The municipality of Balayan is located at the heart of Western Batangas. Its neighboring towns are Tuy on the north, Calaca on the east, Lian and Calatagan on the west, and the Balayan Bay on the south. Situated near the coast, Balayan was already the center of commerce and trade even before the Spaniards came.
The coastal town officially became a municipality during the Spanish era in 1578, covering the present-day Tuy, Calaca, Lian, Calatagan, and Nasugbu. The township was spearheaded by two friars, Fr. Esteban Ortiz and Fr. Juan de Porras; consequently, it became the springboard of Christianity in Southern Tagalog.
In 1581, it became a province which then included some of the current Southern Luzon provinces like Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro, Camarines, and some parts of Laguna. At present, Balayan is considered a first-class municipality in the province of Batangas with agriculture as the main source of income. Sugarcane is the major product, followed by corn and coconuts.
As a coastal town, it developed a bay walk park for locals and visitors to enjoy the view of the Balayan Bay. Other attractions are ancestral houses and other historical sites such as the Chruch of the Immaculate Conception, one of the oldest churches not only in Batangas but also in the Southern Tagalog region. Following traditions, Balayan celebrates “Parada ng Lechon” every 24th of June and the Feast of Immaculate Conception every 8th of December.
While exploring the historical town of Balayan, try the different Batangas dishes and specialties such as the Sinigang na Tulingan and Tapa. The town is also known for its Bagoong Balayan. Here’s a list of some of the food establishments in town.
Note: The list is chiefly for directory and reference purposes only. Please give us a heads up for other restaurants that we missed or those that have just opened for business.
Chez Deo Ristorante Italiano
Ovan’s Food Zone