- Mabitac, Laguna
Infobox Philippine municipality
infoboxtitle = Municipality of Mabitac
sealfile = Ph seal laguna mabitac.png
locatormapfile = Ph_locator_laguna_mabitac.png
caption = Map of Laguna showing the location of Mabitac.
province = Laguna
districts = 4th district of Laguna
barangays = 15
class = 5th class; urban
founded = 1611
mayor = Gerardo C. Fader
pop2000 = 15,097
popden2000 = 240
areakm2 = 62.96
website = [http://elgu2.ncc.gov.ph/mabitac elgu2.ncc.gov.ph/mabitac]
Mabitac is a 5th class municipality in the province of Laguna,
Philippines. It was the site of a battle in the Philippine-American War, when on September 17, 1900, Filipinos under General Juan Caillesdefeated an American force commanded by Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 15,097 people in 2,990 households.
Mabitac was an excellent hunting ground for wild game three centuries ago. Native hunters used numerous cave-ins or trap-ins called "bitag" in the local dialect. Hence, the place was referred to as "Mabitag" meaning, a place with plenty traps.
Mabitac is situated on the eastern side of the province of Laguna, 54.68 miles from
Manilausing RizalProvince on a winding road, and 76.43 miles using the South Luzon Express, Calamba and Santa Cruz, Laguna. It has a total land area 3.912 sq. miles.
Mabitac is politically subdivided into 15
* Lambac (Pob.)
* Bayanihan (Pob.)
* Libis ng Nayon (Pob.)
* Maligaya (Pob.)
* Masikap (Pob.)
* Pag-Asa (Pob.)
* Sinagtala (Pob.)
* San Antonio
* San Miguel
The first Spaniards who came to this place were the friars who established the first Spanish settlement in the area and began to Christianize the local population. The Spaniards, having difficulty in pronouncing the "G" consonant, called this place "Mabitac" whenever they mentioned this place. Eventually, the name found its way in the official records and maps of Laguna made by Spanish cartographers and mariners who chartered the coastal areas of Laguna de Bay.
This town was formerly a barrio of Siniloan, an immediate neighboring town. It became an independent municipality only in the year 1611, not by legislation, but by mutual agreement by and between the Spanish friars of both towns who were then the influential ruling class.
Japanese Occupation at Mabitac
In 1942, the occupied by the Japanese soldiers entered in Mabitac.
Liberation of Mabitac
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Mabitac (1945)
World War II
combatant2=JPNIn 1945, we founded by the liberation in Mabitac entered to the Philippine Commonwealth troopstogether with the local guerrillas by fought the battles against the Japanese Imperial forces defeated by the victorious of the Filipino soldiers and local guerrillas beginning the Second Battle of Mabitac in
World War II.
Battle of Mabitac
* [http://www.laguna.gov.ph/Articles/05_14_Mabitac.htm "Municipality of Mabitac", Province of Laguna Website]
* [http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/default.asp Philippine Standard Geographic Code]
* [http://www.t-macs.com/kiso/local/ 2000 Philippine Census Information]
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