Tanauan, Batangas

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City of Tanauan
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Official seal of Tanauan
Cradle of Noble Heroes
The City of Colors
Anthem: Tanauan, Bayan Ko
English: Tanauan, My Town
Map of Batangas with Tanauan highlighted
Map of Batangas with Tanauan highlighted
Coordinates: 14°05′N 121°09′E / 14.08°N 121.15°E / 14.08; 121.15Coordinates: 14°05′N 121°09′E / 14.08°N 121.15°E / 14.08; 121.15
Country Philippines
District 3rd district
CityhoodMarch 10, 2001
Barangays48 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorMary Angeline Y. Halili
 • Vice MayorHerminigildo G. Trinidad, Jr.
 • RepresentativeMa. Theresa V. Collantes
 • Electorate114,633 voters (2019)
 • Total107.16 km2 (41.37 sq mi)
168 m (551 ft)
Highest elevation
1,094 m (3,589 ft)
Lowest elevation
5 m (16 ft)
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total173,366
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
 • Households
Demonym(s)Tanaueño (masculine)
Tanaueña (feminine)
 • Income class2nd city income class
 • Poverty incidence4.55% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱1,006,017,528.14 (2016)
Service provider
 • ElectricityBatangas 2 Electric Cooperative (BATELEC 2)
 • WaterMWPV South Luzon Water Corporation [5]
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)43
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesTagalog
Numbered highways

Tanauan, officially the City of Tanauan (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Tanauan), is a 2nd class component city in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 173,366 people. [3]

It is incorporated as a city under Republic Act No. 9005, signed on February 2, 2001, and ratified on March 10, 2001.

With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the city is now part of Manila's conurbation which reaches Lipa in its southernmost part. The city shares its borders with Calamba, Laguna, to the north, Tagaytay, Cavite, to the northwest, Talisay to the west, Santo Tomas City to the east, and the towns of Balete and Malvar to the south. It borders on Taal Lake to the west. The town is known for the Old Tanauan Church Ruins, the most important archaeological site in the municipality where human remains from the colonial era have been unearthed.

Among those born in Tanauan are revolutionary former Prime Minister Apolinario Mabini and former President José P. Laurel.


Tanauan (lookout point) was founded by the Augustinians in 1584 on the northwestern bay of Lake Taal, called Tanauan Bay. Lookout towers were associated with 16th and 17th century churches to forewarn of Moro raids. "Old Tanauan" (Lumang Tanauan) included such a watch tower and associated sapao (built-up structures in the water). The 1754 eruption of Taal Volcano forced the town inhabitants to move initially to Sala. Then both towns moved again later that year to Tanauan's current location, in which Sala is now a barrio.[6]

Tanaueños have displayed characteristics of personal independence and nationalism since early history. The town is called the cradle of noble heroes due to its contribution to the revolutionary movement of its sons Apolinario Mabini, the brains of Katipunan, and later by the statesman Jose P. Laurel. Also, three Tanaueños served as governors of Batangas, namely: Jose P. Laurel V, Modesto Castillo and Nicolas Gonzales.[7]

Recent events include the assassination of its former mayor, Cesar V. Platon, by NPA rebels on 7 May 2001, as he was running for the governorship of Batangas. This happened a few days before the election.[8][9] On 2 July 2018, then-incumbent mayor Antonio Halili, noted for public humiliation campaigns against criminals and drug pushers, was assassinated during the flag raising ceremony at the city hall.[10][11]


The Congress approved the then Batangas 3rd District Rep. Jose Macario Laurel IV's bill and a Senate counterpart measure on Dec. 19, 2000 the Republic Act No. 9005 known as "The Charter of the City of Tanauan."

On February 2, 2001 President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed it into law.

On March 10, 2001, on Saturday, the charter was approved by a referendum in Tanauan that drew 8,890 or 16% of the 55,453 registered voters. Two ballots were either spoiled or blank. The "yes" had it over the "no" by a landslide, 7,026 to 1,961.

According to cityhood advocates, quoted in reports reaching Batangas on Sunday, the turnout, despite being two times better than previous conversion-to-city exercises, was still only 16%.[12]


It is situated 65 kilometres (40 mi) south of Manila and 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Batangas City.


Tanauan City is politically subdivided into 48 barangays.[13]

48 Barangays of the City of Tanauan
Barangay Land Area (hectares) Population (as of 2015) District
Altura Bata 164.64 1,409 None
Altura Matanda 100.97 724 None
Altura South 102.18 690 None
Ambulong 218.38 6,723 La Playa de Tanauan
Bañadero 189.28 4,538 La Playa de Tanauan
Bagbag 569.67 3,210 None
Bagumbayan 239.00 6,460 None
Balele 620.43 7,587 None
Banjo East 145.92 3,310 None
Banjo Laurel (Banjo West) 308.45 2,624 None
Bilogbilog 406.44 4,911 None
Boot 385.43 6,005 La Playa de Tanauan
Cale 366.04 3,658 None
Darasa 327.28 17,561 None
Gonzales 188.29 1,898 La Playa de Tanauan
Hidalgo 97.31 1,070 None
Janopol Occidental 245.10 2,793 None
Janopol Oriental 289.91 3,049 None
Laurel 269.19 1,502 None
Luyos 183.23 1,631 None
Mabini 183.13 2,465 None
Malaking Pulo 543.60 4,146 None
Maria Paz 295.56 2,715 La Playa de Tanauan
Maugat 222.69 2,107 None
Montaña (Ik-ik) 94.20 1,987 None
Natatas 374.79 6,105 None
Pagaspas 311.71 4,070 None
Pantay Matanda 257.56 4,797 None
Pantay Bata 310.66 2,464 None
Barangay 1 19.98 2,139 Poblacion
Barangay 2 17.04 1,414 Poblacion
Barangay 3 41.38 4,863 Poblacion
Barangay 4 32.87 4,822 Poblacion
Barangay 5 8.71 1,432 Poblacion
Barangay 6 20.36 3,998 Poblacion
Barangay 7 36.53 5,302 Poblacion
Sala 216.89 2,112 None
Sambat 88.82 3,621 None
San Jose 127.29 1,114 None
Santol (Doña Jacoba Garcia) 104.03 536 None
Santor 318.85 4,686 None
Sulpoc 400.18 2,039 None
Suplang 229.57 1,438 None
Talaga 442.62 4,755 None
Tinurik 229.82 5,532 None
Trapiche 241.21 7,352 None
Ulango 290.00 2,445 None
Wawa 112.93 1,557 La Playa de Tanauan


Climate data for Tanauan City, Batangas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
Average low °C (°F) 19
Average precipitation mm (inches) 11
Average rainy days 5.2 5.0 7.4 11.5 19.8 23.5 27.0 25.9 25.2 23.2 15.5 8.3 197.5
Source: Meteoblue [14]


Population census of Tanauan
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 18,263—    
1918 22,473+1.39%
1939 26,186+0.73%
1948 30,203+1.60%
1960 44,975+3.37%
1970 61,910+3.24%
1975 66,703+1.51%
1980 74,020+2.10%
1990 92,754+2.28%
1995 103,868+2.14%
2000 117,539+2.69%
2007 142,537+2.70%
2010 152,393+2.46%
2015 173,366+2.49%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][15][16][17]
Tanauan Church


Roman Catholicism is the most dominant and visible religion in Tanauan. St. John the Evangelist is its patron, and its main church is the St. John the Evangelist Parish. La Consolacion College Tanauan (formerly Our Lady of Fatima Academy, 1948), run by the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, is the first Catholic school in the city. Other Catholic schools include Our Lady of Assumption Montessori School and Daughters of Mary Immaculate School (lay-operated). First Asia Institute is converting from a non-sectarian school to a Catholic (Christian) school.

Iglesia ni Cristo, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Islam and other religious groups are also present in the city.


Tanauan is known as an agricultural trading center of CALABARZON Region. Agri products from CALABARZON and as far as MIMAROPA and Bicol regions are being sent here before it reaches Metro Manila public markets. Aside from being an important agricultural center, Tanauan is also one of the Philippines' major industrial centers nowadays hosting four industrial parks which is home to various multinational companies and tourism facilities.

Economic Zones and Business Districts
Name Description
First Philippine Industrial Park A 450-hectare industrial park owned by Lopez Group and Sumitomo Corporation located in Tanauan and Santo Tomas, Batangas. FPIP Tanauan is the location of various multinational companies such as Nestlé, Honda, Brother Printers, Canon Philippines, Shimano, B/E Aerospace, Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corporation and many more.
First Industrial Township Incorporated Formerly PhilTown Technology Center located in Barangay Pagaspas which is now owned by First Philippine Holdings of the Lopez Group of Companies. This is home to Uni-President Philippines, the manufacturer of Homi instant noodles and Nooda Crunch.
Dolores Industrial Park An industrial park in the Tanauan-Malvar area. It is the location of Metro Manila Turf Club.
Data Land Industrial Park An industrial park owned by Data Land Corporation. This hosts the precast manufacturing facility of the said company.
Tanauan City Zentrum A multi-sectoral development by the Torres Group of Companies located at the center of the new Tanauan Central Business District. It is now the location of the new Tanauan City Hall, which was inaugurated last July 23, 2017. In front of the new city hall is the new Tanauan People's Park. Aside from government centers, TCZ will also hosts office towers, condominiums and commercial centers by 2019.
Tagaytay Highlands Tourism Economic Zone a proposed expansion of Tagaytay Highlands Estate by Belle Corporation.


Public transport[edit]

Jeepneys serve the city and the nearby municipalities and barangays. Tricycles provide transportation on the barangays. Buses connect the city with Manila and Batangas City.


The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road passes at the central part of the city. The expressway connects the city with the rest of Batangas. Jose P. Laurel Highway connects the city to Calamba and Santo Tomas on the north and with Malvar, Lipa, and Batangas City to the south. Another highway links Tanauan with Talisay and Tagaytay. A 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mi) service road on both sides of STAR Tollway will connect the northeastern barangays of Tanauan to the southeastern barangays of the city [24]

Aside from the STAR Tollway, national roads like the Jose P. Laurel Highway (Route 4) and Tanauan – Talisay Road (Route 421) serves also the city. The city also maintains roads that connects the rural barangays of the city.


Tanauan Campus of Our Lady of Assumption College

Among the tertiary educational establishments in Tanauan is the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, La Consolacion College, Christian College of Tanauan, Nova Schola, the STI Academic Center, the DMMC Institute of Health Sciences, and the Tanauan Institute. The Tanauan Institute is the oldest private education institution in the city having been established in 1924. The Sapphire International Aviation Academy which caters to aspiring aircraft pilots is also located within the city at the Barradas Airstrip.

There are 9 private and 16 public high schools, and 27 private and 44 public elementary schools.

Public High Schools[25][edit]

  1. Balele Integrated High School
  2. Banjo Laurel National High School
  3. Bernardo Lirio Memorial National High School
  4. Boot National High School
  5. Dr. Alcantara National High School
  6. Janopol Oriental National High School
  7. Luyos National High School
  8. Malaking Pulo National High School
  9. Natatas National High School
  10. Pantay National High School
  11. President Jose P. Laurel National High School
  12. Tanauan City Integrated High School
  13. Tanauan School of Fisheries
  14. Tinurik National High School
  15. Ulango Integrated High School
  16. Wawa National High School

Local Government[edit]

The current seat of government of the city is the New Tanauan City Hall located at Laurel Hill, Barangay Natatas, Tanauan City.

Elected Officials[edit]

Elected government officials (2019–2022)
Position Name Party
City Mayor Mary Angeline Y. Halili UNA
City Vice Mayor Atty. Herminigildo Trinidad Jr. UNA
Joseph M. Castillo UNA
Herman Trinidad (deceased, replaced by Herminigildo Trinidad Sr.) UNA
Simeon M. Platon UNA
Angel V. Atienza Nacionalista
Czylene T. Marqueses UNA
Angel C. Burgos Independent
Glen Win D. Gonzales UNA
Brig. General Benedicto C. Corona (Ret.) Nacionalista
Dra. Kristel N. Guelos Nacionalista
Herman R. De Sagun UNA
Ex-Officio City Council Member
ABC President Isidro Fruelda Nonpartisan
SKFed President John Kennedy Macalindong Nonpartisan

Heads of government[edit]

  • Estanislao Gonzales (1870–1884)
  • Jose B. Gonzales (1885–1886)
  • Ruperto Laurel (1887–1888)
  • Sixto Gonzales Castillo (1892–1898)
  • Pedro M. Carandang (1899–1900)
  • Juan Gonzales Suizo (1900–1902)
  • Florentino Laurena (1902)
  • Valentin Dimayuga (1902–1903)
  • Florentino Collantes (1903–1904)
  • Prospero Dimayuga (1904–1905)
  • Pantaleon Gonzales (1905–1906)
  • Francisco Oñate (1906–1907)
  • Fulgencio Platon (1907–1908)
  • Nicolas Gonzales Sr. (1908–1912)
  • Crispin Garcia (1912–1916)
  • George Collantes (1916–1922)
  • Fulgencio Platon (1922–1925)
  • Florentino Laurena (1925–1928)
  • Antonio Dimayuga (1928–1937)
  • Felix Ebron (1937)
  • Alfredo Magpantay (1937–1942)
  • Nicolas Gonzales (1942–1943)
  • Jose M. Corona (1943–1945)
  • George Collantes (1946–1951)
  • Pedro B. Gonzales (1951–1967)
  • Jaime Banjo Laurel (1968–1970)
  • Sebastian Carandang (1970–1971)
  • Francisco E. Lirio (1971–1980)
  • Sotero Olfato (1980–1987)
  • Pedro Tipa (1987–1988)
  • Sotero Olfato (1988–1992)
  • Antonio C. Halili (1992)
  • Cesar V. Platon (1992–2001)
  • Alfredo C. Corona (2001–2006)
  • Sonia Torres-Aquino (2006–2013)
  • Antonio C. Halili (2013–2018)
  • Atty. Jhoanna Corona-Villamor (2018-2019)
  • Mary Angeline Halili (2019-incumbent)

Notable people[edit]



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