Batangas City is a first-class city in the province of Batangas, Philippines. It is the capital and largest city of Batangas. Batangas City is an important seaport and trade center for the province, which is a sugar-growing region. Silk and cotton fabrics and coconut oil are manufactured in the city. It is located 112 kilometers south of Manila.The city is also the largest seaport in the Calabarzon region. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 247,588 people in 50,223 households.
Batangas City is a major recreational, religious, commercial, industrial and educational center in Batangas, as shown with the presence in the city of entities like Saint Bridget College; Batangas State University, the premier tertiary school institution in the province with two campuses and several extension campuses in the province of Batangas; the University of Batangas; the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the city center; SM City Batangas; as well as numerous hotels, (Hotel Pontefino, Alpa Hotel, Batangas Country Club and Days Hotel.)
Batangas City is known as the 'Industrial Port City of Calabarzon' and classified as one of the fastest urbanizing cities in the country. It was proclaimed as a city on July 23, 1969 which became the accelerating point of trading, commercial and industrial activities in the locality. The city is presently classified as a Regional Growth Center and identified as one of the sites for the Regional Agro-Industrial center and Special Economic Zone as mandated by the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan and the Ecozone Act of 1995.
Batangas City is one of the nation's top revenue earning cities and the site of one of the biggest oil refineries in the Philippines. The city is also has the first three power plants using natural gas with a combined capacity of 2700MW.