Santo Tomas, Pampanga

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Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas Municipal Town Hall
Santo Tomas Municipal Town Hall
Official seal of Santo Tomas
Nickname(s): "Casket Capital of the Central Luzon"[citation needed]
Motto: kabaong kabaong ipagmalaki at isulong
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Santo Tomas
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas is located in Philippines
Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°58′N 120°43′E / 14.967°N 120.717°E / 14.967; 120.717Coordinates: 14°58′N 120°43′E / 14.967°N 120.717°E / 14.967; 120.717
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Pampanga
District 4th District
Founded 1952
Barangays 7
 • Mayor Joselito F. Naguit ([1])
 • Total 21.30 km2 (8.22 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 38,062
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2020
Dialing code 45
Income class 4th class

Santo Tomas is a fourth class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 38,062 people.[3] As the youngest and smallest Pampanga town, Santo Tomas has a total land area of 1,467 hectares. It is mainly agricultural and fishing community. Aside from casket business, the other industries of the town are ceramics, carpentry and trading.[4]

Etymology and history[edit]

The town's name is derived from Baliwag ("tardy" in Spanish) due to the fact that the natives often arrived late for Holy Mass. Baliwag, whose original name was Santo Tomas had its Patron, St. Thomas the Apostle. He is also called Doubting Thomas or Didymus (meaning "Twin," as does "Thomas" in Aramaic) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is best known for questioning Jesus' resurrection when first told of it, then proclaiming "My Lord and my God" on seeing Jesus in John 20:28. Traditionally he is said to have traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel travelling as far as India.

The Patronal Feast is celebrated yearly on the 21st day of December from the town's original founding date of 1792. On September 15, 1792, Santo Tomas was severed from its parent Minalin, Pampanga. On May 4, 1899, the town was under the U.S. Force's administration. On January 2, 1905, the town was ceded to San Fernando, Pampanga until 1905. On October 12, 1951, Executive Order No. 476 (issued by Elpidio Quirino) created Santo Tomas, its 5 barrios of San Matias, San Vicente, San Bartolome, Sto. Rosario and Poblacion with the seat of government at barrio San Vicente.

On January 11, 1952, the Municipality of Sto. Tomas and re-inaugurated. The first municipal hall was temporarily located at the house of late Mayor Patricio Gomez, the first Municipal Mayor.

In 1955, RA 1250, the San Matias seat was transferred to Poblacion. Presidential Decree No. 1441 was issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on June 11, 1978, transferring the seat of Municipal government from Poblacion to Barangay San Vicente.


The municipality of Santo Tomas, the smallest and youngest town in Pampanga, is strategically located at the heart of the province. The capital city of San Fernando bounds it on the northwest the municipality of San Simon on the north-east, the municipality of minalin on the south-east and Bacolor on the west.

Municipal government and politics[edit]

Pursuant to the Local government in the Philippines",[5][6] the political seat of the municipal government is located at the Municipal Town Hall. In the History of the Philippines (1521–1898), the Gobernadorcillo is the Chief Executive who holds office in the Presidencia. During the American rule (1898–1946) (History of the Philippines (1898-1946)), the elected Mayor and local officials, including the appointed ones hold office at the Municipal Town Hall. The legislative and executive departments perform their functions in the Sangguniang Bayan (Session Hall) and Municipal Trial Court, respectively, and are located in the Town Hall.

Santo Tomas' incumbent Mayor is Joselito F. Naguit and the Municipal Vice Mayor is Gloria P. Ronquillo.[7]


Santo Tomas is politically subdivided into 7 barangays.[2]

  • Moras De La Paz
  • Poblacion
  • San Bartolome
  • San Matias
  • San Vicente
  • Santo Rosario (Pau)
  • Sapa (Santo Niño)


Population census of Santo Tomas
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 33,309 —    
1995 29,628 −2.31%
2000 32,695 +1.99%
2007 37,866 +2.12%
2010 38,062 +0.17%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][8]

Tourism and landmarks[edit]

Santo Tomas' main attractions and events are:

  • The yearly Easter Sunday Flower Scattering Festival or Sabuaga Festival (from sabuag and sampaga which means scatter flowers) originated from Easter Sunday “Salubong” (April 8, 2012) where estabats scatter flowers.[4][9]
  • 7 Barangays OBOP or One Barangay One Product: San Vicente for coffins, Poblacion’s aquatic products, San Bartolome’s poultry supply, Moras de la Paz’ textile industry, San Matias’ Jeepney making businesses - XLT and Sto. Nino, Sapa or pottery, inter alia.[10]
  • First Evacuation Center and Multi-Purpose Hall at Poblacion, Sto. Tomas, July 5, 2010.
  • The Northville 12 ECCD Center and Health CenterENTER and HEALTH CENTER, July 15, 2010.
  • Municipal Hall Annex, Donato B. Pangilinan, Sr. building, also the New Public Market and Police Station, inaugurated on the 60th Anniversary of Santo Tomas founding, October 12, 2011.[11]
Casket manufacturing

Casket capital of Central Luzon[edit]

In the records of Department of Trade and Industry (Philippines), Santo Tomas, the town holds the title “casket capital of Central Luzon.” The home to 300 family-owned casket businesses that each produce about 80 caskets monthly or a total production of 24,000 a month, it is still short of caskets for its 33,267 population, according to its incumbent Mayor Lito Naguit and industry leaders.[12][13] Casket capital of the Philippines, Oct. 22, 2012

St. Thomas The Apostle Parish Church[edit]

St. Thomas The Apostle Church

The 1929 St.Thomas The Apostle Parish Church (Poblacion Santo Tomas, Pampanga) belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando[14][15][16][17][18] (Archidoecesis Sancti Ferdinandi; Created Diocese: December 11, 1948. Elevated to Archdiocese: March 17, 1975. Erected: June 25, 1975. Comprises the Civil Province of Pampanga, City of San Fernando and Angeles City. Suffragans: the Diocese of Balanga, Iba and Tarlac. Titular: St. Ferdinand, King, Secondary Patron: Our Lady of the Assumption. Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto, DD;[19] Coordinates: 14°59'19"N 120°42'30"E; Titular: St. Thomas the Apostle). The Feast is July 3 and its previous Parish Priest is Rev. Dino Albert N. Pineda of the Vicariate of Christ the King, under Vicar Forane, Rev. Reynaldo D. dela Cruz.[20][21] Former Parish Priest was Rev. Bernabe Flores. It has a population of 9,202, with Catholics, 8,833. The current Parish Priest is Fr. Renato Sabile.

On February 14, 2004, the Parish Pastoral Center and Convent were blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Paciano Aniceto. On October 16, 2004, the Columbarium, Mortuary and Museum were blessed.

San Matias Parish Church[edit]

San Matias Parish Church

The 1962 San Matias Parish Church (San Matias, Santo Tomas, 2020 Pam­panga; Titular: St. Matthias, Apostle, February 24 & May 14) belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando[14][15][16][17][18] (Archidoecesis Sancti Ferdinandi; Created Diocese: December 11, 1948. Elevated to Archdiocese: March 17, 1975. Erected: June 25, 1975. Comprises the Civil Province of Pampanga, City of San Fernando and Angeles City. Suffragans: the Diocese of Balanga, Iba and Tarlac. Titular: St. Ferdinand, King, Secondary Patron: Our Lady of the Assumption. Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto, DD).[20][21] Its incumbent Parish Priest is Rev. Marius P. Roque, of the Vicariate of Christ, under Vicar Forane, Rev. Reynaldo D. dela Cruz.[22] It has a population of 16,672 with Catholics, 16,005. The former Parish Priest was Rev. Marlon Cunanan and Parochial Vicar was Rev. Nestor Figueroa.


On July 23, 2012, incumbent Mayor Joselito Naguit[23] filed his counter-affidavit to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon on graft charges by former municipal administrator Rodelio Garcia that against him. The Mayor said over the weekend that "the P9.5 million in cash advances he allegedly made for the months of May to November 2011 were all returned, accounted for to the last centavo and deposited in the municipal fund of Sto. Tomas."[24]

On March, 2012, Mayor Joselito Naguit opened the LGU’s approved project under the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) on February 29, 2011 "P 700, 000 Improvement and Concreting of Balangcas Road".[25]


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