Map of Quezon showing the location of Agdangan
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|Congr. district||3rd district of Quezon|
|• Mayor||Vicenta Cabangon Aguilar|
|• Total||31.54 km2 (12.18 sq mi)|
|• Density||370/km2 (950/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
In the late 18th century till early 19th Century Spanish Colonial era, the Municipality of Atimonan, Tayabas (now Quezon Province) was suffering from frequent attacks by Pirates and outlaws. A man from this place named Mariano Aguilar thought of moving to a safer place to live and dwell with his family. He asked a good friend and distant relative, Juan Salvador to help him find a nearby peaceful place to settle for good. Along with their immediate families, they walked through the forest southwest bound until they found a clean river. While traversing the riverside, they found a scenic body of water which was best described as ladder-like as the waters run over ladder-like steps. They initially named the place Hagdan-hagdan (ladder-like structure). This majestic scenery nowadays is a local tourist attraction that can be found in Barangay Dayap. As they moved further west, they found a huge, serene and attractive flat land area where they later established the town proper. In this land, they built houses for their families and divided the land area between their family members, relatives and friends. The population in this newly discovered area had increased dramatically and before the end of the 19th century, this place was officially called Agdangan (from the word hagdan-hagdan), a barrio of the nearby town Unisan, Tayabas.
As time went by, the two families realized that there was a pressing need to build church, school buildings, marketplace, the government building and other facilities basic to the community. The Salvador family donated the site for the school buildings and the public cemetery while Aguilar family donated the sites for the Roman Catholic Church, the marketplace and the municipal building. The population had increased further as a result of influx of people from nearby municipalities and provinces adjacent to Tayabas (Now Quezon province). The Philippine National Railways established a permanent train station which also contributed to the migration of people to this place. The Aguilar and Salvador families, along with other migrant families such as Garin, Banal, Mapaye, Trinidad and Urgino with the help of local civic organization led by Mr. Pedro Olase, again took proactive efforts to gain independence from Unisan. Their actions led to the foundation of the municipality of Agdangan, Province of Tayabas. The culmination of this endeavor happened on April 1, 1939 when President Manuel Quezon signed into a Law the creation of the Municipality of Agdangan, Tayabas. As of today, April 1 has been commemorated in honor of the town's foundation day and is commonly known as Agdangan Day.
In that year, the Commonwealth President appointed Roque M. Aguilar, the eldest son of Mariano Aguilar as Mayor until the first election was held the following year where Catalino Aguilar,his youngest brother was elected as Mayor along with Crispin Salvador as Vice Mayor.
Through the years, without any lucrative source of income and industries, the modern-day Agdangan has already improved in terms of infrastructure. The local revenue has grown fairly well. The resilience, diligence, peacefulness and simplicity of people of Agdangan have been the key factors of its success.
Agdangan is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.
- Ibabang Kinagunan
- Ilayang Kinagunan
- Kanlurang Calutan
- Kanlurang Maligaya
- Silangang Calutan
- Silangang Maligaya
- Poblacion I
- Poblacion II
|Population census of Agdangan|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
List of Municipal Mayors:
★ Roque Marasigan Aguilar
★ Catalino Zatarain Aguilar
★ Crispin Salvador
★ Pedro Salvador Francia
★ Gregorio Valle
★ Norberto Monterey
★ Jose Isaac Lim
★ Carmelito Cabana Legaspi
★ Augusto Regencia Pobeda
★ Rhadam P. Aguilar
★ Vicenta Aguilar
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- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- 1) Collections of Municipal Local History, Provincial Capitol, Quezon Province, Lucena City 2) Data On File, LGU, Agdangan, Quezon 3) Collections, Memoirs and Diaries, Los Fundadores de Agdangan