Emerging Metropolitan Area of North Batangas
Emerging Metropolitan Area of North Batangas is located in the fast-growing
CALABARZON region south of Metro Manila. Composed of the cities
of Tanauan and Lipa and the municipalities of Balete, Laurel, Mataas
na Kahoy, Malvar, Santo Tomas, and Talisay, it represents a contiguous
area of approximately 600 square kilometers.
About the size of Metro Manila and comparable to the size of Singapore,
the area is situated within the CALABARZON region, a fast–rising
regional growth center south of Metro Manila. The region boasts
of hosting 64 of the country’s economic zones under the Philippine
Economic Zone Authority.
The North Batangas Metropolitan Area stands to benefit greatly from
the improving economic conditions in the region. The region’s
economic growth has certainly found its way to North Batangas, in
general and Tanauan City in particular—the location of First
Asia Institute. In the proximity of the City alone are four industrial
parks that are home to various manufacturing facilities of local
and multinational companies.
The North Batangas Metro Area is also situated in the midst of key
infrastructure facilities. An hour’s drive away from Manila’s
International Airport, Batangas is also the site of Manila’s
alternative seaport. Further, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road
(STAR Tollway), a six–lane highway, connects the South Luzon
Expressway in Sto. Tomas municipality all the way to Lipa City on
the way to Batangas City.
NATURE AND A SENSE OF HISTORY
The area is also naturally endowed with Taal lake and the Taal Volcano,
a world–class attraction that are being developed into an
eco-tourism location. Known for its Batangas beef and fresh vegetables,
the area is also considered as the Southern food basket for Metro
Further, Tanauan City is also rich in history. It is the hometown
of Apolinario Mabini, one of the country’s national heroes
and the home of the Mabini Shrine. In addition, within Santo Tomas
municipality is located the General Malvar museum and library, which
are named after one of the Philippines’ famed revolutionaries.
Tanauan: City OF CHARM & CHARACTER
town of Tanauan was founded on its present location in 1754, having
been transferred from the fringe of Taal Lake where it was originally
In 1996, Tanauan became a first class municipality and after five
years became a city. By virtue of Republic Act 9005, otherwise known
as “An Act Converting the Municipality of Tanauan Into a Component
City to be known as the City of Tanauan,” which was signed
into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 2, 2001
and through a plebiscite on March 10, 2001.
Tanauan City became a member of the International Association of
Character Cities in October 14, 2003. As a City of Character, Tanauan
is presently implementing programs to encourage Tanaueños
to improve their character by focusing on key values/qualities with
the objective of making Tanauan a vibrant human settlement.
present, there are forty-four public elementary schools; eleven
public high schools; fifteen private elementary schools; nine private
high schools; five institutions offering college education; one
institution offering vocational courses for college; and one technical
school offering computer courses in the city.
TOWARDS AN ACADEMIC COMMUNITY OF SHARED IMAGINATION
First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities sits in the midst
of the North Batangas Metropolitan area. Located in the new city
of Tanauan, First Asia Institute is in a unique position to contribute
positively to the development of the region in general and the city
in particular. As such, the Institute has committed itself to becoming
a constructive partner in the region’s development. We encourage
you to join First Asia Institute as we strive to cultivate first
within the environs of the City of Tanauan and later on across the
North Batangas Metro Area, an academic community of shared imagination.