Padre Garcia, Batangas
|Nickname(s): Cattle Trading Capital of the Philippines|
Location within Batangas province
|Region||Calabarzon (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||December 1, 1949|
|Barangays||18 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Michael Angelo C. Rivera (Liberal)|
|• Total||41.51 km2 (16.03 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||28,018|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)43|
|Income class||2nd class|
Padre Garcia, officially the Municipality of Padre Garcia (Filipino: Bayan ng Padre Garcia), is a municipality in the province of Batangas in the Calabarzon (Region IV-A) of the Philippines. The population was 48,302 at the 2015 census. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 28,018 registered voters.
Padre Garcia's old name is Lumang Bayan, as it is the former seat of government of the neighboring town of Rosario. The name of the town is derived from one of its most famous sons, Padre Vicente Garcia, a native of Barangay Maugat. He was one of the first defenders of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. He and Rizal were friends during the time when they were fighting for the Philippine's independence from Spain.
The town was originally part of Rosario and known as Lumang Bayan or Sambat. It became a separate municipality in 1949 through Executive Order 279 by President Elpidio Quirino, with Jose A. Pesigan and Rustico K. Recto as first elected mayor and vice mayor respectively.
In 1952, the town council founded the cattle market or bakahan. This was in direct competition to the established livestock market of neighbouring Rosario, which resulted in rivalry, intimidation, and violence at times. But the market succeeded and developed into the biggest auction market in Southern Tagalog.
Padre Garcia is located at.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 41.51 square kilometres (16.03 sq mi)  constituting 1.33% of the 3,119.75-square-kilometre- (1,204.54 sq mi) total area of Batangas.
|Population census of Padre Garcia|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Padre Garcia had a population of 48,302. The population density was 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,100/sq mi).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 28,018 registered voters.
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