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Municipality of Pangil
Downtown area
Downtown area
Official seal of Pangil
Nickname(s): Tunay na Bayan ni Maria
Map of Laguna with Pangil highlighted
Map of Laguna with Pangil highlighted
Pangil is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°24′N 121°28′E / 14.4°N 121.47°E / 14.4; 121.47Coordinates: 14°24′N 121°28′E / 14.4°N 121.47°E / 14.4; 121.47
Country  Philippines
Region Calabarzon (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
District 4th District
Founded September 8, 1579
Barangays 8 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Oscar Rafanan
 • Electorate 13,816 voters (2016)
 • Total 45.03 km2 (17.39 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 24,274
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 4018
PSGC 043421000
IDD:area code +63 (0)49
Climate type Tropical monsoon climate
Income class 4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 78,215,830.17 (2016)

Pangil, officially the Municipality of Pangil, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Pangil), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 24,274 people.[3]


Pangil is politically subdivided into 8 barangays:[2]


The town is one of the oldest settlements in Laguna, rich in Hispanic, American and Japanese history. Discovered artifacts of the 12th century Ming and Sung Dynasty were attributed to Chinese immigrants and traders who settled in this place then. During the Hispanic period, Pangil became a staging ground of the Spanish missionaries in Christian Evangelization drive in 1578 in the provinces of Rizal, Laguna and Tayabas until it gained recognition as a town through the Franciscan friars in the year 1579.

Pangil has a high advocacy for environmental protection and fast becoming a hub for ecotourism. Vested with all sorts of natural attributes, such as clean and pristine water included its natural falls, rivers, nature trails, forest, communities by the lake, cool breeze by the lake, Baguio-like microclimate in its upland, represents a wide array of highland, lowland and lake-ecosystems. It’s also holds a vast of natural attributes that a small and simple town can possibly be contented of and when these resources are sustainably developed. And can contribute to provide all its need to move forward as a vey progressive yet an environment-friendly municipality.

The municipality is strategically situated at the southern tip of Sierra Madre mountain range (six barangays) and along the eastern margin of Jalajala Peninsula and just west of the northwestern shore of the easternmost major embayment of Laguna de Bay (two barangays). Its narrow strip of territory traverses in its length by Pangil River (12.5km long), valued for its pristine and abundant water contributing to its domestic, agricultural, ecotourism and other potential economic uses like bulk water and hydropower. Its topography is generally flat in between rolling and steep hills.

Currently, based on the results of the Barangay Information Management System (BIMS) data, the municipality of Pangil has a total population of 27,711 consisting of 5,728 households, with about 4.84 average household size. Of the eight (8) barangays of Pangil, five (5) are classified as urban barangays which is actually the communities that compose the town proper, one (1) rural barangay in the upland and two (2) other rural barangays across the lake.


According to a paper entitled "Alamat ng Pangil, Laguna" written by Santiago T. Adre, there are three commonly believed and popular theories from ehich the name "Pangil" was derived.

One theory reveals that the town derived its name from the peculiar shape of the land area of the town looked like especiallywhen viewed from a high place. The town's shape resmbles a wild boar's Fang.

The second theory shows that the town's name was derived from the name of the pioneer settlers in this area who were known as "Panguilagan". The town was eventually given the name "Panguil" (this is the spelling which appears in moost Spanish Era documents) because most of the Spaniards had a hard time pronouncing the original term "Panguilagan".

The last theory discloses that the town's first pre-Hispanic leader, a certain "Gat Paguil". When the Spaniards had reached the area, it was this leader whom they recognized and talked with.

It was when the Americans came and took control of the Philippines in 1898, that the former name "Panguil" became what its present name "Pangil".

King Charles III in Pangil[edit]

The church with the statue of King Charles III

In the year 1724, Prince Carlos, the son of King Philip V of Spain, was banished from his country and was sent to the Philippines. The young prince stayed in the town for three years and resided with the Franciscans in the adjoining convent of the church considered then as the biggest in Laguna. The prince was a known hunter and he enjoyed his stay in the Sierra Madre mountain range that was known as a good hunting ground for wild animals and fowls. He was also very fond of the creek that branched out from the Pangil River and now called as the Bambang Hari or King’s Canal.

By the year 1728, the King lifted the ban on the Prince and ordered the latter to return to their kingdom. With his ascension to the throne of Spain as King Charles III, he ordered his emissaries to send the statue of Nuestra Seńora de la O (Our Lady of the O) and the statue of Santo Nińo de la O (Holy Child of the O) as a sign of gratitude and appreciation to the Pangilenians for the hospitality and kindness that was accorded to him.

Municipal Mayors[edit]

Under the American Civil Government:

  • 1900-1905 Antonio A. Fabricante
  • 1906-1907 Pedro Dalena
  • 1908-1909 Agustin Martinez
  • 1910-1912 Roman Maulawin
  • 1913-1919 Engracio Balita
  • 1920-1922 Victor Acapulco
  • 1923-1925 Antonio Aclan
  • 1926-1928 Abraham de Guia
  • 1929-1934 Santiago T. Adre

During the Commonwealth Period:

  • 1935-1937 Canuto Galvez
  • 1938-1940 Esteban C. Icarangal

During World War II:

  • 1941-1945 Zoilo Pajarillo

During the post- war period:

  • 1946-1947 Santiago T. Adre
  • 1948-1955 Alfredo M. Fabricante
  • 1956-1959 Pastor de Ramos
  • 1960-1963 Geminiano C. Gualberto

During the Marcos dictatorship:

  • 1964-1967 Cristobal T. Demery
  • 1968-1971 Geminiano C. Gualberto
  • 1972-1979 Pedro D. Aritao

During the Contemporary Period:

  • 1980-1992 Dominador V. Manzana
  • 1992-1995 Valentin B. Sta. Ana
  • 1995-2004 Sergio C. Manzana
  • 2004-2013 Juanita C. Manzana
  • 2013-2016 Jovit Reyes
  • 2016- Oscar Rafanan


Population census of Pangil
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 2,200—    
1918 4,424+4.77%
1939 3,889−0.61%
1948 4,156+0.74%
1960 5,364+2.15%
1970 8,118+4.23%
1975 9,263+2.68%
1980 10,519+2.57%
1990 15,212+3.76%
1995 17,664+2.84%
2000 20,698+3.46%
2007 23,421+1.72%
2010 23,201−0.34%
2015 24,274+0.86%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Pangil was 24,274 people,[3] with a density of 540 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,400 inhabitants per square mile.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Laguna". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  6. ^ "Province of Laguna". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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