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2016, February 10.  Municipality of Tagkawayan

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Tagkawayan, Quezon - 75th Anniversary

Tagkawayan is the last town of Quezon Province going south to the Bicol Region. It comprises 45 barangays and 64 sitios.  It is an agricultural and fishing community but going first class as a municipality.

Tagkawayan  was said to have been derived from the phrase "taga kawayan" which during the early Spanish period the name was given to the people living in Tagkawayan a place where there were plenty of bamboos called "cauaian".  The name was thus given by the Spaniards to the locality which is now Tagkawayan.  Extending on the left side border of the Ragay Gulf, towards the south from the mouth of Kabibihan River, the municipality of Tagkawayan is bounded on the North, by the Municipality of Calauag, Quezon Province and Labo, Camarines Norte on the east, by the Municipality of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, on the South and West by Ragay Gulf and the Kabibihan River from its watershed on the Gumihan Creek.

Tagkawayan has a total land area of 64,100 hectares comprising of forty-five (45) barangays. Like the region on the southeast of Luzon, the place has two principal climatic seasons, namely the dry season during the months of January to June and the wet season commencing July to early December of every year. Along the seaside is a level strip of land and on the north and Northeast are mountains abundant with plateaus conducive to farming.

During the early Spanish period, the place was predominantly inhabited by the aborigines called Aetas which roamed about the Cadig mountain ranges which form part of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges extending from the north to the south east part of Quezon province. However people from Ambos Camarines (Norte and Sur) as well from Ragay, Camarines Sur and from the Bondoc Peninsula migrated to the place, which was densely forested.

During the turn of the century up to the period it was created Tagkawayan thrives on lumber and minerals so that it becomes the melting pot of almost all group of people like the Tagalogs, Bicolanos, Ilocanos, Pampangueños and even Visayans.

Roman Catholicism is the principal religion of the people. There are Iglesia ni Cristo, Protestants and Seventh Day Adventists in town.




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