Tanay, Rizal

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Flag of Tanay
Official seal of Tanay
Map of Rizal showing the location of Tanay
Map of Rizal showing the location of Tanay
Tanay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°30′N 121°17′E / 14.500°N 121.283°E / 14.500; 121.283Coordinates: 14°30′N 121°17′E / 14.500°N 121.283°E / 14.500; 121.283
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Rizal
District 2nd District of Rizal
Founded 1606
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Rafael A. Tanjuatco
 • Total 200.00 km2 (77.22 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 98,879
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1980
Dialing code 2
Income class 1st
Website www.tanay.gov.ph

Tanay is a first class municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. It is located 57 kilometres (35 mi) east of Manila, although a typical commute between Manila and Tanay will take between one to three hours depending upon traffic conditions. It contains portions of the Sierra Madre Mountains and is bordered by Antipolo City in the northwest, Baras, Morong and Teresa in the west, General Nakar (Quezon Province) in the east, and Pililla, Santa Maria (Laguna province) as well as the lake Laguna de Bay in the south.

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 98,879 people.[3]


Tanay is politically subdivided into 19 barangays (9 urban, 10 rural).[2]

  • Cayabu
  • Cuyambay
  • Daraitan
  • Katipunan-Bayani (Pob.)
  • Kay Buto (Pob.)
  • Laiban
  • Mag-Ampon (Pob.)
  • Mamuyao
  • Pinagkamaligan (Pob.)
  • Plaza Aldea (Pob.)
  • Sampaloc
  • San Andres[4][5]
  • San Isidro (Pob.)
  • Santa Inez
  • Santo Niño
  • Tabing Ilog (Pob.)
  • Tandang Kutyo (Pob.)
  • Tinucan
  • Wawa (Pob.)
  • Madilay-dilay (under negotiation due to dispute with Santa Maria, Laguna)

Tanay with its Barangays in Poblacion, celebrated its Fiesta every 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of January commemorating the town's patron, Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Events like Amateur Singing Contest, Serenata, Band Drill Jamboree, prestigious pageants like Mr.Pogi and Miss Gay Exceptionals, are held in this season.


Tanay was settled by early Austronesian people. Shortly after the conquest and subjugation of Manila by the Spaniards and the surrounding lake areas by Juan de Salcedo in 1570-1574, Franciscan missionaries arrived to Christianize the inhabitants of what is now the Morong-Pililla area. In 1583, both Morong and Pililla were created as separate towns with Tanay forming part of Pililla.

Tanay was founded as a separate pueblo (town) in 1606 under the name "Monte de Tan-ay". In 1620, administration was moved to San Antonio (now called Inalsan or Pantay) and Tandang Kutyo. In 1638, the town was burned during an uprising of Chinese living in the area, and the town was rebuilt in 1640 at the present day location.[6]

In 1747, the town of Tanay consisted of only eight barangays, namely Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Sa Josep, San Ildefonso de Tanay, San Francisco de Maytubig, San Pedro de Alcantara, San Lucas y San Antonio, San Apostol and San Agustin de Balugbog.

In 1853, a new political subdivision was formed. The town of Tanay together with Morong, Baras, Pililla, Angono, Binangonan and Jalajala form the Province of La Laguna, with the capital at Morong. This district was later changed to Distrito Politico-Militar de Morong after four years.

Tanay became a Municipality in 1894 as an effect of the Spanish Maura Law. The first election of Public Office took place in 1895–1898 and 1898–1900 under the Revolutionary Government of the Philippines.

Tanay members of the Katipunan fought valiantly during the Revolution against Spain. The town was the headquarters of the second military area of the Philippine Revolutionary Government under General Emilio Aguinaldo. And for a brief period between 1899 and 1900, Tanay served as the capital of the then Morong Province after Philippine–American War broke out and the American forces invaded the lake towns and captured Antipolo.[7]

In 1900-1901, Tanay as was under the Government appointed by the American Military under Taft Commission. From 1903–1934 the town leadership was under the American rule then in 1934 Tanay was under the Commonwealth of the Philippines as the Tydings–McDuffie Act was approved on March 24, 1934 until the Philippines fell to the hands of the Japanese during the Second World War in 1942.

In 1942–1945 the Mountains of Tanay served as the Guerrilla base for 'Marking's Fil-American Guerrillas, beginning the Liberation of Tanay on March, 1945 a very decorated by the Filipino soldiers of the 41st and 42nd Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army, 4th Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary and the recognized guerrillas against the Japanese occupation forces during World War II. Gen. Agustin Marking is buried in a private cemetery by the road overlooking his son's farm in Sampaloc.

In October 2003, deposed Philippine president Joseph Estrada was transferred to a rest home in Sampaloc, a mountain barangay. He remained under house arrest until he was given executive clemency by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

During the Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) on September 26, 2009, Tanay was one of the hardest hit towns due to the rising of Laguna Lake and the flooding of Tanay River.


Population census of Tanay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1980 40,443 —    
1990 58,410 +3.75%
1995 69,181 +3.22%
2000 78,223 +2.67%
2007 94,460 +2.64%
2010 98,879 +1.68%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

The majority of the population consists of Tagalogs who live near Laguna de Bay, though there is also a significant percentage of mountain dwelling people living in the northern portions of the municipality. The town's major trades consist of fishing, agriculture and regional commerce.

Tanay is also believed to be the birthplace of the Sambal language.[8]


Most of the residents are Roman Catholic which consists of 50,126.

Roman Catholic: - a total 58% of the town's population.

Other Christian Denomination - comprises 38%.

Other known Religion - comprises 4%

Places of interest[edit]

Batlag Falls
Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia
  • Calinawan Cave and Rawang Pass: Stronghold of the Filipinos in the Revolution against Spain and in the Filipino-American War in April–May 1900. It also housed the towns people during the Second World War, beginning the Invasion of Tanay in March, 1945 from the Filipino soldiers and recognized guerrillas against the Japanese Imperial forces.
  • Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls: A popular local tourist attraction.
  • Masungi Rock, in the Sierra Madre mountains near Cuyambay, may be of interest to hikers and geologists.
  • Parola, the historic lighthouse of Tanay, offers a picturesque view of Laguna de Bay as well as several nearby restaurants.
  • Tanay Church: Also known as Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church or Iglesia Parroquial de San Ildefonso de Toledo(in spanish), was built between 1773–1783 using forced labor[citation needed], and is the second oldest church in the province. Commonly known for its Station of the Cross which hailed as one of the most artistic in Asia with its controversial "Bolo knife" used by a roman soldier. Declared as one of the five Jubilee Churches in the Diocese of Antipolo and National Cultural Heritage by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts along with 25 other churches all over the Philippines.
  • Tanay Coliseum, near the Municipal Hall, features cockfights and local boxing matches.
  • Tanay Park: Adjacent to the church, this is the main social gathering place in the town, where during festivals one may observe performances of the Tariki dance, or the Subok. It is also the place where Annual Amateur Singing Contest is held during the Fiesta Season (January 22,23,24).A monument of José Rizal also stood there.
  • Tanay Town Center (SaveMore): The First Community Mall ever established at Tanay, showing the start of Business Development in the Area.
  • Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia (Regina RICA): A 71-foot-tall statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary.
  • Tanay Adventure Camp, at Sitio Malaanonang, Tanay, Rizal, 1 km from the University of Rizal System, holds the record for having the longest zip line (230m) in Rizal.[9]
  • Daraitan: a barangay with 1 hour trip from the town. Its famous attraction is the clean Daraitan River.
  • DSWD National Training School for Boys and Golden Acres (Home for the Aged): Located at Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. A home for some Children In Conflict with the Law and a conducive place for elderly.

Local government[edit]

Position Name Political Party Term of Service
Mayor Rafael "Lito" Tanjuatco LAKAS/KAMPI/NPC/PMP/LDP/LABAN/UNA 3rd
Vice-Mayor Jaime "Jimmy" Vista LAKAS/KAMPI 2nd
Councilor Ricardo"Boboy" Bernados NPC 1st
Councilor Mitchelle Maricora Catameo LAKAS 1st
Councilor Rommel "Ram" Magwili LP 2nd
Councilor Santos"Boy" Pagalunan-Santos LP 2nd
Councilor Lilibeth"Beth"Galang NPC 1st
Councilor Rafael"Raffy" Reyes LP 1st
Councilor Elena O. Villanueva LP 3rd
Councilor Rading Juco NPC 1st
ABC Chairman Ruel Estrella LP 1st
SK President Edjay S. Cruz LAKAS 1st

The Municipal Council approved the P80+ million budget for the construction of the new municipal building of Tanay. The lending company will be the Landbank of the Philippines, Tanay Branch. Certain issues and debates from different sectors and influential names about the construction arrouses, and still now under public consultation and hearing.

Hane Festival[edit]

The municipality also held its festival named HANE Festival. HANE comes from their term of saying OK. For example: "Do a great job OK?" or when you are in Tanay townsfolk will say, "Do a great job HANE? or in Tagalog: Galingan mo trabaho mo HANE?. It starts November 12 which happens to be the anniversary of San Ildefonso Parish, the towns Parish, and ends November 20. It presents the beauty of Tanay, Street Parades and Contests and Amateurs on Tanay Park every day of the festival. The festival begins when the soldiers fire the cannon with Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Rev. Fr. Noeh Elnar and Rev. Fr. Jose Evan Yuri Alumbro after the mass for the Anniversary of the Parish. The festival's first year was 2011.



  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Rizal". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 March 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 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.mcgi.org/en/news/1010041531/
  5. ^ http://www.untvweb.com/news/newscontent.aspx?article=1940
  6. ^ Municipality of Tanay, Its Profile
  7. ^ Municipality of Tanay, Its Profile
  8. ^ About Culture and Arts
  9. ^ http://www.tanayadventurecamp.com/

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