The City of Lipa (Filipino: Lungsod ng Lipa) is a first class city in the province of Batangas, Philippines. It is one of the three chartered cities of Batangas province (the others being Batangas City and the City of Tanauan). It is situated 78 kilometers south of Manila. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 218,447 people in 41,962 households.
Lipa City is bounded by the town of Santo Tomas in the northeast, San Pablo City of Laguna and San Antonio of Quezon in the east, the municipalities of Padre Garcia and Rosario in the southeast, the municipalities of Ibaan and San Jose in the southwest, the municipaltities of Cuenca and Mataas Na Kahoy and Taal Lake in the west and the municipalities of Balete and Malvar in the northwest.
The city's location, in a valley located between two mountains - Mount Malarayat and Mount Makulot - makes it a low risk area. These two mountains serve as a wind breaker in times of typhoon. Mount Makulot at the western portion also served as shield of the city in times of eruption of Taal Volcano.
Lipa City is a major recreational, religious, commercial, industrial and educational center in central Batangas province, as shown with the presence in the city of entities like Nestle Philippines, De La Salle Lipa, the San Sebastian Cathedral (seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa), the Carmelite Convent, Robinson's Place Lipa Mall, Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club, Summit Point Golf and Country Club and SM City Lipa Mall. The City is also home to the Fernando Air Base, the former headquarters of the Philippine Air Force's 100th Training Wing and Air Education and Training Command (AETC) which is known in military circles as the Baguio of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Incumbent mayor is Rosa Vilma Santos Recto who is serving her final term as chief executive of Lipa City. The vice mayor is Hon. Lydio Lopez Jr. Sangguniang Panglungsod is composed of the following councilors until 2007: Eric Africa, Dy Pang Kiana Lim, Avior Rocafort, Aries Emmanuel Mendoza, Romy Macasaet III, Leonilo Catipon, Solomon De Jesus, Dominador Mauhay, Marieta Igarta, and Merlo Silva. Sangguniang Kabataan City Federation President is Marvilone Asilo while Brgy Capt. Alfredo Amparo is the President of the Association of Barangay Captains.
During the 2004 elections,Avior Rocafort is the only winning member of the Sangguniang Panglungsod which do not belong to the line up of Mayor Santos-Recto.
Lipa City is politically subdivided into 72 barangays.
Famous Filipinos from Lipa CIty
- Teodoro M. Kalaw - Editor of the newspaper- "El Renacimiento", Representative of the Province of Batangas in the Philippine Assembly of 1910.
- Manolito Tolentino Mayo - 70s-80s, Surrealist/Abstract artist
- Claro M. Recto - Statesman, Orator, and Philippine Independence from U.S advocate.
- Evangeline Rosales Reyes - 1972 Miss World Semi-Finalist
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- Lipa City Portal by De La Salle Lipa
- De La Salle Lipa