Mangaldan, Pangasinan

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Baley na Mangaldan
Skyline of Mangaldan
Official seal of Mangaldan
Motto: Abante Mangaldan
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Mangaldan
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Mangaldan
Mangaldan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°04′N 120°24′E / 16.067°N 120.400°E / 16.067; 120.400Coordinates: 16°04′N 120°24′E / 16.067°N 120.400°E / 16.067; 120.400
Country  Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Pangasinan
District 4th district of Pangasinan
Founded 1600
Barangays 30
 • Mayor Bona Fe De Vera Parayno
 • Total 48.47 km2 (18.71 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 98,905
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2432
Dialing code 75
Income class 1st class; Urban

Mangaldan (Pangasinan: Baley na Mangaldan) is a first class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It is near Dagupan City. It is in the 4th congressional district of Pangasinan. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 98,905 people.[3]

Mangaldan was founded by Dominican order missionaries from Spain (the third such city in Pangasinan). It is known to have already been a Spanish encomienda by 1591. During World War II, Mangaldan had an airstrip that was used by the American military.

Mangaldan celebrates its annual Pindang Festival along with its town fiesta during first week of March. The popular carabeef tapa (Filipino-style dried meat), locally known as pindang is the One Town One Product (OTOP) of this municipality.[4] It is also home of the original makers of the famous delicacy – the Romana Peanut Brittle. The town bagged the grand slam award when its inland body of water, the Angalacan River, was adjudged as the cleanest river in the entire province for the third time which was awarded in 2012.[5]

One of the major sources of revenues here are the thriving market place and the laboratories of renowned pharmaceutical companies that buttressed the coffer of this town.[6]The municipal government operates its slaughterhouse with a rated "double A" by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) that guarantees the butchered meat as safe and clean.

In 2015, the annual budget of Mangaldan involving a total appropriation of Php 208, 527, 497.39 which would be the biggest for a first class town in Pangasinan.[7]


Mangaldan is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.[2]

  • Alitaya
  • Amansabina
  • Anolid
  • Banaoang
  • Bantayan
  • Bari
  • Bateng
  • Buenlag
  • David
  • Embarcadero
  • Gueguesangen
  • Guesang
  • Guiguilonen
  • Guilig
  • Inlambo
  • Lanas
  • Landas
  • Maasin
  • Macayug
  • Malabago
  • Navaluan
  • Nibaliw
  • Osiem
  • Palua
  • Poblacion
  • Pogo
  • Salaan
  • Salay
  • Tebag
  • Talogtog


Mangaldan owns the distinction as the third town in Pangasinan to be founded by the Dominican missionaries. As early as 1591, Mangaldan already existed as a Spanish encomienda. Its foundation as a town is attributed to Blessed Juan Martinez de Santo Domingo, a former missionary of Pangasinan who died a martry's death in Japan on 19 March 1618.

Mangaldan started as a "visita" of Calasiao and it remained as such until the Dominicans created it as an independent vicariate under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas on 2 June 1600.

It is said that of all the people of Pangasinan, the Mangaldanian were the most difficult to convert. The greatest enemy of the missionaries in the town was a certain man named Casipit who tried to force them out of the town and even attempted to kill some of them. Yet, when he was converted by the first apostle, Fr. Pedro Soto, he became the principal propagator of the Faith. He contributed a great sum of money for the construction of the first church.

In the second half of the 19th century, Mangaldan was the richest town in the province. This was due to the famous irrigation system which the missionaries built within the confines of the town[8] causing its fertile fields to yield bountiful harvest of palay. Most outstanding in this gigantic task was Fr. Jose Torres who gave his life to bring it to completion in 1892.

The third church to be built in Mangaldan was completed in 1812 by Fr. Lorenzo Martin. It collapsed during the great earthquake of 16 March 1892, together with the big chapel in the cemetery. The construction of the convent dates back in 1747. The construction of the sixth and present church of Mangaldan was begun in 1942 by Fr. Juan Sison, and was completed 20 years later by Fr. Leon Bitanga.


Population census of Mangaldan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 65,947 —    
1995 73,351 +2.01%
2000 82,142 +2.46%
2007 90,391 +1.33%
2010 98,905 +3.33%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][9]



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