Macabebe, Pampanga

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Town hall
Town hall
Official seal of Macabebe
Nickname(s): Pampanga Mini sea
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Macabebe
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Macabebe
Macabebe is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°54′29″N 120°42′56″E / 14.90806°N 120.71556°E / 14.90806; 120.71556Coordinates: 14°54′29″N 120°42′56″E / 14.90806°N 120.71556°E / 14.90806; 120.71556
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Pampanga
District 4th District
Barangays 25
 • Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan
 • Total 105.16 km2 (40.60 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 70,777
 • Density 670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2018
Dialing code 45
Income class 1st class
Website municipalityofmacabebe.

Macabebe is a first-class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 70,777 people.[3]


Macabebe is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.[2]

  • Batasan
  • Caduang Tete
  • Candelaria
  • Castuli
  • Consuelo
  • Dalayap
  • Mataguiti
  • San Esteban
  • San Francisco
  • San Gabriel (Pob.)
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • San Rafael
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz (Pob.)
  • Santa Lutgarda
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Rita
  • Santo Niño
  • Santo Rosario (Pob.)
  • Saplad david
  • Telacsan
  • Tacasan


Macabebe, an ancient town in the province of Pampanga is intimately linked to the Pampanga River (Rio Grande de la Pampanga). The Macabebes were the first known Kapampangans. In the Spanish Colonial period of the Philippines, Macabebe was considered one of the oldest and most important communities of Pampanga.

The ancient town of Macabebe owes its importance to its location along the Rio Grande de la Pampanga (Pampanga River). The river's routes and its northern tributaries provided the pathways to the early major settlements in Pampanga. The English translation of Macabebe, meaning: 'bordering the river banks' describes the historical heritage of the ancient town.[4]

The Macabebe dialect is said to be harsher and louder than others due to how the towns people must have had to communicate across the river.

The Pampanga River is of great importance to Macabebe. Fishing is still a major source of sustenance and income for its residents. A number of fisheries can be found along the river banks.

The province of Pampanga is also the traditional homeland of the Kapampangan people. The Kapampangan of Macabebe have played a dynamic and at times conflicting role in the history of the Philippines. They fought against the Spanish in 1571, but they also defended the last Spanish garrison against revolutionaries in 1898.

In 1901, American General Frederick Funston and his troops captured Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela, with the help of some Kapampangans (called the Macabebe Scouts after their home locale) who had joined the Americans' side. The Americans pretended to be captives of the Macabebes, who were dressed in Philippine Army uniforms. Once Funston and his “captors” entered Aguinaldo's camp, they immediately fell upon the guards and quickly overwhelmed them and the weary Aguinaldo.

During World War II, many Japanese fighter and bomber planes was crashed and air raid invading the municipalities in Macabebe on December 1941 under the Japanese Invasion and they occupied by the Imperial Japanese troops was entered the municipalities on 1942 under the Japanese Occupation.

Many Kapampangan guerrillas and Hukbalahap resistance was downfall invading the municipalities in Macabebe was the siege of three year conflicts and attacking Japanese troops. After the insurgencies, many Kapampangan guerrillas and Hukbalahap resistance was downfall retreating by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces in the town municipalities. When the last stand of the Japanese military garrisons and invading guerrillas and Hukbalahap resistance and they captured and victory by all Kapampangan guerrillas and Hukbalahap resistance groups and before the local Filipino troops of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and Philippine Constabulary units has entering the municipal towns on 1945 before the liberation.

When the Battle of Macabebe begins on 1945. When the all stronghold of local Filipino soldiers and military officers under the Philippine Commonwealth Army 3rd, 32nd, 36th and 37th Infantry Division and the Philippine Constabulary 3rd Infantry Regiment was came liberated and recapturing battles and re-invaded the town municipalities in Macabebe and helping Kapampangan guerrillas and Hukbalahap communist resistance groups and defeats Imperial Japanese armed force and ending aftermath of World War II.

Local government[edit]

Like other towns in the Philippines, Macabebe is governed by a mayor and vice mayor who are elected to three-year terms. The mayor is the executive head and leads the town's departments in executing the ordinances and improving public services. The vice mayor heads a legislative council (Sangguniang Bayan) consisting of councilors from the barangays of barrios.


San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church
Population census of Macabebe
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 55,505 —    
1995 59,469 +1.30%
2000 65,346 +2.04%
2007 70,332 +1.02%
2010 70,777 +0.23%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


San Gabriel Parish Church

In religion, the town has Catholics 87%, Members Church of God International 5%, Iglesia ni Cristo 3%, Evangelicals 2%, others 3%.


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando has jurisdiction over the 1575 San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church. It was founded in 1575 under the advocation of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The heritage church measures 70 metres (230 ft) long, 17 metres (56 ft) wide and 11 metres (36 ft) high. The facade of the church has scantly ornamentation and its architectural symmetry is lost amid and the various forms assumed the windows and the main entrance. Simple neo-classic lines of the facade.[6]

Macabebe is also home to San Gabriel Parish Chapel. This newly erected chapel is a replacement of the old chapel that has been devastated by the flooding after the Mt. Pinatubo erpution and was then formally constructed in 2002, by the then Chairman of the Aguman Damayan San Gabriel, Romeo Paras. Who was born in this barrio and migrated to the United States of America in 1979. The chapel has come into completion as inaugurated in May 2010.


Our Lady of Rosary Hospital
Public Market

The town provides medical missions and free medical operations, including fully functional health facilities serves in every barangay. There are few hospitals in the town and a market in the town. The District Office of the Congressional representative stands near the town centre.

Tourism and culture[edit]

The town is rich in its past and treasures. Its town hall and churches reveal the wealth of the town's heritage.

Town Fiesta[edit]

The town's fiesta is held annually on September 10 in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino (St. Nicholas of Tolentino), the town's patron saint.

Barangay Fiestas[edit]

  • Barangay Sta. Maria or Our Lady of Macabebe /Nuestra Senora Maria Santisima Dela Paz de Macabebe locally known her as "Apung Maria" the image of the virgin is one of the most visited by the devotees and one of the most venerated image in the province (the barangay has the largest area among other barangays in Macabebe) she celebrates The Grandiose fiesta within the whole month of April and the Grand Fiesta every Last Sunday of April in honor of St. Mary, Mother of Jesus.
  • Barangay San Jose celebrates fiesta every 3rd Sunday of March in honor of St. Joseph.
  • Barangay Sto. Rosario celebrates fiesta every 1 May in honor of The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.
  • Barangay San Rafael celebrates fiesta every 24 October in honor of St. Raphael the Archangel
  • Barangay San Juan celebrates fiesta every 24 June in honor of St. John the Baptist, people splash water to each other.
  • Barangay San Gabriel and barangay Caduang Tete celebrates fiesta every 2nd Sunday of May in honor of St. Gabriel the Archangel.
  • Barangay San Isidro celebrates fiesta every 15 May in honor of St Isidore the Farmer.
  • Barangay Sto. Nino celebrates fiesta twice a year one is every 3rd Sunday of January and the other one is every 3rd Sunday of April in honor of the Sto. Nino.
  • Barangay Batasan celebrates fiesta every 2nd day of February in the honor of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria and the "Presentation of the Lord Parish".
  • Barangay Santa Rita celebrates fiesta every 22 May in honor of St. Rita.
  • Barangay San Roque celebrates fiesta every 1st Sunday of May in honor of Saint Roch but the Western celebrates his death every August 16 (13)
  • Brgy. Sta. Lutgarda celebrates fiesta every 1st Sunday of May and 16th day of June in honor of the birth of their patron Apung Sta. Lutgarda.
  • Brgy. San Vicente celebrates fiesta every first Sunday of April.
  • Brgy. San Francisco celebrates fiesta every second Sunday of April.
  • Barangay Castuli celebrates their fiesta every last Saturday of February in honor of Our lady of Lourdes.
  • Barangay Mataguiti celebrates their fiesta every 1st Sunday of May and known for having a "libad" or boat procession in honoring the lord Jesus Christ cross as their patron.
  • Barangay Candelaria celebrates fiesta every 2nd day of February and known for having a "libad" or boat procession in honoring the Nuestra Senora de Candelaria.
  • Barangay Caduang Tete celebrates fiesta every 2nd Sunday of May.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Pampanga". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  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 12 December 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Province of Pampanga". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
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