Tanauan is a third-class partially urban city found on the northeastern part of the province of Batangas, a Metro Manila suburb located in the south Luzon (CALABARZON) region of the Philippines. The city lies ninety minutes away from Manila and bounded by the province of Laguna to the north, the municipality of Malvar to the northwest, the Taal Lake to the southwest, and the municipality of Santo Tomas to the east. It is composed of 48 barangays, 7 of which are located in the poblacion or the city center. Linking the poblacion to Metro Manila and other areas in Batangas is the Pres.JP Laurel Highway.
Tanauan has a total land area of 10,716 km2 which is largely made up of loam. This soil type makes the city’s area suitable for agriculture. Tanauan’s major agricultural products are coconut, sugarcane, vegetables, fruits, rice, corn, and root crops. Aside from a strong agricultural sector, the city has a great potential for industrial, commercial, and tourism developments which had earned its title as the” Rising Star of the CALABAARZON Region”.
Tanauan was originally settled on the shores of Taal Lake, then known as Lake Bonbon, in 1572 by Augustinian missionaries. The town was devastated after the Taal Volcano’s greatest recorded eruption on May 15, 1754. It was relocated to Bañadero before moving to its present location.
The city is also known as the “Cradle of Noble Heroes” because of its two most celebrated sons that have contributed in the history of the Philippines. They are Apolinario Mabini, the dubbed “brains of the Katipunan” or the Philippine revolutionary movement against Spain, and Jose P. Laurel who had served as one of the country’s most illustrious supreme court justices and Philippine president during the Second World War.
The following years after the war for Tanauan lay quiet as the town built itself a sustainable economy and government. In 1996, Tanauan was declared a first-class municipality,. Five years later, on March 10, 2001, the law ratifying Tanauan as a city was approved.
Residential Places in Tanauan
All of Tanauan City’s 48 barangays have residential neighborhoods, some of which may be clustered into gated communities locally referred to as subdivisions or villages. These gated communities are the preferred residence of most middle and upper class families. They often feature a walled perimeter with guarded gates to afford better security, or merely a demarcation of the area of the commercial residential development. Most gated communities feature basic amenities, such as lighted streets, water supply, and garbage management.
Tanauan has quite a few affluent gated communities in its locality. Some of its most notable subdivisions and villages are St. Joseph Village, Brentwood Village, and Cambridge Place.
Hospitals and Universities of Tanauan
Tanauan is serviced by both private and public hospitals that can efficiently handle any medical emergency and most medical procedures. Both are considered to provide the same standard in healthcare, differing only with the available diagnostic and medical facilities and accommodations. They are staffed with qualified health practitioners that are well-versed in English.
Filipino doctors are graduates of the Philippines numerous reputable medical schools and most would have pursued further studies and training in the United States. Likewise, nurses are also the products of the many creditable Philippine nursing schools, the same that had produced the Filipino nurses working in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and other parts of the world.
Listed below are the hospitals found in Tanauan City:
Hospital Address Telephone
CP Reyes Hospital A. Mabini Avenue 778-1119
Daniel O. Mercado General Hospital Pres. JP Laurel Highway 778-0960
JP Laurel Memorial Hospital Santor Road, Kumintang Ibaba 778-1328
TANAUAN MEDICAL CENTER A. Mabini Avenue 778-5873
Mercado General Hospital Pres. JP Laurel Highway 878-1810 or 878-1206
Tanauan has tertiary educational institutions that provide instruction and training for baccalaureate, and vocational courses. One of its notable institutions is the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) which is a leading private educational and research institute in north Batangas. Its roster of degree programs cover various fields of study in the liberal arts and technology, including the areas of arts & humanities, language & cultural studies, business & social science, engineering, science & technology, medicine, and health sciences. The institute also offers preschool, elementary, and highschool levels.
Other tertiary education institutes in Tanauan include the Tanauan Maritime Foundation in Sambat, Tanauan Institute on J.V. Pagaspas Street, La Consolacion College-Tanauan along A. Mabini Avenue, and the Christian College of Tanauan.
Commercial Places in Tanauan
In spite of its status as a city, Tanauan has still retained its suburban charm. It lacks in large modern shopping malls that have been usual trademarks of most cities. Tanuan’s accessibility to other surrounding municipalities and cities of Batangas and Laguna seems to make up for this lack. Taking its place are small business establishments that can be found along the city’s major thoroughfares, and public open-air markets which are staple commercial centers in any location in the Philippines. Usually found in these open-air markets are fresh produce, seafood, meat and meat products, poultry, rice, canned goods, house wares, some items of clothing, and footwear.
Because of the abundance and proximity of the province to different bodies of water, Batangeños have developed numerous dishes featuring the fish found in the area. Batangas is also known for its grazing pastures that are conducive for raising cattle. The abundance of meat sources have made beef another prominent feature of the provincial cuisine. Some of these well-loved dishes are kilawin which is fresh fish soaked in vinegar or calamansi juice mixed with chopped onions, garlic, and hot peppers; pinangat na maliputo which is steamed fish atop rock salt and cooked in an earthen pot or palayok; grilled tilapia cooked in coconut husks; beef caldereta which is like a spicy thick stew; and Tapang Taal which are choice beef or pork parts marinated in soy sauce, calamansi, and garlic. There are many eating establishments found in the city that serves these dishes and other Batangas dishes and delicacies. Most often, these establishments have retained the small town charm of the city and have not imbibed the commercialized and impersonal service of most restaurants in large cities.
Like most lakeshore towns in Batangas, Tanauan has taken advantage of its picturesque surroundings and have invested in its tourism industry. The city is blessed with fresh water beaches and lush farmlands that several notable hotels and resorts have been established in the city. These establishments have attracted tourists and serve as the city’s premiere venues for leisure and recreation. Some of these prominent establishments found in the city are Vieux Chalet, Darasa Fiesta Resort, and las haciendas resort farms.
Service Establishments of Tanauan
Electricity in the city is provided by the Batangas II Electric Cooperative, Inc. or Batelec II. Its office is located at Antipolo del Norte in Lipa City.
Telecom companies that services Tanauan are the Philippine Long distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Digitel Telecommunications, Globelines of Globe Telecom, and the Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Company (PT&T). All companies provide traditional fixed telephony and internet services. PLDT and Digitel provide internet access via dial-up and digital subscriber line (DSL), while Globelines and PT&T provide wireless broadband connection.
Four Cellular network service providers and their cellsites are found in the city. These are Globe Telecom in Hidalgo, Smart Communications in Darasa, Express Telecommunication (EXTELCOM) in Barangay Poblacion III, and INFOCOM in Pantay. All companies offer prepaid and postpaid subscriptions, as well as other competitive features, such as international roaming.
The Tanauan City Police Station is part of the Philippine National Police Region IV-A (CALABARZON) District. It is located along Mayapis Avenue in Barangay Poblacion III. It may be reached through the numbers 778-1126 and 722-0155. Sub-stations and police community precincts are located in every barangay to assure orderliness and immediate response to any emergency.
Embassies in Tanauan
There are no foreign embassies or consulates found in Tanauan City. Most of these diplomatic missions to the Philippines have their offices located in the cities of Makati and Manila in the National Capital Region.