Ang dating daan beliefs and practices
The province had been trading with the Chinese since Yuan Dynasty until the first phase of Ming Dynasty in the 13th and 15th century.
Inhabitants of the province were also trading with Japan and India.
Balayan was considered the most progressive town of the region.
An eruption of Taal Volcano destroyed a significant portion of the town, causing residents to transfer to Bonbon (now Taal), the name eventually encompassing the bounds of the modern province.
However, Wang Teh-Ming in his writings on Sino-Filipino relations points out that Batangas was the real center of the Tagalog tribe, which he then identified as Ma-yi or Ma-i.
According to the Chinese Imperial Annals, Ma-yi had its center in the province and extends to as far as Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Bataan, Bulacan, Mindoro, Marinduque, Nueva Ecija, some parts of Zambales, and Tarlac.
The term Batangan means a raft which the people used so that they could fish in the nearby Taal Lake.
Batangas City has the second largest international seaport in the Philippines after Metro Manila.
Long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines, large centers of population already thrived in Batangas.
Native settlements lined the Pansipit River, a major waterway.
Like the nearby tribes, the Batangan or the early Batangueños were a non-aggressive people.
Partly because most of the tribes in their immediate environment were related to them by blood.
Some weapons Batangans used included the bakyang (bows and arrows), the bangkaw (spears), and the suwan (bolo).