Income Classification: 3rd Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 42
Land Area: 2,976 has.
Population (CBMS, 2012): 48,116
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 34,046
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The Municipality of Taal is located along the Pansipit River, the main outlet of Taal Lake to Balayan Bay. Taal Volcano is located within Taal Lake. The Municipality has a total land area of 2,976 hectares, consisting of 42 barangays spread along a mixture of hills and slopes. Barangay Butong is the only barangay located along the coast of Balayan Bay. The first census in 1903 recorded a total population of 17,525. The 2007 population is 41,352 and is growing at the rate of 2.33% annually, with 7,961 households. Taal has two seasons: dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year. The temperature does not drop below 20 degrees centigrade while the maximum temperature that reached 24.5 degrees centigrade usually occur between the month of March to July.
Terra cotta and Chinese potteries excavated from the banks of the Pansipit River indicate that the Chinese have been trading with the natives along its banks from the Yuan Dynasty until the early Ming Dynasty, from the 13th to the 15th century. It is also believed that Malay Datu Puti who led ten datus for an expedition into Panay from Borneo and Brunei in the late 13th century also established the 1st settlement along the Pansipit river leaving behind Datus Dumangsil and Balensusa in two barangays around Taal Lake. In 1571 Spanish Generals Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo, nephew of the conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi sailed up from the Pansipit river to the mouth of Taal lake, but, the natives unsure of the intentions of the Spaniards fought with bows, arrows and bolos and hit Salcedo in the thigh with a poisoned arrow. In 1572 Fray Diego Espinas, serving as both priest and Capitan, founded Taal, which was then located along the coast at Balangon. When the Moros destroyed the town in 1575, Fray Espinas transferred the population to the bank of the lake where San Nicolas now stands.
The heritage town of Taal is located in the northwestern part of the province of Batangas, about 131 kilometers distance from Manila via Tagaytay City. (Latitude 13°53’00”N and Longitude 120°56’00”E).
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Tourism
Tourist Destinations: Casa Real, Don Leon Apacible Museum, Dona Marcela Agoncillo Museum, Escuela Pia, Galleria Taal, Gen. Ananias Diokno House, Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion, Our Lady Of Caysasay Shrine, San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps, St. Martin de Tours Basilica, Villavicencio Residences, Well of Sta. Lucia, Ylagan–Dela Rosa Residence
Special Events/Festivals: El Pasubat Festival, Lua, Santacruzan, Fluvial Parade, Town Fiesta, Feast Day of St. Martin
Address: Poblacion Zone 7, Taal, Batangas
Phone: (043) 740-6183