(1.75% of the Philippine population)
|Regions with significant populations|
(Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Benguet, La Union, Metro Manila)
|Philippine languages (Pangasinan, Bolinao, Ilocano, Tagalog), English|
|Predominantly Roman Catholicism, some are Protestanism, Islam, annd Buddhism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Filipinos (Kapampangan, Ibanag, Igorot, Ilocano, Ivatan)
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. The Pangasinan people are also living in the neighboring provinces of Tarlac and La Union (which used to be parts of Pangasinan Province), Benguet, Nueva Ecija and Zambales, as well as in Pangasinan communities in the Philippines and overseas.
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; 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; Liza Soberano; Anne Curtis