Known as the “cradle of heroes and nationalists,” Batangas was also among the first Philippine provinces to revolt against Spain. On August 30, 1896, it was one of the first provinces placed under Martial Law by Governor General Ramon Blanco. The Batangueños’ role in the county’s emancipation and nationhood is undeniable. Apolinario Mabini, known as the “Brains of the Revolution”; General Miguel Malvar, the last Filipino general to surrender to the Americans as well as Marcela Agoncillo, who made the Philippine flag raised by Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898, all hail from Batangas. A strong feeling of patriotism is evident among Batangas City leaders. Proof of this is reflected in the street names, streets perpendicular to the church were named after revolutionary clergy while streets parallel to the church were named after revolutionary leaders. For more info, visit http://www.batangascity.gov.ph
One of the oldest Catholic churches in the province, the Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion was built in 1581 by Father Diego Mojica, an Augustinian Pastor of Calapan, Mindoro.