City of Biñan
Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 1st District (Lone Congressional District)
No. of Barangays: 24
Land Area: 4,350 has.
Population (NSO, May 9, 2016): 333,958
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2016): : 174,876
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Biñan (/bɪnjaʊn/ Filipino: Binyang or Binyan, [biɲan]), officially, the City of Biñan (Filipino: Lungsod ng Binyan), There are so many sayings that the name Biñan came from the name of a big tree named Banyan or Banian (Ficus Bengalensus, Urtika Crae). It was then hard to believe because the tree was unusual to the place and lots of people do not know it. In Greece, banyan means trader or Mercader, which then changed to Biñan. In other beliefs, the name Biñan came from the word Binyagan which means baptized or baptismal place. In Spanish era, the towns was named Parochia de San Isidro de Biñan which now is the emblem of the church. is a first class component city in the Republic of the Philippines. It is located in the Province of Laguna, on the island of Luzon, about 34 kilometres (21 mi) south of Manila, accessible via the South Luzon Expressway and the National Highway. The City of Biñan comes second in Laguna coming from Metro Manila next to San Pedro City. Biñan has become both a suburban residential community of Metro Manila and a location for some of the Philippines' largest industrial estates and export processing zones. Prior to its cityhood in 2010, Biñan was the richest municipality in the Philippines with an annual gross income of ₱677 million (US$ 14.383 million) and net income of ₱250 million (US$ 5.308 million), as of 2007 by the Commission On Audit. According to the 2010census, it has a population of 283,396, making it the fourth largest in population in the province of Laguna, after Calamba City, San Pedro City, and Santa Rosa City. By virtue of Republic Act 10658, signed on March 27, 2015, by President Benigno Aquino III, Biñan will be separated from the First Congressional District of Laguna to form the Lone Congressional District of Biñan. The first representative will be elected on the 2016 elections. With its proximity to Metro Manila, Biñan is one of the most susceptible places for investments, industries, and other economic activities. The two world-class and premiere industrial parks of the Philippines are located in Biñan, The Laguna International Industrial Park (LIIP) and the Laguna Technopark Incorporated (LTI). The City is now transforming into a more competitive, progressive, and one of the major growth areas in the CALABARZON Region.
Based on old writings, Biñan was discovered by Spaniards and founded it based on their attitudes at the end of June 1571, a month after Miguel Lopez de Legaspi founded Manila. On the leadership of Juan de Salcedo, niece of Legaspi, about 45 armed Spaniards sailed and landed to the towns of Taytay and Cainta in the province of Morong (now Rizal). Using small cannons and other weapons, the Spaniards conquered the people of Morong.
From Morong, the Spaniards sailed the Laguna de Bay and one by one invaded peacefully the places in the shores of the lake. They went to Pinagsangahan (now Pagsanjan) and proceeded to Nagcarlan and Majayjay. From these three towns, the Spaniards return to the lake and landed in the biggest town they name Bahi, Bae or Bay. The town of Bahi was the first capital town until 1688.From Bahi the Spaniards again sailed going Northwest and landed in a wide town they named tabuco (now Cabuyao). After founding Cabuyao, Kapitan Salcedo and his men again sailed and was driven by strong winds to the mouth of a wide river and went between residential houses. Some of the residents on the left of the river exerted resistance and fought using bows and arrows, bolos and swords against the colonizers but late conceded by humble words by the Spaniards and with the help of Filipinos with them, since they named the place Manlalaban (now Bgy. Malaban).
Based on old sayings the Spaniards proceeded sailing the river until they reached the center of the area. With Kapitan Salcedo is Father Alonzo Alvarado. Kapitan Salcedo explained to the people that their purpose is not to conquer and invade but to spread friendship and help the people in their lives. When the people agreed, Father Alvarado planted a big wooden cross on the ground and announced the birth of a new church. He invited the people to give a bow a respect, the cross as a gesture of thanking God and knowing Jesus Christ. On the following day, Kapitan Salcedo and Father Alvarado tried to build a government which they succeeded, they put the area under control of Cabuyao which is near to Bay the capital town. Those in charges of a certain area were named cebecillas which was later called Cabezas de Barangay.
In 1769 when the capital town was Pagsanjan, Biñan was separated from Bay and was portion of Sta. Rosa. In 1771, in the time of Pablo Faustino, Biñan was separated from Sta Rosa and became a town. The church of Biñan has no immediate parochial priest and because of this the priest of Cabuyao lead the mass in Biñan Augustinian priest look control of the church of Biñan until 1637 when Dominican priest took over. In 1757, the first parochial priest of Biñan was Dr. Jose Monroy who appointed Antonio de Sta. Rosa as the first Kapitan at the same year.
Biñan covers a total area of 4,350 hectares which represents 2.5 percent of the entire Laguna area. Barangay San Francisco occupies the largest area which is about 16.83 percent of Biñan while Barangay Casile has the smallest area with only 12 hectares or 0.27 percent. The Municipality of Biñan is located in the province of Laguna in the island of Luzon about 40km south of Manila. It is bounded on the north by San Pedro on the south by Sta. Rosa on the west by Carmona Cavite, on the eastern and northern horizon lies the Laguna de Bay. The City of Biñan is located in the Philippine province of Laguna, about 34 kilometres (21 mi) south of Manila. It is bounded on the north by San Pedro City on the south by Santa Rosa City and on the west by Carmona, Cavite. On the eastern and northern horizon lies the Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country. Biñan City, shaped like the number seven (7) on the map, covers a total land area of 43.50 square km that represents 2.5 percent of the entire Laguna province. In 2008, Biñan had a total population of 269,608. It is the fourth most populated in the province, (9.8% of the provincial population) next only to Calamba City (12.66%), San Pedro City (11.42%), and Santa Rosa City (9.92%). Biñan is generally plain with 85.33 percent of its total area having a slope of zero to 2.5 percent. This covers all the 24 barangay except for small portions of Barangay Biñan and San Francisco having a slope ranging from 2.6 to 25 percent, meaning it is gently sloping to strongly sloping. With more than three-fourths of its area generally level to nearly level, this makes Biñan suitable for agricultural and urban development.
Major Income Sources: Commercial & Service Center, Industrial, Agriculture, Footwear-Making and Making of Puto Biñan
Tourist Destinations: Splash Island, Tibagan Falls and Rizal Monument Plaza
Special Events/Festivals: Puto Latik Festival, Biñan City Fiesta Celebration
Address: City Hall, Biñan City
Phone: (049) 513-5028