Location within Bataan province
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|District||2nd District of Bataan|
|Founded||April 6, 1917|
|Barangays||19 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Alice D. Pizarro (National Unity)|
|• Vice Mayor||Marino Caguimbal (National Unity)|
|• Total||37.60 km2 (14.52 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||26,876|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)47|
|Income class||3rd class|
Pilar, officially the Municipality of Pilar (Filipino: Bayan ng Pilar; Kapampangan: Balen ning Pilar), is a municipality in the province of Bataan in the Central Luzon (Region III) of the Philippines. The population was 41,823 at the 2015 census. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 26,876 registered voters.
The Bataan Government Center and the historic Mount Samat (Dambana ng Kagitingan) are both situated within the municipality in Barangays Diwa and Ala-uli, respectively.
Etymology and history
One of the oldest towns of Bataan, Pilar was previously part of Pampanga. Spaniards in the galleon landed in a sitio of Balanga and were greeted by the natives. The place was named in the honor of the image of the Our Lady of the Pillar, hence the town was called "Pilar".
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Pilar is located at.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 37.60 square kilometres (14.52 sq mi)  constituting 2.74% of the 1,372.98-square-kilometre- (530.11 sq mi) total area of Bataan.
|030811011||Del Rosario (Poblacion)||4.4%||1,847||1,886||−0.40%|
|Population census of Pilar|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Pilar had a population of 41,823. The population density was 1,100 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,800/sq mi).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 26,876 registered voters.
Pursuant to the Local government in the Philippines", the political seat of the municipal government is located at the Municipal Hall. In the History of the Philippines (1521–1898), the Gobernadorcillo was the Chief Executive who held office in the Presidencia. During the American rule (1898–1946) (History of the Philippines (1898-1946)), the elected Mayor and local officials, including the appointed ones held office at the Municipal Hall. The legislative and executive departments perform their functions in the Sangguniang Bayan (Session Hall) and Municipal Trial Court, respectively, and are located in the Town Hall.
The eight Sangguniang Bayan Members led by the Vice Mayor hold office at the Pilar Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall.
Landmarks and festivals of Pilar include:
- Mount Samat Zipline — longest zipline in Luzon
- Veterans Park — located in Poblacion, Piazza Della Virgen del Pilar
- Mount Samat National Shrine — 92-meter-high War Memorial Cross some 555 metres (1,821 ft) above sea level.
- The Flaming Sword — located at Panilao, is a landmark depicting a hand holding a flaming sword up in the air, which symbolized the Filipino patriots' courage and gallantry as they face the adversary and threats to their democracy and freedom. The ESPADA was inaugurated on April 8, 1967.
- Dunsulan Falls
- Araw ng Kagitingan — celebrated every April 9
The 1801 Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church (Nuestra Señora del Pilar Parish Church, belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga (Dioecesis Balangensis) Suffragan of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Notable people from Pilar
- Mel Tiangco — Brgy. Santa Rosa - news Anchor of GMA7
- Manuel C. Herrera — lawyer, an instructor in the University of the Philippines
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