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The Emerging Metropolitan Area of North Batangas

The 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.


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 Manila.
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.


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.
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.

Tanauan: an emerging
educational center

At 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.


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.