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Ibaan, officially the Municipality of Ibaan (Tagalog: Bayan ng Ibaan), is a second class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines.
Ibaan is located 96 kilometres (60 mi) south of Manila. It is bounded on the northwest by San Jose, the northeast by Lipa City, the east by Rosario, the southeast by Taysan, and the southwest by Batangas City. It has a land area of 68.99 square kilometres (26.64 sq mi) at an altitude of 124 metres (407 ft) above sea level.
It is a predominantly Roman Catholic community, with small percentages of Protestants and members of the Iglesia ni Cristo. Tagalog is the local language in the Batangueño dialect; however, English is included in its educational curriculum and is often used in official dealings and transactions.
Temperature is moderate both in its rainy and dry seasons, conducive to farming, agricultural and livestock production, which are the most common occupations. There are fewer farmers each year as residents switch to hog-raising, which provides better income.
Ibaan is known as the home of the “kulambo” (mosquito net), as its production and trading has become one of the most profitable businesses in the locality. Ibaan is also known for its tamales that are wrapped in banana leaves. Other products of Ibaan which the town is known for are the handwoven products and others made of pork and sugarcane.
The town celebrates its foundation day every February 11, Feast Day on July 25, and Thanksgiving Day on December 30.
Ibaan: Home of Les KuHLiemBo
Les KuHLiemBo is a short and unique term for the Ibaan’s prime products. LES came from the unique and tasty Ibaan Tamales, KU from the original soft and handwoven Kulambo (Mosquito Nets), H from the oldest weaving technique Habi, LIEM from the dish Liempo which is a representation of the success story of Ibaan Hog Industry and BO from the sweet treasury of Ibaan, Tubo. Les KuHLiemBo is also a representation of the native’s rich culture, tradition and unity of the joyful Ibaenos.
Ibaan is known for the “Home of Tamales”. It is one of prime products of town which captures every tourist visiting Ibaan because of its unique salty and spicy taste. Tamales is a meat filling on sticky mixture wrapped in banana leaves. Anyone can buy Tamales at Ibaan Public Market where the most number of tamales vendors are located.
Ibaan was once considered as the “Kulambo Capital of the Philippines” because almost all of the mosquito nets that can be bought in the archipelago came from this small town. Ibaan Kulambo is soft, smooth and made of special thread which is woven by Ibaenos through their century-old habihan or handloom weaving equipment.
Ibaan as a cradle of excellent weavers enlives the oldest form of weaving which is “Habi”. It started several centuries ago and still practices in some areas of Ibaan. It also has the only weaving community in the region reviving the handloom weaving through a group of local craftsmen.
Liempo is one of the easy and delicious dishes that can be cooked using pork meat which is essential to many Ibaenos’ lives because most of the businesses in the town are in line with the hog industry.
Sugarcane as the sweet treasury of Ibaan provides Ibaenos with a stable source of income. It also flavors Ibaenos’ lives with sweetness. Aside from the sugarcane, the green and rich agriculture of Ibaan offers a sustainable agri-tourism for the one who wants a joyful and a tour that cares
Lomi is a special dish of thick egg noodles topped with pork liver, kikiam, fried pork meat and quail eggs which are best eaten while steaming hot. Ibaan Lomi differs from other Lomi in the nearby towns because of its delicious taste even without condiment. It is also tastier when condiments are added such as soy sauce, calamansi, fried garlic and finely chopped red onions. Most of the Lomi patrons also like to eat Lomi with red chili peppers for an extra spike of uniqueness.
IBAAN CULTURE AND TRADITION
The flag dance of Pagbati o Bati de Bandera is a unique tradition in Ibaan, Batangas. It is annually danced by Kapitana with her Kapitan and Bise-Kapitan every Easter Sunday after the traditional Salubong and Dagit as part of the famous Easter Sunday tradition of Ibaeños. The traditional dancing of Bati de bandera is a praise for Christ who lived again which usually performed in a quick tempo.