San Ildefonso, Bulacan
Map of Bulacan showing the location of San Ildefonso
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|• Total||128.71 km2 (49.70 sq mi)|
|• Density||740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is now part of Manila's built up area which makes San Ildefonso it's northernmost part.
July 23, 2013, An entertainment and supermarket complex was opened where the old public market used to stand. This made San Ildefonso the "Biglang bukas, Ubos agad" of Bulacan.
Long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines, the town of San Ildefonso was known as Bulak. The early inhabitants called this town as such because of the abundant "kapok" trees (Bulak in vernacular) growing on the hill where the town proper is now situated.
Bulak was then a barrio of San Rafael. There were very few inhabitants numbering only about 3,000. The early inhabitants were people from neighboring towns and provinces that preferred to settle in this place because of the good prospect of agriculture.
When the Spaniards came, the name Bulak was changed to Hacienda San Juan de Dios because her 15,500 hectares of grazing and farming grounds were claimed by the friars. The people were told to pay tribute. Proceeds from the rentals were used to finance the operation of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Manila. The Spanish friars though antagonistic towards the Filipinos, could not help admiring the beauty of the numerous natural scenarios God bestowed on the town. Because of their admiration, they changed the name Hacienda de San Juan de Dios to amore fitting one Hacienda Buenavista, a Spanish word which means beautiful scenery.
As the population grew, a chapel was constructed under the parochial jurisdiction of San Rafael. In 1809, Father Juan dela Rosa was named the first Filipino priest of the town. He held such position up to 1911. He was responsible for changing the Bulak to San Ildefonso in honor of Alfonso XII, then the King of Spain and San Ildefonso, its Patron Saint. By the time it was given this name, a tribunal was created finally making it a town in 1877. Between the periods 1905-1906, San Ildefonso was merged with San Miguel due to its low income and inability to finance its expenditures in operating the local government.
As year went by, more and more people were induced to live in the town. The growth of population promoted the increase of income. The town became capable of meeting its expenses so it consequently ceased being a barrio of San Miguel and became once again an independent town.
- Bagong Barrio
- Bubulong Munti
- Bubulong Malaki
- Buhol na Mangga
- Mataas na Parang
- Nabaong Garlang
- Pasong Bangkal
- Pulong Tamo
- San Juan
- Santa Catalina Bata
- Santa Catalina Matanda
- Sapang Dayap
- Sapang Putik
- Sapang Putol
|Population census of San Ildefonso|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Commerce and industry
- Major industries: Cement, Pyrotechnics, Feed Mills, Food/Food Processing, Garments, Hat Making, Wood Crafts, High-Yield Crops, Marble/Marble Processing, Metalcraft,
- Major products: Bakeries and Sweet Preserves, Chicharon, Poultry and Livestock, Rice, High Value Crops, Marbles, Vegetables, Fruits
Bulacan Agricultural State College, Liceo De Buenavista, Saint Paul School of San Ildefonso, Saint John School, Motessori De San Ildefonso, Goldenville School of Montessori.
St. Ildephonsus of Toledo Church (Poblacion)
- De los Reyes, Angelo J.; De los Reyes, Aloma Monte (1983). Bulac noon, San Ildefonso ngayon. San Ildefonso, Bulacan: Normine Printing House.
- "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "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.
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
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