Angat Public Market (Poblacion)
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Angat
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|• Mayor||Leonardo R. De Leon|
|• Vice Mayor||Reynante S. Bautista|
|• Total||74.00 km2 (28.57 sq mi)|
|• Density||750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class; partially urban|
Angat was originally a part of the town of Quingwa formerly known as Binto as part of its Encomienda know a Municipality of (Plaridel) - Plaridel, Bulacan. This fact was due most probably to the situation of the Angat River, which directly connects the town of Quingwa, a community then located in the center of vast lands, covering plains and mountains alike.
Etymology of the name of the Town of Angat got its name after the Tagalog word Angat (A-ngat), meaning 'Elevated' or 'A high piece of land'. And 'A community living in a promontory' during the Spanish Regime - Philippine History.
Angat was evangelized and Christianized by the Augustinians and administered by Friar Curate of Quingua in late 17th Century, Spaniards gradually befriended the inhabitants embraced the Catholic faith, more by force than by conviction. Forced labor was imposed principally on the construction of public edifices, like the church and the casa presidencia.
Angat Town regards its territory came from small origin in which the Western part of Angat was the original town was formerly part of Quingwa (Quingua) the old name of Plaridel, Bulacan. The Augustinians built a small visita under the advocacy of Santa Monica,an Augustinian saint. Its Northern section once part of San Miguel, Bulacan, and then the eastern part under is a part of Sta. Maria de Pandi Estate by the lands were part of the Hacienda managed by Dominican Friars.The present town size was from 1863.
Today, still stands and legible, is the inscription at the façade of her church with a Roman Numeral "MDCCXII" translated to "1727" a year indicating the date of the erection the Angat Church's present building.
The towns of San Rafael, Bulacan and Bustos, Bulacan bound the town of Angat on the North. On the East by the vast Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges - Sierra Madre (Philippines), to its South by the towns of Norzagaray, Bulacan and Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
The municipality of Angat has hilly and mountainous landscape, that nestles Angat River - (Bulacan River) which snakes around eleven provinces in Central Luzon. Angat River's main basin of water resource is from Sierra Madre Mountain Range (the longest mountain range) in Luzon island. During increment climate condition like continuous rainy days for days the water inundates to different river tributaries in its adjoining municipalities, as well as provinces through different rivers. To the southeast are 2 rivers: Sta. Maria River of Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Bunsuran River of Pandi, Bulacan. Balagtas River of Balagtas, Bulacan, and Bocaue River of Bocaue, Bulacan.
Angat's mountainous and hilly area has abundance of trees that are source of timber and wood materials, and unfortunately become an area of illegal logging. The mountainous areas, and lands close to the river shore, some of which are privately owned is rich in mineral deposit of silica. The vast area around Angat River is very high source of rocks and pebbles used for construction and garden landscaping. Angat River through Angat Dam, the biggest dam in Bulacan province provides the water supply all over Metro Manila and some of its adjoining provinces that border Bulacan province. Most lands are agricultural in nature and has sufficient water resource for domestic, agricultural, and agro-fishery business.
Most areas have a very relaxing atmosphere of greenery seen in mountain heights and river shore lines where some fresh water fishes also multiplies.
Angat is subdivided into 16 barangays:
- Marungko - urban
- Pulong Yantok
- San Roque (Poblacion) - urban
- Santa Cruz (Poblacion)- urban
- Santa Lucia
- Santo Cristo (Poblacion) - urban
|Climate data for Angat, Bulacan|
|Average high °C (°F)||29
|Average low °C (°F)||20
|Average precipitation cm (inches)||1.7
|Population census of Angat|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The people of Angat are mostly devout Catholics. Their patron saint is Saint Monica. The Sta. Monica de Angat Church is one of the oldest in the Philippines. It displays baroque architecture, with its interior replicating the Sistine Chapel, recently remodeled but preserving its old architecture. In 1983, the Parish of the town celebrated its Tricentennial Foundation. Today, Angat has already Three Catholic Parishes within the town — the Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in Brgy. Niugan, the Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish in Brgy. Binagbag, and the Sta. Monica Parish in Poblacion.
Other religious groups include the Members Church of God International popularly known as Ang Dating Daan, Iglesia ni Cristo, and Jehovah's Witness, Methodists, Aglipayans, Adventists, Baptists, Mormons. There also some Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic churches, ministries, fellowships and religious groups. Islam (Muslims) could also be found.
- Mayor: Leonardo R. De Leon
- Vice Mayor: Reynante S. Bautista
Councilors of Angat:
|Councilor||Partylist||Percentage of Vote|
|SUAREZ, OCA||(NUP) NATIONAL UNITY PARTY||7.14%|
|CRUZ, BINO||(NUP) NATIONAL UNITY PARTY||7.12%|
|VERGEL DE DIOS, WILLIAM||(NUP) NATIONAL UNITY PARTY||7.04%|
|ILLESCAS, ERWIN||(LP) LIBERAL PARTY||6.84%|
|CRUZ, TANTAN||(LP) LIBERAL PARTY||6.81%|
|CRUZ, PATAY||(NUP) NATIONAL UNITY PARTY||6.76%|
|AGUSTIN, ARVIN||(NUP) NATIONAL UNITY PARTY||6.73%|
|NUÑEZ, TONY||(NUP) NATIONAL UNITY PARTY||6.70%|
|Baranggay||Urban/Rural||Population(as of May 1, 2010)|
Colegio de Sta Monica de Angat
The Angateños consider education as very important. it was the dream of many that there would be a Catholic school in Angat. This dream was realized in 1983 through the initiative and leadership of the founding members of the first Board of Trustees of Sta. Monica Catholic School, Inc.: Bishop Cirilio R. Alamario, Jr., Rev. Fr. Macario R. Manahan, Councilor Manuel C. De Guzman, Mrs. Angelita A. Cruz, Mr. Francisco C. Robles.
Through a memorandum of agreement between the Ministry of Social Services and Development and the Parents' Committee, the Day Care Center became Sta. Monica Catholic Learning Center. In 1985, the school was renamed Sta. Monica Catholic School and given the permit to open and conduct Grade VI. The first batch of Grade VI graduates received their diplomas in March 1986.
On March 27, 1987, the high school department was formally opened. A year later, the school's name was changed to Colegio de Sta. Monica de Angat to reflect the town's Hispanic heritage. In the same year, the St. Joseph Building was inaugurated. The first batch graduated in March 1990. Today, the school's population and physical structure continues to grow.
- Private Pre Elem/Elementary School
|Angat Ecumenical Kindergarten School||Santa Cruz|
|Colegio De Sta. Monica De Angat||Santa Cruz|
|Kalinangan Integrated School||Sulucan|
|Lourdes School Of Bulacan||Marungko|
|Wisdom Jade Academy||Niugan|
- Public Pre Elem/Elementary School
|Atiliano S. De Guzman Elementary School||Taboc|
|Banaban Elementary School||Banaban|
|Baybay Elementary School||Baybay|
|Benito C. Cruz Elementary School||Santa Lucia|
|Col. Vicente Salvador Elementary School||Laog|
|Don Pablo Amisola Memorial School||Niugan|
|Dr. A. Villarama Memorial School||Marungko|
|F.F. Illescas Memorial School||Binagbag|
|M.L. Adriano Memorial Elementary School||Encanto|
|Matias A. Fernando Memorial School||San Roque|
|Oasis M. Esteban Elementary School||Pulong Yantok|
|Paltoc Elementary School||Paltoc|
|Sulucan Elementary School||Sulucan|
|Teodoso R. Manuel Elementary School||Donacion|
- Private Secondary School
|Colegio De Sta. Monica De Angat||Santa Cruz|
|Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial School||Santo Cristo|
|Kalinangan Integrated School||Sulucan|
|Lourdes School of Bulacan||Marungko|
- Public Secondary School
|Angat National High School||Taboc|
|Angel M. del Rosario Memorial High School||Pulong Yantok|
|Binagbag National High School||Binagbag|
|Pres. Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial High School||Santa Cruz|
- Technical/Vocational Schools
|Bulacan Polytechnic College||Santa Cruz|
- Tertiary Schools
|Lourdes College of Bulacan||Marungko|
Culture and tourism
Town Festivities and Events
As a predominantly Roman Catholic Christian community, every barangay has their own unique way of celebrating fiestas in honor of their respective patron saint. In the town proper where the old beautiful church of Angat is located, the locals celebrate their fiesta every 4 May in honor of its patron St. Monica, mother of St.Augustine.
- Angat River
- Heritage Houses
- Sta. Monica Church (Sta. Monica de Angat Church)
- Gawad Kalinga (Enchanted Farm)
- Fr. Blanco Museum (collection of flora de filipina)
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- Reference 6
- "Schools & Utility Services". Municipality of Angat.
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