Lobo and Surroundings
Lobo is about 145 kilometers from Manila. It is located near the southern tip of Batangas province. Lobo offers many attractions. It has good white sand beaches whose ocean floor slopes gradually for nearly 200 meters before a drop-off. It has very good coral and marine life on some of its beaches that attract many snorklers, scuba divers and underwater photographers. It also has protected mangrove forests and fish sanctuaries.
Lobo is a 4th class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 33,909 people in 6,611 households. The town was formerly a part of the neighboring municipality of Taysan, is also known as the home of the sweetest atis and tamarinds in the country.
The name “Lobo” came from the Tagalog term for wolf, which is “lobo”, the River Lobo, which is in Lobo itself, and the name called to a group of early inhabitants as Lolobos.
The wreckage of two Japanese ships, which sank off Barangay Sawang during the last days of World War II in 1945 can hardly be seen now. Instead, a submarine-shaped formation of corals has emerged and declared a fish sanctuary.
The municipal government declared the Submarine Garden a fish sanctuary five years ago.
When the villagers, fishermen and local fisheries officials discovered that the sanctuary attracted more and more fishes, the entire 3-km shoreline and 300 m fronting the shores have been declared a protected area.
About 15 meters from the shore, the water is so clear you can see fish swimming, while a big blue starfish lies bathing in the morning sun. Water at knee-deep is also so clear that one can see a seahorse swimming near the corals.
Fronting Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro province and nearby Verde Island, the view is dotted by small boats and passenger ships dragging tails of foam.