In the early days, Calamba was just a part of Tabuco, now known as Cabuyao. On August 28, 1742, Calamba became a pueblo that led to its separation from Cabuyao. Progress sets in, and since then development started to unfold continuously. Calamba became a component City on April 21, 2001 by virtue of RA 9024. According to a legend, the word ‚ÄúCalamba‚ÄĚ was taken from the phrase ‚Äúkalan-banga‚ÄĚ. Kalan-banga was an earthen jar being carried by a young woman whom a Guardia Civil stopped to ask for the name of the place. Mistakenly thinking that she was being asked what she was carrying, she answered ‚Äúkalan-banga‚ÄĚ. Later on, Kalambanga was shortened to Calamba.
Calamba is bounded in the east by Laguna de Bay, in the north by Cabuyao; in the south by Los Ba√Īos and in the west by Sto. Tomas and Tanauan in Batangas. Only 54 kilometers from Metro Manila, the City is a haven for industries, hence the influx of migrants. Considered as the heart of CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) due to the numerous numbers of companies housed in its area, Calamba is the premiere industrial hub outside of Metro Manila.
The city‚Äôs population as of the latest census conducted beginning August 1, 2007 was 360,281. The annual growth rate of 3.48% for Calamba is higher than the 3.22% growth rate for Laguna and the 2.04% for the Philippines. In a period of seven years, about 79,135 people were added in the city by way of migration or birth. The 2007 population is about 44 times bigger than the city‚Äôs population in 1903 of 8,058 when the first official survey was conducted (pls. see attachment below for the list of total population per barangay and the household population by age and group).
If we are to compare the annual growth rate achieved between the periods 1995 to 2000 and 2000 to 2007, one would say that the increase was more rapid in the former than in the latter, as the present 3.48% growth rate is lower than the 5.51% in the previous period.
Due to loads of economic opportunities, Canlubang remains on top as the most populous barangay in the entire city. True to its standing, it again made its mark by landing on the 14th spot as one of the most populous barangay in CALABARZON. Having about 54,602 residents, Canlubang was however dominated by San Vicente in San Pedro which was on the 5th rank. Comprising about 15.16% of the population, Canlubang is followed by Brgys Mayapa (6.10%), Parian (5.44%), San Cristobal (3.73%) and Real (3.71%), making up the top 5 most populous barangas in the city. Barangay Mabato on the other hand stayed on as the least populous.
The City of Calamba was included in the top ten most populous cities or municipalities in the Philippines excluding highly urbanized cities. Out of the 30 towns and cities in the entire Laguna, only San Pedro and Calamba qualified for the category. Calamba ranked on 5th while San Pedro was at 9th place. Of the five 5 provinces in CALABARZON, only Quezon was not represented by a city or municipality. The remaining spots were occupied by cities or municipalities in the provinces in Region III.
Commerce and Industry
For the year 2008 about 1,289 new investors have applied for permits from the city government, about 19.8% higher than last year, while the total number of business operators has reached to 5,154, excluding peddlers. Aside from the Crossing area in Barangay Uno, Barangays Real and Parian are also bustling with business structures, including Waltermart and Lianas Supermarket. Manufacturers on the other hand are concentrated in the 9 industrial estates. These include, Allegis IT Park (Tulo); CarmelRay Premiere International Park (Batino & Barandal); Carmelray Industrial Park I (Canlubang); Carmelray Industrial Park II (Punta & Tulo); Carmelray International Business Park (Canlubang); Filinvest Technology Park (Punta, Burol & Bubuyan); Light and Science Park II (Real & La Mesa); Light Industry and Science Park (Real & La Mesa); and YTMI Realty Special Economic Zone (Makiling).
Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:00)