Calamba Cityhood Anniversary

Calamba Cityhood Anniversary is celebrated in Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines every April 21. The date can be a holiday through proclamations from the Office of the President (such as Proclamation No. 1335 in 2022).

The city also celebrates the birth anniversary of Jose Rizal in Buhayani Festival every June 19.

History of Calamba City

The name Calamba may have been derived from a clay pot called kalan-banga or kalamba, a Sanskrit word that referred to a leafy vegetable commonly called kangkong.

It is believed that the city grew from an area now known as Sucol. It was formerly a part of Cabuyao, but gained independence when it ceded on August 28, 1742. It was formally organized as a town in 1770. From then on, it became a hacienda.

Calamba became a city through Republic Act No. 9024, otherwise known as “An Act Converting the Municipality of Calamba, Province of Laguna into a Component City to be Known as the City of Calamba.” The law was approved by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on March 5, 2001. It was ratified through a favorable result in a plebiscite set on April 1, 2001; this is the date that the cityhood anniversary celebrates yearly.

The city is known for many historical spots. It was here that the Filipino national hero Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 and a reconstruction of his birthplace is now known as Rizal Shrine. He was baptized on June 22, 1861 at the St. John the Baptist Church, presently a national historical landmark.

How to reach Calamba City, Laguna

Buses are available to Calamba City, Laguna from Metro Manila.


Calamba Cityhood Anniversary Summary

NameCalamba Cityhood Anniversary
Contact(049) 545-6789 loc. 8000 (Operator), (049) 545 6789
DateApril 21
Historical eventConversion of Calamba to a City in 2001
LocationCalamba City, Laguna
OrganizerCity Government of Calamba