|Places to See|
- The city’s present Cathedral of St. Sebastian replaced the former church built on Taal Lake and destroyed by the volcano’s eruption in 1754. It was started in 1779 by Fr. Ignacio Pallares, continued by Fr. Manuel Galiana in 1787, its spacious transept completed in 1865 by Fr. Manuel Diez Gonzalez, and completed from 1865 to 1894 by the Augustinian Fr. Benito Vargas. After heavy World War II damage in 1944, it was rebuilt by Msgr. Alejandro Olalla and Fr. Vergara, adding two side aisles, and completed on December 14, 1957. It is now the seat of the Diocese of Lipa, created by Pope Pius X on April 10, 1910.
- The Bautista Luz Ancestral House is an old stone house built in 1881 and renovated in 1917.
- Jose Rizal once slept at the Brigido Morada House.
- Dimayuga Ancestral House
- The Casa de Segunda Katigbak House, at 198 Calle Rizal, was built in 1880 and was the house of Rizal’s first love. It was declared by the National Historical Commission as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists, poets and persons of learning and distinction.
- The Carmelite Convent and Church is consecrated to the Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace. She is said to have appeared to a young novice, Sister Teresita Castillo from August 18 to November 12, 1948. The apparitions were followed by a shower of rose petals (which when examined by experts, were found to be of a kind cultivated in Russia), miraculous cures and other inexplicable events.
- Fernando Air Base has a memorial park, golf course and an aircraft museum with World War II-vintage aircraft.
- Tagbakin Beach, in Brgy. Halang, is located along Taal Lake’s eastern shore. It is believed to be the site of a 13th century settlement of one of the Bornean datus.
- Bulalakaw Beach (Brgy. Bulaklakan, Taal Lake)
- Halang Beach (Brgy. Halang, Taal Lake)
- Latag Beach (Brgy. Halang, Taal Lake)
- The 1,004-m. high Mt. Malarayat, also called Mt. Malepungo, has a rainforest.
- Bulalakaw Falls, in Brgy. Bulaklakan, consists of three small falls enclosed in a canyon, the highest about 10 ft. with water coming out of a small cave mouth.
- The T.M. Kalaw Museum is the home of the former Secretary of the Interior (1920-1922) and National Library Director. It houses historical relics, a fine collection of ecclesiastical wood carvings, antique furniture and a pre-Hispanic boat-shaped child’s coffin.
- The 200-hectare Mt. Malarayat Golf & Country Club, a private proprietary club in Brgy. Dagatan, has a 27-hole, flood-free (18-hole, 6,284-yard, par 72 Mt. Lubo and nine-hole, 3,168-yard par 36 Mt. Makulot) golf course designed by J. Michael Poellet Golf Design Group.
- Lipa was founded on April 30, 1605
- It was formally organized as a town in 1702.
- Four previous sites of the city were destroyed during Taal Volcano’s eruptions and it was transferred to its present site in 1754 after the waters of Taal Lake rose after a volcanic eruption.
- The coffee (barako) industry in Lipa was started around 1814, producing abundant harvests for 70 years until the bayombong worm caused its ruin.
- The town was bestowed the title “Villa de Lipa” by Queen Regent, Cristina II of Spain on October 21, 1887.
- Lipa was made into a chartered city on June 20, 1947 by virtue of Republic Act No. 162.
Lipa City is the birthplace of:
- Teodoro M. Kalaw (March 31, 1884-December 4, 1940) - former Secretary of the Interior (1920-22) and National Library Director
- Maximo M. Kalaw (May 10, 1891-March 23, 1955) - politician, scholar and writer
- Bienvenido Lumbera (April 11, 1933) - Ramon Magsaysay awardee in Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts (1993)
- Valerio Malabanan (July 8, 1820-March 22, 1885) - Dominican priest, historian and mathematician
- Fidel A. Reyes (May 3, 1878-September 10, 1967) - journalist, nationalist and Philippine Assembly representative
- Gregorio Y. Zara (March 12, 1902-October 15, 1978) - engineer, inventor and National Scientist (1978).
Lipa City is market center, regional center for the apparel manufacturing industry and major poultry supplier to Manila and is surrounded by citrus, coffee and coconut plantations. Cottage industries here are based on wood and bamboo and include the making of kaings, fruit and vegetable containers made of woven bamboo strips.
|Location and Topography|
Lipa City, situated on a rolling plateau between Mt. Makulot and Mt. Malarayat, 1 km. east of Lake Taal, is bounded on the northeast by Sto. Tomas, on the northwest by Balete and Malvar, on the southeast by Padre Garcia and Rosario, on the southwest by Ibaan and San Jose, on the west by Cuenca, Mataas na Kahoy and Taal Lake, and on the east by San Pablo City (Laguna) and San Antonio (Quezon).
- Area (sq. kms.): 209.4
- Population (2011): 287,170
- No. of Barangays: 72 (13 urban)
- Income Class: First
- District: Fourth
- Zip Code: 4217
- Area Code: 043
|Where to Dine|
- Chowking - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Chowking - B. Morada Ave.
- Dunkin’ Donuts - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Goldilocks - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Greenwich - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Jollibee - Diversion Road
- Jollibee - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Kenny Rogers Roasters - Diversion Road
- MacDonald’s - C.M. Recto Ave..
- MacDonald’s - B. Morada Ave.
- Max’s - Diversion Road
- Red Ribbon - Diversion Road.
|Where to Stay|
- Anfa Royal Hotel
- Club Victoria - Gemma St., Phase III, Base View Homes, Brgy. Banaybanay (tel: 404-2582-84)
- CSI Events Center
- D' Family Crowd Hotel, along Gen. Luna St., Sabang, has 11 single/double rooms, main dining hall and 70-pax conference room. Tel: 56-1241 & 56-1213.
- Hotel Cara
- Hotel Gregorio
- Hotel La Corona de Lipa, an economy-class hotel at Km. 84, Pres. J.P. Laurel Highway, Pilahan, Brgy. Sabang, has 37 airconditioned rooms with bath and TV (standard single/double/twin, de luxe single/double/ twin, economy and mini suite), a 100-pax function room, videoke coffee shop (BariKan Café and Bar), swimming pool, mini business center and offers billiards, darts and table tennis. It also offers laundry, dry cleaning and 24-hour room service. Tel: 756-1223 & 756-6914-15. Fax: 756-6913. Cel: (0912) 313-3750. Manila sales office: 1166 M.H. del Pilar cor. Arquiza St., Malate in Manila. Tel: 524-2631-38 local 505 & 513 & 525-8274. Fax: (632) 525-8268 & 521-3909.
- Hotel ni Mang Jose
- Lima Park Hotel - LIMA Technology Center
- Lipa Manor Hotel
- The 100-hectare Lipa Residence Inn, in Brgy. Inosloban, has 8 cottages, a clubhouse, swimming pools, basketball/ volleyball/tennis courts, camping ground, swimming pool, conference/seminar/training hall and offers horseback riding. Cel: (0973) 76-4963. Manila booking office: Tel: 899-9595 locals 350/388 & 899-9820-25. Fax: (632) 899-9609, 899-7777 & 899-8888.
- Monti's Place
- The Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club, in Brgy. Dagatan, has 16 airconditioned rooms with bath and private enclosed garden, 16 suites with balconies, restaurants, coffee shop, two swimming pools, 350-pax ballroom, function rooms, business center, audio-visual room, sports center and lounge [covered tennis courts, squash, basketball, volleyball, badminton, billiards, darts, aerobics, gym and neon bowling (first in the country)], playground, day care center, barber shop, beauty parlor, gift shops and equestrian facilities. Tel: 756-7000-07. Fax: 756-7008. Manila booking office Tel: (632) 817-7867, 817-7876 & 893-7024-28.
- Mountain Rock Hotel and Resort
- Pepe's Apartelle, in Brgy. Bugtong a Pulo, has 6 double rooms.
- Residencia El Grande
- San Antonio Motorist Lodge
- Seller's Inn
- The White House Inn, along Morada Ave., has 11 single rooms. Tel: 56-2280.
|Where to Shop|
- C.B. Lopez Memorial Public Market - P. Torres St., B. Katigbak St. and Lopez St.
- Fiesta World Mall - Marawoy
- Robinson’s Place - B. Morada Ave.
- SM City - Diversion Road
|How to Get There|
Distances (Lipa City to):
|Tourist Information Center|
- City Tourism Office - City Hall Compound (tel:312-1399, 312-0360 & 981-1736)
- City Tourist Information Center - Plaza Independencia, Pres. Katigbak St. (tel: 756-6986)
- January 20 (St. Sebastian)
- Allied Bank - Gen. Luna St.
- Apex Bank - Rizal St.
- Bank of Commerce - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - LISP II, C.M. Recto Ave. (tel: 545-6235 & 545-6233, fax: 545-6236)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - cor. B. Morada St., Poblacion (tel: 756-4180 & 981-0467, fax: 756-1720)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - National Highway, Mataas na Lupa (tel: 757-0971 & 757-2632, fax: 757-0972)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - B. Morada Ave.
- Development Bank of the Philippines - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Equitable PCI Bank - 131 C. M. Recto St.
- I Bank - B. Morada Ave.
- Keppel Bank - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Landbank - National Highway
- Metrobank - National Highway
- Metrobank - B. Morada Ave.
- Philippine National Bank - B. Morada Ave.
- Philippine Bank of Communication - Diversion Road
- Prudential Bank - B. Morada Ave.
- Real Bank - B. Morada Ave.
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Security Bank - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Unionbank - C.M. Recto Ave.
- United Coconut Planters Bank - C.M. Recto Ave.
- B. Morada St. (tel: 756-2114),
- Divine Love Hospital (25 beds) - Sinagtala (tel: 756-1338)
- Fernando Air Base Hospital (70 beds) - AETC, Fernando Air Base (tel: 745-4282)
- Holy Infant Hospital (25 beds) - 45 Katigbak St. cor, C.M. Recto Ave. (tel: 756-1211)
- Lipa City Medical Center
- Lipa City District Hospital (100 beds) - (tel: 312-4785)
- Lipa Doctor’s Hospital (10 beds) - 94 Rizal St. (tel: 756-2141)
- Lipa Medix Medical Center (75 beds) - National Highway, Balintawak (tel: 756-2343)
- Lipa Medical Center - Diversion Road
- Mary Mediatrix Medical Center (120 beds) - J.P. Laurel Highway (tel: 756-1416)
- The Medical City
- Metro Lipa Medical Center
- N.L. Villa Memorial Medical Center (50 beds) - F. Manalo St. (tel: 756-4871)
- Ospital ng Lipa
- San Antonio General Hospital (18 beds) - 2 C.M. Recto Ave. (tel: 756-2522)
- San Sebastian Medical Center - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Asia Link Industrial Clinic - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Best Health Diagnostic Center - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Dr. Kison Clinic (10 beds) - 7 Galo Reyes St.
- Holy Family Medical Clinic (15 beds) - 24 Int. C.M. Recto Ave. (tel: 756-2416)
- Lipa CT Scan Center - F. Manalo St.
- San Sebastian Diagnostic Laboratory - C.M. Recto Ave.
- Mercury Drug - Diversion Road
- Mercury Drug - cor. of C.M. Recto Ave. and P. Torres St.
San Sebastian Cathedral
San Sebastian Cathedral Interior
Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club