Everyone who have eaten this fish can attest how delicious it is. This is something that we batanggenyo's can be proud of because this fish cannot be found anywhere in the world except in Taal lake. I grew up in Brgy. Bulacnin, Lipa City and it’s near Balete, Batangas. Everyday, I see a fish vendor walking on the street and shouting “tawilis”. My grandmother always buy this fish at least two to three times a month. Tawilis can be best served “binangi” or “inihaw” with calamansi and toyo.

Sardinella tawilis is a freshwater sardine found exclusively in the Philippines. It is unique in that it is the only member of the family Clupeidae that is known to exist entirely in freshwater.

Tawilis are small fish reaching up to 15 cm and weighing less than 30 g. Like other members of their family, they have laterally compressed bodies with bellies covered in tough scale-like scutes. They have a single, triangular dorsal fin and a forked caudal fin. They possess long, slender gill rakers in their mouths.



Tawilis populations are found only in a single lake on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Taal Lake, a large body of water in the province of Batangas that used to be the caldera of an ancient volcano. Before recent history, the lake was but an extension of the entirely-marine Balayan Bay. A major eruption in the 16th century essentially sealed the lake from the sea, eventually leading to its waters becoming non-saline. Sardinella tawilis is believed to be one of a few formerly-marine species trapped within the lake that have evolved into purely freshwater species.

Despite its threatened status, tawilis stocks in Lake Taal have been commercially fished for several decades. The fish is a widely-popular food fish in the Philippines, and tons are shipped to most of the major cities in the country. Local supermarkets and wet markets usually have a tray or pile dedicated solely to the species. On the island of Cebu, one of the many places where tawilis is shipped, the native Cebuano name for the fish is "tunsoy".

In addition to raw consumption, tawilis are also processed into various food products. Tawilis is one of the many fish species dried, salted and sold as "daing" in the country. They are also smoked and bottled in oil, and sold commercially.

Because of several factors, the species is threatened by overfishing. As with all species consisting of a single population in one location, a local extinction event will most probably lead to species extinction. As the population of the Philippines grows, there will be greater demand for tawilis, possibly overfishing the lake's stock population.

from www.wikipedia.org

4 comments

  1. Anonymous  

    July 9, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    nakakamiss talaga ang tawilis...the best talaga lalo na pag inihaw!

  2. Anonymous  

    June 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    yun, meron na pala, kaya d ko mahanap e sardinella tawilis pala yung title...hinahanap ko n title e tawilis.

    good looking out sir.

    -cardinal tank

  3. batanggenyo  

    June 11, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    oo nga, yong scientific name kasi ginamit ko. thanks for visiting. watch out for my new articles pagbalik ko ng singapore uli.

  4. Anonymous  

    October 2, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    ang masarap diya'y sinalab un bagang ibabange tapos ay ihuhulog sa sabaw na pinisaan ng bawang tapos ay pipig-an ng kalamasi o di kayay dayap!!! taena! panalo katalo na ari!!hehhehhe


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