Tanauan, Batangas

Tanauan, Batangas
City of Tanauan
Lungsod ng Tanauan
—  Component City  —
Nickname(s): Cradle of the Noble Heroes
Map of Batangas showing the location of Tanauan City
Coordinates: 14°4′58″N 121°9′2″E / 14.08278°N 121.15056°E / 14.08278; 121.15056Coordinates: 14°4′58″N 121°9′2″E / 14.08278°N 121.15056°E / 14.08278; 121.15056
Country Philippines
Province Batangas
Congressional District 3rd
Barangays 48
Cityhood March 10, 2001
 – Mayor Sonia Torres Aquino
 – Vice Mayor Julius Caesar G. Platon II
 – Councilors Jhoanna D. Corona
Gileen V. Canobas
Elmer L. Perez
Marcelo Eric O. Manglo
Marissa M. Tabing
Eleuterio B. Borja
Epimaco R. Magpantay
Gavino A. Gonzales
Wilfredo N. Luna
Marcial V. Goguanco, Jr.
 – ABC President Simeon N. Platon
 – SK Federation President Kevelyn S. Rodriguez
 – Total 107.16 km2 (41.4 sq mi)
Elevation 149 m (489 ft)
Population (2007)
 – Total 142,537
 – Density 968/km2 (2,507.1/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4232
Area code(s) 43
Income Class Second Class
Classification Component City; Partially Urban
Website tanauan.gov.ph
Population Census of Tanauan City
Census Pop. Rate
1995 103,868
2000 117,539 2.69%
2007 142,537 2.70%

The City of Tanauan (Filipino: Lungsod ng Tanauan) is a second class city in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 142,537 inhabitants in 21,912 households. It was incorporated as a city under Republic Act No. 9005, signed on February 2, 2001 and ratified on March 10, 2001.

Revolutionary thinker and former Prime Minister Apolinario Mabini and former President José P. Laurel were born in Tanauan.

Recent events include the assassination of its former mayor, Cesar V. Platon, by NPA rebels, as he was running for the governorship of Batangas. This happened days shy of the election.

The city share its borders with Calamba City, Laguna to the north, Tagaytay City, Cavite to the northwest, Talisay, Batangas to the west, Santo Tomas, Batangas to the east, and the towns of Balete and Malvar to the south.



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 Augustian 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 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. Sala subsequently became the barangay of Tanauan.

Tanaueños have displayed characteristics of personal independence 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.[1]


Tanauan City is politically subdivided into 48 barangays. [2]

  • Altura Bata
  • Altura Matanda
  • Altura-South
  • Ambulong
  • Banadero
  • Bagbag
  • Bagumbayan
  • Balele
  • Banjo East (Bungkalot)
  • Banjo West (Banjo Laurel)
  • Bilog-bilog
  • Boot
  • Cale
  • Darasa
  • Pagaspas (Balokbalok)
  • Gonzales
  • Hidalgo
  • Janopol
  • Janopol Oriental
  • Laurel
  • Luyos
  • Mabini
  • Malaking Pulo
  • Maria Paz
  • Maugat
  • Montaña (Ik-ik)
  • Natatas
  • 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


Tanauan has several tertiary educational establishments. These include STI College Tanauan [3], the 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 Junior College, Our Lady of Assumption College (OLAC-Montessori) a private Catholic Institution that specializes in Montessori method, and the Tanauan Institute (T.I.) established in 1924. It also has 9 private and 12 public high schools, and 27 private and 44 public elementary schools.


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