Lubao, Pampanga

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Nickname(s): "Balen Baba"
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Lubao
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Lubao
Lubao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°56′N 120°36′E / 14.933°N 120.600°E / 14.933; 120.600Coordinates: 14°56′N 120°36′E / 14.933°N 120.600°E / 14.933; 120.600
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Pampanga
District 2nd District
Barangays 44
 • Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab
 • Total 155.77 km2 (60.14 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 160,838
 • Rank 11 of 1,489 Municipalities
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2005
Dialing code +63 (0)45
Income class 1st class

Lubao is a first class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 160,838 people.[3] It is bounded by the municipalities of Guagua on the north, Sasmuan on the east, Floridablanca on the west and Orani, Bataan on the south.

Located at the south-western part of Pampanga, it is noted for rice, sugar cane, fish, and sampaguita.


The name Lubao was derived from the indigenous word “lubo” which means low. “Lubo” is characteristically muddy and flooded; later, the term evolved into “lubao,” which is the town’s present name. The Austronesian word is associated with the low or depressed elevation of the town. Hence, Lubao is synonymous to its ancient name Baba.


Lubao is politically subdivided into 44 barangays.[2]

  • Balantacan
  • Bancal Sinubli
  • Bancal Pugad
  • Baruya (San Rafael)
  • Calangain
  • Concepcion
  • Del Carmen
  • De La Paz
  • Don Ignacio Dimson
  • Lourdes (Lauc Pau)
  • Prado Siongco
  • Remedios
  • San Agustin
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose Apunan
  • San Jose Gumi
  • San Juan (Pob.)
  • San Matias
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas 1st (Pob.)
  • San Nicolas 2nd
  • San Pablo 1st
  • San Pablo 2nd
  • San Pedro Palcarangan
  • San Pedro Saug
  • San Roque Arbol
  • San Roque Dau
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Catalina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Lucia (Pob.)
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Monica
  • Santa Rita
  • Santa Teresa 1st
  • Santa Teresa 2nd
  • Santiago
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Niño (Prado Saba)
  • Santo Cristo
  • Santo Tomas (Pob.)


Population census of Lubao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 99,705 —    
1995 109,667 +1.80%
2000 125,699 +2.97%
2007 143,058 +1.80%
2010 150,843 +1.95%
2015 160,838 +1.23%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


Saint Augustine Church (oldest in Pampanga - 1572)

As the first Augustinian missionary center in Central and Northern Luzon, majority of the residents in Lubao are Roman Catholics.

Lubao at present has six parishes :

  • San Agustin Parish, Plaza, Lubao(oldest in Pampanga - Established 1572)
  • San Roque Dau Parish, San Roque Dau, Lubao (established Oct.1, 1990)
  • Holy Cross Parish, Sta. Cruz, Lubao (established May 22, 1951)
  • San Rafael Parish, Baruya, Lubao (established August 31, 1939)
  • San Antonio de Padua Parish, San Antonio, Lubao (established November 10, 1986)
  • Conversion of St. Paul Parish, San Pablo 1st, Lubao (newly established - 2010)

There are adherents of Iglesia ni Cristo wherein a chapel in Brgy. Baruya was dedicated to God on November 26, 2011, with Pastoral Visitation of the present Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has also significant numbers of member in the town, last August 17, 2012 they celebrated their 25th Year anniversary of the Opening of the Missionary work in the said town with Cong. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo as the special guest. The chapel is located at Sta. Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga with 600 Members.


Sampaguita Festival[edit]

The Parish of Saint Augustine celebrated its 440th Founding Anniversary on May 5, 2012 with the launching of the 1st Sampaguita Festival; participated by the six parishes of Lubao. Parish of St. Augustine de Hippo bagged the Over-All Champion trophy.

2nd Sampaguita Festival was held on May 5, 2013 participated by the 10 secondary public schools of Lubao. San Vicente National High School emerged as the Over-All Champion of the festival.

The 3rd Sampaguita Festival was celebrated on May 4, 2014 and participated by the 7 clustered barangays of Lubao. Cluster 6 (Cluster Malagu - Barangay Sto. Domingo, San Miguel, Concepcion, San Francisco, San Vicente, San Antonio and San Jose Apunan) was the Over-All Champion of the festival.

The 4th Sampaguita Festival was celebrated on May 4-5, 2015 and participated by the 7 clustered barangays of Lubao. Cluster 6 (Cluster Malagu - Barangay Sto. Domingo, San Miguel, Concepcion, San Francisco, San Vicente, San Antonio and San Jose Apunan) emerged again as the Over-All Champion of the festival. Festival King and Queen Pageant and Cong Dadong Awards were launched on the 5th day of May.

For the 5th edition of Sampaguita Festival, Cluster 6 (Cluster Malagu - Barangay Sto. Domingo, San Miguel, Concepcion, San Francisco, San Vicente, San Antonio and San Jose Apunan) was declared as the Over-All Champion for 3 consecutive years. The Streetdancing, Float Parade and Free Interpretation were held on May 4, 2016 and the Cong Dadong Awards (Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Awards for Outstanding Lubenians) and the Festival King and Queen were held on May 5, 2016.

Philippine International Balloon Festival[edit]

The 1st ever Philippine International Balloon Festival was held on April 10–13, 2014 in Barangay Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga. It was organized by Pilipinas International Balloon Festival, Inc. (PIBF) in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) with the theme "It's More Than Just Hot Air"

Lubao International Balloon Festival[edit]

The 2nd Lubao International Balloon Festival was held on March 26 to 29, 2015 in Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga. It was organized by Forthinker Inc. Philippines. It was touted as the biggest annual hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia that featured more than forty (40) colorful hot air balloons from different countries all over the world, fourteen (14) of which are special shaped balloons like Darth Vader, Yoda, Humpty Dumpty and Frog.

The 3rd edition of Lubao International Balloon Festival was held on April 14–17, 2016 in Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.

Local government[edit]

Lubao Pampanga Town Hall

The municipal government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The executive branch is composed of the mayor and the barangay captains. The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly), Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

Name Years in office
Mylyn P. Cayabyab 2010–present
Dennis G. Pineda 2001–2010
Lilia Pineda 1992–2001
Conrado Jimenez 1986–1992
Anastacio Bernal 1980–1986
Salvador Dimson 1968–1980
Josefo Lingad 1965–1968
Anastacio Bernal 1964–1965
Emiliano Malit 1961–1963
Dominador Danan 1952–1960
Eloy Baluyut 1945–1951
Roman Kabiling 1938–1944
Angel Morales 1934–1938
Alejandro Barin 1931–1934
Angel Morales 1928–1931
Quintero Aranita 1925–1928
Angel Morales 1923–1925
Julian Vitug 1919–1923
Juan Rivera 1913–1919
Esteban Vitug 1910–1913
Quintin Romero 1907–1910
Urbano Beltran 1905–1907
Eugenio Fernandez 1901–1905
Luciano Vitug Dimatulac 1898–1900

Landmarks and Notable Heritage Structures[edit]

Diosdado Macapagal Museum
Diosdado Macapagal Hospital

Lubao Institute[edit]

The Lubao Institute is in front of the Diosdado Macapagal Museum and Library which is at the back of his Bahay Kubo birthplace. Some meters from these 2 landmarks is the San Nicolas Lubao residence of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It is the first and oldest private school in Lubao established in 1929.

Escolastica Romero District Hospital[edit]

The Escolastica Romero District Hospital located in San Nicolas 1st, Lubao and St. Joseph Hospital of Remedios located in Brgy. Remedios, Lubao are the prime health institutions of the town.

San Agustin Church[edit]

The parish church of San Agustin (considered one of the oldest in Pampanga - 1572) celebrated its 440th Founding Anniversary last May 5, 2012 with the launching of the 1st Sampaguita Festival; participated by the six parishes of Lubao. And the reception of the relics of St. Augustine & St. Monica. The church was declared by the National Historical Commission as Important Cultural Property last August 28, 2013 (441st Founding Anniversary).

Other Notable Landmarks

  • Diosdado Macapagal Birthplace House / Library & Museum
  • MRF Charcoal making environment friendly
  • Lubao Bamboo Nature Park located at Sta. Catalina, Lubao
  • Pradera Verde situated at Brgy. Prado Siongco, Lubao (venue of the annual Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival)

Baybay Ilog[edit]

Baybay Ilog (Sagip Ilog) is a project of Department of Tourism and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[5]

In the Baybay Ilog, Bye-bye Basura project,[6] officials and volunteers were gathered at the Banqueruan Port in San Nicolas 1st, Lubao where the kick-off the clean-up drive started. After a brief program, the whole contingent coursed the river, checked the preparation of the communities and conducted the river clean-up. The Lubao-Sasmuan River was one of the ecosystems heavily affected when Mount Pinatubo erupted 20 years ago. And with this project coinciding with the anniversary of the said volcanic eruption and our country's independence day celebration, the people from Lubao and Sasmuan are looking at it as a liberation from the dreaded effects of the said natural disaster which, through tourism, will pave the way for the rise to progress of the said communities. Once again, the river is resuming its role, as a driving factor for the growth of a civilization.

The symbolic river clean-up dubbed as “Baybay-Ilog, Bye-bye Basura”, is the first step in preparing the people in 17 identified Barangays that will benefit from the Pampanga bayou river cruise project spearheaded by the local government units of Sasmuan and Lubao in cooperation with the Provincial government of Pampanga and the second district congressional office of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.[7] River Clean-up held last June 12, 2011. This event mobilized more than 700 volunteers from Sasmuan and Lubao for ground and boat contingents. With the support of the Local Government Units of Sasmuan and Lubao, Community Volunteers and Social Preparation Group of Pampanga Bayou Development Project, this was really an astounding success.

The 700 volunteers camer from 13 coastal barangays boarded participating boats at the Banqueruan banca port at the town of San Nicolas, Lubao to participate in the symbolic river cleanup shortly after the sun rose on an otherwise lazy Sunday morning. Armed with cleaning tools, the residents carefully rid the river of wastes in preparation for the formal launch of the town’s newest tourist attraction – the Pampanga river bayou cruise. Prior to the river cleanup, Christian Narito, project leader of the social preparation phase of the Pampanga Wetlands Development Project, said the identified 17 barangay communities located along the cruise route had earlier been educated about the benefits tourism could bring into the communities. “People within and around the area participated in determining how will they react or be affected by any major development planned within their area of residence. We helped them identify their strengths and how they could contribute to the river cruise project,” Narito said.[8]

Panorama of Baybay Ilog (a project of Dept. of Tourism and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)


Lubao Elementary School

The private and public sectors jointly provide quality education to Lubao residents.

Private Schools[edit]

  • Lubao Institute (Lubao Institute or LI is located in San Nicolas 1st, Lubao, Pampanga. Established in February 1929)
  • Holy Rosary Academy (HRA - Founded 1950 by the RVM)
  • Maccim Royal Academy (MRA - Founded 2004)
  • Colegio de Santa Cruz inc.(CDSCI)
  • Holy Cross Institute (HCI)
  • Lourdes Academy

Public Schools[edit]

  • Lubao National High School
  • Baruya High School
  • Del Carmen High School
  • Remedios High School
  • San Pablo 2nd High School
  • San Roque Dau High School
  • San Vicente National High School
  • Sta. Cruz National High School
  • Sta. Tereza 2nd High School
  • Wenceslao Village High School

College and Technical Schools[edit]

~Somascans Minor College Seminary, Prado Siongco Lubao Pampanga

~West Central College of Arts and Science, Sta. Cruz Lubao Pampanga (

Notable People from Lubao[edit]

Diosdado Macapagal was the ninth President of the Philippines, serving from 1961 to 1965


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  4. ^ "Province of Pampanga". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
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  6. ^ "The River Cruise to Bayanihan Spirit -- Baybay Ilog, Bye-bye Basura for the Lubao-Sasmuan River Cruise". Tatak Digitista. June 19, 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lakbayan cheers tours in Lubao-and Pampanga". Manual To Lyf. June 18, 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Jenny F. Manongdo (18 June 2011). "Pampanga rising from Pinatubo ashes". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 

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