Rosario, Batangas

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Bayan ng Rosario, Lalawigan ng Batangas
Downtown Rosario, Batangas
Downtown Rosario, Batangas
Official seal of Rosario
Nickname(s): The Agro-Industrial Capital of Southern Tagalog; Rice Granary of Batangas
Map of Batangas showing the location of Rosario
Map of Batangas showing the location of Rosario
Rosario is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°51′N 121°12′E / 13.850°N 121.200°E / 13.850; 121.200Coordinates: 13°51′N 121°12′E / 13.850°N 121.200°E / 13.850; 121.200
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Batangas
District 4th District
Founded 1687
Foundation Day June 9
Feast October 7
Barangays 48
 • Mayor Manuel B. Alvarez (UNA)
 • Vice Mayor Leovigildo K. Morpe ([Liberal Party (Philippines)
 • Total 226.88 km2 (87.60 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 105,561
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4225
Dialing code 43
Income class 1st class

Rosario is a first class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 105,561 people.[3]

Rosario is also considered as among the interior municipalities of the Batangas Bay Region comprising eleven municipalities and two cities whose catchment areas drain into the Batangas Bay. The town is also dubbed as "The Rice Granary of Batangas".[4]


Accounts show that the origin of Rosario was a Christian settlement along the coast of Lobo. The settlement became prey to the pirate raids during the Moro wars of the 18th century.

The Moro or pirate raids forced the inhabitants of the settlement to the safety of the ravine and forest on the north-west bank of Kansahayan River (now the Municipality of Taysan). Here the settlement was relocated. However, at the height of the Moro Wars in the second half of the 18th century, the Moro vicious Moro raids did reach Kansahayan. In one of their forays the Parish Priest is said to be among those slain.

The inhabitants decided to leave Kansahayan. They headed farther north holding a novena and praying the rosary in the process of their flight. On the 9th night of the novena, the fleeing inhabitants reached the river bank of Tubig ng Bayan (a river originating from Lipa) in now the town of Padre Garcia. Here they finally settled. Living in peace and prosperity, the grateful town’s people erected a stone church south of the river bank in honor of their benefactress, the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. The town was named Sto. Rosario.

Sto. Rosario was razed to the ground during the Filpino-American War. In the early American Military occupation of Sto. Rosario, a cavalry officer, Captain Ed H. Boughton, came upon the big spring at the foot of Tombol Hill. He decides to relocate the town west of the spring where the poblacion proper of Rosario is now.

Official record show that on June 9, 1902, a council of prominent citizens of the town met under a mango tree beside Tombol Spring. On the spot they formerly organized the municipal government of Rosario. The following distinguish gentlemen assumed the first key positions of the town government, to wit:

Don Geronimo Carandang (Presidente), Don Diego Rosales (Bise Presidente), Don Luis Greñas (Secretario), Don Leon Magtibay (Tesorero),

A wealthy landowner, Don Antonio Luansing donated foe the town’s public buildings and plaza.

Local historians were not unanimous as the exact date of the founding of this town. Certainly it was among those organized by the ecclesiastical authorities after the creation of Batangas as a province in 1581. It is generally believed to have come to the existence in 1687 while still located along the coast of Lobo during the term of Don Nicolas Morales as gobernadorcillo. Originally, Rosario comprised the whole parts of the municipalities of Lobo, Taysan, Ibaan, San Juan de Bolbok and the entire municipality of Padre Garcia.

The old settlement in Kansayahan now bears the name of Pinagbayanan, a thriving marketing post in the municipality of Taysan. The old town site of Sto. Rosario had been named Lumang Bayan before it was renamed Padre Garcia when the latter was created and carved out Rosario in 1950 as a separate municipality.[5]


Rosario is politically subdivided into 48 barangays.[2] Malaya was formerly known as Munting Tubig.[6]

  • Alupay
  • Antipolo
  • Bagong Pook
  • Balibago
  • Bayawang
  • Baybayin
  • Bulihan
  • Cahigam
  • Calantas
  • Colongan
  • Itlugan
  • Lumbangan
  • Maalas-As
  • Mabato
  • Mabunga
  • Macalamcam A
  • Macalamcam B
  • Malaya
  • Maligaya
  • Marilag
  • Masaya
  • Matamis (Malinao)
  • Mavalor
  • Mayuro
  • Namuco
  • Namunga
  • Natu
  • Nasi
  • Palakpak
  • Pinagsibaan
  • Barangay A (Pob.)
  • Barangay B (Pob.)
  • Barangay C (Pob.)
  • Barangay D (Pob.)
  • Barangay E (Pob.)
  • Putingkahoy
  • Quilib
  • Salao
  • San Carlos
  • San Ignacio
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Roque
  • Santa Cruz
  • Timbugan
  • Tiquiwan
  • Leviste (Tubahan)
  • Tulos


For purposes of community organization and effective delivery of social development projects, the Office for Sustainable Development under supervision of the Office of the Municipal Mayor in 1995, conveniently divided the 48 barangays into 8 barangay clusters with 6 member barangays each.[7]

Cluster Barangays
South East I Antipolo, Calantas, Leviste, Matamis, Palakpak, Tulos
North East II Macalamcam B, Nasi, Pinagsibaan, Putingkahoy, Salao, San Isidro
East III Bayawang, Bulihan, Cahigam, Lumbangan, Mabunga, Mayuro
East IV Alupay, Balibago, Mabato, Macalamcam A, Maligaya, Natu
Central V Bagong Pook, Baybayin, Mavalor, San Carlos, San Jose, Tiquiwan
West Central VI Poblacion D, Poblacion E, Itlugan, Maalas-as, Namuco, Namunga
East Central VII Poblacion A, Poblacion B, Poblacion C, Quilib, San Roque, Sta. Cruz
West VIII Colongan, Malaya, Marilag, Masaya, San Ignacio, Timbugan

This system was patterned after the resolutions traditionally passed by the Sangguniang Bayan as part of its organizational plan following the general elections when new members are elected into office for a new term.

Consequently, the barangay cluster arrangement was adopted and served as the framework for land use development strategies enunciated under the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Rosario, Batangas for Planning Period 2000-2010 (CLUP).[8]


Population census of Rosario
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 66,923 —    
1995 74,976 +2.15%
2000 86,110 +3.01%
2007 95,785 +1.48%
2010 105,561 +3.60%
2015 116,764 +1.94%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

World Outlook in Local Action[edit]

In compliance with the principles of 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Government of Rosario, Batangas formulated the Aksyon ng Bayan Rosario 2001 And Beyond Human and Ecological Security Plan[9] by virtue of Executive Order No. 98-02 dated October 5, 1998 by then Mayor Rodolfo Guerra Villar.

The plan pursued a sustainable development approach to poverty reduction efforts balanced with concerns for ecological security. This required an active collaboration among the municipal and barangay government units, non-governmental and people's organizations, and the local community.

Local government[edit]

Rosario Town Hall

The current set of municipal officials were elected during the 2010 General Elections and re-elected in 2013; their term is set to expire in 2016.[1]

  • Municipal Mayor: Manuel B. Alvarez
  • Vice-Mayor: Leovigildo K. Morpe
  • Sangguniang Bayan Members:
    • Angelito M. Gulfo
    • Anatacio G. Zara
    • Angel B. Alvarez, Sr.
    • Christopher A. Conti
    • Arnold T. Austria
    • Ferdinand De Veyra
    • Marilou Villapando
    • Aldwin G. Garcia

Immediate Past Municipal Officials[edit]

The immediate past municipal officials were elected during the 2004 General Elections and their term expired 2007. The mayor was Felipe Marquez who was reelected for his second term during the 2007 General Elections as chief executive of Rosario. The vice mayor is Danilo Alday. Sangguniang Bayan is composed of Angelica Rosales, Leonardo Anyayahan, Sonia Ebite, Adrian Montalbo, Kennedy Laroza, Pedro Andan and Johnny Minas. Sangguniang Kabataan Municipal Federation President is Grace Villar of Brgy. Quilib.

Mayor Felipe Africa Marquez expired October 8, 2011, while in office, due to various complications in his health at Mediatrix Hospital Lipa City, Batangas.

Barangay Officials[edit]

Barangay Punong Barangay SK Chairman
Poblacion A Emilio Aranda Albert G. Marasigan
Poblacion B Arthur John T. Macatangay Brian Benedict R. Untalan
Poblacion C Ranilo T. Serrano John Joseph E. Reyes
Poblacion D Romulo Q. Perea Maria Gracia M. Ebite
Poblacion E Angelito L. Coz Brent David P. Austria
Alupay Danilo Pasigan Mark Julius A. Aguila
Antipolo Rudy M. Endencio Gae Marie G. Gutierrez
Bagong Pook Alfonso S. Magtibay, Sr. Lester S. Marasigan
Balibago Gaudioso F. Alday Melvin Joseph H. Ilagan
Bayawang Norberto A. Manalo Adelle M. Bereña
Baybayin Cesar B. Agbay Marlon S. Barbosa
Bulihan Fidel Ramos Czarine Fatima M. Marmol
Cahigam Dante A. Alday Leo Joseph B. Balila
Calantas Leovino M. Dagli Andrew M. Aliwalas
Colongan Prudencio R. Barbosa June Myka C. Rizo
Itlugan saly De Mesa Grew Andrew B. De Mesa
Lumbangan Isagani C. Laroza Jette Kay P. Recheta
Maalas-As Enrico M. Siantiqua Frederick R. Guno, Jr.
Mabato Federico Z. Dimaandal Michelle Ann M. Mercado
Mabunga Vener S. de Torres Aemard DG. de Torres
Macalamcam A Ronaldo M. Ramos Mycah Marisse B. Montuano
Macalamcam B Raymundo G. Hernandez Mark L. Lalog
Malaya Domingo B. Roallos Psalm David O. Abarintos
Maligaya Atong Aclan Romel R. Joco
Marilag Jojo Fortus Sherwin R. Magsombol
Masaya Edwin J. Hernadez Adriane U. Mojado
Matamis (Malinao) Virgilio A. Dapoc Oliver D. Abaday
Mavalor Maximo S. Alagar Mary Jane C. Wagan
Mayuro Marciano S. Aquino Julie Anne M. Veyra
Namuco Rudy Pisigan Kenneth John L. Comia
Namunga Nonito Arias Jeanna Marie A. Pamplona
Natu Martin C. de Castro Lovely Lucille A. Maniebo
Nasi Emerson G. Tapay Realyn C. Pangilinan
Palakpak Roberto T. Lacerna Joseph Kevin D. Gutierrez
Pinagsibaan Angel B. Alvarez, Sr.1 Mark Kalvin M. Nucup
Putingkahoy Vicente S. Matibag Ladiely E. Tarcelo
Salao Luzviminda P. Austria Erica R. Cornella
San Carlos Darius M. Aguado Catherine Jane C. Torres
San Ignacio Rufina L. Olchondra Christopher D. Valencia2
San Isidro Rolly C. Leynes May M. Balmes
San Jose Benito L. Ilagan Angelica D. Boongaling
San Roque Vee Jay A. Andal
Santa Cruz Jaime C. Ramos Renier C. Escamillas
Timbugan Donjun B. Alcaraz Realyn A. Esguerra
Tiquiwan Reynaldo B. Braza Denmark DC. Garcia
Tubahan Crispo A. Custodio Ivy Veronica B. Zara
Tulos Andong Mendoza Julius B. Carpela

1 - Association of Barangay Captains President
2 - Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President

Notable people[edit]


Rosario, Batangas skyline with the downtown on the foreground and rice fields (where Rosario is known for) and mountains on the background.
Skyline from Tombol Hill


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  2. ^ a b "Province: BATANGAS". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Environmental Management Atlas". Batangas Coastalink. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  5. ^ "History of the Municipality of Rosario". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  6. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of the Barrio of Munting Tubig in the Municipality of Rosario, Province of Batangas, to Malaya". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  7. ^ Villar, Rodolfo G.; Quizon, Manuel Luis; Barbosa-Bianzon, Francia (1996). Minimum Basic Needs Baseline Survey Consolidated Report. Municipality of Rosario, Batangas, Philippines. 
  8. ^ Municipal Land Use Committee; Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (June 2000). Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Rosario, Batangas for Planning Period: 2000-2010. Municipality of Rosario, Batangas, Philippines.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  9. ^ "Aksyon ng Bayan Rosario 2001 AB Program". Barriotikman Community Worker. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 

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