Income Classification: 4tg Class
Congressional District: 2ndDistrict
No. of Barangays: 10
Land Area: 8,492 has.
Population (NSO Census, 2010): 32,609
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 30,411
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
In 1595, the Franciscan Missionaries under the leadership of Fr. Juan de Placencia and Fr.Diego de Oropesa, founded a visita for Morong on the present site of Bosoboso, south of Painaan with Apostol Santiago as its patron saint. It was know as Visita de Santiago or Santiago until such time that it became Baras. Baras was then inhabited by 400 Aetas and other mountain people.
There were many versions on how the town of Baras finally got its name. One version stated that the seashore of Baras was used for harboring sailboats against sea pirates and during inclement weather. It was called Barahan which mean means a place of anchorage. The Spanish conquerors shortened it to Baras. Another version stated that a Spanish priest named Fr. Francisco Barasoan, known for his kindness to the parishioners, became a byword and thus, the community was named Baras. The third version recounted that when Baras was a hinterland, there were plenty of hardwood which were made into barras or two pieces of wood between which the horse was harnessed. Barras later became Baras.
Baras is one of the smaller municipalities of the Province of Rizal. It is bounded on the north by the City of Antipolo, on the east by the Municipality of Tanay, and on the west by the Municipality of Morong. It is around 51 kilometers from the Luneta Grandstand and 21 kilometers from the Provincial Government Center. Geographically, the town is located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and its funnel-like shape dips into Laguna de Bay. The Poblacion area in the southern end of the town is where the settlements and human activities are concentrated. Residences, commercial establishments, the local government center, institutional centers and the historic church of Baras are all found here. Amidst all these, winds the Baras River. At the southernmost, Baras tip dips into the waters of grand old Laguna de Bay. Small fishing villages, marshlands, and fish pens intermingle in this area.
Major Income Sources: Farming, Fishing, Services
Tourist Destinations: Saint Joseph Parish Church, Palo Alto Resort and Fall, Masungi Rock, Punta de Fabian Resort and Restaurant, Solem Resort, Vermas Resort, D’One Resort and Restaurant, My Landia Resort and Restaurant, Tagong Paraiso Resort
Special Events/Festivals: Tromba Festival (May 1), Baras Patron Saint Town Fiesta Celebration (March 19), Baras Founding Celebration (Every last Sunday of January) , SIKARAN Festival (March 15)
Address: Municipal Hall, Brgy. Santiago, Baras, Rizal
Phone: (02) 653-3909
Fax: (02) 653-3909