Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 3rd District
No. of Barangays: 46
Land Area: 26,684.34 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 65,832
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2016): 35,217
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Its first inhabitants were aetas, commonly called balugas. Descendants of this ethnic group could still be found in Barangay San Jose Anyao, Anusan and Canculajao. In the late 18th & 19th centuries there were frequent moro raids. These occurrences prompted the people to construct two small stone ports or watch towers mounted with artilleries. The first tower was called Sta Maria Tower and located near the present wharf and the other which was called Castillo Watch Tower stood at the intersection of Rizal and Boncan streets. These two towers were facing each other (magkatanawan) hence, the name Catanauan was so derived. The recognized foundation of the Municipality was January 20, 1686.
Catanauan is one of the twelve towns of Bondoc Peninula or 3rd District of Quezon. It is directly facing the island of Marinduque. It is bounded on the north by municipality of Lopez, northeast by Buenavista; on the east by San Narsiso; on the east and southeast by Mulanay; on the south and southeast by Tayabas Bay; and on the west and northwest by General Luna. It is approximately located at 122º19’30” longitude and 13º35’30” latitude with approximate mean declination of 1º32’ east at annual magnetic changes of 2’ westerly. The Municipality is approximately 264.205 km from Metro Manila; 128 kilometers from the provincial capital, Lucena City via Gumaca route and 114 kilometers via Unisan route. The landscape of Catanauan is described hilly, rolling mountains with isolated flat lands. The existing rivers and creeks serve as potential for effective drainage more specially the Catanauan River. Catanauan has a slope ranging from 0-3% and above the most elevated portion is at Barangay San Jose Anyao, which has a slope of 60% and above.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Fishery, Commerce and Services
Tourist Destinations: Catanauan Beaches, Catanauan Cove, Tierra Blanca, Eyn’s Resort
Special Events/Festivals: Boling-boling Festival (3 days before Ash Wednesday), Catanauan Town Fiesta (December 8)
Address: Municipal Hall, Catanauan, Quezon
Phone: (042) 315-8145
Fax: (042) 315-8198