Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 40
Land Area: 11,270.94 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 70,521
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 44,883
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Agriculture top the list of major source of income in Calaca, Batangas. At present the presence of major industries and numerous huge plantations surrounding the shore of Calaca is one of the largest contributors in the booming economy of this first class municipality thereby making the municipality to be well known as the “Haven for Agricultural and Industrial Modernization in Western Batangas”.
There are two versions of story that led to the name of the town. The first version was about the story of a datu named Datu Dumangsil who escaped from Borneo and reached the southern portion of Luzon and resided at the mouth of Pansipit River. The datu and his troops stayed in the area where Taal is now located. The "Lakan" or "Laka" or tribe settled in this area. Tribesmen would go to the area to hunt. Every time they see fellow tribesmen, they always exchanged greetings such as "Kalaka" and "Katribu", meaning fellow tribesmen. The greetings to each other remained and eventually became the official name of Calaca.
The second version was that of the Spaniards who passed by a group of native people who were building a Nipa hut. The Spaniards asked for the name of the area to the natives. Because the natives cannot understand the Spaniards, the natives assumed that the Spaniards asked about what there were doing. So they answered, "Kalaka", because they were installing the roof made out of "kalaka". Laka is a bamboo splitted into two. The halves laid upside down cover the edges of the halves, which lay under the inner parts, which face each other.
Rufino Punungbayan, Cayetano Buhay, Januario Punungbayan, Valentin Capacia, Juan Sanggalang and Diego Inumerable pioneered the establishment of the Town. Don Rufino Punungbayan was the first Gobernadorcillo of the Municipality during the year 1835-1836.
The Municipality of Calaca, Batangas is located at 13° 56` latitude and 120° 49` longitude at the southwestern mouth of Luzon Island along the western part of Batangas Province. It is situated East of the Municipalities of Balayan, Tuy and Nasugbu, west of the Municipalities of Lemery and Laurel and North of Balayan Bay. It lies within the southwest slopes of the Talisay. Calaca is a coastal town, being bounded by Balayan Bay on the South. It is a plain near the shore, gently rolling in the middle and going steep o the northern-most part adjacent to Gulod ng Batulao.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Industrial and Fishery
Tourist Destinations: Calaca Church, Shrine of Gen. Eleuterio Marasigan, Ancestral House of Col. Timoteo Marella, other antiquated buildings of Spanish architectural designs.
Special Events/Festivals: Calacatchara Festival, Carera de Paso, Pabasa, Santa Krusan and Flores de Mayo
Address: New Municipal Hall, Calaca, Batangas
Phone: (043) 424-0627
Fax: (043) 424-0662