Mariveles, Bataan

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Mariveles as seen from Manila Bay
Mariveles as seen from Manila Bay
Nickname(s): Sulong Mariveles
Map of Bataan showing the location of Mariveles
Map of Bataan showing the location of Mariveles
Mariveles is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
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Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bataan
District 2nd District
Founded 1754
Barangays 18
 • Mayor Jesse I. Concepcion (National Unity)
 • Vice Mayor Victoriano C. Isip (National Unity)
 • Total 153.90 km2 (59.42 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 112,707
 • Density 730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2105
Dialing code 47
Income class 1st class

Mariveles is a first class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 112,707 people.[3]


“Maraming Dilis” shortened to Mara-dilis and into “Mariveles” was the origin of the town's name. Also, Maria Veles, a nun left the convent to love a man until her death. That man named her grave as Mt. Maria Veles (shortened to Mariveles).


Founded as a pueblo by a Franciscan Friar in 1578, Mariveles, the "Village of Kamaya" was part of the Corregimiento, including Bagac and Morong, Corregidor and Maragondon, Cavite.

The Superior Decree of July 1754 declared Mariveles' independence from Pampanga.

In the 19th century, the Americans established the first quarantine station in the old Spanish Leprosarium Hospital (now, the National Mental Ward).


Mariveles is located in a cove at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula. It is about 173 kilometres (107 mi) from Manila via the North Luzon Expressway, Gapan-Olongapo Road and Roman Highway. It has a total land area of 153.9 square kilometres (59.4 sq mi), representing 12% of the total land area of Bataan. Of this, about 69% consist of the pastureland, 19% of forestland, 6% agricultural lands and the remaining 6% for residential and industrial use. It is home to an Aeta community speaking a Sambalic language called Mariveleño.


Mariveles is divided into 18 Barangays.[2]

  • Alas-asin
  • Alion
  • Balon Anito
  • Baseco
  • Batangas II
  • Biaan
  • Cabcaben
  • Camaya
  • Lucanin
  • Ipag
  • Malaya
  • Maligaya
  • Mt. View
  • Poblacion
  • San Carlos
  • San Isidro
  • Sisiman
  • Townsite


Population census of Mariveles
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 60,761 —    
1995 76,626 +4.44%
2000 85,779 +2.45%
2007 102,844 +2.53%
2010 112,707 +3.39%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Population growth rate per is more than twice that of the province itself.

Points of interest

Mariveles' interesting points, attractions, events and historical landmarks include:

Bataan Export Processing Zone
Freeport Area of Bataan Admin Building - 1,700-hectare freeport in Mariveles.[4] The 1,691-hectare industrial complex in Mariveles town enjoy business advantages that include tax incentives, natural endowments, and excellent leadership, under AFAB Chairman Deogracias Custodio.[5] It is the only freeport in the country with a 10.9 million cubic meter-capacity dam that delivers 14 million gallons of water every day. It is complemented by water treatment and sewerage treatment plants which employ a sustainable waste water solution.
Bataan Export Processing Zone Authority
Mariveles, Bataan, geothermal area is situated along the West Luzon Volcanic Arc.[6]
GN Power Mariveles Coal Plant (GMCP), Alasasin
600-megawatt coal-fired power plant ($155 million was purchased by Conglomerate Ayala Corp. in December 2012).[7]
Mount Mariveles
Herma Shipyard Inc.
Lazareto de Mariveles
A Quarantine station established by the Spanish government in the 1850s to check and sanitize cargoes and passengers entering Manila. The Americans, upon their conquest of the Philippines, used the same system in their ports.[8][9] The ruins of the old facility can be found inside the Mariveles Mental Hospital compound in downtown Mariveles.
Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine
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1729 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine

The 1729 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine (Cath.: 36,282 Titular: St. Nicholas Tolentine, Feast day, September 10, Parish Priests: Msgr. Hipolito Araña, Monsignor Hernan Guanzon, JCD, Rev. Fr. Abraham SP. Pantig, Parochial Vicars: Rev. Fr. Markjill A. Manalili, Rev. Fr. Ernesto B. De Leon, Father Ramon G. Mariano, Father Felizardo Sevilla, Vicariate of St. Michael Archangel) belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga[10][11][12][13][14]

On September 9, 2005, Mariveles celebrated the 276th year anniversary of Apo Kolas, the Patron Saint of Mariveles — San Nicolas de Tolentino, who arrived in this town through the Order of Augustinian Recoletos missionaries. Thus, the parish was founded in 1729 bearing the name of the saint.[15]

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino (Italian: San Nicola da Tolentino, Spanish: San Nicolás de Tolentino) (c. 1246 – September 10, 1306), known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint and mystic.

Born at Sant'Angelo in Pontano in Italy, in what was then the March of Ancona, Nicholas was the son of parents who had been childless into middle age. Compagnonus de Guarutti and Amata de Guidiani, prayed at the shrine of Saint Nicholas of Myra for his intercession, and when Amata became pregnant they named their son after the saint. At his canonization, Nicholas was credited with three hundred miracles, including three resurrections.[16]


Pursuant to the Local government in the Philippines",[17][18] the political seat of the municipal government is located at the Municipal Town Hall. In the History of the Philippines (1521–1898), the Gobernadorcillo is the Chief Executive who holds office in the Presidencia. During the American rule (1898–1946) (History of the Philippines (1898-1946)), the elected Mayor and local officials, including the appointed ones hold office at the Municipal Town Hall. The legislative and executive departments perform their functions in the Sangguniang Bayan (Session Hall) and Municipal Trial Court, respectively, and are located in the second floor of the Town Hall and in the adjacent building.

The Municipal Mayor as of the 2013 national and provincial elections, serving his 3rd term in office is Dr. Jesse I. Concepcion.

The Sangguniang Bayan Members are: Chairman and Vice-Mayor Victoriano C. Isip; Councilors - Hon. Marimel A. Lopez, Hon. Angelito S. Rubia, Hon. Ace Jello C. Concepcion, Hon. Jeff B. Peñaloza, Hon. Tito Pancho S. Catipon, Hon. Jocelyn P. Castañeda, Hon. Harry F. Golocan, Hon. Angelito M. Sunga, and Hon. Arvin V. Zurita - Municipal ABC President.[19]


Mariveles can also be reached through jet ferry plying the Mariveles to Manila route that has an approximate travel time of 40 minutes. The Bataan Provincial Expressway, also called Roman Super-Highway, is a limited-access toll expressway that connects Bataan to the provinces of the Central Luzon region in the Philippines. Mariveles is off Exit 55.


The province is home to several nationally recognized public and private educational institutions such as SOFTNET Information Technology Center(SITC) located at 2nd floor SFB #8, FAB Mariveles Bataan. Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) located at Kamaya Point, Barangay Alas-asin, and also the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Mariveles. This campus is located within the Bataan Export Processing Zone in Mariveles. It opened in 1975 and offers academic programs mostly major in commerce.

Primary and intermediate
Mariveles also has several primary schools and institutions such as The Antonio G. Llamas Elementary School, Cabcaben Elementary School, Sto. Niño Biaan Elementary School, the Biaan Aeta Integrated School, Alas-asin Elementary School and St. Nicholas Catholic School of Mariveles Bataan.
Llamas Memorial Institute, Mariveles National High School that has three branches one at Poblacion other two at Cabcaben and Pizaro (known as MNHS Annex).
Private schools
There are many privately owned (by individual or group) and church-operated schools established.

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See also


  1. "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 13 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Province: BATAAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 13 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. DOE set to award 4 renewable energy contracts | Inquirer Business
  7. Ayala buys into Mariveles power plant | Business, News, The Philippine Star |
  8. "100 SIgnificant Events in Philippine History". The Manila Times. September 18, 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Shellum, Brian (February 1, 2010). Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young (1st ed.). Bison Books. p. 134. ISBN 0803213859. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. List of Catholic Dioceses in Asia | Asian Catholic Directory | Ucanews
  12. Parishes
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  14. Diocese of Balanga
  16. Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, Volume 2. By André Vauchez, Richard Barrie Dobson, Michael Lapidge. (Chicago: Fitzroy, Dearborn, 2000)
  17. "Philippines : Gov.Ph : About the Philippines :". Retrieved 2009-03-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. The Local Government Code Of The Philippines - Chan Robles Virtual Law Library
  19. Mariveles - Municipal Officials

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