Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija
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|Municipality of Peñaranda|
Map of Nueva Ecija with Peñaranda highlighted
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Barangays||10 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Ferdinand R. Abesamis|
|• Electorate||21,411 voters (2016)|
|• Total||95.00 km2 (36.68 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||310/km2 (810/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)44|
|Climate type||Tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||4th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||90,574,063.06 (2016)|
The area was originally called Mapisong, and it was a part of the municipality of Gapan. The area was organized into a municipality by José Maria Peñaranda, a Spanish engineer, and subsequently named after him.
Peñaranda was once known for its high quality crop called ikmo, a plant used by older Filipinos as a chewing substance. Recently however, the crop is on the brink of extinction. Rice remains a flourishing farm produce.
In 2012, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the ICHCAP of UNESCO published Pinagmulan: Enumeration from the Philippine Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The first edition of the UNESCO-backed book included Nueva Ecija's Arakyo, signifying its great importance to Philippine intangible cultural heritage. The local government of Nueva Ecija, in coopration with the NCCA, is given the right to nominate the Arakyo in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
Peñaranda is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.
- Las Piñas
- Poblacion I
- Poblacion II
- Poblacion III
- Poblacion IV
- Santo Tomas
- San Josef
- San Mariano
|Population census of Peñaranda|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Majority of the people is Roman Catholic. Other religious groups have churches and places of worship in the municipality.
Primarily depends on rice & vegetable farming, poultry and piggery.
Every May, Peñaranda residents stage a musical drama called "Araquio", a re-enactment of Christians' quest led by Queen Helena and King Constantine for the Holy Cross where Jesus Christ was nailed. Actors and actresses garbed in colorful and cute costumes dramatize this century old tradition which features sword fights between the Christians and Moors.
Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology Peñaranda Academic Extension Campus commenced operation in June 2005. This is a joint undertaking of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology and the Local Government Unit of Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija. It was first operated during the term of Former Mayor Felix A. Corpuz. It is located at the vicinity of the Penaranda National High School. The first administrator was Nomereo J. Gaboy, a retired School Principal. Peñaranda Campus is under the administration of Mayor Ferdinand R. Abesamis and Mr. German L. Del Rosario is the Campus Administrator.
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