Anao, Tarlac

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Municipality of Anao
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Anao
Map of Tarlac with Anao highlighted
Map of Tarlac with Anao highlighted
Anao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°43′44″N 120°37′34″E / 15.7289°N 120.6261°E / 15.7289; 120.6261Coordinates: 15°43′44″N 120°37′34″E / 15.7289°N 120.6261°E / 15.7289; 120.6261
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon (Region III)
District1st District
FoundedMarch 16, 1870
Barangays18 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorBetty B. Lacbayan
 • Electorate7,420 voters (2016)
 • Total23.87 km2 (9.22 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total11,528
 • Density480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)45
Climate typeTropical monsoon climate
Income class5th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)51,803,391.73 (2016)
Native languagesPangasinan

The smallest town in terms of land area, Anao is a relatively an old town having been organized into a municipality as early as March 16, 1870. Anao is a 5th class municipality in the Province of Tarlac, Philippines and covers a total land area of 2,387 hectares (5,900 acres). The area occupied by the municipality was formerly a part of Pangasinan. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of the provincial capitol and nestling on the Tarlac-Nueva Ecija border. Located in the north-eastern part of Tarlac, it is bound on the north by San Manuel, in the east by Nampicuan, on the south by Ramos and on the west by Paniqui and Moncada.

The area where Anao is located was inhabited before 1800 by people from the Ilocos Region. In 1835, a group of immigrants from Paoay, Ilocos Norte reached the region and first settled near a creek on the bank where there were balete trees. These immigrants called their settlement "Balete". The immigrants found the region where they settled to have many agricultural prospects and this attracted more immigrants who came from the north, especially from the town of Paoay. The settlement expanded and became a barrio named Balete which later changed to Barrio Anao deriving authentically from the Ilocano word "Danao" which means creek. By that time, balete trees were extinguished and the barrio was adjacent in all directions by creeks. Paniqui then stood as one municipality and had a road extended toward the east to Barrio Anao. Paniqui had more rights to claim Anao as its barrio and the people of the barrio accepted the claim.

Years went by and Barrio Anao expanded. A petition was made and approved that Barrio Anao be made a Municipality. This was in the year 1870. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 11,528 people.[3]


Anao is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.[2]

  • Baguindoc (Baguinloc)
  • Bantog
  • Campos
  • Carmen
  • Casili
  • Don Ramon
  • Hernando
  • Poblacion
  • Rizal
  • San Francisco East
  • San Francisco West
  • San Jose North
  • San Jose South
  • San Juan
  • San Roque
  • Santo Domingo
  • Sinense
  • Suaverdez


Population census of Anao
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,678—    
1918 3,314−0.69%
1939 3,486+0.24%
1948 4,453+2.76%
1960 5,068+1.08%
1970 6,672+2.78%
1975 6,084−1.83%
1980 6,519+1.39%
1990 7,955+2.01%
1995 9,240+2.85%
2000 10,045+1.81%
2007 10,806+1.01%
2010 10,873+0.23%
2015 11,528+1.12%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Anao, Tarlac, was 11,528 people,[3] with a density of 480 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,200 inhabitants per square mile.

Anao is predominantly an Ilocano-speaking town although most are fluent in Tagalog. Other languages like Kapampangan and Pangasinan are spoken by about 10% of the population.

Aglipayan and Roman Catholicism are two of the predominant religions.

Attractions, points of interest[edit]

In the center of the town near the Municipio or Presidencia is the (F-1935) Saint John Nepomucene Parish Church of Anao.[7] Fr. Mike Marquez Bar is its Parish Priest.[8][9] It belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarlac[10] at Poblacion St., Anao 2310 Tarlac, Philippines, Titular: St. John Nepomucene, Feast on May 16 under the Vicariate of St. Rose of Lima.[11]

Ylang Ylang festival is celebrated by the municipality to take pride of their local products, the scent of Ylang Ylang.



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Tarlac". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Tarlac". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ Category:Saint John Nepomucene Parish Church of Anao - Wikimedia Commons
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  9. ^ "Diocese of Tarlac". Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  10. ^ Diocese of Tarlac, Philippines
  11. ^ catholic-diocese-of-tarlac/ List of Parishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarlac | Philippine Churches

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