Income Classification: 5th Class
Congressional District: 3rd District
No. of Barangays: 13
Population (2013 Census):
Registered Voters (COMELEC, May 2016):
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The highest point of Balete is about 100-200 feet above sea level. It has a slope of about 40% - 60%. A big portion of the Taal Lake is situated within its jurisdiction. It has three tributaries namely Palsara River, Magapi River and Sampalocan River. Soil type ranges from clay loam to Lipa loam to sandy loam or Taal loam.
Balete belongs to Type IV of Climate, with two distinct seasons: wet from June to November and dry season from December to May. Temperature ranges from 70 degrees F to 90 degrees F, particularly during summer Southwest Monsoon winds (Habagat), which generally occur during the rainy season.
It is a fifth class municipality in terms of income. Major crops include rice, corn, fruits, rootcrops, coconut, coffee and black pepper, while livestock includes poultry, cattles swine, and goats. It has six (6) coastal barangays where non-commercial fishing is a popular source of livelihood. Balete is famous for its sumanhaba/sumandapa, tawilis, honeybee, buko juice, sinaingnaisda and dressmaking.
Balete is a former barrio of the City of Lipa on the stories handed down by old folks. BALETE trees were very abundant in this place during the early days when there were still few settlers therein. As time goes by, that place came to be known as “Balete”.
The first residents of Balete were Jose Magapi and his family. After the eruption of Taal Volcano in1911, the well-known real state property owner of Looc, Balete were brothers Venancio and Ricardo Macasaet. Also famous, honored and obeyed during that time was Pablo Maralit who resided in Barrio Makina.
On June 21, 1969, the Congress of the Philippines enacted Republic Act No.5659 creating Balete into a municipality with 13 barangays comprising it namely: Alangilan, Calawit, Looc, San Sebastian, Solis, Makina, Sala, Sampalocan, Magapi, Malabanan, Paligawan, Palsara&Poblacion.
Balete lies northwest of Lipa City about 15 kilometers therefrom. It is bounded on the south by the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy; on the southeast by the City of Lipa; on the west by the Taallake; on the north by the City of Tanauan; and on the east by the Municipality of Malvar. Balete is approximately 93 kilometers from the City of Manila and 44 kilometers from Batangas City.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture (Farming and Fishing), Tourism, Honey Bee Industry
Tourist Destinations: Taal Volcano Crater, Taal Lake, Honey Bee Farms, Marian Orchard, ESL Resort, Punto Miguel Lakeshore Resort, Nayomi Sanctuary Resort, Cintai Corito’s Garden
Special Events/Festivals: Town and Barangay Fiesta Celebrations
Address: Municipal Hall, Balete, Batangas
Phone: (043) 740-9638
Fax: (043) 740-9638