Income Classification: 2nd Class
Congressional District: 2nd District
No. of Barangays: 33
Land Area: 8,021 has.
Population (NSO, 2014): 246,392
Registered Voters: 137,886
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Lucena used to be a small barrio of the town of Tayabas in the 16th century and presently classified as the only Highly Urbanized City in CALABARZON, being the Capital of Province of Quezon and a home of 274,096 Loving and Friendly Lucenahin. Being the provincial capital, Lucena is host to most of the branches of governmental agencies, businesses, banks and service facilities in the Southern Tagalog region. Lucena’s road network provides access from all key cities and towns in the island of Luzon. Well-paved radial and by-pass routes criss-crossing in and out of the city facilitate the transport of unlimited assortment of merchandise, supplies, and raw materials to and from the city on a round-the-clock basis. Over the years, it was observed that a growing number of visitors from other places come to Lucena. Travelers of various types and sizes are drawn to Lucena because of modern facilities and good amenities that could be found in the City.
Lucena used to be a small barrio of the town of Tayabas in the 16th century. The Spaniards called it Buenavista because of its awe-inspiring scenic beauty. Several years later, the name was changed to Oroquieta. In the 17th century, Lucena was called Cotta because forts or cottas were built to defend the place from occasional Muslim piratical raids. Finally, on November 5, 1879, the Orden Real Superior Civil officially adopted the name “LUCENA” in honor of a friar named Fr. Mariano Granja, who was a native of Lucena in Andalucia, Spain. Fr. Granja was responsive for the development of the barrio, which became a parish 1881. Lucena became an independent municipality on June 1, 1882. On June 17, 1961, by virtue of Republic Act no. 3271, Lucena was made into a Chartered City through the efforts of the late Congressman Manuel S. Enverga. It was officially inaugurated on August 19, 1962, during the 84th anniversary of Manuel S Quezon. On July 1, 1991, Lucena became a Highly Urbanized City.
Lucena City is located on the southeastern part of Quezon Province and is approximately 137 kilometers southeast of Manila via the Maharlika Highway. Lucena is bounded on the north and northeast by the Municipality of Pagbilao; south and southeast, Tayabas Bay; southweast, Municipality of Sariaya; and northwest, Municipality of Tayabas. Lucena lies on a flat terrain with slightly rolling hills. The greatest part of the land has a slope of 0 to 3%. Slope of 10 to 20% comprise only a little portion of the land. Nine rivers and six creeks serve as the natural drainage of the City. The City is wedged between two big rivers, the Dumacaa in the east and iyam in the west. The former abounds with boulders while the latter has an abundant deposit of gravel and sand. There are few marshes along the sea cost because most of them have been converted into fishponds.
Major Income Sources: Industries/Commerce and Trade/Services
Tourist Destinations: Perez Park, Lucena Cathedral, Lucena Fish Port, Bantayog Ni Quezon, Museo De Lucena
Special Events/Festivals: Araw ng Lucena, Flores de Mayo, Pasayahan sa Lucena, Chami and Tinapa Festival, Fiesta de Luces (December/New Year’s Eve)
Address: M.L. Tagarao Street, Lucena City
Phone: (042) 373-5932
Fax: (042) 373-5931