Taytay, Palawan

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Official seal of Taytay
Map of Palawan with Taytay highlighted
Map of Palawan with Taytay highlighted
Taytay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°49′N 119°31′E / 10.817°N 119.517°E / 10.817; 119.517Coordinates: 10°49′N 119°31′E / 10.817°N 119.517°E / 10.817; 119.517
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Palawan
Congr. district 1st district
Founded 1623
Barangays 31
 • Mayor Romy L. Salvame
 • Total 1,257.68 km2 (485.59 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 70,837
 • Density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5312
Dialing code 48

Taytay is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan, an island of the Philippines.

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 70,837 people.[3]

Since 2002, its Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker is the episcopal see of the pre-diocesan missionary Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay.


Before the Spanish colonization, The Kingdom of Taytay was ruled by a monarch noted as followed everywhere at any given time by ten scribes. The crew of Ferdinand Magellan held the Taytay king and queen for ransom after escaping the Battle of Mactan where Magellan was slain. They intended to secure more supplies as they plan to cross into the Moluccas where the Portuguese were so help can be sought. The native king and his subjects complied with the demands and even added more food supplies than what they asked for. This was duly recorded by Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan's chronicler, who was on board in one of the ships when these events took place.[citation needed]

Pigafetta also took note of one curious thing in the kingdom. He found the natives fond of cockfighting, long before this pastime was seen or even heard of in the Western Hemisphere.[citation needed]

During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, Taytay was formally founded in 1623. Taytay became the capital of the province of Calamianes, the entire territory of Paragua (now Palawan), in 1818; and the province of Castilla, a land area occupying the northern part of Palawan, in 1858.[4]

Archived baptismal records of Cuyo, Palawan show that the last monarch of the Kingdom of Taytay to be converted to Christianity was christened Flores de los Santos Cabaylo meaning Cabaylo, Flower of the Saints. No other sovereign royal datu after him ruled in his kingdom. King Cabaylo's descendants include the present clans of Manlavi, Gabinete, Acosta and Macolor as main genealogical roots. His Royal Highness Datu Dr.Fernando Macolor Cruz who hailed from the Cabailo-Manlavi-Gabinete-Macolor line of the royal house is the present pretender and sole claimant to the most serene and ancient throne of the Kingdom of Taytay.

During the American era, Taytay ceased being Palawan's capital, and its administrative boundary was reduced by approximately 500,000 hectares upon the creation of the Municipality of El Nido in 1916.[5]

The historic Taytay Fort, the Fuerza de Santa Isabel, built in 1667 under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and named in honor of Spain's Queen Isabela II in the 19th century, was used as a military station during that period. This famous relic was completed on 1738. It was mainly used to defend against Muslim warrior-raiders in their colorful war boats while the Spanish soldiers fire at them with their huge cannons. The fort's small chapel and cannons are still intact.[6] The fort is now under the supervision of the National Museum. The Moro action must be understood not as an act of piracy but as a showdown of power and challenge to Spanish hugemony over the islands. It can be viewed as the Tausug's efforts to recover what was once theirs. Similar raids were also carried out against Christian converts in Spanish Cuyo, Dumaran, Linapacan and Culion.

In 1957 the Island of Dibangan was constituted into a barrio.[7]


Taytay is politically subdivided into 31 barangays.[2]

  • Abongan
  • Banbanan
  • Bantulan
  • Batas
  • Bato
  • Beton
  • Busy Bees
  • Calawag
  • Casian
  • Cataban
  • Debangan
  • Dipla
  • Liminangcong
  • Maytegued
  • New Guinlo
  • Old Guinlo
  • Pamantolon
  • Pancol
  • Paly (Paly Island)
  • Poblacion
  • Pularaquen (Canique)
  • San Jose
  • Sandoval
  • Silanga
  • Alacalian
  • Baras (Pangpang)
  • Libertad
  • Minapla
  • Talog
  • Tumbod
  • Paglaum

History of barangays[edit]

Barangay (Barrio) Creation Date Mother Territory
Sitio of Nasalogan[8]
Sitio of Bambanan[9]
Sitio of Calatan[10]


Population census of Taytay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 38,435 —    
1995 47,095 +3.88%
2000 53,657 +2.84%
2007 61,991 +2.01%
2010 70,837 +4.97%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][11]



  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: PALAWAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 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 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Palawan Tourism Council: History of Palawan. Accessed August 27, 2008.
  5. ^ El Nido Tourism Office. Accessed August 28, 2008.
  6. ^ Official Website of the Province of Palawan. Accessed August 28, 2008.
  7. ^ "An Act Creating the Barrio of Dibangan, Municipality of Taytay, Province of Palawan". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  8. ^ "An Act Creating the Barrio of New Agutaya, Municipality of Taytay, Province of Palawan". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  9. ^ "An Act Converting the Sitio of Bambanan, Municipality of Taytay, Province of Palawan, into a Barrio of Said Municipality". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  10. ^ "An Act Converting the Sitio of Calatan, Municipality of Taytay, Province of Palawan, into a Barrio to Be Known As Barrio Sandoval". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Province of Palawan". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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