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Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Malasiqui
|Region||Ilocos (Region I)|
|District||3rd district of Pangasinan|
|• Mayor||Armando C. Domantay Sr.|
|• Total||131.37 km2 (50.72 sq mi)|
|• Density||940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
It is mainly an agricultural municipality with rice, corn and tropical lowland vegetables as main crops. It is also famous for its mango fruits having one of the largest concentration of mango tree population in the Philippines.
The word Malasiqui originates from the Pangasinan root word lasi meaning lightning. With prefix ma indicating high degree and suffix qui indicating place - Malasiqui means "place full of lightning".
The municipality traces its origins during the middle of 17th century when Spanish friars opened a mission intended to convert the native population to Catholicism. The most probable founding year was 1671 when Spanish civil authorities in Manila gave the license for the creation of the town. There were no organized communities in the area before the Spaniards arrived. Attempts to group families into a settlement may have started as early as 1665. The present site was then heavily forested with small family groups scattered along banks of small rivers and creeks. The socio-political history of the municipality parallels that of the Pangasinan province and the country in general. Its history is punctuated by periods of foreign domination first by the Spanish, then by the United States and briefly by the Japanese during the 2nd World War. The population participated heavily in some of the bloodiest rebellions during the Spanish period. Catholicism and other Christian sects dominate the religious life of the people. Ethnically, it is one of the few places in the province of Pangasinan which did not experience in-migration from other regions of the country. Consequently, Pangasinanse is the dominant ethnic group with almost no other ethnic groups mixing into the locality.
The poblacion or town center, is recently experiencing high commercial growth spurred mainly by high consumer spending generated by increase in family incomes attributable to earnings of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). The estimate of OFW population as a percentage of adult labor force is as much as 22% - one of the highest rates in the Philippines. The OFW phenomenon is so significant that almost all households have at least one member working outside of the country.
- Asin Este
- Asin Weste
- Bacundao Este
- Bacundao Weste
- Canan Norte
- Canan Sur
- Cawayan Bogtong
- Don Pedro
- Loqueb Este
- Loqueb Norte
- Loqueb Sur
- Nalsian Norte
- Nalsian Sur
- Palapar Norte
- Palapar Sur
- Polong Norte
- Polong Sur
- San Julian
|Population census of Malasiqui|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The Town Fiesta is celebrated January 17 thru 22 every year. Points of interests include:
Malasiqui Agno Valley College, Perpetual Help College of Pangasinan, Harvest Festival, Assembly of God, Rep. Rachel “Baby” Arenas farm, Monastery of the Poor Clares of St. James the Apostle, Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan’s first cloistered monastery, Malasiqui Central School, Centeno Farm Resort and Ecohills Resort, Barangay Lareg-Lareg and the Arenas Civic Center and Magic Mall, inter alia.
St. Ildephonse Parish Church
The 1609 St. Ildephonse of Seville Parish Church (2421 Pangasinan) celebrates its feast every January 23, under Parish Priest, Rev. Enrique V. Macaraeg with Parochial Vicars, Father Democrito Umagtam, Father Douglas C. Nicolas, Rev. Manuel S. Bravo, Jr. and Rev. Edilberto A. Calderon.
The Church is a part of the Vicariate IV: Queen of Peace, Vicariate of St. Ildephonse, under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. Its Parish Priests are Rev. Abraham R. Esquig (Parochial Vicars: Rev. Jimmy Quinto and Rev. Vicente C. Nacor) and Rev. Enrique V. Macaraeg (Parochial Vicars, Rev. Manuel S. Bravo, Jr. and Rev. Edilberto A. Calderon).
Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo or "Ildephonsus" (rarely Ildephoses; died 23 January 667) was the metropolitan bishop of Toledo from 657 until his death. He was a Visigoth and his Gothic name was Hildefuns, which evolved into the Castilian name Alfonso. Ildefonsus, however, is known as San Ildefonso in Castilian and there are several places named after him. He was canonised and his feast day is 23 January, the date of his death. His writings were less influential outside of Hispania, but he remained a potent force in the peninsula for centuries. Like several of his seventh-century predecessors, Ildefonsus was a monk from Agali monastery, and specifically abbot, before being raised to the metropolitan see of Carthaginiensis.
The Malasiqui Parish was formerly a “visita”, "kapilya" or chapel of San Carlos, Pangasinan. Fr. Juan Camacho founded the Church in 1665 and was appointed first Kura Paroco and first pastor. The 1660 Revolt caused the transferred the present site of the Parish and town in 1661-1662. Fr. Juan Catalan was appointed Parish administrator in 1671-1678 when Malasiqui Parish was separated from San Carlos.
Fr. Luis Delfin started the Church and Convent construction in 1746 but the edifices were burned in 1763.
Fr. Tapias continued the Church and convent rehabilitation in 1770 to 1790. But on February 29, 1820, the town, the church, the convent and the parish archives were burned until a new church rose in 1823, only to have been burned. Another one resurrected from the ashes only to have been annihilated by but the earthquake of 1880. Fr. Juan Cardaba constructed a new church (inaugurated in 1885).
The 1892 earthquake again destroyed the Church which was repaired by Fr. Salvador Millan (70 meters long and 18.50 meters wide), which again and again destroyed by the July 16, 1990 earthquake, under Fr. Abraham R. Esquig.
The old Convento was converted into Malasiqui’s first Catholic School amid the blessing of a new Catholic Rectory by Msgr. Mariano Madriaga on July 2, 1972. (15°55'9"N 120°24'47"E with nearby cities of San Carlos City, Tarlac City, and Alaminos City).
From 1993, the Church was reconstructed and solemnly blessed on September 28, 2002, after planned and executed by Architects Angel B. Abad, Roman A. Macaraeg and Alvin M. Torio. (Source: Church Marker, 2005)
The Malasiqui Catholic School (MCS) was founded on September 10, 1964 by Rev. Fr. Alfredo Cayabyab and Msgr. Alberto B. Zabala. It celebrated its 40th Ruby Jubilee Foundation in 2004. (Source: Faith Enshrined: Churches of Pangasinan, Visitacion de la Torre, 1997)
Rev. Fr. Estephen Mark R. Espinoza is the Spiritual Director of the Apostles of Divine Mercy in Malasiqui. Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD is the Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. The Church-State Tabinan was launched on November 19, 2012. It is a Church-Local Government Units Partnership in Pangasinan and the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.” The Golden (50th) Jubilee of Lingayen-Dagupan as an Archdiocese is set on February 16, 2013 at the St. John’s Cathedral in Dagupan.
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- Collins, Visigothic Spain, 147.
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