Catanauan, Quezon

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Catanauan Town Hall
Catanauan Town Hall
Official seal of Catanauan
Nickname(s): Heart of the Bondoc Peninsula
Map of Quezon showing the location of Catanauan
Map of Quezon showing the location of Catanauan
Catanauan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°35′30″N 122°19′30″E / 13.59167°N 122.32500°E / 13.59167; 122.32500Coordinates: 13°35′30″N 122°19′30″E / 13.59167°N 122.32500°E / 13.59167; 122.32500
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Quezon Province
District 3rd district of Quezon
Founded 1700
Barangays 46
 • Mayor Ramon A. Orfanel (Lakas–CMD)
 • Total 253.07 km2 (97.71 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 65,832
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4311
Dialing code 42
Income class 1st class; partially urban

The Municipality of Catanauan (Filipino: Bayan ng Catanauan) is a first class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 65,832 people.[3]


The landscape of Catanauan is described as hilly, rolling and mountainous with isolated flat lands. The existing rivers and creeks serve as potential for effective drainage, more especially the Catanauan River. Catanuan has slopes ranging from 0-13% to 15% and above. The most elevated portion is at barangay San Jose which has slope of 60% and above. Susceptibility to erosion is directly proportional to the slope percentage and degree of susceptibility.


Catanauan is politically subdivided into 46 barangays.[2]

  • Ajos
  • Anusan
  • Barangay 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 5 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 6 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 7 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 8 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 9 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 10(Pob.)
  • Bolo
  • Bulagsong
  • Camandiison
  • Canculajao
  • Catumbo
  • Cawayanin Ibaba
  • Cawayanin Ilaya
  • Cutcutan
  • Dahican
  • Doongan Ibaba
  • Doongan Ilaya
  • Gatasan
  • Macpac
  • Madulao
  • Matandang Sabang Kanluran
  • Matandang Sabang Silangan
  • Milagrosa
  • Navitas
  • Pacabit
  • San Antonio Magcupa
  • San Antonio Pala
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose (Anyao)
  • San Pablo (Suha)
  • San Roque (Uoyon)
  • San Vicente Kanluran
  • San Vicente Silangan
  • Santa Maria (Dao)
  • Tagabas Ibaba
  • Tagabas Ilaya
  • Tagbacan Ibaba
  • Tagbacan Ilaya
  • Tagbacan Silangan
  • Tuhian


The existence of Catanauan as a pueblo (town) was first recorded in the map of Father Pedro Murillo dated on 1734. The petitio dated 1685 of Bishop Andres Gonzales of Nueva Caceres, Naga City, requesting the king of Spain to have Masbater and the Pueblo of Catanauan assigned to Recollect Order was reflective of the early creation of Catanauan. The recognized foundation year of the Municipality was 1713 called as Nabatasan.

In the late 18th and 19th century, there were frequent Moro raids. These occurrences prompted the people to construct two small stone forts or watch towers (magkatanawan) mounted with artillery. Santa Maria watch tower was located at Lot 21 psc-2 near the present wharf is located. Castillo watch tower stood at the intersection of present Rizal and Boncan Street. Hence, the name Catanauan was so derived.


Population census of Catanauan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 48,019 —    
1995 52,420 +1.66%
2000 57,736 +2.09%
2007 65,705 +1.80%
2010 65,832 +0.07%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Local government[edit]

  • Mayor: Hon. Atty. Ramon "Monching" A. Orfanel
  • Vice Mayor: Hon. Manuel "Mano" B. Montano
  • Councilors:
    • Hon. Juan "Juaning" Casal, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Antonio Paterno "Tony" Avila, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Leonardo "Dong" DL. Abella
    • Hon. John "Sir John" De Imus, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Rodolfo "Rudy" A. Orfanel, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Ederlinda "Edher" SR. Ramos, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Rolando "Boy" Custodio, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Michael Palermo, Municipal Councilor
    • Hon. Eufrocina "Baby" Dela Cruz, PPLB President, Municipal Councilor

Town fiesta[edit]

December 8 - immaculate conception church town fiesta

Boling-Boling festival[edit]

Immaculate Conception Parish Church

“Boling-Boling” is an old age practice particular to Catanauanins, which is celebrated annually starting on the Sunday and ends on Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday and signals the start of the Lenten Season. Participants roam around the town garbed in any costume they may fancy. Most of them wear colourful clown-like clothes while others imitate anybody whom they despise and make fun of them. It is the Pinoy version of carnival. No one can tell exactly when and how this practice started, not even the oldest resident of this town located at the heart of Bondoc Peninsula. Senior women wearing brightly coloured dresses and hats with flowers sing and dance from one house to another to solicit cash donations, half of which is given to the local Parish Church for its expenses during the Lenten Season activities and the other half for their own group’s civic projects. Boling-Boling comes from the Visayan word Boling, which means dirt. This reminds us that we are sinners and that we need to repent, do some spiritual cleansing and get ourselves ready for the Lenten Season. In earlier times, Catanauanins had a grandiose merry-making during the Boling-Boling as, starting the following day, which is Ash Wednesday, they will keep silent suspending all merry-makings until the Black Saturday in reverence to the Lenten Season. Some men skimpily clad in their undergarments put on mud or grease with charcoal all over their bodies and roam around the town trying to scare young women and children for fun.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: QUEZON". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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