Tarlac City

Tarlac City, officially the City of Tarlac, (Kapampangan: Lakanbalen ning Tarlac; Pangasinan: Siyudad na Tarlac; Ilocano: Siudad ti Tarlac; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Tarlac), is a 1st class city and capital of the province of Tarlac, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 342,493 people.[3]

Tarlac City
City of Tarlac
From top, left to right: The Tarlac City Plazuela, San Sebastian Cathedral, Aquino Center and Museum, Diwa ng Tarlac, Corazon Aquino Monument, Tarlac City Hall, and the Tarlac State University Hostel.

Magkaisa: Bawat Oras, Sama-Sama
Map of Tarlac with Tarlac City highlighted
Tarlac City
Location within the Philippines
Tarlac City
Tarlac City (Philippines)
Coordinates: 15°28′49″N 120°35′53″E
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon (Region III)
District2nd District
CityhoodApril 18, 1998
Barangays76 (see Barangays)
  TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
  MayorMaria Cristina C. Angeles
  Vice MayorGenaro M. Mendoza
  CongressmanVictor A. Yap
  Electorate206,605 voters (2019)
  Total274.66 km2 (106.05 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
  Density1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Tarlaqueño (Male),
Tarlaqueña (Female),
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63(0)45
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class1st city income class
Revenue (₱)1,173,725,497.74 (2016)
Native languagesKapampangan

The city was proclaimed as a Highly Urbanized City under the former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but the decision was opposed by the provincial government.


The city is situated at the centre of the province of Tarlac, along the Tarlac River. To its north is Gerona and Santa Ignacia, west is San Jose, south is Capas and Concepcion and eastern boundaries are Victoria and La Paz. Tarlac City is located about 63 kilometres (39 mi) from the regional center San Fernando, Pampanga, and 125 kilometres (78 mi) from Manila.

Tarlac City is approximately 24 metres (79 ft) above sea level on some parts but reaching even 50 metres (160 ft) on large western portions. Tarlac City was historically a part of what is now Porac, Pampanga. Parts of Tarlac City are claimed to be among the few portions of land in the province which was not created by ancient eruptions from Mount Pinatubo.


Tarlac City is politically subdivided into 76 barangays.[4]

  • Aguso
  • Alvindia
  • Amucao
  • Armenia
  • Asturias
  • Atioc
  • Balanti
  • Balete
  • Balibago I
  • Balibago II
  • Balingcanaway
  • Banaba
  • Bantog
  • Baras-baras
  • Batang-batang
  • Binauganan
  • Bora
  • Buenavista
  • Buhilit
  • Burot
  • Calingcuan
  • Capehan
  • Carangian
  • Care
  • Central
  • Culipat
  • Cut-cut I
  • Cut-cut II
  • Dalayap
  • Dela Paz
  • Dolores
  • Laoang
  • Ligtasan
  • Lourdes
  • Mabini
  • Maligaya
  • Maliwalo
  • Mapalacsiao
  • Mapalad
  • Matatalaib
  • Paraiso
  • Poblacion
  • Salapungan
  • San Carlos
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Jose de Urquico
  • San Juan Bautista (formerly Matadero)
  • San Juan de Mata (formerly Malatiki)
  • San Luis
  • San Manuel
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pablo
  • San Pascual
  • San Rafael
  • San Roque
  • San Sebastian
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santo Cristo
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño
  • Sapang Maragul
  • Sapang Tagalog
  • Sepung Calzada (Panampunan)
  • Sinait
  • Suizo
  • Tariji
  • Tibag
  • Tibagan
  • Trinidad
  • Ungot
  • Villa Bacolor


Population census of Tarlac City
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 15,044    
1918 24,460+3.29%
1939 55,682+3.99%
1948 64,597+1.66%
1960 98,285+3.56%
1970 135,128+3.23%
1975 160,595+3.52%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 175,691+1.81%
1990 208,722+1.74%
1995 230,459+1.87%
2000 262,481+2.83%
2007 314,155+2.51%
2010 318,332+0.48%
2015 342,493+1.40%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Tarlac City was 342,493 people,[3] with a density of 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometre or 3,100 inhabitants per square mile.


According to statistics compiled by the Philippine government, the most dominant religion in the city is Christianity. The majority of Christians are Roman Catholics followed by a large concentration of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ). Other Christian groups belong to various Protestant denominations. There are some being non-Christian such as Muslims, etc.


Tarlac City is the usual bus stop for commuters traveling from the South to the Ilocos Region and Cordillera provinces. Bus companies that take a route through the city include Pangasinan Solid North Transit, Inc., Dagupan Bus Company, Philippine Rabbit, Victory Liner, Five Star, First North Luzon Transit, Cisco, Genesis, Santrans, Viron Transit, Partas, and many others. Many of the bus companies' rest stops can be found along MacArthur Highway including Siesta and Motorway.

The MacArthur Highway goes from the southern to the northern end of the city. There are a series of roads leading to Zambales and Pangasinan as well as Baguio City. Most buses passing through the town of Camiling onwards to Pangasinan usually take the Romulo Highway which forks from MacArthur Highway along Barangay San Roque.

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) connects with Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx) within the capital of the province. The 2 expressways serves as an alternate route for motorists going to the other parts of Northern Luzon area such as Pangasinan, La Union and Baguio while in the Marcos Highway via TPLEX and Kennon Road from McArthur Highway.

In the future, SCTEx and TPLEx connects with the proposed Central Luzon Link Expressway. CLLEx serves as a future alternate route of motorists from Tarlac to Nueva Ecija and Cagayan Valley region.


There are several shopping malls established within the city. To name a few, there is the SM City Tarlac, which is the first SM Supermall in the Tarlac Province, located along McArthur Highway in San Roque; Plaza Luisita Mall, which is the first shopping center in Central Luzon (now Robinsons Luisita); the Magic Star Mall along Romulo Blvd. in Barangay Cut-cut; My MetroTown Mall in Barangay Sto Cristo; Palm Plaza Mall located along McArthur Highway corner F. Tanedo St. Barangay Matatalaib; CityWalk also located in Barangay San Roque and CityMall located in Barangay San Rafael.


The Malatarlak Festival, celebrated every January in Tarlac City, is one of the most remarkable festivals in the province. In 2011, the City Mayor then changed the name of the festival to Melting Pot Festival, but it is still remembered by its former name. The festival is a commemoration to the first people who built civilization in the province, the Aetas. The names and themes of the festivals in Tarlac City have changed over the years depending on the City's leadership. For the current administration (since July 2016), the local fiesta or festival has been called Kaisa Festival derived from the word Magkaisa or "Come together as one".

Sister cities


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