Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 7th District
No. of Barangays: 32
Land Area: 6,998 has.
Population (2013 Census): 51,605
Registered Voters (COMELEC, May 2016): 31,618
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The Municipality of Alfonso is located in the high value and productive agricultural zone. The cool climate of the municipality, the favourable peace and order conditions with basic amenities present a wholesome environment that make Alfonso attractive to visitors and investors. Although it is considered as an agricultural community, its proximity to Tagaytay City, a well –known tourist destination in the country, highly influenced the development trend in the area.
For the past years, tourism related activities are taking place in the locality particularly those involved in cut flower production, which is considered not only as high earner agricultural crop but as tourist attraction as well. Tourism destination areas like golf courses, condominium cum hotel, resorts, restaurants and other tourism facilities, were constructed in the Municipality thereby paving the way to development of Alfonso as an agro-tourism area.
The history of Alfonso dates back to the 17th century was then a wilderness, a vast land area covered with thick forest. About that time, there were few pocket settlements that later composed of Sitios Mataywanak, Pajo, Pangasab and Alas-as. The place was formerly part of Lumampong, barrio of Indang and an upland part of Cavite. In time, the settlements grew to the size of barrios. Realizing the needs for accelerated development, Bonifacio Aveo and Felix Del Mundo, two community leaders spearhead a petition requesting the Governor Genereralto make four barrios into separate municipality. The petition was granted and the municipal government was placed in Barrios Alas-as, so named after the Alas-as tree. Legend has its own that the early settlers of the place lived near a rivulet along hick banks were two big sweet bearing fruit trees called Alas-as.
The original name Alas-as lasted for only seventeen years because the Spaniard officially named the town after King Alfonso XII of Spain. Thus, on May 16, 1859, Alfonso became an independent municipality, separate and distinct from Indang. As in other parts of the country, government functions were adopted from Spanish systems. The people were forced to give tributes in cash or in kind, mostly agricultural products. In time and in other abuses the settlers began to see that something was wrong with the administration turn a deaf ear. Towards the end of the 18th century, the Katipunan was organized to fight the spaniars. The organization spread to Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to rise in arms. Alfonso became one of the major center of the province in the revolutionary activities.
A few days after the Cry of Balintawak on August 26, 1896, Gen. Mariano Trias ordered the liquidation of all the Spaniards in the municipality. A bloody battle ensued. Residents were led by the provident men such as Gen. Hipolito Rint, Captain Eriberto Cetro (Kapitan Berto) and Prudencio Role (Tandang Dicio).
An upland town centrally located at the southwestern peroppheral boundery of the province and lies on the coordinates of 14 degrees05’ latitude. The boundery limits are the Municipality of Indang to the North, Batangas Province to the South, General Emilio Aguinaldo and Magallanes to the West and Mendez to the East. The Municipality has a total land area of 6,998 has. Of good arable and buildable land representing 5.43 percent of the total land area of the Province of Cavite.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Tourism, Farms and Commercial Establishments
Tourist Destinations: Luntiang Republika, Bab’s Farm, Blooms Avenue, Camp Benjamin, Tierra Montephine Resort, Purification Farm, Versano Farm, Alfonso Hotel, Villa AMC, Preziosa Botanic Farm Resort, Campo Trexo, Patcianos Resort, Bernadette’s Garden Resort, AJ Resort, Coffee Farmhouse, Ginger Bread House, Reptiland Adventure, Hacienda Solange, Pintoresco, Hillcreek Gardens, Ville Sommet, Liem & Basil Tha Restaurant, Marcia Adam’s Restaurant, Vib’s Hidden Resort, Sonya’s Garden, Philippine Cut Flower, MC Mountain Home, Royale Tagaytay, Villa Beatriz Farm Resort, Sweet Spring Country Farm
Special Events/Festivals: Sanghiyang Festival, Town Fiesta, Alfonso Day
Address: Alfonso Municipal Hall, Poblacion II, Alfonso, Cavite
Phone: (046) 522-0873
Fax: (043) 424-0662