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)
Pangasinan, Bolinao, Ilokano, Filipino, English
Predominantly Roman Catholic
Related ethnic groups
Ibanag, Igorot, Ilokano, Ivatan, Kapampangan,
other Filipino peoples,
other Austronesian people

The Pangasinan people (Pangasinan:Totoon Pangasinan) are the eighth largest ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines. They live predominantly within Pangasinan province, located on the west central area in the island of Luzon along Lingayen Gulf. 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 taga-Pangasinan, which means "from Pangasinan".


The estimated population of the Pangasinan people in the province of Pangasinan is 1.5 million. The rest of the population of the province are mostly Ilocanos and Sambal.

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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