Tanauan, Batangas

Component City
City of Tanauan

Nickname(s): The Premiere City of CALABARZON
Motto: The City of Colors

Map of Batangas showing the location of Tanauan

Location within the Philippines

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
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Batangas
Congr. District 3rd district of Batangas
Cityhood March 10, 2001
Barangays 48
  Mayor Antonio C. Halili
  Vice Mayor Jhoanna C. Corona
  Total 107.16 km2 (41.37 sq mi)
Elevation 149 m (489 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
  Total 173,366
  Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4232
Dialing code +63(0)43
Income Class 2nd
Website www.tanauancity.gov.ph

Tanauan, officially the City of Tanauan (Filipino: Lungsod ng Tanauan), is a first class city in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 173,366 inhabitants.[3] It was 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 City in its southernmost part. The city shares its borders with Calamba City, Laguna, to the north, Tagaytay City, Cavite, to the northwest, Talisay to the west, Santo Tomas to the east, and the towns of Balete and Malvar to the south.

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


Some people believe that Tanauan derived its name from the Tagalog term tanaw, meaning to look after through the window. This is based on a fortress which had a watchtower built by the Augustinian friars and natives. The watchtower allowed them to monitor incoming “champans” or boats entering through the Pansipit river, which were either traders or pirates. From this tower, one can have a clear view (tanaw) of the lake and of the vast plains and rolling hills.

The Town of Tanauan was founded on its present location in 1754, having been transferred from the fringe of Taal Lake where it was originally situated. It is generally believed that Tanauan, together with Sala was originally founded in 1572 by the Augustinian missionaries who built a mission at the shore of the lake known as Bonbon (now Taal). The town, however, was totally destroyed during the most impressive and catastrophic historically recorded eruption of Taal Volcano in 1754. Together with the community of Sala, the residents of Tanauan were relocated to safer places. Tanauan moved to Bañadero, then to its present location. Sala, on the other hand, transferred from its original site to where it is located now. Sala subsequently became a barangay of Tanauan.

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 great statesman Pres. Jose P. Laurel. Also, three Tanaueños served as governors of Batangas, namely: Jose P. Laurel V, Modesto Castillo and Nicolas Gonzales.[4]

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.[5]

"Walk of Shame"

On 2014, Mayor Antonio Halili started the "Walk of Shame" in Tanauan, with the first case of a tuyo robber being publicly humiliated.[6] The public humiliations headed by Halili called the attention of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), calling for administrative action against Halili and other city officials.[7] Halili will continue on humiliating criminals and drug pushers in the city, despite opposition from the CHR.[8]


Tanauan City is politically subdivided into 48 barangays.[9]

  • Altura Bata
  • Altura Matanda
  • Altura-South
  • Ambulong
  • Bañadero
  • Bagbag
  • Bagumbayan
  • Balele
  • Banjo East (Bungkalot)
  • Banjo West (Banjo Laurel)
  • Bilog-bilog
  • Boot
  • Cale
  • Darasa
  • Gonzales
  • Hidalgo
  • Janopol
  • Janopol Oriental
  • Laurel
  • Luyos
  • Mabini
  • Malaking Pulo
  • Maria Paz
  • Maugat
  • Montaña (Ik-ik)
  • Natatas
  • Pagaspas (Balok-balok)
  • Pantay Matanda
  • Pantay Bata
  • Poblacion Barangay 1
  • Poblacion Barangay 2
  • Poblacion Barangay 3
  • Poblacion Barangay 4
  • Poblacion Barangay 5
  • Poblacion Barangay 6
  • Poblacion Barangay 7
  • Sala
  • Sambat
  • San Jose
  • Santol (Doña Jacoba Garcia)
  • Santor
  • Sulpoc
  • Suplang
  • Talaga
  • Tinurik
  • Trapiche
  • Ulango
  • Wawa

La Playa District

A cluster of the six lakeshore barangays of Tanauan which serves as the tourism district of the city. It is consist of barangays:


Population census of Tanauan City
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 92,754    
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][10]
Tanauan Church


Roman Catholicism is the most dominant and visible religion in Tanauan City. 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 City is now one of the major industrial centers in the Philippines. Within the vicinity of the city are 4 industrial parks and 1 tourism economic zone:



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 City and Santo Tomas on the north and with Malvar, Lipa City, and Batangas City to the south. Another highway links Tanauan with Talisay and Tagaytay.

Public transport

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.


Apolinario Mabini Shrine


Tanauan Campus of Our Lady of Assumption College

Tanauan has several tertiary educational establishments. These include the NTC Batangas, DMMC Institute of Health Sciences, a subsidiary of Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center and UPMC. It is the only school in Tanauan City with its own hospital base. Others are STI College Tanauan,[11] La Consolacion College Tanauan (LCCT), Augustinian Catholic Institution (established in 1948), the Jesus Is Lord Christian School (JILCS), First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (a private educational and research institute), the Christian College of Tanauan (CCT), the Mabini Educational Institution, Our Lady of Assumption College (OLAC-Montessori, a private Catholic Institution that specializes in the Montessori method), the Tanauan Institute (established in 1924) and the Sapphire International Aviation Academy.

There are 9 private and 12 public high schools, and 27 private and 44 public elementary schools.

List of former mayors

  • 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)
  • Cesar V. Platon (1992-2001)
  • Alfredo C. Corona (2001-2006)
  • Sonia Torres-Aquino (2006-2013)
  • Antonio C. Halili (incumbent)

Notable Tanauenos

Sister cities


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