A brook which ran through this barrio used to have white “star-like flowers” and it was after these that the barrio got its name, star being “tala” in Tagalog. The barrio was founded in 1800 and its earliest settlers were the Llana, Caringal, Yabyabin, Patena, Lopez and Ilagan families. Its earliest barrio lieutenants were Antonino Yabyabin, Juan Yabyabin, Santiago Manalo, Jose Mercado, Santiago Hernandez, Felipe Magnaye and Marciano Yabyabin.
Matala is situated at approximately 13.8269, 121.1561, in the island of Luzon. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 133.2 meters or 437.0 feet above mean sea level.