The province of Batangas in Southern Luzon will be celebrating its 434th foundation anniversary this coming Tuesday, December 8. It is referred to as “Ala Eh! Festival,” which was derived from the common expression attributed to Batangueños wherever they are.

The day has been declared a special non-working holiday through President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 1173, which he signed last December 1. Read the full text of Proclamation 1173 in this link.

According to the provincial government’s website, this year’s celebration has the theme “Daluyan ng kaunlaran, yaman ng batangan.” The week-long festivities began last December 1 and is being hosted by the municipality of Santo Tomas, Batangas under the leadership of Mayor Edna Sanchez.

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December 8 2015 is a holiday in Batangas (Credits:

This year’s activities are the following:

December 1 – Fun run, Eucharistic Celebration; Opening of Trade Fair and Agri Fair; Photo Contest and Exhibit, and Debusyong Batangas; Lantern Parade and Pailaw; Street party and music festival

December 2 – Drum and lyre competition

December 3 – LGU Night

December 4 – TM Astig Bingo

December 5 – Mutya ng Batangas Grand Coronation Night

December 6 – Downhill Competition

December 7 – VSR Grand Finals

December 8 – Eucharistic celebration, festival dance competition, and awarding and closing ceremonies

The Filipino Scribe has previously noted that the Spaniards under the command of generals Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo first reached Batangas in 1570. According to one account, the colonizers crossed the coast of Batangas on their way to Manila. On their journey, they discovered a Malay settlement at the mouth of Pansipit River.




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