Dinalupihan, Bataan

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Balen ning Dinalupihan
Bayan ng Dinalupihan
Municipal Town Hall
Municipal Town Hall
Official seal of Dinalupihan
Map of Bataan showing the location of Dinalupihan
Map of Bataan showing the location of Dinalupihan
Dinalupihan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°53′N 120°28′E / 14.883°N 120.467°E / 14.883; 120.467Coordinates: 14°53′N 120°28′E / 14.883°N 120.467°E / 14.883; 120.467
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bataan
District 1st District
Founded 1865
Barangays 47
 • Mayor Gila Garcia(NUP)
 • Vice Mayor Dr. Renato Matawaran (AKSYON)
 • Total 92.52 km2 (35.72 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 97,275
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2110
Dialing code 47
Income class 1st class
Website dinalupihanbataan.gov.ph

Dinalupihan (Kapampangan: Balen ning Dinalupihan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Dinalupihan) is a first class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. It is the only land-locked municipality of the province. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 97,275 people.[3] It has a total land area of 9,252.73 hectares representing 6.69% of the total land area of Bataan.

Dinalupihan is accessible via the Bataan Provincial Expressway, off Exit 5.


"Dinalupijan" came from the festival rights of "Aeta" pygmies. To commemorate their idol "Indianalo", the goddess of hunting and bountiful harvest."Indianalo" was paired with the Sanskrit word "jann", meaning paradise. "Indianalopijann" was the name given to the land that the "Aetas" received from their goddess which translates to Indianalo's paradise.[4] As time progresses, the name "Indianalopijann" turned into "Dinalupihan".

The name "Dinalupihan" also means "empty lands", coming from the Spanish terms din, a, and lupia. It referred to the fact that it failed to produce little revenue while it was an estate of the Archdiocese of Manila during the second half of the 18th century.[5]

Municipal government and politics[edit]

Pursuant to the Local government in the Philippines",[6][7] 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.

Dinalupihan, Bataan's incumbent Mayor is Gila Garcia (NUP) and the Vice Mayor is Dr. Renato Matawaran (AKSYON).

Sangguniang Bayan Members are: Hon. Ricardo De Ausen, Hon. Martin Tongol Jr., Hon. Danny Dela Cruz, Hon. Rolly Buniag, Hon. Amy Sandoval, Hon. Zaldy Torno, Hon. Maning Inza Cruz, Hon. Arnold Soriano, ABC Armando Buniag and SK Ernest Estanislao.[8]


Dinalupihan is politically subdivided into 46 barangays.

  • Bangal
  • Bonifacio (Pob.)
  • Burgos (Pob.)
  • Colo
  • Daang Bago
  • Dalao
  • Del Pilar (Pob.)
  • Gen. Luna (Pob.)
  • Gomez (Pob.)
  • Happy Valley
  • Kataasan
  • Layac
  • Luacan
  • Mabini Proper (Pob.)
  • Mabini Ext. (Pob.)
  • Magsaysay
  • Naparing
  • New San Jose
  • Old San Jose
  • Padre Dandan (Pob.)
  • Pag-asa
  • Pagalanggang
  • Payumo (Pob.)
  • Pentor
  • Pinulot
  • Pita (Sta. Lucia)
  • Rizal (Pob.)
  • Roosevelt
  • Roxas (Pob.)
  • Saguing (Lourdes)
  • San Benito
  • San Isidro (Pob.)
  • San Pablo (Bulate)
  • San Ramon
  • San Simon
  • Santa Isabel (Formerly Tabacan)
  • Santo Niño
  • Sapang Balas
  • Torres Bugauen (Pob.)
  • Tucop
  • Zamora (Pob.)
  • Aquino
  • Bayan-bayanan
  • Maligaya
  • Payangan
  • Tubo-tubo
  • Jose C. Payumo, Jr.


Population census of Dinalupihan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 58,172 —    
1995 65,159 +2.15%
2000 76,145 +3.40%
2007 92,289 +2.69%
2010 97,275 +1.93%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Notable people[edit]


Dinalupihan's interesting points, landmarks and festivals, are:

  • Battle of Bataan, Layac Junction marker
  • WWII First Line of Defense Memorial (Battle of Bataan - Battle of Layac Junction, January 6, 1942)
  • 38th Infantry Division (United States) marker, Layac Junction
  • Roosevelt Protected Landscape, also known as Roosevelt Park, is the location shooting of Enchanted Garden
  • Town Hall
  • Bataan Peninsula State University, Dinalupihan campus
  • Bataan Peninsula Medical Center
  • 1960 Saint John Academy
  • Glorrieta, open auditorium, grandstand, Park and Plaza
  • Dinalupihan Civic Center
  • Memorial, Monument of Dinalupihan heroes (Marcela Rodriguez)
  • Heaven's Garden Memorial Park
  • Dinalupihan Memorial Park
  • Mt. Malasimbo - Barangay Pita
  • Tubig Festival, June 24
  • La Vercons Bakeshop, San Ramon, Dinalupihan
  • Sweet Momc's Cake - General Luna St.
  • Boom's Cold Brew Coffee - Poblacion, Dinalupihan

St. John the Baptist Parish Church[edit]

St. John the Baptist Church facade

St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Poblacion, Dinalupihan) belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga[9] (Dioecesis Balangensis) Suffragan of San Fernando, Pampanga Created: March 17, 1975. Canonically Erected: November 7, 1975. Comprises the whole civil province of Bataan. Titular: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, April 28. Bishop Most Reverend Ruperto Cruz Santos, DD).[10][11][12]

Its Feast day is June 24. It is under the Vicariate of St. Peter of Verona I - Vicariate of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice. Its Parish Priest is Fr. Rene de Leon and assisted by Father Froilan Miguel and Fr. Josue V. Enero, under Parochial Vicar, Fr. Edgardo S. Sigua[11][13] The Catholic population is about 25,438.[14]

John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure mentioned in the Canonical gospels and the Qur'an. He is described in the Gospel of Luke as a relative of Jesus who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River.[14] Some scholars maintain that he was influenced by the semi-ascetic Essenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism,[15] although there is no direct evidence to substantiate this. John is regarded as a prophet in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith,[18] and Mandaeism.



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  2. ^ "Province: BATAAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Reyes, Jose. "Chief of Police, Former". History of Bataan 1. 
  5. ^ Jason (28 September 2009). "Dinalupihan History". Municipality of Dinalupihan. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Philippines : Gov.Ph : About the Philippines :". www.gov.ph. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  7. ^ The Local Government Code Of The Philippines - Chan Robles Virtual Law Library
  8. ^ Key Officials
  9. ^ ParishesV1
  10. ^ http://www.church.nfo.ph/list-of-parishes-of-the-roman-catholic-diocese-of-balanga/
  11. ^ a b Parishes
  12. ^ Department of Tourism - The Philippines Ultimate Travel Guide for Tourist
  13. ^ List of Catholic Dioceses in Asia | Asian Catholic Directory | Ucanews
  14. ^ Diocese of Balanga

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