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Batangas is a province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the CALABARZON region. Its capital is Batangas City[?] and it is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages[?] to the south is the island of Mindoro and to the west lies the South China Sea.

Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. The province has many beaches and diving spots only a few hours away from Manila. Some of the more notable ones are Anilao, Matabungkay, Punta Fuego, Calatagan and Laiya.

Batangas is also where Taal Volcano[?], one of the Decade Volcanoes[?] is located. The volcano has a water-filled crater and sits on an island in the center of Taal Lake[?], which geologists believe is an ancient caldera.

Facts and Figures
Region: CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Founded: March 10, 1917
2000 census—1,905,348 (9th largest).
Density—602 per km² (7th highest).
Area: 3,165.8 km² (41st largest)
Component Cities—3.
Congressional districts—4.
Languages: Tagalog, English
Governor[?]: Hermilando I. Mandanas (2001-2004)

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Batangas is subdivided into 31 municipalities and 3 cities.





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CALABARZON: Batangas | Cavite | Laguna | Rizal | Quezon

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