Known as a town filled with history, Balayan in the province of Batangas, lives up to its reputation. All over town, you can find dozens of historical sites and ancestral homes, which is a sight to see.
Balayan was once the residential town of many of the Spaniards. Back then, it was already rich in commerce due to its convenient location. It fronts the bay, making it an easy access point to traders and unfortunately, conquerors as well.
Today, the town is strewn with remnants of our rich colonial history.
The Balayan Church, formally known as the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, has a familiar Spanish architecture, which stands out when you see it from the road. Built in the 1700’s, this church is the oldest in all of Batangas and one of the oldest in the Southern Tagalog Region.
Legend has it that the name Balayan was derived from the old Tagalog term, “balayang” which means “wood.” Another lore is that it came from the term “balai” which means “house.” Aside from the timeless historical sites found in Balayan, the municipality is also home to booming industrial companies that contribute to the products and raw materials enjoyed by the rest of the country.
The town boasts of its specialty, the Bagoong Balayan. This special anchovy sauce loved by most Filipinos is especially made in this municipality. Many businesses has sprouted to create unique mixtures and recipes for this sauce.
This first class municipality welcomes any visitors that come their way.