Baley na Mangaldan
|Motto: Abante Mangaldan|
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Mangaldan
|Region||Ilocos (Region I)|
|District||4th district of Pangasinan|
|• Mayor||Bona Fe De Vera Parayno|
|• Total||48.47 km2 (18.71 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,000/km2 (5,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class; Urban|
Mangaldan (Pangasinan: Baley na Mangaldan) is a first class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It is near Dagupan City. It is in the 4th congressional district of Pangasinan. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 98,905 people.
Mangaldan was founded by Dominican order missionaries from Spain (the third such city in Pangasinan). It is known to have already been a Spanish encomienda by 1591. During World War II, Mangaldan had an airstrip that was used by the American military.
Mangaldan celebrates its annual Pindang Festival along with its town fiesta during first week of March. The popular carabeef tapa (Filipino-style dried meat), locally known as pindang is the One Town One Product (OTOP) of this municipality. It is also home of the original makers of the famous delicacy – the Romana Peanut Brittle. The town bagged the grand slam award when its inland body of water, the Angalacan River, was adjudged as the cleanest river in the entire province for the third time which was awarded in 2012.
One of the major sources of revenues here are the thriving market place and the laboratories of renowned pharmaceutical companies that buttressed the coffer of this town.The municipal government operates its slaughterhouse with a rated "double A" by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) that guarantees the butchered meat as safe and clean.
Mangaldan owns the distinction as the third town in Pangasinan to be founded by the Dominican missionaries. As early as 1591, Mangaldan already existed as a Spanish encomienda. Its foundation as a town is attributed to Blessed Juan Martinez de Santo Domingo, a former missionary of Pangasinan who died a martry's death in Japan on 19 March 1618.
It is said that of all the people of Pangasinan, the Mangaldanian were the most difficult to convert. The greatest enemy of the missionaries in the town was a certain man named Casipit who tried to force them out of the town and even attempted to kill some of them. Yet, when he was converted by the first apostle, Fr. Pedro Soto, he became the principal propagator of the Faith. He contributed a great sum of money for the construction of the first church.
In the second half of the 19th century, Mangaldan was the richest town in the province. This was due to the famous irrigation system which the missionaries built within the confines of the town causing its fertile fields to yield bountiful harvest of palay. Most outstanding in this gigantic task was Fr. Jose Torres who gave his life to bring it to completion in 1892.
The third church to be built in Mangaldan was completed in 1812 by Fr. Lorenzo Martin. It collapsed during the great earthquake of 16 March 1892, together with the big chapel in the cemetery. The construction of the convent dates back in 1747. The construction of the sixth and present church of Mangaldan was begun in 1942 by Fr. Juan Sison, and was completed 20 years later by Fr. Leon Bitanga.
|Population census of Mangaldan|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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