Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 3rd District
No. of Barangays: 30
Land Area: 9,336.76 has.
Population (2015 proj.): 162,117
Registered Voters (COMELEC, CY 2016): 85,480
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Santo Tomas, a First Class Municipality and one of the oldest town of Batangas, is located at the foot of the legendary and picturesque Mt. Makiling. It is 60 kilometers south of Manila and known as the birthplace of Gen. Miguel Malvar, the last Filipino General to surrender to the American. The municipality is classified as an agro industrial town with the First Philippine Industrial Park(FPIP) and the Light Industrial Science Park (LISP) situated at the urban area. This is also known as the progressive gateway to the province of Batangas
The town of Santo Tomas was actually founded in 1666 with Captain Manuel Melo as its first head. Originally, it was composed of large Poblacion. When the Spanish friars arrived their first and foremost objective was to construct a church near the river to satisfy their propensity for water. Thus the present site of the Roman Catholic church was chosen, just as a stone's throw from the San Juan River. As years went by, more and more houses were built around the church. This became the center of the Poblacion.
Other groups of houses were scattered all over the area. They were given such odd names as “Kabaong”, because the stones along the road were coffin shaped; “Putol” because the trail was cut short by the Makiling mountain, “Aptayin”, because “apta” fine shrimps were found in the brook, “Biga”, because biga trees abounded there, and “Camballao”, because twin rivers divided the place. These different unit groups comprised the barrios of the town.
The natives were by nature God-bearing, peaceful and obedient. The conquerors did not much difficulty in enforcing decrees and orders. One such irrevocable decree wa to change the original names of the barrios to the names of Saints in the Catholic Calendar and to place each them under its patrotonio, the former “Pook” and “Aptayin” were joined together and called San Bartolome, “Kabaong” was change to San Vicente, “Biga” to Santa Anastacia, and “Camballao” to San Isidro Sur and San Isidro Norte. The whole town was given the name of Sto. Tomas de Aquino, a high Prince of the Dominican Order to where most of the first friars belonged. As time went by more and more barrios were added to the list each with an assumed named of the saint. This unchanged set-up makes Santo Tomas the most unique not only in Batangas but all over the Philippines.
At present, it has thirty barangays namely: Santa Anastacia, San Rafael, Santiago, San Antonio, San Bartolome, San Miguel, San Roque, San Pedro, San Pablo, San Felix, San Jose, San Juan, San Agustin, Santa Ana, San Joaquin, Sn Fernando, Santa Clara, San Luis, Santa Cruz, San Isidro Sur, San Isidro Norte, San Francisco, Santa Maria, Santa Elena, Santa Teresita, Poblacion 1, Poblacion 11, Poblacion 111 and Poblacion IV.
From the year 1666, the head of the town had different titles. He was variously known as “Captain” from 1666 to 1782; “Alcalde” from 1783 to 1788; “Gobernadorcillo” from 1789 to 1821; “Presidente Local' from 1822 to 1899; “Presidente Municipal” from 1900 to 1930; and “Municipal Mayor” from 1931 to present.
The Municipality of Santo Tomas is situated on the northeastern portion of the Province of Batangas and along the Batangas-Laguna boundary. It is bounded by the municipalities of Malvar, Batangas; Los Banos, Bay and Alaminos, Laguna; and by the cities of Tanauan and Lipa, Batangas; and Calamba City. Santo Tomas is located 60 kilometers south of Metro Manila, part of CALABARZON, and is included in the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway. The municipality is within the geographical extents of 121 degrees 07 centigrade to 121 degrees 15 centigrade longitude and 13 degrees 58 centigrade to 14 degrees 10 centigrade latitude with a total land area of these barangays comprising the municipality.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture and Industry
Tourist Destinations: Santo Tomas has natural attractions including Mt. Makiling, Mt. Malepunyo and San Juan river, which are great sites for hiking trails, camping grounds and picnic area. Most of tourism establishments are resorts and cottages that are for recreation such as Our Lady of the Valley Pavillion and Swimming Pool, Berooming Woodland and Resort, Eco Farm, Casa Miguel, Plumeria Resort and Kanluran Garden Resort. The Malvar's Park and Town Plaza also serve as tourist spots. With easy access from major tourism getaways and markets and varied forms of accomodations, the municipality is in the best position to develop tourism as meas of diversifying local economy and enhancing protection of local environment. Likewise, the Padre Pio Shrine located at Barangay San Pedro was recently declared as one of the National Shrine in the Philippines.
Special Events/Festivals: Mahaguyog Festival, Santo Tomas Fiesta Celebration
Address: Municipal Hall, Poblacion 1, Santo Tomas, Batangas
Phone: (043) 784-8022 to 24
Fax: (043) 784-8022