Angat, Bulacan

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Angat Public Market (Poblacion)
Angat Public Market (Poblacion)
Official seal of Angat
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Angat
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Angat
Angat is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°56′N 121°02′E / 14.933°N 121.033°E / 14.933; 121.033Coordinates: 14°56′N 121°02′E / 14.933°N 121.033°E / 14.933; 121.033
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 3rd District
Founded 1683
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Leonardo R. De Leon
 • Vice Mayor Reynante S. Bautista
 • Total 74.00 km2 (28.57 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 55,332
 • Density 750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3012
Dialing code 44
Income class 1st class; partially urban

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]


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:

  • 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


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
Average low °C (°F) 20
Precipitation cm (inches) 1.7


Population census of Angat
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,494 —    
1995 39,037 +2.35%
2000 46,033 +3.60%
2007 53,117 +1.99%
2010 55,332 +1.50%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Sta. Monica de Angat Church

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.

Local government[edit]

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



Colegio de Sta Monica de Angat[edit]

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.[4]

Other Schools[edit]

  • Lourdes College
  • F. D. Roosevelt Memorial School
  • Angat National High School
  • Angel M del Rosario High School
  • Pres Diosdado Macapagal Memorial School
  • Binagbag National High School
  • Kalinangan Integrated School
  • Bulacan Polytechnic College

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)
  • Fr. Blanco Museum (collection of flora de filipina)



  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. 
  4. ^ Reference 6

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