Topics: Christmas, Batangas, Philippines Pages: 5 (1077 words) Published: June 21, 2013
Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

Mataasnakahoy is a 4th class municipality in the Province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has 25,400 people in 3,918 households. Mataasnakahoy was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 308 signed by George Butte, acting Governor General of the Philippines on March 27, 1931, effective January 1, 1932. It has 16 barangays (smallest political unit)and its total land area is 2,376 hectares. It is bounded by Balete and Lipa City with Taal Lake limiting its western side (Lat 13.9603; Long 121.1158). The name Mataasnakahoy literally means "tall tree". The town is known for its cool climate due to its high elevation 379 metres (1,243 ft). -------------------------------------------------

Mataasnakahoy is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.
* Barangay I (Bontog)
* Barangay II (Parang)
* Barangay II-A (Poblacion)
* Barangay III (Longos)
* Barangay IV
* Bayorbor
* Bubuyan
* Calingatan
* Kinalaglagan
* Loob
* Lumang Lipa
* Manggahan
* Nangkaan
* San Sebastian
* Santol
* Upa
Its economy is primarily agricultural with coffee, coconut and banana as the major crops. Fish culture, with milkfish and tilapia being the major culture species, is also practiced in the coastal barangays of Nangkaan, Lumang Lipa and Kinalaglagan. Piggery and poultryfarms from backyard to large scale operation represent a big part of the town's economy. Supporting the town's agribusiness are two feed mills namely, MAGICORP and AICOM. Several banks (Mataasnakahoy Rural Bank, Lipa Development Bank, Savings and Loan Association of Mataasnakahoy) serve the townspeople. Small businesses like stores and groceries abound and the town center has a flea market (talipapa or tiangges) where fresh fish,meat and vegetables are available daily. Several small garment factories partly fuel the town's business activity. Telephone service and internet access are already available. Residential development

Residential subdivisions (Victomar, Crisanta Homes, Immaculate Conception Village, Sinforosa and Monte Vista among others) have started real estate development in the town. Gawad Kalinga (a free house and lot project for the poor sponsored by the religious organization Couples for Christ) is also established in Barangay Bubuyan. -------------------------------------------------

Several resorts are in operation in different barangays and the town is starting to be known for these resorts. Shercon Resort, the first one which ventured in this line of business, is located in Barangay San Sebastian. Subsequently, El Madero in Barangay II and Galilee Place (Barangay San Sebastian) started operation. Very recently, La Virginia in Barangay Manggahan was also inaugurated and opened. As of this writing, another resort is being developed in the vicinity of the boundary between Barangay IV and Calingatan. -------------------------------------------------

Local government
Mayor - Danny Mendoza Sombrano
Vice Mayor - Roy L. Landicho
* Ferdinand L. Dimaano
* Chester V. Vergara
* Carmelita V. Acerimo
* Romulo D. Lubis
* Rolando L. Obtial
* Daryn P. Ilagan
* Enrique L. Magpantay
* Benigno G. Tibayan
* Moises Lubi - LMB President
* Kristine Grace Ilagan - SK President
The town is easily accessible via Lipa City though passenger jeepneys plying the route from dawn (4:00 AM) till night (9:00 PM). It is also accessible via the national road through a two-kilometer concrete road along the southern boundary of Fernando Air Base. Tricycles are available for going around town and the innermost barangays. -------------------------------------------------

The town is home to several secondary schools...
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