Guiguinto Municipal Hall
|Nickname(s): The Garden Haven Of Bulacan, Garden City|
|Motto: Guiguinto, Patuloy Sa Pag-Unlad. Guiguinteño Angat Ka Sa Lahat.|
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Guiguinto
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|• Mayor||Ambrosio Cruz Jr.|
|• Total||27.50 km2 (10.62 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,300/km2 (8,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st Class|
Guiguinto is one of the fast-growing municipalities. From a predominating agricultural economy, it gradually urbanized and developed, now part of the Metro Manila conurbation.
It is the birthplace of composer Constancio De Guzman, known for writing songs like "Maalaala Mo Kaya". It also houses the Immaculate Conception Seminary, a Diocesan Seminary of the Diocese of Malolos located in barangay Tabe. The appellation “Guiguinto” literally translates to “Gold” for the early conquistadores came and saw this town on a harvest season when it lushes in golden rice stalks against the sun.
- Cutcut (Mango Capital of Guiguinto)
- Daungan (Rice Granary of Guiguinto)
- Ilang-Ilang (Smallest Barangay in Guiguinto)
- Malis (Biggest Barangay in Guiguinto)
- Panginay (Home of Poetry of Guiguinto)
- Poblacion (Capital of Guiguinto)
- Pritil (Livestock Capital of Guiguinto especially Pigs/Swines)
- Pulong Gubat (Forestry Capital of Guiguinto)
- Santa Cruz (Garden Capital of Guiguinto 1)
- Santa Rita (Commercial Capital of Guiguinto)
- Tabang (Garden Capital of Guiguinto 2)
- Tabe (Machine Capital of Guiguinto)
- Tiaong (Real State Capital of Guiguinto)
- Tuktukan (Industrial Capital of Guiguinto)
Guiguinto began as a barrio of Bulakan, the former provincial capital of Bulacan. It is said that Spaniards set up an army post in the barrio to serve as a resting place for forces going to Northern Luzon. In those days, travel throughout Guiguinto was difficult and slow down to cross single file over a narrow bamboo bridge. Their Filipino guides would cry out, "Hinto" (stop). The Spaniards thought this was the name "Hihinto". The Spaniards substituted "Gui" (with hard "g") for the Tagalog "Hi". The place has since been called Guiguinto. On the other hand, old timers say that on moonlight nights, a golden bull emerges from the church and goes down to the nearby river to quench his thirst. It then returns to the church, ascends at the altar and disappears. The elders' aid that there are buried jars of gold in town, as indicated by the bull, and that is why the town was called Guiguinto. It became an encomienda in the 1591 but the ecclesiastical administration was under Bulakan Convent and it was established as a Town in 1641.
In 1800, an Augustinian friar erected a small chapel in what is now barrio Sta. Rita. In 1873, roads were constructed in barrio Malis. The people barrios of Pritil, Tabe, and Cutcut even those days were mostly farmers. During Holy Week, villagers of barrio Tuktukan held contest for the hardest egg shells (chicken, duck or goose by knocking eggs together (Tuktukan)). The women tried to help each other in singing the "Panica".
Just before the outbreak of the revolution of 1896, the town people of Guiguinto were ordered to sleep in the town at night and to work in their fields only in the day. This was said to have been suggested by the town priest to the authorities because of rumors that many of the town people were joining the secret revolutionary society, the Katipunan. Guiguinto eventually contributed many soldiers to the 1896 revolution.
At the time of American occupation, the new colonizers reorganized the Province of Bulacan into Nineteen Municipalities from the original Twenty-Six. Under populated town were subordinated with the large one and the Town of Guiguinto was integrated in the Town of Bulakan for almost eeven years. In 1915 Guiguinto regain its township again with Antonio Figueroa as its Municipal Mayor of the moidern period.The town's population was then about 4,000. The 1960 census placed Guiguinto's population at 10,629. Guiguinto is bounded on the east by the town of Balagtas, on the west by Malolos, on the north by Plaridel, and on the south by Bulacan.
|Population census of Guiguinto|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
1/4 of its 2,512 hectares was converted into nurseries giving livelihood to 500 families of gardeners and landscapers. Mayor Isagani Pascual announced that the landscaping business in Guiguinto is now a P 50 million industry. Jojo Sebastian, chair of the Guiguinto Garden City Cooperative stated that their garden stores sell P 100,000 to P 300,000 plants and contracts for garden and landscapes designs a month.
Established in the year 1999 by Mayor Ambrosio Cruz, Jr., the Halamanan Festival has since ecome the brand of the Municipality of Guiguinto. It was conducted in gratitude and recognition Guiguinto's dear patron, St. Ildefonso, who held every 23 January. It is considered that grand Street Dancing Festival, the participation of dancers from the school and village of Guiguinto and be in different towns of Bulacan. They adorned the garments as flowers and more. Besides the celebration for the feast of San Ildefonso was also a means to further pitting and display capabilities and galling of Guiguintenyo in various fields of horticulture as landscaping, PROPAGATION seedling, plant growing, flower cutting, arranging and interior decorating.
Town of the Champion
Since 2008 Guiguinto has been known as the "Town of the Champion". It is primarily because the town is the home of Alvin Clemente, the bodybuilder from Barangay Tiaong who emerged as the champion in the 2007 World Super Bodies contest. Clemente is being managed by former GNK (Gym Ni Konsehal) middleweight champion John Paul Limpo, a former resident of Barangay Ilang-Ilang, Guiguinto.
Points of Interest
- San Ildefonso Parish Church
- Guiguinto Gardens in Sta. Cruz and Tabang
- Garden City in Sta. Cruz
- C.M. Farm in Cut-Cut
- Golden Shower in Tabe
- Alcor Center in Tiaong
- Hidden Mountain Rocks in Tiaong
- Luntiang Paraiso in Tabang
- Guiguinto Old Train Station
- Camp Hotel and Resort in Pritil
- Halamanan Festival
Bulacan Welcome Arch (Sta. Cruz)
The Tabang Toll Barrier (NLEX)
Bank of the Philippine Islands (Sta. Cruz)
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- mb.com.ph, Green paradise
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