Plaridel, Bulacan

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Plaridel
Municipality
Plaridel Municipal Hall
Plaridel Municipal Hall
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Plaridel
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Plaridel
Plaridel is located in Philippines
Plaridel
Plaridel
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°53′N 120°51′E / 14.883°N 120.850°E / 14.883; 120.850Coordinates: 14°53′N 120°51′E / 14.883°N 120.850°E / 14.883; 120.850
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 2nd District
Founded 1602
Barangays 19
Government[1]
 • Mayor Jocell Vistan
Area[2]
 • Total 32.44 km2 (12.53 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 101,441
 • Density 3,100/km2 (8,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3004
Dialing code 44
Income class 1st class; urban

Plaridel is a first class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. In 2010, its population was 101,441 inhabitants.[3]

With the expansion of Metro Manila, the city is now part of Manila's built-up area which reaches as far north as San Ildefonso, Bulacan.

History[edit]

Like many towns in Bulacan, Plaridel have its niche in Philippine History being the site of the Battle of Quingua - Battle of Quingua during the Philippine-American War in part of the defense of First Philippine Republic against the Northern Campaign of American Army. The battle was manned by Pablo Tecson - Lt. Colonel Pablo Ocampo Tecson of San Miguel, Bulacan under Gregorio del Pilar and during which Col. John Stotsenberg was killed on April 23, 1899. A marker now stands at the site of the battle in Barangay Agnaya.

Plaridel's history can be traced through records back to 1590s in the early years of the Spanish colonization.It is the Augustinian friars from Malolos discovered a vast forest in 1595 which later known as Quingua. As per as the history of the Parish of St.James Apostles recorded,Quingua was established by the Augustinian Friars of Malolos and named it "Encomienda Binto" (Brgy.Bintog got it name here) They built a mission chapel placed it under the jurisdiction of the Parish of the Immaculate Concepcion.

The mission chapel was elevated into an independent parish named Parroquia de Santiago Apostol and the whole Quingua was separated in Town of Malolos and created as a new pueblo or town in 1602.

The Quingua Church built in 1602 named after the Santiago de Compostela in Spain.It is actually a second site

Plaridel is surrounded with the rivers of Angat, Bulacan and Tabang River running through it. The Angat River or Bulacan River flows directly to Calumpit, Bulacan meeting the Pampanga River - Pampanga. The Tabang river, a tributary with adjoining intersections dividing the middle of the present Poblacion, flows to Manila Bay passing the Guiguinto and Bulacan towns. The water of this river was called "Tabang" or fresh water.

Very few people lived here, and most were closely related. Each group had a leader called "tandis". Different groups spoke different dialects; Pampango, Pangasinan, Ilocano and Tagalog. From Calumpit, Spanish priests and missionaries of the Augustinian Order, led by curate of Malolos Fray Mateo Mendoza OSA, frequently visited the place, preaching the Catholic faith, using the "balsa" or bamboo raft as their means of transportation. The missionaries decided to clear the land and establish settlements, from which they could work to bring unity to the people. They needed ideas to bring this about so each "Tandis" drew up a plan to pursue. For seven years, the groups of people labored, so much so that when the priest returned they found the area completely cleared. They inquired among the natives for who should be credited and the Pampangos exclaimed, "Quing wawa". So every now and then, to every question of the friars, the people would reply "Quing wa". Thereafter, the place was called Quingua.

Jose J. Mariano, then the "Alcalde" or town mayor, took the initiative of renaming the town. Congressman Pedro Magsalin, a friend of the Alcalde, sponsored a bill changing the name of the town from Quingwa to Plaridel. The bill was passed by the Philippine Congress and was approved by President Manuel L. Quezon. On December 29, 1936, the town was renamed 'Plaridel' in honor of the great hero of Bulacan, Marcelo H. del Pilar. The celebrations were attended by the political luminaries, Speaker Gil Montilla, Congressman Pedro Magsalin, Honorable Nicolas Buendia, Honorable Eulogio Rodriguez, Honorable Elpidio Quirino and Governor José Padilla, Sr.

Barangays[edit]

Plaridel is divided into 19 barangays. In 1954, sitio Mayamot in Barrio Banga was changed to Bagong Silang[4] while a sitio in the eastern part of barrio Tabang, called Bagong Silang, was created.[5]

  • Agnaya
  • Bagong Silang
  • Banga I
  • Banga II
  • Bintog
  • Bulihan
  • Culianin
  • Dampol
  • Lagundi
  • Lalangan
  • Lumang Bayan
  • Parulan
  • Poblacion
  • Rueda
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ines
  • Santo Niño
  • Sipat
  • Tabang

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Plaridel
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 52,954 —    
1995 66,355 +4.62%
2000 80,481 +3.94%
2007 97,769 +2.82%
2010 379,449 +57.15%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Cultural References[edit]

Plaridel's Parish Church of Santiago Apostol is the location of GMA Network's Fantaserye Darna (2009), Zaido (2007), Iglot (2011) and afternoon drama series, Nita Negrita (2011), Broken Vow (2012). And the Judy Ann Santos-Sarah Geronimo Movie Hating Kapatid in July 2010.

And recently, ABS-CBN's drama anthology Maalaala mo kaya: Toga, starring Albie Casiño and Erich Gonzales and the episode of Police Uniform" starring Empress and Joseph Marco

Parish Church of Santiago Apostol[edit]

The Plaridel Church was initially a mission chapel built by the Augustinians in Malolos made of light materials.The Chapel was located near River at Lumang Bayan and transferred to present site.It is clearly evident why the said Barrio named Lumang Bayan means-Old Poblacion.From 1590 to 1602,Quingua was administered by Friar Curate from Malolos Church which close at hand.(blair and robertson)

The present church was built in 1602 and established as the town church of the newly created Pueblo de Quingua.

Plaridel is one of the earliest settlement to be established at around 1590 as Encomienda.Its Parish Church of Santiago Apostol has one of the unique Moorish architectural style among the Augustinian Churches in the province.It was here that the money and jewels of san Agustin in Intramuros, Manila were kept during British Occupation in 1762-63.[citation needed]

The church is small and its two level facade is bare. However, the crowning pediment is elaborate consisting of a pair of volutes with the inner space filled with triangular patterns and floral embellishments that first glance can be mistaken as having a Moorish influence because of the minaret like dome formed. In between the volutes are a series of spaced relieves of cherubs, ramilletes, two saints including that of St. Agustin and the pierced heart which is the symbol of the Agustinia Order. The octagonal and tapering belltower on the other hand sits on a quadrilateral base and rises 4 levels.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of the Sitio of Mayamot, Barrio of Banga, Municipality of Plaridel, Province of Bulacan, to Bagong Silang". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "An Act Creating a Sitio in the Eastern Part of Barrio Tabang, Municipality of Plaridel, Province of Bulacan, to Be Known As the Sitio of Bagong Sikat". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

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