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Liliw, officially the Municipality of Liliw (Tagalog: Bayan ng Liliw), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,582 people.[4]

Municipality of Liliw
Downtown area
Downtown area
Official seal of Liliw
Flip-flops Capital of the Philippines[1]
Map of Laguna with Liliw highlighted
Map of Laguna with Liliw highlighted
Liliw is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°08′N 121°26′E / 14.13°N 121.43°E / 14.13; 121.43Coordinates: 14°08′N 121°26′E / 14.13°N 121.43°E / 14.13; 121.43
Country Philippines
RegionCalabarzon (Region IV-A)
District3rd district of Laguna
FoundedAugust 29, 1571
Barangays33 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEricson J. Sulibit
 • Vice MayorArnold A. Montesines
 • CongressmanMarisol A. Sampelo
 • Electorate22,076 voters (2016)
 • Total39.10 km2 (15.10 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[4]
 • Total36,582
 • Density940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)49
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)86.3 million  (2016)
Native languagesTagalog

It is one of the highland towns forming the southern extremity of Laguna. It is situated at the foot of Mt. Banahaw.

Liliw has a total land area of 3,910 hectares (9,700 acres).[3] It is bounded on the north-west by Sta. Cruz; north-east by Magdalena; on the east by Majayjay; on the west by Nagcarlan; and on the south by Dolores, Quezon.

Liliw is perhaps best known for its cold water spring resorts, native homemade sweets and a sizeable shoe industry that rivals that of Marikina City. The town is also known for its baroque church and its Liliw-style houses. The local government is currently undertaking means to conserve its cultural heritage sites and has proposed to enact a legislation that would mandate the usage of the Liliwstyle architecture as the only means of construction and re-construction in the town. If the ordinance passes, Liliw will have a greater chance to become a heritage town, and further support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.



Liliw is politically subdivided into 33 barangays.[3]

  • Bagong Anyo (Poblacion)
  • Bayate
  • Bongkol
  • Bubukal
  • Cabuyew
  • Calumpang
  • Culoy
  • Dagatan
  • Daniw
  • Dita
  • Ibabang Palina
  • Ibabang San Roque
  • Ibabang Sungi
  • Ibabang Taykin
  • Ilayang Palina
  • Ilayang San Roque
  • Ilayang Sungi
  • Ilayang Taykin
  • Kanlurang Bukal
  • Laguan
  • Luquin
  • Malabo-Kalantukan
  • Masikap (Poblacion)
  • Maslun (Poblacion)
  • Mojon
  • Novaliches
  • Oples
  • Pag-asa (Poblacion)
  • Palayan
  • Rizal (Poblacion)
  • San Isidro
  • Silangang Bukal
  • Tuy-Baanan


Founded in 1571 by Gat Tayaw, the small town of Liliw is nestled at the foot of Mount Banahaw, 17 kilometres (11 mi) away from Santa Cruz, Laguna's capital.

According to a story, Liliw got its name from a bird. It was said that Gat Tayaw and his followers decided to erect a bamboo pole and to name the town after the bird that would first alight at the top of the pole within four days. A crow, however, was the first bird to alight on the pole. A crow was considered bad and so Gat Tayaw and his men moved south and erected another bamboo pole. A beautiful bird alighted on the pole and sang, "Liw, Liw, Liw". Thus the town became Liliw.

Throughout the Spanish regime, the name Liliw was used. When the Americans came, it became Lilio since the Americans found it easier to pronounce it than Liliw. However, on June 11, 1965, the municipal council passed Resolution No. 38-S-65 which declared Liliw as the official name and spelling of the town. This was to avoid confusion in pronouncing and spelling the name of the town.


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 4,669—    
1918 6,306+2.02%
1939 7,588+0.89%
1948 7,977+0.56%
1960 11,064+2.76%
1970 14,638+2.84%
1975 15,907+1.68%
1980 17,436+1.85%
1990 21,911+2.31%
1995 24,434+2.06%
2000 27,537+2.60%
2007 32,727+2.41%
2010 33,851+1.24%
2015 36,582+1.49%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Liliw was 36,582 people,[4] with a density of 940 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,400 inhabitants per square mile.

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  1. ^ Manila Shopper - Footwear Shopping in Liliw
  2. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Province: Laguna". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Laguna". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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