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Municipality of Paombong
San Jose Fishport located at Sitio Wawa
San Jose Fishport located at Sitio Wawa
Official seal of Paombong
Vinegar Capital of the Philippines
Abante Bagong Paombong Pantay Pantay na Karapatan sa Pag-asa sa Kaunlaran
Map of Bulacan with Paombong highlighted
Map of Bulacan with Paombong highlighted
Paombong is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°49′52″N 120°47′21″E / 14.83111°N 120.78917°E / 14.83111; 120.78917Coordinates: 14°49′52″N 120°47′21″E / 14.83111°N 120.78917°E / 14.83111; 120.78917
RegionCentral Luzon
District 1st district
FoundedNovember 28, 1650
Barangays14 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMaryanne P. Marcos
 • Vice MayorMaria Cristina T. Gonzales
 • RepresentativeJose Antonio R. Sy-Alvarado
 • Municipal Council
 • Electorate34,531 voters (2019)
 • Total46.34 km2 (17.89 sq mi)
Elevation5.0 m (16.4 ft)
Highest elevation
26 m (85 ft)
Lowest elevation
−5 m (−16 ft)
 (2020 census) [4]
 • Total55,696
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
 • Households
 • Income class3rd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence8.30% (2015)[5]
 • Revenue₱159,678,603.51 (2020)
 • Assets₱334,764,866.59 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱134,407,867.59 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱134,636,856.89 (2020)
 • ElectricityMeralco
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)44
Native languagesTagalog

Paombong, officially the Municipality of Paombong (Tagalog: Bayan ng Paombong), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 55,696 people. [4]

Dubbed as the "Vinegar Capital of the Philippines", Paombong is famous for its vinegar[6] extracted from the sap of sasa (nipa), thus the term "Sukang Paombong" (Paombong vinegar) became known in Luzon and other parts of the Philippines.


Local legend has it that the name "Paombong" was taken from the long bamboo tube called "bumbong" or "tukil" which is used for collecting nipa sap. The practice of extracting nipa sap with bumbongs made the town known as the town with many bumbongs.

The local people claimed that the Spaniards who first visited the place were so amused with the bumbong that, after learning its name from the natives, they named the town after the container, a name which later evolved to Paombong.


Paombong was originally one of the visitas (barrio) of Malolos mentioned in Capitulo XXXVI of Conquistas de Las Islas libro segundo by Fray Gaspar San Agustin. In a meeting held in Tondo Convent, the Provincial Chapter created the Town of Malolos in June 1580 with Fray Matheo de Mendoza OSA as its first minister, together with Barrios of Mambog under the patronage of San Roque,Matimbo with Santa Cruz and Paombong with Saint James Apostle. In 1619 Augustinians already established Paombong Convent but the town was administered by the justice of friars from Malolos. Paombong is not wealthy as its neighbor towns of Malolos and Hagonoy at time and it did not sustain its township and it was degraded again as barrio and being a visita in 1638.

In 1639 Paombong was turned over to the Town of Calumpit from its mother town Malolos and in 1649 it was returned again to Malolos but on November 28, 1650, it was finally given its own civil government establishing Paombong its full township with Don Agustin Mananghaya as its first Gobernadorcillo.

In the middle of the 1750s, Paombong grew into a modest community from what was once a cogon land inhabited by a handful of Tagalogs.[7] as its first gobernadorcillo.

During the Revolution against Spain, Paombong's coastal area, more specifically, Barangays Masukol and Binakod, played a significant role in Philippine History being known encounter sites between Spanish soldiers and Katipuneros. Maloleño General Isidoro "matanglawin" Torres[8] used to retreat with his troops to Barangay Masukol and Barangay Binakod to avoid the advancing Spanish forces.[citation needed] In the latter village, he organized the Katipunan militia of Paombong.[9]

It is from these encounters, in fact, that Barangays Binakod and Masukol earned their present names. In one encounter, Binakod was where the enemies where "fenced in" (binakuran) and it was in Masukol where they were eventually "cornered" (nasukol) and defeated.

In 1898, the first civilian in the person of Don Victorio de Leon headed the Municipal Government until 1900. The seat of the local government was first established at the ground floor of the Paombong Church Convent then popularly called "zaguan". It was later transferred to the house of Numerino Lindayag located in Poblacion, then was transferred to the location of the present Rural Health Center I. Eventually it was moved to the place where it is presently located which since has been the seat of the Municipal Government since then. In 1941, the head of the Municipal Government was later on called Municipal Mayor.


Paombong is situated south-west of the province of Bulacan, with a total land area of 46.34 square kilometers. It is bounded by the municipality of Calumpit on the north, Malolos City on the east, municipality of Hagonoy on the west and Manila Bay on the south. The municipality is approximately 47 kilometers from Metro Manila, it is a by-pass town and can be accessed via North Luzon Expressway and MacArthur Highway.


Paombong is politically subdivided into 14 barangays (6 urban, 8 rural):

  • Binakod - This barangay is known for producing rock salt.
  • Kapitangan - This barangay is a famous pilgrimage site during the Holy Week, particularly Good Friday. Some devout Catholic worshippers flagellate and/or allow themselves to be crucified to repent and share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ.[10]
  • Malumot
  • Masukol
  • Pinalagdan
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro I
  • San Isidro II
  • San Jose - cradle the largest "sasahan" in town, subdivided into 7 political sitio or "purok" (Sitio Uno, Gitna, Sitio Tres, Sitio Wawa, Sitio Pantay, Sito Gunao and Sitio Kulis ). It is also a political hot spot every election for National and Local Positions. The San Jose Fishport located at Sitio Wawa cradles the motor boats or "bangka" which serves as the major transportation going to the three barangays near the Manila Bay, namely, Santa Cruz, Masukol and Binakod.
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz - There are 2 main resources of this barangay, fishponds and "asinan" or salt making. In this coastal barangay you can see some salt evaporation ponds.
  • Santo Niño - Formerly known as "Tulay na Bato" because it is the only place then that has a concrete bridge. This is the frontier barangay of Paombong.
  • Santo Rosario


Climate data for Paombong, Bulacan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 20
Average precipitation mm (inches) 7
Average rainy days 3.3 3.5 11.1 8.1 18.9 23.5 26.4 25.5 24.5 19.6 10.4 6.4 181.2
Source: Meteoblue [11]


Population census of Paombong
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 8,554—    
1918 9,260+0.53%
1939 11,269+0.94%
1948 13,437+1.97%
1960 16,677+1.82%
1970 20,636+2.15%
1975 24,383+3.40%
1980 26,267+1.50%
1990 32,052+2.01%
1995 33,149+0.63%
2000 41,077+4.70%
2007 50,798+2.97%
2010 50,940+0.10%
2015 53,294+0.86%
2020 55,696+0.87%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[12][13][14][15]

In the 2020 census, the population of Paombong, Bulacan, was 55,696 people, [4] with a density of 1,200 inhabitants per square kilometre or 3,100 inhabitants per square mile.


Public market
Major Industries
  • Aquaculture (Culturing of Milk Fish, Tilapia, Shrimps, Oysters, King Crab & others)
  • Ornamental Plants/Flowers (Used for gardening and landscaping)
  • Grass Planting (Carabao Grass, Bermuda Grass, Blue Grass etc. - Used for Gardening & Landscaping)
  • Garments
  • Food Processing (Smoked Fish and other food products)
Major Products
  • Condiments (Vinegar, Fish Sauce, Salts, et al.)
  • Nipa (Weaving of Nipa Palm Leaves)
  • Agricultural Products (Rice, Poultry, Livestocks, Fisheries, Fruits and Vegetables)


  • St. James the Apostle Parish Church: The town church of Paombong originally built as visita of Malolos in 1580, established as parish in 1639 made of light materials. It suffered a massive fire causing it to lost its ancient architecture. It was reconstructed in the 1970s and reconstructed again in 2003,
  • Ciudad Clementino, the prime resort of the small town was the venue of Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako soap opera.[22]
  • Kapitangan Good Friday Crucifixion: International media focuses every Good Friday on the Crucifixion at Barangay Kapitangan.[23] It is known as a pilgrimage area, spiritual healers' haven and venue of a reenactment of the Passion of Christ is held by local devotees and penitents.


Public land transport in Paombong is served by provincial buses, Jeepneys, for-hire Tricycles, Pedicabs, and UV Express AUVs. Maritime transport is served by motorboats. Both First North Luzon Transit and Baliwag Transit buses passes thru the municipality.

Health and nutrition[edit]

San Pascual Baylon Hospital

There is one hospital operating in Paombong and a main rural health care center unit. The San Pascual Baylon Maternity Hospital, situated at Barangay Santo Niño that offers secondary healthcare services. And the main rural health care center is one of the district rural health center owned and controlled by the Provincial Government of Bulacan. It offers primary healthcare services which also includes laboratory and dental and maternity services.

Local government[edit]

Town hall

Just as the national government, the municipal government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the mayor and the barangay captain for the barangays.[24] The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly), Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation.

Municipal officials[edit]

The following officials were elected on May 13, 2019, to serve a three-year term.[25]

  • Mayor: Maryanne P. Marcos
  • Vice Mayor: Cristina T. Gonzales
  • Emelita Yunson
  • Jc Castro
  • Zoilo “Toto” Estrella
  • Paolo de Jesus
  • Carlo Valencia


Private schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Elementary Schools

  • Paombong Central School
  • Kapitangan Elementary School
  • Lantad Elementary School
  • Masukol Elementary School
  • Pinalagdan Elementary School
  • Pinagtulayan Elementary School
  • Pulo Elementary School
  • San Jose Elementary School
  • Santa Cruz Elementary School
  • Santo Niño Elementary School
  • Santo Rosario Elementary School
  • Binakod Elementary School

High Schools

  • Kapitangan National High School
  • Pinalagdan High School
  • San Roque National High School
  • Santa Cruz National High School


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