Santo Tomas, Pangasinan

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Santo Tomas
Municipality
Skyline of Santo Tomas
Official seal of Santo Tomas
Seal
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Santo Tomas
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas is located in Philippines
Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°42′43″N 120°35′05″E / 15.71194°N 120.58472°E / 15.71194; 120.58472Coordinates: 15°42′43″N 120°35′05″E / 15.71194°N 120.58472°E / 15.71194; 120.58472
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Pangasinan
District 5th district of Pangasinan
Barangays 10
Government[1]
 • Mayor Timoteo Salazar Villar III
Area[2]
 • Total 12.99 km2 (5.02 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 14,406
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2426
Dialing code 75
Income class 5th class; rural

Santo Tomas is a fifth class and smallest municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 14,406 people.[3] According to the 2007 Philippine general election, Santo Tomas has a voting population of 6,652 voters. It has a land area of 1,429 hectares.

The town's principal products are palay, yellow corn, coconut, tobacco, poultry and livestock.[4]

Barangays[edit]

Santo Tomas is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • La Luna
  • Poblacion East
  • Poblacion West
  • Salvacion
  • San Agustin
  • San Antonio
  • San Jose
  • San Marcos
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Santo Tomas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 10,253 —    
1995 11,397 +2.00%
2000 12,304 +1.66%
2007 13,706 +1.50%
2010 14,406 +1.83%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Church[edit]

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Church

The 1973 St. Thomas Aquinas Parish (F-1973) Church (Barangay Santo Domingo) is under the Vicariate of Sacred Heart (Vicar Forane is Father Hurley John S. Solfelix. Its Feast Day is January 28 and Parish Priest is Father Alejandro T. De Guzman, Vicariate of Sto. Tomas de Aquino, of the[6] Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.[7][8] As a parish, Santo Tomas was erected on March 15, 1974 by Archbishop Federico Limon consecrated the Church on March 15, 1974, since before, Santo Tomas Church was merely a "visita” or chapel of Alcala, Pangasinan, while the town was a barrio of Alcala (from 1898 until the 1901 fusion with Alcala), with former name of Arango (“inarang”, fresh water shells at Agno River).[9]

Before 1898, Santo Tomas was a barrio of Alcala. Arango was its name as a barrio, Such a name derived from “inarang”, a name given to the fresh water shells which abound near the bank of the Agno river. Santo Tomas was recreated as a town in 1908.[10]

Guinness World Records[edit]

Giant Corn Monument with Guinness Record Marker

On February 11, 2008, during first Corn Festival of the centennial celebration, Santo Tomas got the Guinness World Records certificate for longest barbecue (3,803.96 metres (12,480.2 ft)). Residents grilled 93,540 glutinous corn on the 1,559 metres (5,115 ft) long grills (each interconnected grill measured 2.4 meters), traversing its 10 barangays. Santo Tomas' longest barbecue record beat the previous record of 1,493.2 metres (4,899 ft) set in Montevideo, Uruguay (grilled red meat).[11]

On February 11, 2009, Santo Tomas' Second Corn Festival's 200-meter (stretch of the street) corn grill was held for its 101st founding anniversary.[12] at it previously held its 2007 Santo Tomas Corn Festival.[13][14]

In the "Agew na Pangasinan 2012 Street Dancers Showdown", April 11, 2012 Pangasinan Day amid the Float Parade and Street Dancing Contest, Santo. Tomas Street Dancers demonstrated their Guinness entry: “the biggest grill in the world”.[15] On the 2012 Corn Festival, March 26, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan grilled 6,000 ears of corn for the town’s 103rd founding anniversary yesterday.[16]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: PANGASINAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 November 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 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.pangasinan.gov.ph/the-province/cities-and-municipalities/santo-tomas/
  5. ^ "Province of Pangasinan". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  6. ^ http://rcald.org/?page_id=24
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  11. ^ "Longest barbecue in Guinness records". Sun.Star. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.philstar.com/nation/439150/second-corn-festival
  13. ^ http://www.pangasinan.org/santotomas/cornfestival07.htm
  14. ^ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20080131-116040/Pangasinan_town_places_bet_on_broiled_corn?ModPagespeed=off
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