Angat, Bulacan

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For the place in Badakhshan, see Angat, Afghanistan.

Angat is a first class partially urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 55,332 inhabitants.[3]

History[edit]

Little was known about the state of affairs and contact of inhabitants of Angat during the pre-Spanish regime. The only available data at that time was that Angat was a tributary of the town of Quingwa (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.

There had been so many stories on how the town got its name, but the legend nearest to the truth is that 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.

At the arrival of the Spaniards, the people as a whole were at first hostile to the conquerors, but after the complete Christianization of the community, Spaniards gradually befriended the inhabitants. The whole town, however, 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 Presidencia.

As a town, nevertheless, the conquerors and the natives formally organized Angat mutually. Formerly, a tributary of Quingwa (Quingua) the old name of Plaridel, Bulacan. It later became a part of San Miguel, Bulacan, then was made under the town of Bocaue, Bulacan upon the administration of the vast Sta. Maria de Pandi Estate by the lands were part of the Hacienda. At that time, when Angat was under the administration of Bocaue, Norzagaray, Bulacan was only a part of Angat.

Today, still stands and legible, is the inscription at the façade of her church which reads: "MDCCXII" indicating that the town was connected into a regular municipality in said year.

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. And on the West by the big Sta. Maria de Pandi Estate (1946 became part of Pandi) - Pandi, Bulacan that gained its independence from its mother town of Balagtas, Bulacan (Bigaa) as formerly known.

Geography[edit]

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.

Barangays[edit]

Angat is subdivided into 16 barangays:

  • Banaban
  • Baybay
  • Binagbag
  • Donacion
  • Encanto
  • Laog
  • Marungko - urban
  • Niugan
  • Paltoc
  • Pulong Yantok
  • San Roque (Poblacion) - urban
  • Santa Cruz (Poblacion)- urban
  • Santa Lucia
  • Santo Cristo (Poblacion) - urban
  • Sulucan
  • Taboc

Climate[edit]

The prevailing climatic conditions in the municipality is categorized into two (2) types: Wet season (Rainy Season or Monsoon Season) and Dry Season (Summer Season).

Climate data for Angat, Bulacan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
31
(88)
32
(90)
34
(93)
34
(93)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 20
(68)
19
(66)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
21
(70)
Precipitation cm (inches) 1.7
(0.7)
0.7
(0.3)
0.5
(0.2)
2.4
(0.9)
15.3
(6)
35.5
(14)
50.4
(19.8)
51.6
(20.3)
37.4
(14.7)
22.5
(8.8)
16.3
(6.4)
6.8
(2.7)
240.8
(94.8)
Source: http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=984300&refer=&units=metric

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Angat
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 34,494 —    
1995 39,037 +2.51%
2000 46,033 +3.35%
2007 53,117 +2.07%
2010 55,332 +1.37%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Religion[edit]

Sta. Monica de Angat Church

The people of Angat are mostly devout Catholics. Their patron saint is Saint Monica. The Santa Monica de Angat Church is one of the oldest in the Philippines, estimated to be 400 years old. 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.

Local government[edit]

  • Mayor: Leonardo De Leon
  • Vice Mayor: Jowar Bautista

Culture and tourism[edit]

Town Festivities and Events[edit]

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.

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Angat River
  • Heritage Houses
  • Sta. Monica Church (Sta. Monica de Angat Church)
  • Gawad Kalinga (Enchanted Farm)

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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