Magalang, Pampanga

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Downtown Magalang
Downtown Magalang
Official seal of Magalang
Nickname(s): Sweet Tamarind Capital of The Philippines
Motto: ONE MAGALANG!,Metung King Panyulung!
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Magalang
Map of Pampanga showing the location of Magalang
Magalang is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°13′N 120°40′E / 15.217°N 120.667°E / 15.217; 120.667Coordinates: 15°13′N 120°40′E / 15.217°N 120.667°E / 15.217; 120.667
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Pampanga
District 1st District
Founded December 13, 1863
Barangays 27
 • Mayor Maria Lourdes P. Lacson (NPC)
 • Vice Mayor Norman Lacson (NPC)
 • Councilors
 • Total 97.32 km2 (37.58 sq mi)
Elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 113,147
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2011
Dialing code 45
Income class 1st class

Magalang is a municipality located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines. Magalang is part of the First Congressional District of Pampanga where Angeles City and Mabalacat City are also included. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 113,147.[3]


Established by the Augustinians at Macapsa in 1605. Scene of the encounter between the followers of Andres Malong led by Melchor de Vera and the Spanish troops in 1660. Moved to San Bartolome in 1734. Swept by the Parua River in the flood of 1863. Re-established in barrio San Pedro on 13 December 1863 by Gobernadorcillo Pablo M. Luciano. The revolutionary government took over, 12 June 1898 until 5 November 1899 when the Americans succeeded. Occupied by the Japanese, 3 January 1942. Liberated by joint American and Filipino forces, 24 January 1945. Turned over to the republic of the Philippines, 4 July 1946.


Magalang is politically subdivided into 27 barangays, listed here with its population as of May 1, 2010, with total of 103,597 and 55,061 registered voters.[2]

Barangay Population
San Antonio
San Agustin
La Paz
San Francisco
San Ildefonso
San Isidro
San Jose
San Miguel
San Nicolas 1st (Pob.)
San Nicolas 2nd
San Pablo (Pob.)
San Pedro I
San Pedro II
San Roque
San Vicente
Santa Cruz (Pob.)
Santa Lucia
Santa Maria
Santo Niño
Santo Rosario

Brgy. San Francisco[edit]

The present official name of the barrio is San Francisco. It was formerly called "Batiauan" because it was the only barrio of this town which had a watchtower during the Spanish regime. It is one of the largest barrios of Magalang.

Brgy. San Nicolas[edit]

From the beginning it has always been named San Nicolas. The barrio has no sitios. In 1868 it was separated from the barrio of San Pedro which at that time comprised the whole town. It was separated from the barrio of San Pedro through the efforts of the late Don Nicolas Tapnio, one of the first residents of the place. He gave the name to the barrio in honor of his patron saint, St. Nicolas.

Brgy. San Pedro[edit]

It has always been called San Pedro ever since; no popular name was attached to it; and it has no sitios. However, it is believed it then comprised what are known as barrios San Nicolas and Sta. Cruz.

Brgy. Sta. Cruz[edit]

Formerly this barrio was named "Alasas", Sta. Cruz due to many "alasas" leaves that covered both sides of a small stream running across the barrio. The barrio was established in the year 1880. The original founders of the barrio were Don Pablo Luciano, Jacinto Catap, Alberto Maniago, Domingo David and Estanislao Dayrit.

Brgy. San Agustin[edit]

The present day of the barrio is San Agustin. It is popularly known as Dapa, meaning to lay down flat on the ground. This was the order of the lieutenant of the revolutionary forces to his soldiers.

Brgy. San Pablo[edit]

The barrio has three sitios, namely Talimunduc a Maragul, Talimunduc a Malati and Cubul. Talimunduc a malati was called such because there were only very few houses in the place. The popular name of the barrio is Talimunduc a maragul meaning a highland. When these three sitios were separated, from their mother barrio San Agustin it was named San Pablo in honor of Capitan Pablo Luciano.


Population census of Magalang
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 43,940 —    
1995 52,607 +3.43%
2000 77,530 +8.67%
2007 98,595 +3.37%
2010 103,597 +1.82%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


Façade of St. Bartholomew Parish Church
United Methodist Church in Magalang

Roman Catholic 85%; In Magalang were church locales of Members Church of God International or Ang Dating Daan can be found which yields thousands of members. Other major religious groups are Iglesia ni Cristo, Evangelical Christians and others are also established in the municipality. Aside from Catholic churches, the town has a new United Methodist Church. In the year 1908, Protestantism was introduced and Vicente Naguit was the first convert.

San Bartolome Parish Church[edit]

Inside of St. Bartholomew Parish Church

St. Bartholomew Parish Church (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando, Vicariate of St. John the Beloved) was established by the Augustinians in 1605, it was the scene of the encounter between the followers of Andres Malong led by Melchor de Vera and the Spanish troops in 1660. Moved to San Bartolome in 1734, the church was swept by Parua river in the flood of 1863. It was re-established in Barrio San Pedro on December 13, 1863. The 3-aisle church is made of stone and wood. It is 55m. long, 21m. wide and 7m. high. Interplay of arches, as seen on the main entrance, doors and niches, pediments and fenestrations, including those of the bellowers and adjacent convent suggest a touch of baroque. Fiesta: August 24.[5][6][7]


Fishpond owners in Pampanga source their fingerlings (tilapia) from producers in this town, it’s well known for its confectionaries (sweets) particularly the incomparable pastilla de leche, a popular item for gift-giving and a table dessert on fiestas and social gatherings. The Magalang sweets are distinct in their unique taste because of the quality of the milk from water buffalo (carabao) that feed on green grass growing on the fresh well-irrigated pastureland of the agricultural section of the town. And large amount of land is Corn or Rice Grain.[8]

Local government[edit]

Like other towns in the Philippines, Magalang is governed by a mayor and vice mayor who are elected to three-year terms. The mayor is the executive head and leads the town's departments in executing the Sangguniang Bayan's ordinances and improving public services. The vice mayor heads a legislative council consisting of councilors, as members.

Lyndon Cunanan was elected mayor in May 2007. However, his win was disputed by businessman Romulo Pecson because of election fraud. Pecson won a Supreme Court order in 2009, that forced Cunanan to vacate his post. Pecson then sat as municipal mayor and was re-elected in 2010. Former Mayor Lyndon Cunanan and his former Vice Mayor Norman Lacson have filed their certificates of candidacy for mayor and vice mayor, respectively, to contest in the next municipal elections in 2013.[9][10]


During the visit of the governor in the remote barangay of Turu in Magalang, she announced the concrete pavement of the one kilometer farm to market road in the said village amounting to P6-million.[11]

  • Magalang – Angeles Road – connecting between Angeles City to Magalang
  • Silence Ave. – connecting between Magalang to Mabalacat
  • Magalang – Arayat – Santa Ana Road – connecting between Magalang to Santa Ana, bypassing Arayat
  • Magalang – Concepcion Provincial Road (Ninoy Aquino Highway) – provincial road from Magalang, Pampanga to Concepcion, Tarlac
  • Don Luis Dizon Drive ( also Known As PAC Rd.) Connecting Magalang Poblacion - AMLHS and PAC

Health Care[edit]

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Governor Lilia Pineda led Monday the inauguration of the P35-million Andres Luciano District Hospital (ALDH) in Barangay San Pablo.[12]


1946 Magalang Institute

Tertiary Schools[edit]

Secondary Schools[edit]

  • Andres M. Luciano High School (formerly Magalang National High School and Balitucan High School Annex), San Pablo
New Classrooms in Andres M. Luciano High School
  • Dolores National High School, Dolores
  • Ayala High School, Ayala
  • Balitucan National High School, Balitucan, San Ildefonso
  • Magalang Highschool, Santa Lucia
  • Rudolfo V. Feliciano Memorial High School, San Pedro 2

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Magalang Elementary School (Magalang Central School), San Nicolas 1
  • Bucanan Elementary School, Bucanan
  • San Miguel Elementary School, San Miguel
  • San Francisco Elementary School, San Francisco
  • San Pedro 2 Elementary School, San Pedro 2
  • San Pablo Elementary, San Pablo
  • Navaling Elementary School, Navaling
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Sta. Cruz
  • Sta. Maria Elementary School, Sta. Maria
  • San Vicente Elementary School, San Vicente
  • Turu Elementary School, Turu
  • Balitucan Elementary School, San Ildefonso
  • Escaler Elementary School, Escaler
  • Sto. Nino Elementary School, Sto. Nino

Private Schools[edit]

  • Christian Vision Academy Foundation (Pampanga), Inc., Sta Lucia
  • Christian Vision Academy San Isidro Annex, San Isidro
  • Hillcrest Heights Institute, San Francisco
  • Magalang Christian Ecumenical School, Sta. Cruz
  • St. Nathanael Academy, San Nicolas 1
  • Magalang Institute, San Nicolas 2
  • AYZ Little Saint's School, San Pedro 2
  • St. Bernice School, Sta Cruz
  • Golden Vine Center for Childcare and Development, San Nicolas 1
  • True Light Foundation School, San Pablo
  • Brighter Years Child Development Center Inc., Sta. Cruz



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  10. ^ "Cunanan, Lacson team-up for 2013 Magalang polls". Headline Gitnang Luzon. October 5, 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
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  12. ^ Reynaldo G. Navales (January 10, 2012). "P35-Million(or 800 thousand USD) Magalang hospital opens". Sun.Star Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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