Santo Tomas, Batangas
Map of Batangas showing the location of Santo Tomas
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|Founded||March 7, 1666|
|• Mayor||Edna P. Sanchez|
|• Vice-Mayor||Ferdinand M. Ramos|
|• Total||95.41 km2 (36.84 sq mi)|
|Elevation||128 m (420 ft)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
Santo Tomas (shortened to Sto. Tomas) is a first class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 124,740 people. The town is a gateway to the province from Laguna.
With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is now part of Manila's conurbation which reaches Lipa City in its southernmost part. It borders the cities of Calamba City to the north, Los Baños to the north-east, Alaminos to the east, Tanauan City and Malvar to the west, and Lipa City to the south. This is also the hometown of Philippine Revolution and Philippine-American War hero Miguel Malvar.
- 1 History
- 2 Barangays
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Local government
- 7 Education
- 8 Attractions
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Sto. Tomas, one of the oldest town of Batangas, is located at the foot of the legendary and picturesque Mt.Makiling. It is sixty (60) kilometers south of Manila and known as the birthplace of Gen. Miguel Malvar, the last Filipino General to surrender to the American.
The town of Sto. Tomas was actually founded in 1666, with Captain Manuel Melo as its first head. Originally, it was composed of a large Poblacion. When the Spanish friars arrived their first and foremost objective was to construct a church near the river to satisfy their propensity for water. Thus the present site of the Roman Catholic Church was chosen, just as a stone’s throw from the San Juan River. As years went by, more and more houses were built around the church. This became the center of the Poblacion.
Other groups of houses were scattered all over the area. They were given such odd names as “Kabaong”, because the stones along the road were coffin shaped; “Putol” because the trail was cut short by the Makiling Mountain, “Aptayin”, because “apta” of fine shrimps were found in the brook, “Biga”, because biga trees abounded there, and “Camballao”, because twin rivers divided the place. These different unit groups comprised the barrios of the town.
The natives were by nature God-fearing, peaceful and obedient. The conquerors did not much have difficulty in enforcing decrees and orders. One such irrevocable decree was to change the original names of the barrios to the names of Saints in the Catholic Calendar and to place each them under its patrotonio, the former “Pook” and “Aptayin” were joined together and called San Bartolome, “Kabaong” was change to San Vicente, “Biga” to Sta. Anastacia, and “Camballao” to San Isidro Sur and Isidro Norte. The whole town was given the name of Sto. Tomas de Aquino, a high Prince of the Dominican Order to where most of the first friars belonged. As time went by more and more barrios were added to the list each with an assumed name of a saint. This unchanged set-up makes Sto. Tomas the most unusual not only in Batangas but all over the Philippines.
At present, it has thirty barrios namely: Sta. Anastacia, San Rafael, Santiago, San Antonio, San Bartolome, San Miguel, San Roque, San Pedro, San Pablo, San Felix, San Jose, San Juan, San Agustin, Sta. Ana, San Joaquin, San Fernando, Sta, Clara, San Luis, Sta. Cruz, San Isidro Sur, San Isidro Norte, San Francisco, Sta. Maria, Sta. Elena, Sta. Teresita, Poblacion I, Poblacion II, Poblacion III, and Poblacion IV.
From the year 1666, the head of the town had different titles. He was variously known as “Captain” from 1666 to 1782; “Alcalde” from 1783 to 1788; “Gobernadorcillo” from 1789 to 1821; “Presidente Local” from 1822 to 1899; “Presidente Municipal” from 1900 to 1930; and “Municipal Mayor” from 1931 to the present.
Santo Tomas is politically subdivided into 30 barangays. Most of the barangays were named after saints.
- Poblacion I
- Poblacion II
- Poblacion III
- Poblacion IV
- San Agustin
- San Antonio
- San Bartolome
- San Felix
- San Fernando
- San Francisco
- San Isidro Norte
- San Isidro Sur
- San Joaquin
- San Jose
- San Juan
- San Luis
- San Miguel
- San Pablo
- San Pedro
- San Rafael
- San Roque
- San Vicente
- Sta. Ana
- Sta. Anastacia
- Sta. Clara
- Sta. Cruz (Suloc)
- Sta. Elena
- Sta. Maria
- Sta. Teresita
|Population census of Santo Tomas|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Most of the town is residential with a lot of farmland. But there are also some developed subdivisions along the town like the San Antonio Heights in Barangay San Antonio which was developed by Avida Land, A division of Ayala Land, Portello subdivision which was developed by Camella Homes. and Terrazza de Sto. Tomas in Barangay San Roque which was developed by Ovialand. The town is also well known for an entire strip of bulalo (bone marrow soup) restaurants. Among the best known include Rose and Grace Restaurant. The town is also home to a state of the art hospital named St. Cabrini Medical Center which is located inside the town center.
The Maharlika Highway connects the municipality with Calamba, the rest of Laguna, and the highway reaches as far as Bicol Region. The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway) starts at the municipality from the north side of the expressway, and connects the municipality with Lipa and Batangas City. A connection with South Luzon Expressway has been opened, further connecting the municipality with Metro Manila. The José P. Laurel Highway connects the town with Tanauan City, Lipa, Batangas|Lipa and Batangas City.
Jeepneys connect the municipality with Calamba to the north, Tanauan to the south, and San Pablo to the east. Buses from Manila to Batangas City, Lucena, or Bicol serve the municipality. UV Express service also connect the municipality with San Pablo, Santa Rosa, Lipa, and Dasmariñas. Tricycles provide transportation within the barangays.
- Mayor: Edna Padilla Sanchez
- Vice Mayor: Armenius O. Silva
- Florence Mabilangan
- Catherine Jaurigue-Perez
- Renante "Super Talipa" Arcillas
- Leovi Villegas
- Gerry Malijan
- Boy Christopher Ramos
- Arlene Federico-Mañebo
- Peter Thomas Reyes
- ABC president: Wilfredo Maliksi
The municipality has 4 public high schools.
- San Jose National High School
- San Pedro National High School
- Santa Clara National High School
- Santa Anastacia-San Rafael National High School
There are 28 public elementary schools within the municipality.
Sto. Tomas North District
A. Zone 1
- Santo Tomas North Central School
- San Roque Elementary School
- Santa Cruz Elementary School
B. Zone 2
- San Antonio Elementary School
- Santiago Elementary School
- Santa Anastacia-San Rafael Elementary School
C. Zone 3
- Doña Tiburcia Carpio Malvar Elementary School
- San Bartolome Elementary School
- San Vicente Elementary School
Sto. Tomas South District
A. Zone 4
- Sto. Tomas South Central School (formerly San Pedro Elementary School)
- San Francisco Elementary School
- San Isidro Elementary School
- Santa Elena Elementary School
- Santa Maria Elementary School
B. Zone 5
- San Agustin Elementary School
- San Bartolome Elementary School
- San Felix Elementary School
- San Jose Elementary School
- San Juan Elementary School
- San Pablo Elementary School
- Santa Ana Elementary School
C. Zone 6
- San Fernando Elementary School
- San Joaquin Elementary School
- San Luis Elementary School
- Santa Clara Elementary Schooll
- Santa Teresita Elementary School
- Almond Academy Foundation Inc.
- AMS Learning School
- Blue Isle Integrated School
- Clareville School
- Elyon Academia Foundation, Inc.
- Greenville Academy of Sta. Clara
- His Care Learning Center of Sta. Maria
- Hope Christian Academy of Sto. Tomas
- Kids for Jesus Academy Inc.
- Maranatha Christian Academy of Sto. Tomas
- Maranatha Christian Academy of Blue Isle
- Mother Barbara Micarelli School
- Pedagogia Children's School (Santo Tomas)
- San Bartolome Adventist Elementary School
- St. Thomas Academy
- St. Thomas Montessori Learning Center
- The Golden Child Literacy Place
||This article is written like a travel guide rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (May 2016)|
The World Famous Sto.Tomas Bulalo
The landmarks of Santo Tomas are:
- National Shrine of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
- Miguel Malvar Shrine
- Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Church of Santo Tomas, Batangas.
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Province: BATANGAS". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "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.
- Sto. Tomas, Batangas Wordpress
- First Philippine Industrial Park
- San Antonio Heights
-  Batangas Province Masterlist of in Government Secondary Schools, Retrieved August 03, 2012
-  Batangas Province Masterlist of in Government Elementary Schools, Retrieved August 03, 2012
-  Batangas Province Masterlist of Private Elementary Schools, Retrieved August 03, 2012
-  Batangas Province Masterlist of Secondary Schools, Retrieved August 03, 2012
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Santo Tomas, Batangas.|
- Sto. Tomas Batangas Official Website
- Batangasnow.com Homepage
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
- Sto. Tomas, Batangas Wordpress
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