Tarlac City

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This article is about the Philippine city. For the province, see Tarlac. For the river, see Tarlac River.
Tarlac City
Component City
City of Tarlac
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From top, left to right: The Tarlac City Plazuela, San Sebastian Cathedral, Aquino Center and Museum, Diwa ng Tarlac, Corazon Aquino Monument, Tarlac City Hall, and the Tarlac State University Hostel.
Official seal of Tarlac City
Motto: Magkaisa: Bawat Oras, Sama-Sama
Location in the province of Tarlac
Location in the province of Tarlac
Tarlac City is located in Philippines
Tarlac City
Tarlac City
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°28′N 120°35′E / 15.467°N 120.583°E / 15.467; 120.583Coordinates: 15°28′N 120°35′E / 15.467°N 120.583°E / 15.467; 120.583
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Tarlac
District 2nd District
Founded 1788
Cityhood April 18, 1998
Barangays 76
 • Mayor Cristy Angeles (NPC)
 • Vice Mayor Genaro M. Mendoza
 • Total 274.66 km2 (106.05 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 318,332
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
  • Tarlaqueño (Male)
  • Tarlaqueña (Female)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2300
Dialing code +63 (0)45
Income class 1st class
Website tarlaccity.gov.ph

Tarlac City, officially the City of Tarlac (Kapampangan: Lakanbalen ning Tarlac; Pangasinan: Siyudad na Tarlac; Ilocano: Ciudad ti Tarlac, Tagalog: Lungsod ng Tarlac), is a first class and capital city of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines.[2] According to the 2010 census, Tarlac City has a population of 318,332 people.[3]

The city was proclaimed as a Highly Urbanized City during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, but the decision was opposed by the provincial government.


The city is situated at the center of the province. To its north is Gerona and Santa Ignacia, west is San Jose, south is Capas and Concepcion and eastern boundaries are Victoria and La Paz. This is also the location of Tarlac River.

Tarlac City is approximately 24 metres (79 ft) above sea level on some parts but reaching even 50 metres (160 ft) on large western portions. Tarlac City was historically a part of what is now Porac, Pampanga. Parts of Tarlac city are claimed to be among the few portions of land in the province which was not created by ancient eruptions from Mount Pinatubo.


Tarlac City is politically subdivided into 76 barangays.[4]

  • Aguso
  • Alvindia
  • Amucao
  • Armenia
  • Asturias
  • Atioc
  • Balanti
  • Balete
  • Balibago I
  • Balibago II
  • Balingcanaway
  • Banaba
  • Bantog
  • Baras-baras
  • Batang-batang
  • Binauganan
  • Bora
  • Buenavista
  • Buhilit
  • Burot
  • Calingcuan
  • Capehan
  • Carangian
  • Care
  • Central
  • Culipat
  • Cut-cut I
  • Cut-cut II
  • Dalayap
  • Dela Paz
  • Dolores
  • Laoang
  • Ligtasan
  • Lourdes
  • Mabini
  • Maligaya
  • Maliwalo
  • Mapalacsiao
  • Mapalad
  • Matatalaib
  • Paraiso
  • Poblacion
  • Salapungan
  • San Carlos
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Jose de Urquico
  • San Juan Bautista (formerly Matadero)
  • San Juan de Mata
  • San Luis
  • San Manuel
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pablo
  • San Pascual
  • San Rafael
  • San Roque
  • San Sebastian
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santo Cristo
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño
  • Sapang Maragul
  • Sapang Tagalog
  • Sepung Calzada (Panampunan)
  • Sinait
  • Suizo
  • Tariji
  • Tibag
  • Tibagan
  • Trinidad
  • Ungot
  • Villa Bacolor


Population census of Tarlac City
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 15,044 —    
1918 24,460 +3.29%
1939 55,682 +3.99%
1948 64,597 +1.66%
1960 98,285 +3.56%
1970 135,128 +3.23%
1975 160,595 +3.52%
1980 175,691 +1.81%
1990 208,722 +1.74%
1995 230,459 +1.87%
2000 262,481 +2.83%
2007 314,155 +2.51%
2010 318,332 +0.48%
2015 342,493 +1.40%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5][6]


According to statistics compiled by the Philippine government, the most dominant religion in the city is Christianity with 73% of the population adhering to the faith. The majority of Christians are Roman Catholics followed by a large concentration of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ). Other Christian groups belong to various Protestant denominations. The remaining 27% being non-Christian such as Muslims, etc.


MacArthur Highway in Tarlac

Tarlac City is the usual bus stop for commuters travelling to the Ilocos Region and Cordillera provinces. Bus companies that take a route through the city include Philippine Rabbit, Victory Liner, Five Star, Partas, Baliwag Transit, Farinas Transit, Genesis, Santrans, de Leon Express, GV Florida, and many others. Many of the bus companies' stations can be found along MacArthur Highway namely Siesta and Motorway.

The MacArthur Highway goes from the southern to the northern end of the city. There are a series of roads leading to Zambales and Pangasinan as well as Baguio City. Most buses passing through the town of Camiling onwards to Pangasinan usually take the Romulo Highway which forks from MacArthur Highway along Brgy. San Roque.


There are several shopping malls established within the city. To name a few, there is the SM City Tarlac, which is the first SM Supermall in the Tarlac Province, located along McArthur Highway in San Roque; Plaza Luisita Mall, which is the first shopping center in Central Luzon (now Robinsons Luisita; the Magic Star Mall along Romulo Blvd. in Brgy. Cut-cut; My MetroTown Mall in Brgy. Sto Cristo; Palm Plaza Mall located along McArthur Highway corner F. Tanedo St. Brgy. Matatalaib; CityWalk also located in Brgy. San Roque and the Double Dragon's CityMall (u/c) located in Brgy. San Rafael.


The Malatarlak Festival, celebrated every January in Tarlac City, is one of the most remarkable festivals in the province. In 2011, the City Mayor then changed the name of the festival to Melting Pot Festival, but it is still remembered by its former name. The festival is a commemoration to the first people who built civilization in the province, the Aetas.

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  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Tarlac". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  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 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "An Act Creating Certain, Barrios in the Municipality of Tarlac, Province of Tarlac". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Province of Tarlac". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "City Government of Tarlac – Demography". City Government of Tarlac. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 

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