Today, we celebrate 65th Founding Anniversary of Municipality of San Nicolas and Maliputo Festival.
Before the year 1955, San Nicolas was only one of the barrios of the Municipality of Taal, Batangas and the place was endowed with fertile soil as a result of the eruption of Taal Volcano. Immigrants from barrios near Taal Volcano like Alas-as and Pulang Bato came to open the vast hilly lands and planted palay, corn, sugar cane and vegetables.
On August 9, 1955 marked the proclamation and induction of the newly appointed officials of the town. San Nicolas became an independent municipality and began to function on its own right.
San Nicolas was officially recognized as an existing municipality by virtue of Republic Act No. 1229 signed by President Ramon Magsaysay (House Bill No. 3407 dated June 1, 1955).
San Nicolas is a 5th class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 19,046 people in 2,946 households. It is the smallest municipality in Batangas with 14.34 square kilometers of land area, which includes half of the Taal volcano island.
In 1955 the barrios of San Nicolas, Gipit, Bangin, Pansipit, Calangay, Sinturisan, Talang, Abilo, Balete, Bancora, Saimsim, Maabud, Mulawin, Tambo, Calumala, Alasas, Calawit and Pulangbato, then part of the municipality of Taal, Batangas were separated and constituted into a new and separate municipality known as San Nicolas.
A town’s festival is oftentimes in celebration of the most significant local product which contributes to its economic prosperity. Such festivals were conceptualized to let the locals thank the Creator for the bountiful produce that they received for the year and hold an event slanted on promoting local tourism through its product and/or livelihood.
San Nicolas is among the municipalities in Batangas with a festival that draws attention to its most important product. And in this lakeshore town, maliputo is the star. (Source: Batangas Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office)