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Mariveles

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Mariveles is a first class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 112,707 people.Etyomology“Maraming Dilis” shortened to Mara-dilis and into “Mariveles” was the origin of the town's name. Also, Maria Veles, a nun left the convent to love a man until her death. That man named her grave as Mt. Maria Veles (shortened to Mariveles).HistoryFounded as a pueblo by a Franciscan Friar in 1578, Mariveles, the "Village of Kamaya" was part of the Corregimiento, including Bagac and Morong, Corregidor and Maragondon, Cavite.The Superior Decree of July 1754 declared Mariveles' independence from Pampanga.In the 19th century, the Americans established the first quarantine station in the old Spanish Leprosarium Hospital (now, the National Mental Ward).GeographyMariveles is located in a cove at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula. It is about from Manila via the North Luzon Expressway, Gapan-Olongapo Road and Roman Highway. It has a total land area of, representing 12% of the total land area of Bataan. Of this, about 69% consist of the pastureland, 19% of forestland, 6% agricultural lands and the remaining 6% for residential and industrial use. It is home to an Aeta community speaking a Sambalic language called Mariveleño.
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