Anao, officially the Municipality of Anao, (Ilokano: Ili ti Anao; Tagalog: Bayan ng Anao), is a 5th class municipality in the province of Tarlac, Philippines. Anao has been founded and organized into a municipality on March 16, 1870. Every year on the 16th of March, the foundation of the town is being celebrated alongside with the Ylang-Ylang Festival.
|Municipality of Anao|
Map of Tarlac with Anao highlighted
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Founded||March 16, 1870|
|Barangays||18 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Rafael M. Naral|
|• Vice Mayor||Gian Pierre O. De Dios|
|• Electorate||7,420 voters (2016)|
|• Total||23.87 km2 (9.22 sq mi)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)45|
|Climate type||tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||5th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||51.8 million (2016)|
The smallest town in terms of land area in the whole of Tarlac, Anao covers a total land area of 23.87 square kilometers (2,387 hectares).
The area occupied by the municipality was formerly a part of Pangasinan. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of the provincial capitol and nestling on the Tarlac-Nueva Ecija border. Located in the north-eastern part of Tarlac, it is bound on the north by San Manuel, in the east by Nampicuan, on the south by Ramos and on the west by Paniqui and Moncada.
According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 11,528 people.
The area where Anao is located was inhabited before 1800 by people from the Ilocos Region. In 1835, a group of immigrants from Paoay, Ilocos Norte reached the region and first settled near a creek on the bank where there were balete trees. These immigrants called their settlement "Balete". The immigrants found the region where they settled to have many agricultural prospects and this attracted more immigrants who came from the north, especially from the town of Paoay.
The settlement expanded and later changed it's name to "Barrio Anao" (deriving authentically from the Ilocano word "Danao" which means creek). By that time, balete trees were extinguished and the barrio was adjacent in all directions by creeks.
Paniqui had a road extended towards the east to Anao. Paniqui claimed Anao as it's barrio and the people of the barrio accepted the claim. Years went by and Anao expanded. In 1870, a petition was made and approved that Anao be made a municipality.
|Name||Term Began||Term Ended|
|Catalino O. Cruz||1964||1979|
|Andres Dela Cruz||1979||1986|
|Clemente T. Apuan||1988||1998|
|Rodolfo F. Guerrero||1998||2007|
|Edgardo S. Felipe||2007||2016|
|Betty B. Lacbayan||2019||2019|
|Rafael M. Naral||2019||Incumbent|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, the population of Anao, Tarlac, was 11,528 people, with a density of 480 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,200 inhabitants per square mile.
Aglipayan and Roman Catholicism are two of the predominant religions in the municipality. Other groups having large number of members in the municipality are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Iglesia ni Cristo, and Protestantism.
Points of InterestEdit
The Ylang Ylang Festival is celebrated by the municipality every 16th of March to take pride of their main local products, which are perfumes and essentials oils made from the ylang-ylang flower. The town has over 10,000 ylang-ylang trees, many of them lined on the local main road, which are harvested and highly-valued for its perfume.
Ylang-ylang trees line all the streets
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