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Catanduanes Government

Municipality of Bato

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  •  Founded: 1799
  •  Population: 19,984
  •  District: Lone district
  • Municipality Class: 5th
  •   Zip Code: 4801
  •  Barangay: 27
  •  Area: 4,880 hectares
  •   13° 36'N 124° 19'E

Map of Bato

BACKGROUND

When the Spanish conquest adores led by Juan de Salcedo set foot in 1575, Bato was relatively unexplored. Local Spanish officials assigned to the place once asked a woman who was washing clothes in the natural stone well the name of the place. She thought that the Spaniards were asking the name of the well. So she answered “Bato”, which the Spaniards recorded and reported as the name of one of the sitios of Virac. From then on, the place was called Bato until it became a full-pledged municipality in 1896.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Bato is one of the satellite municipalities of the Province of Catanduanes. It is a fifth class municipality composed of 27 barangays with a total land of 4,880 hectares, which is the smallest among the 11 towns of the province. It is a 20-minute ride from Virac, the provincial capital passing through paved national road.

Agriculture and fishing are the major industries. The best variety of abaca fiber (Manila hemp) is produced in Bato. It is also the only municipality in the province that produces millet, a kind of cereal which is one of the town’s delicacies.

The geographical location of Bato, facing the Pacific Ocean was found to be a “Tuna Highway” Large and marketable sizes of tuna are caught the whole year round as well as other first class fish species like blue marlin and tanguigue.

 

PHYSICAL CHARACTERITICS:

 

LOCATION

Bato is situated along the eastern coast of the Bicol Region and lies on the southeastern part of storm-tossed island Province of Catanduanes. It is located (11) kilometers southeast of Virac, the provincial capital towm. It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of San Miguel; on the east by the greatest body of water, the Pacific Ocean; on the South by Cabugao Bay and on the West by the Municipality of Virac. Meridional coordinates of the municipality’s location are: 124015’16” to 124i21’7” East longitude and 13 32’50” to 130 38’47” North latitude.

 

TOPOGRAPHY

The land elevation of the municipality of Bato varies from sea level to about 700 meters above  sea level, it has space and areas for approximately all its necessities. The areas of flat to nearly flat lands along the coast of Cabugao Bay and the Pacific and those along the banks of Bato river do not only cater to the agricultural needs of its inhabitants but also to their to their shelter and recreational needs.

The eastern portion of the bank of the river has a vast expanse of flat nearly flat lands. Covering an area of 25-30 percent of the locality, this flat land is 80 percent productive or agriculturally used. Also included within this area the swamps and marshes of Bato, which are spawning grounds of games and fishes of both fresh and salt-water fishes.

 

CLIMATE

Bato fall under the second type of climate, characterized by absence of dry season with a very pronounced maximum rainfall from November to January, while April and May are the only months with the least rainfall averaging 162 mm. with its location along the Pacific coast, Bato is neither sheltered from northeast monsoon nor the trade winds as well as cyclonic storms.

From September to early March the Northeasterly wind prevails at an average velocity of 3 knots. The southwesterly wind or “Habagat” prevails from May to early September at an average velocity of 4 knots December to February is the coldest months.

Maribina Falls

Bato, Catanduanes

Named after Barangays Marinawa and Binanhuan in the municipality of Bato, Maribina Falls is the most popular and widely publicized among the numerous waterfalls in Catanduanes. Gushing with breath-taking rapids of crystal-clear waters, the cascading three layer falls are located amid rustic surroundings and lush-green vegetation. Maribina falls is suited in the town of Bato; it is one of the most famous and most available waterfalls in the island. The falls is about 5-6 meters high with radiant spouting rapids of perfectly clear waters.

Maribina Falls

Bato, Catanduanes

Named after Barangays Marinawa and Binanhuan in the municipality of Bato, Maribina Falls is the most popular and widely publicized among the numerous waterfalls in Catanduanes. Gushing with breath-taking rapids of crystal-clear waters, the cascading three layer falls are located amid rustic surroundings and lush-green vegetation. Maribina falls is suited in the town of Bato; it is one of the most famous and most available waterfalls in the island. The falls is about 5-6 meters high with radiant spouting rapids of perfectly clear waters.

Nagngangang Buaya Point

Bato, Catanduanes

This is one of the significant locations in the island province of Catanduanes believed to be the site where Galleon Espiritu Santo was shipwrecked, boarded by Spanish missionaries. The reef is located at the southeastern coast 30 minutes ride away from Bato town proper. From a distance the reef looks like a “crocodile with its mouth wide open ready to devour its prey,” translated in Bicol dialect – “nagngangang buaya.” Also found in the heart of this islet is a small beach area with the finest white sand you can ever find comparable to the washed-sugar grain.

Nagngangang Buaya Point

Bato, Catanduanes

This is one of the significant locations in the island province of Catanduanes believed to be the site where Galleon Espiritu Santo was shipwrecked, boarded by Spanish missionaries. The reef is located at the southeastern coast 30 minutes ride away from Bato town proper. From a distance the reef looks like a “crocodile with its mouth wide open ready to devour its prey,” translated in Bicol dialect – “nagngangang buaya.” Also found in the heart of this islet is a small beach area with the finest white sand you can ever find comparable to the washed-sugar grain.

Bote Light House

Bato, Catanduanes

Get astonished by the pacific view the Bote lighthouse offers. It is also appropriate place for amateur or beginner and climber that do not run out of things to offer as it caters a relieving experience after the climb.

Bote Light House

Bato, Catanduanes

Get astonished by the pacific view the Bote lighthouse offers. It is also appropriate place for amateur or beginner and climber that do not run out of things to offer as it caters a relieving experience after the climb.

Mt. Lantad

Bato, Catanduanes

Rugged terrain is suitable for mountaineering and trekking. Enjoy a top view experience and witness the towns of Virac and Bato.

Mt. Lantad

Bato, Catanduanes

Rugged terrain is suitable for mountaineering and trekking. Enjoy a top view experience and witness the towns of Virac and Bato.

Shrine of Batalay

Bato, Catanduanes

The Holy Cross of Batalay is located on top of a hill overlooking the panoramic view of the Cadanguit River and Cabugao Bay. The site where the first cross in Catanduanes was buried over the burial place of Augustinian priest Fray Diego de Herrera in 1576 that died in Barangay Batalay. A spring of crystalline water emerged at the grave of the martyr friar which the native regarded as a miracle. Many testified and believed that this water can cure sickness. From then on pilgrims placed it on the pained parts of the body, others brought with them oil and many came with empty bottles to be filled with the miraculous water from the spring. Today, an unfinished shrine stands on the priest’s final resting place, housing the original cross, encased in narra hardwood to protect the cross from further destruction. It is on the altar of the Holy Cross of Batalay Chapel where it is venerated throughout the year. On April 21, 1973 on the occasion of the fourth Centennial Celebration of the death of Fray Diego de Herrera, a decree was signed, declaring the Holy Cross of Batalay a Diocesan Shrine with the right to hold a Liturgical celebration on the last Friday of April of every year.

Shrine of Batalay

Bato, Catanduanes

The Holy Cross of Batalay is located on top of a hill overlooking the panoramic view of the Cadanguit River and Cabugao Bay. The site where the first cross in Catanduanes was buried over the burial place of Augustinian priest Fray Diego de Herrera in 1576 that died in Barangay Batalay. A spring of crystalline water emerged at the grave of the martyr friar which the native regarded as a miracle. Many testified and believed that this water can cure sickness. From then on pilgrims placed it on the pained parts of the body, others brought with them oil and many came with empty bottles to be filled with the miraculous water from the spring. Today, an unfinished shrine stands on the priest’s final resting place, housing the original cross, encased in narra hardwood to protect the cross from further destruction. It is on the altar of the Holy Cross of Batalay Chapel where it is venerated throughout the year. On April 21, 1973 on the occasion of the fourth Centennial Celebration of the death of Fray Diego de Herrera, a decree was signed, declaring the Holy Cross of Batalay a Diocesan Shrine with the right to hold a Liturgical celebration on the last Friday of April of every year.

Sacahon Beach

Bato, Catanduanes

Located in Brgy. Bote Municipality of Bato, it beckons travelers for a true- blue adventure with its sugary- white sand. It is a perfect take- off for an island hopping adventure in the surrounding isles, different rock formations, mini caves and rock circles fit for the eyes. The beach is a perfect take-off point for an island hopping adventure. Nearby islets are Mamonglo Point, Nagngangang Buaya Point, Tubig Manok and Ipit-ipit Point, all facing the Pacific Ocean. Beach lovers will surely be astonished with the scenery surrounding the area. From this beach you can have a breathtaking view of Nagngangang Buaya Point.

Sacahon Beach

Bato, Catanduanes

Located in Brgy. Bote Municipality of Bato, it beckons travelers for a true- blue adventure with its sugary- white sand. It is a perfect take- off for an island hopping adventure in the surrounding isles, different rock formations, mini caves and rock circles fit for the eyes. The beach is a perfect take-off point for an island hopping adventure. Nearby islets are Mamonglo Point, Nagngangang Buaya Point, Tubig Manok and Ipit-ipit Point, all facing the Pacific Ocean. Beach lovers will surely be astonished with the scenery surrounding the area. From this beach you can have a breathtaking view of Nagngangang Buaya Point.

Bato River

Bato, Catanduanes

The main island of Catanduanes is divided into 18 river basins. Bato River is the biggest and longest, following a course that gently meanders from the interiors of the municipalities of Caramoran and Gigmoto and along the entire length of the municipality of San Miguel then widens perceptibly as it approaches the municipality of Bato before draining into Cabugao Bay. Bato River separates the municipality of Bato into two, the East and the West. It is approximately 200 meters wide which could be traversed during low tide. On rainy days this blue green river sometimes turns into raging mocha. Its serene beauty welcomes everyone who visits the town and waiting to be developed as an eco-tourism site.

Bato River

Bato, Catanduanes

The main island of Catanduanes is divided into 18 river basins. Bato River is the biggest and longest, following a course that gently meanders from the interiors of the municipalities of Caramoran and Gigmoto and along the entire length of the municipality of San Miguel then widens perceptibly as it approaches the municipality of Bato before draining into Cabugao Bay. Bato River separates the municipality of Bato into two, the East and the West. It is approximately 200 meters wide which could be traversed during low tide. On rainy days this blue green river sometimes turns into raging mocha. Its serene beauty welcomes everyone who visits the town and waiting to be developed as an eco-tourism site.

Bato Church

Bato, Catanduanes

The rustic town of Bato serves as the de facto heritage center of the province with its Spanish-era religious sites: a picturesque Catholic church, circa 1883, made up of mortar and coral stones. The church is of interest not only as an example of mid-colonization Filipino-Spanish architecture, but as a historical landmark. It was built under the polo system of forced labor for a total of 53 years. Started in 1830 and finished in 1883. Bato Church has withstood wars, calamities and the ravages of time to become the only remaining structure of its genre in the entire island and the second-largest church in Bicol region. Today, the monumental church with unique architectural design dignifies the town. In its tower still hangs the legendary bell that once served as a warning device for incoming Japanese guerillas during the second world war. Seen from the other side of the river the old church looks majestic and imposing. Proudly the church stands as the oldest in the province and a tourist attraction.

Bato Church

Bato, Catanduanes

The rustic town of Bato serves as the de facto heritage center of the province with its Spanish-era religious sites: a picturesque Catholic church, circa 1883, made up of mortar and coral stones. The church is of interest not only as an example of mid-colonization Filipino-Spanish architecture, but as a historical landmark. It was built under the polo system of forced labor for a total of 53 years. Started in 1830 and finished in 1883. Bato Church has withstood wars, calamities and the ravages of time to become the only remaining structure of its genre in the entire island and the second-largest church in Bicol region. Today, the monumental church with unique architectural design dignifies the town. In its tower still hangs the legendary bell that once served as a warning device for incoming Japanese guerillas during the second world war. Seen from the other side of the river the old church looks majestic and imposing. Proudly the church stands as the oldest in the province and a tourist attraction.

PAGASA Weather Radar Station

Bato, Catanduanes

This weather radar station has state of the art equipment, one of the three Doppler radar stations in the country. From the roof deck, the panoramic view of the surrounding area is simply breathtaking. A climb up inside the PAG-ASA observatory tower will take you to the radar dish awash in orange glow from the translucent skylight.

PAGASA Weather Radar Station

Bato, Catanduanes

This weather radar station has state of the art equipment, one of the three Doppler radar stations in the country. From the roof deck, the panoramic view of the surrounding area is simply breathtaking. A climb up inside the PAG-ASA observatory tower will take you to the radar dish awash in orange glow from the translucent skylight.

Bitaogan Beach

Bato, Catanduanes

Blessed with fine white sand and azure, clear waters, secluded and relatively unexplored, a diamond in the rough waiting to be polished

Bitaogan Beach

Bato, Catanduanes

Blessed with fine white sand and azure, clear waters, secluded and relatively unexplored, a diamond in the rough waiting to be polished

Carorian Adventure

Bato, Catanduanes

Below were the 3 destinations included in the 6 stops islet hopping the cliff jumping, Poseidon’s Rock, and Patag Islet.

Carorian Adventure

Bato, Catanduanes

Below were the 3 destinations included in the 6 stops islet hopping the cliff jumping, Poseidon’s Rock, and Patag Islet.

Patag Islet

Bato, Catanduanes

A must explore islet where cascading flat rock formations honed by nature resides. A beautiful place/ scenery worth the visit

Patag Islet

Bato, Catanduanes

A must explore islet where cascading flat rock formations honed by nature resides. A beautiful place/ scenery worth the visit

Batalay Mangrove Eco- Park

Bato, Catanduanes

A mangrove is a type of forest growing along tidal mudflats and along shallow coastal areas extending inland along rivers, streams and their tributaries where the water is generally brackish. The ecological values of mangroves as shoreline sentinels, pollution sink, wildlife refuge, bird’s sanctuaries and as “nurseries of the sea” being the source of fish stocks for our coastal waters cannot be ignored nor out weighted by its economic importance as source of firewood, poles, charcoal and tannin.

Batalay Mangrove Eco- Park

Bato, Catanduanes

A mangrove is a type of forest growing along tidal mudflats and along shallow coastal areas extending inland along rivers, streams and their tributaries where the water is generally brackish. The ecological values of mangroves as shoreline sentinels, pollution sink, wildlife refuge, bird’s sanctuaries and as “nurseries of the sea” being the source of fish stocks for our coastal waters cannot be ignored nor out weighted by its economic importance as source of firewood, poles, charcoal and tannin.

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  • •  Bagumbayan
  • •  Banawang (Poblacion)
  • •  Batalay
  • •  Binanwahan
  • •  Bote
  • •  Buenavista
  • •  Cabugao
  • •  Cagraray
  • •  Carorian
  • •  Guinobatan
  • •  Libjo
  • •  Marinawa
  • •  Mintay
  • •  Oguis
  • •  Pananaogan
  • •  Libod (Poblacion)
  • •  San Andres
  • •  San Pedro
  • •  San Roque
  • •  Santa Isabel
  • •  Sibacungan
  • •  Sipi
  • •  Talisay
  • •  Tamburan (Poblacion)
  • •  Tilis
  • •  Ilawod (Poblacion)

Hon. Leo Rodriguez
Mayor

Hon. Roy Regalado
Vice-Mayor

Councilors

Rafael T. Buendia

Rodulfo T. Tasarra

Pedro T. Vergara

Paul Christian T. Trono

Reynato V. Almanza

Wilfredo C. Kagaoan

Francisco R. Toledana

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