Plaridel, Bulacan

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Plaridel Municipal Hall
Plaridel Municipal Hall
Official seal of Plaridel
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Plaridel
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Plaridel
Plaridel is located in Philippines
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
 • Mayor Jocell Vistan-Casaje (LP)
 • Vice Mayor Mhel G. de Leon (Independent)
 • Total 32.44 km2 (12.53 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 107,805
 • Density 3,300/km2 (8,600/sq mi)
 • Poverty rate Increase 6.0%
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3004
Dialing code 44
Income class 1st class; urban
Electricity Manila Electric Company
• Consumption 37.78 million kWh (2003)

Plaridel is a first class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. In 2015, its population was 107,805 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.


Quingua Church built in 1602 is dedicated to the apostle James the Greater, and named after Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Like many towns in Bulacan, Plaridel has its niche in Philippine history as 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 1581 in the early years of the Spanish colonization.It is the Augustinian friars from Malolos Convent discovered a vast forest in 1581 primarily named as Binto which later known as Quingua. As per as the history of the Parish of St. James Apostles issue the church history in 2001, Quingua was established by the Augustinian Friars of Malolos and named it "Encomienda Binto" (Brgy. Bintog got its name from this settlement). They built a visita (chapel of ease) and placed it under the jurisdiction of the Fray Mateo Mendoza, prior of Malolos.

The visita of Binto was elevated into an independent parish named Parroquia de Santiago Apostol and the whole Quingua was separated from Malolos and created as a new pueblo in September 27, 1602.

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 through the towns of Guiguinto and Bulacan. The water of this river was called "Tabáng" 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 Malolos, the friar curate 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. Notable families from Plaridel include the Vergel de Dios (originally from Baliuag who donated the public market of the town), Castros, Vistans, Sayos, Garcías, and the San Diegos.


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]

No Barangay Population
1 Agnaya 2,585 urban
2 Bagong Silang 3,322 urban
3 Banga I 7,030 highly urban
4 Banga II 9,036 highly urban
5 Bintog 4,122 urban
6 Bulihan 5,721 urban
7 Culianin 4,130 urban
8 Dampol 3,183 urban
9 Lagundi 4,243 urban
10 Lalangan 2,077 urban
11 Lumang Bayan 5,361 urban
12 Parulan 7,590 highly urban
13 Poblacion 3,901 highly urban
14 Rueda 1,803 urban
15 San Jose 4,448 urban
16 Santa Ines 2,953 urban
17 Santo Niño 10,761 highly urban
18 Sipat 5,856 urban
19 Tabang 19,683 highly urban
- TOTAL 107,805 -


Population census of Plaridel
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 52,954 —    
1995 66,355 +4.32%
2000 80,481 +4.22%
2007 97,769 +2.72%
2010 101,441 +1.35%
2015 107,805 +1.17%
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.

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]

Salubong Festival or Horse Festival[edit]

Salubong Festival celebrated annually every December 29. It's called salubong or welcome because they welcome the St. James the Greater's equestrian replica from Sipat. It's also called Horse festival because they paraded calesas, tiburins (non-roofed calesa) and an only riding on the horse (equestrian) and helding a horse racing in the afternoon.


See also[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" (PDF). 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". 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". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

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