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A Brief History of Limay


During the Spanish regime, several Spanish soldiers were taking a walk along the shore of his town. They came across five (5) persons who were also at the shore and whose craft was destroyed by a strong storm that passed by. One of the Spaniards asked them for the name of this town in his native tongue. Not understanding Spanish, the natives thought that the Spaniards were asking how many are they, so they answered in their dialect, “lima ay”, meaning that they were five in all. The inhabitants of this place are used to saying “ay” as part of their accent. The Spaniards thought that was the answer to their question and went on with the knowledge that this was “Limay”. From then on, this town was called Limay.


One of the towns included in the creation of Bataan as a province was Orion which Limay was then only a barrio of Limay was then a stagnant and undeveloped place, wholly dependent upon the municipal officials of Orion for development and recognition.

On January 1, 1917 by virtue of Executive Order No. 983 by the Governor General Francis Burton Harrison, Limay was proclaimed as an independent municipality. Freed from the bondage of being a mere barrio to full blast progress. Limay aggressively and energetically moved to gain status. Guided by the desire to prove itself and berecognized, its leaders never relented and worked towards making Limay a successful town. Limay was the last municipality created in the province but the first to give a grant share of its income from Realty Tax.

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Limay is now a first class municipality in terms of its income, accredited mostly to big establishments existing in the municipality, consequently , they also have a high employment rate. Mostly engineers, skilled and unskilled laborers, technical men from the province and other towns and cities.


Limay is located in the southeastern part of Bataan, approximately 15 kilometers from the provincial capital.

It can be reached via Orion Port which is only a 45-minute ferry ride from Manila, plus a 5 to 10 minute ride from Orion to Limay.

The total land area is 10,362 hectares. Based on the existing land use, about 65.75% of the total area is forestland, 25.94% is agriculture, 5.95% is industrial use, 2.21% build-up area and 0.15% for aquaculture.

Major agricultural produce is rice followed by vegetables, mangoes, bananas and root crops.

Limay lies along the Manila Bay and has ample fish production to meet local demand in the area. Fish and aquatic products in the area include theraponid (babansi), acetes (alamang), mackerel (hasa-hasa), and grouper (lapu-lapu).

Based on the 1995 National Statistics Office Survey, the total Population is 40,123 wherein 54.32% are residing in the urban areas.


Power is supplied by Peninsula Electric Cooperative (PENELCO), National Power Corporation (NPC) and the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) with a combined capacity of 1,000 megawatts.

The water requirements of the municipality is being served by the Limay Water District I and II, Lamao Water District, deep wells, shallow wells, and springs.

Telecommunications facilities are provided by the Philippine Postal Corporation, Bereau of Telecommunication (BUTEL), RCPI, PLDT and cellular phones like SMART and Mobiline.

They are five banks operating in Limay: Rural Bank of Limay, Philtrust Banks, United Coconut Planters Bank, Hermosa Savings Bank and Bataan Development Bank.


There are several heavy industries operating in Limay which include the Petron Bataan Refinery, the Planters Product Inc., Columbian Carbon Philippines, Philippine Explosives, National Power Corporation, Government Arsenal and Asea Brown Boveri. Limay is also host toe the Limay Bulk Handling Terminal and Limay Grinding Mills.

For the small and cottage industries, fish drying, iron and metal craft are dominant in the area.


Investors are encouraged to invest in recreational facilities like restaurants, bowling alleys and other social amenities for relaxation and enjoyment of tourists and locators in the industrial estates.

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