San Antonio, Zambales

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San Antonio
Municipality
View of San Antonio Town Plaza with Redondo Mountains in the background
View of San Antonio Town Plaza with Redondo Mountains in the background
Official seal of San Antonio
Seal
Map of Zambales showing the location of San Antonio
Map of Zambales showing the location of San Antonio
San Antonio is located in Philippines
San Antonio
San Antonio
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°57′N 120°05′E / 14.950°N 120.083°E / 14.950; 120.083Coordinates: 14°57′N 120°05′E / 14.950°N 120.083°E / 14.950; 120.083
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Zambales
District 2nd district
Founded 1849
Barangays 14
Government[1]
 • Mayor Dra. Estela D. Antipolo (Liberal Party)
Area[2]
 • Total 188.12 km2 (72.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 34,217
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2206
Dialing code 47
Income class 2nd class

San Antonio is a second class municipality in the province of Zambales in the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 34,217 people,[3] and 17,539 registered voters. It has an area of 18,812 hectares (46,490 acres).[2]

Barangays[edit]

San Antonio is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Angeles
  • Antipolo
  • Burgos (Pob.)
  • East Dirita
  • Luna (Pob.)
  • Pundaquit
  • Rizal (Pob.) (Sentro Pueblo)
  • San Esteban
  • San Gregorio (Pob.)
  • San Juan (Pob.) (Sitio Mabanban)
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas (Pob.)
  • Santiago (Pob.) (Pamatawan)
  • West Dirita

History[edit]

San Antonio was a hunting region where indigenous hunters from the northern towns of Zambales would hunt, and gather. The first settlers from the Paoay area in Ilocos Norte arrived in 1830, and founded the first Spanish settlement that developed into what is now San Antonio.

San Antonio was given the status of district or barrio in 1836. The town mayor in that period was Don Gregorio Banaga. He governed the town from 1836 to 1849. He was succeeded by Don Vicente Lacuesta in 1849, from Teniente Primero to Teniente Absoluto. The last mayor was Don Santiago Ladrillono. He was succeeded by Don Dimas Pascasio as governor in 1856. They selected their leaders every year. In 1891 to 1898, Don Pablo Corpus was the only Capitan Municipal selected then appointed Don Felix Magsaysay as the first President municipal, and many more followed up to 1931 to 1945.

The town was the site of the United States Navy Base known as the U.S. Naval Communications Station San Miguel. After the earthquake and eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, the United States Military decided to abandon its military bases in the Philippines.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of San Antonio
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 26,944 —    
1995 25,765 −0.89%
2000 28,248 +1.86%
2007 32,494 +2.02%
2010 34,217 +1.74%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

Tourist attractions[edit]

San Antonio is increasingly known for its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and scenic coves. It is a favorite destination of campers and beach lovers.

Anawangin Cove
Capones Island
  • Pundaquit: Nestled in the navel of the Zambales coastline, a Spanish Light House from the 1800s is found atop the "Islas de Punta Capones." This is reminiscent of places such as "Sierra Leone." Zambales is also home to the famous Crystal Beach surf in the quaint town of San Narciso. This surf spot is known as a "surfing paradise" closest to Manila. There you will find surf lessons, board rentals, as well as cozy accommodations. Pundaquit is also fast becoming as surfing capital of Luzon.
Annawangin Cove: It is a crescent shaped cove with a pristine white sand beach. What makes the place unique is the unusual riddle of tall pine trees flourishing round its vicinity. There are no roads leading to Anawangin. It is only accessible by a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit, San Antonio, or by a six-hour trek through hot, open trails thru the Pundaquit range. The cove's relative isolation has kept it free from development - as of this writing, there are no resorts on this sparkling piece of natural beauty, save for a few huts and deep wells. Just behind the beach is the pine forest and a marsh, where one can find natural springs feeding to the sea. The area is home to a number of bird species.[5]
Nagsasa Cove
Talisayin Cove
Silangen Cove
  • Camara Island
  • Tiklados Applied Music Center (Tiklados): Located at Brgy. Antipolo, it was founded by Dr. Ceferino Cariaso III in 2002, to tutor young pianists and guitarists. The Tiklados Center caters to the following instruments: piano, violin, guitar, organ, flute, and voice. Solfegge and Music Theory are also offered in the center. At present, Tiklados has three piano rooms, one violin/voice room,a spacious faculty and staff lounge room, and a spacious 60-seater concert hall.
  • Casa San Miguel: Founded by violinist Coke Bolipata, the community center provides its members the time and space for developing their interest and talent in classical music.

Education[edit]

Military personnel paint and repair the West Dirita Elementary School in San Antonio during a community service project.
  • Elementary
    • Hildegarde Von Bingen Academy, Inc. (H. V. B. A.)
    • San Antonio Central Elementary School (S.A.C.E.S)
    • West Dirita Elementary School
    • Dirita Elementary School
    • San Esteban Elementary School
    • San Gregorio Elementary School(S.G.E.S)
    • San Juan Elementary School
    • San Nicolas Elementary School
    • San Miguel Elementary School
    • Pundakit Elementary School
    • Angel Manglicmot Memorial School (formerly Angeles Elementary School)
    • Teodoro R. Yangco Elementary School(T.R.Y.M.S)
    • Teodoro R. Yangco Catholic Educational Institute(T.R.Y.C.E.I)
    • Valiant Educational Institute
  • High School
    • Angel C. Manglicmot High School (A.C.M.H.S.)
    • Pundakit High School
    • Luzon Technical Institute, Inc(L.T.I)
    • Teodoro R. Yangco Catholic Educational Institute(T.R.Y.C.E.I)
    • San Miguel National High School
    • San Antonio High School
    • Valiant Educational Institute
    • Hildegarde Von Bingen Academy, Inc. (H. V. B. A.)
  • Montessori
    • Precious Child Montessori
    • Escuela Royal de Maria Montessori
    • St.Anthony Montessori of Zambales Inc.

Sports[edit]

San Antonio, influenced by the presence of the United States Naval Communication Station in the late 50's, is the baseball and softball capital of Zambales. Mayor Zozimo Pascasio and the Holy Name Society adopted the program in the 60's and 70's. Their partnership produced players who became athletic scholars in various colleges and universities in Manila. In the early 80's, JJ Henry & Chuck Jones of FRA Branch 367 (US Navy retirees) living in San Antonio, further enhanced the enthusiasm for the sport through the Shipmates, a team of 10 to 12 year old boys coming from the different barangays who competed in the PABA (Philippine Amateur Baseball Association) Invitational. In 1985, the core of the team intact & playing for TR Yangco Educational Institute, the Shipmates coached by Butch Echiverre, won the baseball gold in the CLRAA (Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association), a first for Zambales. The San Antonio "TNT" Jaycees, most of whom are employees at the US Navy base, continued the program with their annual San Antonio Summer Baseball Cup successfully.

After the eruption of Mt Pinatubo in 1991, due to the destruction of the playing fields and the withdrawal of the US bases, support for the baseball program dwindled. Eager to find an alternative sports activity, Butch Echiverre and some friends introduced darts to the community. From its humble beginnings at a place called "Kubo," presently, the Zambales Darters Federation is considered as one of the best dart organizations in the country for having hosted several national competitions. Its "no-school, no-play" policy is now adopted nationwide and the NDFP (National Darts Federation of the Philippines) conferred the President's Award to the group during the Darterong Pinoy 2012.[6]

The community's love for baseball was rekindled in the late 90's after losing the provincial baseball crown to Botolan, Zambales. The SADTEA (San Antonio District Teachers & Employees Association) took the initiative of organizing an inter-school tournament. This time, a softball tournament for girls is included. Supported by some officials of the local government and equipment donated by San Antonians locally & abroad, San Antonio baseball/softball is better than it ever was. As a member of the Little League Asia Pacific Region, San Antonio has always reached the quarterfinals of the Philippine Series. Irwin Mata is the Little League President of San Antonio.

Aside from fast becoming a surfing capital of Luzon,[7] San Antonio has an 18-hole golf course at the Naval Education and Training Command of the Philippine Navy (formerly US Naval Communication Station).

Notable people from San Antonio[edit]

Monument to Teodoro Yangco in front of San Antonio municipal hall
  • Don Teodoro R. Yangco, noted philanthropist and business magnate, was born in San Antonio, Zambales on November 9, 1861. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University and studied law at the University of Santo Tomás. He pursued a commercial course at Ealing College in London from 1882 to 1886. He served as Resident Commissioner of the Philippine Islands from 1917-1920 in Washington D.C. In 1923, he represented the Philippine Chamber of Commerce at the first Pan-Pacific Commercial Conference held in Honolulu, where he ably defended Philippine Independence. He generously supported the local YMCA such that he came to be called the “Father of the YMCA in the Philippines.” He died on April 20, 1939 and was buried at the North Cemetery.
  • Hon. Guillermo Pablo, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1945 to 1955, was born on June 25, 1886 in San Antonio, Zambales. Prior to his appointment to the High Court, he was Justice of the Peace (1911) at Iba, Zambales; Acting Provincial Fiscal (1915) of Zambales, Member of the Philippine Legislature (1916–1922); CFI Auxiliary Judge (1924) at Cebu; and CFI Judge (1930) and CFI District Judge (1934).

In Film[edit]

  • Bea Alonzo and Sam Milby movie And I Love You So, shot at Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, a 30 mins boat ride from Pundaquit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Zambales". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 25 March 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 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Zambales". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.waypoints.ph/detail_gen.php?wpt=anwngn
  6. ^ http://www.ndfpdarts.com/index1.htm
  7. ^ http://www.juice.ph/blogs/outoftown/the-first-tagadagat-surfing-competition-at-san-antonio-zambales

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