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Tanauan is a city in Batangas, Philippines


Tanauan originated as a fortress built by natives and Augustinian Friars; the name "Tanauan" is derived from tanaw (to look out of a window). It is also historically renowned as the hometown of Apolinario Mabini and other revolutionaries.

The city has gained national notoriety after the public humiliation campaigns against drug addicts and robbers by mayor Antonio Halili on his first term from 2013 to 2018; he was assassinated in July 2018 by unknown assailants. Chances of being involved in a crime is low, but illegal drugs can be found at rough spots in the city.

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  • Mabini Shrine, Barrio Talaga (Located about seven kilometers from the town proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area, one can turn to A. Mabini avenue leading to Barangay Talaga.). The Shrine is open daily from 8PM to 5PM, except during holidays.. The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the late revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan," Apolinario Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who, despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the Filipinos and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his writings. He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities in revolutionary papers. His writings and memorabilia are kept here. His tomb lies at the middle of the site where a replica of the house where he was born also stands. Admission is free, but donations are welcome..
  • Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library, A. Mabini Ave. (The place is in the town proper and can be reached by land. Upon reaching the town, turn to A. Mabini Road. The library is about 100 meters from the national road, jeepneys and tricycles service the area. About 5 to 10 minutes' drive from the town proper depending on traffic. The library is located near the St. John Evangelist Parish, a gymnasium, Lo Consolacion College and some other schools, so traffic would be tight during the rush hours.). is open everyday from 8AM to 5PM. The personal property of the family of the late President Jose P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical site and public library.
  • 1 Tanauan Church (St. John the Baptist Parish Church). The main Roman Catholic church of Tanauan, also a National Historical Landmark. The original church was built in 1584, but was destroyed by the eruption of Taal Volcano; the present church is built in 1881.


  • 1 Metro Turf Race Club (Metro Manila Turf Club Race Track).






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Routes through Tanauan
Continues as WT South Luzon Expressway sign.svg South Luzon Expressway logo.svgSanto Tomas  N WT STAR Tollway sign.svgSTAR Tollway new logo.png S  MalvarBatangas City
Merges with AH26 (N1) sign.svgSanto Tomas  N N4 (Philippines).svg S  MalvarLipa
END  E N421 (Philippines).svg W  TalisayTagaytay

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