3rd District
Barangays16 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJanet M. Ilagan
 • Vice MayorJay M. Ilagan
 • CongressmanMa. Theresa V. Collantes
 • Electorate19,513 voters (2019)
 • Total22.10 km2 (8.53 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total29,187
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence3.55% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)76,230,536.53 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)43
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesTagalog

Mataasnakahoy, officially the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Mataasnakahoy), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 29,187 people.[3]

Mataasnakahoy was created through Executive Order No. 308 signed by George C. Butte, acting Governor General of the Philippines on March 27, 1931, effective January 1, 1932.[5] Although the town's name is written as one word, it comes from the Tagalog phrase mataás na kahoy, meaning "high wood".

It has 16 barangays and its total land area is 22.10 square kilometres (8.53 sq mi). It is bounded by Balete and Lipa City with Taal Lake on its western edge. The town is known for its cool climate due to its high elevation of 379 metres (1,243 ft).


Mataasnakahoy is located at 13°58′N 121°05′E / 13.97°N 121.08°E / 13.97; 121.08.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 22.10 square kilometres (8.53 sq mi)[2] constituting 0.71% of the 3,119.75-square-kilometre- (1,204.54 sq mi) total area of Batangas.


Mataasnakahoy is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
041018001 District I (Poblacion) 8.0% 2,324 2,153 1.47%
041018002 District II (Poblacion) 7.9% 2,314 2,222 0.78%
041018003 District III (Poblacion) 10.8% 3,158 3,099 0.36%
041018004 District IV (Poblacion) 5.8% 1,699 1,698 0.01%
041018006 Bayorbor 3.7% 1,076 966 2.07%
041018008 Bubuyan 4.8% 1,412 1,204 3.08%
041018009 Calingatan 10.5% 3,067 2,550 3.58%
041018010 Kinalaglagan 8.4% 2,446 2,377 0.55%
041018011 Loob 3.7% 1,093 1,007 1.57%
041018012 Lumang Lipa 7.2% 2,088 1,974 1.07%
041018013 Manggahan 2.8% 819 740 1.95%
041018014 Nangkaan 8.1% 2,374 2,217 1.31%
041018015 San Sebastian 2.8% 809 748 1.50%
041018016 Santol 6.3% 1,837 1,749 0.94%
041018017 Upa 5.8% 1,685 1,483 2.46%
041018018 Barangay II‑A (Poblacion) 3.4% 986 990 −0.08%
Total 29,187 27,177 1.37%


Population census of Mataasnakahoy
YearPop.±% p.a.
1939 4,692—    
1948 5,487+1.75%
1960 7,744+2.91%
1970 9,885+2.47%
1975 10,928+2.03%
1980 12,057+1.99%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 15,240+2.37%
1995 16,726+1.76%
2000 20,706+4.68%
2007 25,400+2.86%
2010 27,177+2.49%
2015 29,187+1.37%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Mataasnakahoy had a population of 29,187.[3] The population density was 1,300 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,400/sq mi).


Immaculate Conception Parish Church

The townsfolk are predominantly Roman Catholic, with minorities belonging to other religious groups like the Iglesia ni Cristo, United Methodist Church, Baptist denominations, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus is Lord Church and Members Church of God International.


Downtown Mataasnakahoy

Its economy is primarily agricultural with coffee, coconut and banana as the major crops. Fish culture, with milkfish and tilapia being the major culture species, is also practiced in the coastal barangays of Nangkaan, Lumang Lipa and Kinalaglagan. Piggery and poultry farms from backyard to large scale operation represent a big part of the town's economy. Supporting the town's agribusiness are two feed mills namely, MAGICORP and AICOM.

Several banks (Mataasnakahoy Rural Bank, Lipa Development Bank, Savings and Loan Association of Mataasnakahoy) serve the townspeople. Small businesses like stores and groceries abound and the town center has a flea market (talipapa or tiangge) where fresh fish, meat and vegetables are available daily and a pharmacy, Generika Drugstore. Several small garment factories partly fuel the town's business activity. Telephone service and internet access are already available.

Residential development[edit]

Residential subdivisions (Victomar, Crisanta Homes, Immaculate Conception Village, Sinforosa and Monte Vista among others) have started real estate development in the town. Gawad Kalinga (a free house and lot project for the poor sponsored by the religious organisation Couples for Christ) is also established in Barangay Bubuyan.


Municipal hall

Elected officials (2019-2022):

  • Mayor: Janet Magpantay Ilagan
  • Vice Mayor: Jay Manalo Ilagan
  • Councilors:
    • Joseph S. Calinisan, Sr.
    • Carmelita V. Acemiro
    • Herwin D. Del Mundo
    • Merlyn M. Caraan-Laqui
    • Karen Joy A. Laqui
    • Lemuel V. De Ocampo
    • Angelito L. Subol
    • Jerry M. Reyes

List of former mayors[edit]

  • Antonio Mandigma - 1932-1933
  • Candido O. Recinto - 1933-1934
  • Vicente R. Matanguihan - 1935-1939
  • Santiago P. Luna - 1939-1945
  • Jose Pepito M. Landicho - 1946-1958
  • Felino R. Templo - 1959-1962
  • Soriano L. Lubis - 1963-1979
  • Reynaldo L. Lubis - 1979-1980
  • Florencio F. Landicho - 1980-1983
  • Isagani S. Laluna - 1983-1986
  • Victorino P. Lescano - 1987-1988 (OIC)
  • Celso A. Landicho - 1986-1995
  • Loreto E. Laqui - 1995-1998
  • Arnulfo L. Rivera - 1998-2001
  • Loreto E. Laqui - 2001-2002
  • Calixto M. Luna, Jr. - 2002-2004
  • Danilo M. Sombrano - 2004-2013
  • Jay M. Ilagan - 2013–2016
  • Jay M. Ilagan - 2016
  • Gualberto R. Silva
  • Janet M. Ilagan - 2019-Present


Welcome arch

The town is easily accessible via Lipa City though passenger jeepneys plying the route from dawn (3:00 AM) till night (9:00 PM). It is also accessible via the national road through a two-kilometer concrete road along the southern boundary of Fernando Air Base. Tricycles are available for going around town and the innermost Barangays.


Several resorts operate in different barangays and the town is starting to be known for these resorts. Shercon Resort, the first one which ventured in this line of business, is located in Barangay San Sebastian. Subsequently, El Madero in Barangay II and Galilee Place (Barangay San Sebastian) and La Virginia in Barangay Manggahan started operation.

Fiesta and religious celebrations[edit]

Mataasnakahoy celebrates its town fiesta every January 3. The series of activities leading to the celebration starts several days before the actual fiesta and this would consist of sporting events, singing contests, street dancing competitions and the likes. The actual feast would be observed with food (not to mention, alcoholic drinks) in almost every household. The celebration is almost a sort of annual reunion among relatives and friends. Marching bands, usually hired or sponsored by the barangay officials, go all over the town with their music adding to the already reverberating songs and sounds from rented videoke machines of some households. The celebration is usually concluded by a variety show in the town plaza with invited performers and popular names in the show business and this would usually last till early morning of the next day.

The town also celebrates various religious feasts with mass and processions. The Holy Week (week before Easter Sunday) is observed solemnly by the townsfolks. Religious families usually sponsor a "pabasa" which relates the passion of the Christ in hymns (in agonizing and melodramatic tempo) usually with loudspeakers. Several processions are also conducted within this week. Easter Sunday concludes this celebration.

All Saint's Day (November 1) is observed by throngs of people going to cemetery to visit the burial site of the departed relatives. Flowers, candles and prayers are brought to each burial site by the living relatives who are sometimes even coming from far places.

The feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (December 8), the town's patron saint, is also a well observed celebration. There is usually a mass and a procession around town with elaborate fireworks. There will also be food in the church for the religious and the parishioners.

As is everywhere in the Philippines, the town celebrates a very long Christmas Season. This starts with the elaborate Christmas decorations being displayed as early as November 2 and lasting until early January. There will be lanterns, posters, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Christmas lights and any decor imaginable helping to boost the festive atmosphere. On Christmas Day (December 25), kids will be going around asking for their godparents' and relatives' blessings which can also be interpreted as asking for Christmas gifts.


A school building in town

The town is home to several secondary schools: La Purisima Concepcion Academy (Barangay II), Holy Trinity School of Padre Garcia, Bats.,[clarification needed] Mataasnakahoy Branch Inc. (Barangay IV), Mataasnakahoy National High School (Barangay IV), Bayorbor National High School (Bayorbor), Mataasnakahoy Senior High School (Bayorbor) and Mother Chiara Biagiotti School (Santol).

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Batangas". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Names of Three LGUs Corrected in the PSGC in the First Quarter of 2009". Press Release. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Municipal: Mataasnakahoy". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Batangas". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Mataasnakahoy, Batangas at Wikimedia Commons