Cabuyao City

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City of Cabuyao
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Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
Mayor Isidro Lebrilla Hemedes Jr.
Barangays 18
Physical characteristics

The City of Cabuyao (In Filipino: Lungsod ng Kabuyaw) is a First Class<ref name="psgc">Philippine Standard Geographic Code</ref> urbanized City in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It lies for about 43 kilometers southeast of Metro Manila and is located at the western portion of Laguna. It is bordered by the Laguna de Bay, the country's largest lake, to the north, Calamba City to the east, some portion of Silang, Cavite to the south and by the Santa Rosa City to the west. Cabuyao City is approximately 54 kilometers away from Santa Cruz, the provincial capital, and 9 kilometers from the city proper of Calamba City, the chartered city and regional center of CALABARZON region. According to the latest Census, it has a population of 248,436 Inhabitants (106,630 people in 22,552 households in census 2000).

Cabuyao is formerly the richest municipality of the Philippines and the fastest-growing municipality in Laguna, as evidenced with a large populace of migrants working in the town's industrial estates.

Nestlé Philippines, Asia Brewery, Inc. and Malayan Colleges Laguna are located in Cabuyao.



Cabuyao City is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.

  • Baclaran
  • Banaybanay
  • Banlic
  • Butong
  • Bigaa
  • Casile
  • Gulod
  • Mamatid
  • Marinig
  • Niugan
  • Pittland
  • Pulo
  • Sala
  • San Isidro
  • Diezmo
  • Barangay Uno (Pob.)
  • Barangay Dos (Pob.)
  • Barangay Tres (Pob.)


Cabuyao used to be named Tabuko, but this was misinterpreted by the Spaniards as Kabuyaw (named after a tree).

After the colonization of Manila by Miguel López de Legazpi in 1570, he instructed Capt. Juan de Salcedo to conquer all barangays around the lake of Ba-i, which is now called Laguna de Bay. Just like the settlement of Ba-i, Tabuko had large plain area and rich forestry and the climate was suited to farm crops. On January 16, 1571, it was announced by López de Legazpi that Tabuko be considered as encomienda or a town under Gaspar Ramirez.

The town of Tabuko was located near the corner of a river and the lake of Ba-i which was made bancas or raft as the common means of transportation going to the town of Tabuko. There were many trees of kabuyaw growing around the area. The fruit of kabuyaw was used as shampoo. So, when the priest asked for the name of the place, the native females readily answered "kabuyaw", thinking that the priest was asking for the name of the trees growing around the wharf. From then on, the priests and other Spanish officials called the town of Tabuko as Kabuyaw.

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