Pangasinan people

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Totoon Pangasinan
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Total population
1.5 million
(1.75% of the Philippine population)
Regions with significant populations
(Pangasinan, Metro Manila)
Philippine languages (Pangasinan, Bolinao, Ilocano, Tagalog), English
Predominantly Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Filipinos (Ibanag, Igorot, Ilocano, Ivatan, Kapampangan)
Austronesian peoples

The Pangasinan people (Pangasinan: Totoon Pangasinan) are the eighth largest ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines. They live in Pangasinan province, La Union, Tarlac, Benguet and Nueva Ecija located on the central area of Luzon. The term Pangasinan can also refer to the indigenous speakers of the Pangasinan language or people of Pangasinan heritage.


The name Pangasinan means "land of salt" or "place of salt-making". It is derived from asin, the word for "salt" in Pangasinan. The Pangasinan people are referred as Pangasinense or taga-Pangasinan, which means "from Pangasinan".


The estimated population of the Pangasinan people in the province of Pangasinan is 2.5 million. Other Pangasinan people living in neighboring provinces like La Union and Tarlac which used to be part of Pangasinan Province, and in Pangasinan communities in the Philippines.

Notable individuals[edit]

Urduja was a legendary woman warrior who is regarded as a heroine in Pangasinan. Malong and Palaris fought for independence from Spanish rule. The first president of the Philippines of Pangasinan origin (and the first Protestant Philippine president), Fidel V. Ramos, was elected in 1992. Other prominent people of Pangasinan descent include lawmaker Jose de Venecia, Jr., who was born in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; and actor and presidential candidate Fernando Poe, Jr., whose father was from San Carlos City, Pangasinan. Other notable Pangasinan people are Carlos P. Romulo; Victorio C. Edades; Angela Perez Baraquio; Carl Vincent; Fidel Ramos; Jose Estevez; Ambrosio Padilla; Cheryl Cosim; Jose de Venecia, Jr.; Ric Segreto; Fernando Poe, Jr.; Gloria Romero, actress; Donita Rose; Marlou Aquino; Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Lolita Rodriguez; Barbara Perez; Carmen Rosales; John Paul S. Rangel; Liza Soberano

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