Ibaan used to be a barrio or a part of the town of Batangas, now Batangas City. In the year 1780, the first Poblacion was in Matala, now a barrio of Ibaan, four kilometers away from the said town. In 1832, many dwellers liked that the Poblacion be transferred and was formally separated from the town of Batangas.
The so-called “ Principalia” was the basic form of government then had its organization and the leaders like the Gobernadorcillo, Cabeza de Barangay and other officials exercised their power and duties. The organization of the principalia was accompanied with the establishment of the provincial church.
Local historians claim that the place now known as the Municipality of Ibaan was heavily forested by “Iba” trees. The Iba tree is very similar to the “calamias” tree in structure. The only difference between “ Iba” and “calamias” fruits are their shapes. Iba fruits are round while calamias fruits are oblong but both fruits grow in clusters. The early settlers of this place called it “ Ibaan” meaning the place where “ Iba” abounds.
This town has been called the home of the “ Kulambo” or mosquito net. There was a time when 90 percent of the mosquito nets used all over the Philippines came from the looms of the weavers of Ibaan. Peddlers from the municipality cover the whole archipelago selling mosquito nets, blankets, bedcovers, pillow cases and other clothing materials and kitchen wavers.
Christianity is said to be the greatest legacy of Spain to our country, the Philippines. We are lucky enough that those Spanish missionaries happened to pass in this place. We are therefore reached by the catholic religion which was the greatest number of members now and ever since.
Because of the injustices and selfishness of the Spanish leaders, nationalism was born and spread throughout. Their loyalty to Spain was changed to their spirit of nationalism for they had not discarded their aspiration for freedom until a republic was established. Baltazar Ramirez, was then the first head of Ibaan, which is now equivalent to our town mayor. Like many other revolts in our country, the Ibaeños suffered many hardships. The Republic died by the coming of the American Rule, where Mateo Ilustre, an Ibaeño, headed a force against these Americans. But what could a small force do against the stronger one? They were defeated in the struggle for democracy.
After sometime, Filipinos realized that Americans were good leaders but their contentment to have a democracy was cut-off by the invasion of Japanese soldiers who brutally tortured, massacred and burned houses of the citizenry. The Ibaeños together with other Filipinos fought hand – in – hand together for a common cause to achieve freedom.
As history goes on, the American government, our Liberator, granted Independence and the Ibaeños join the nation for the victories they achieved in the realization of their long cherished dreams, thus, Democracy. From there and then the people of Ibaan become conscious of the development and establishment of a new society.
As a gesture of good cooperation of the Ibaeños, the people set a date for thanksgiving and companionship which is being celebrated every 30th day December in order that those Ibaeños from far away places could unite with their loved ones.
The people of the municipality of Ibaan have chosen “PASCUA” as the official flower because of its red color which symbolizes the custom of the Ibaeños . This particular flower blooms during December which coincides with the celebration of its Thanksgiving Day.