San Manuel, Tarlac

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San Manuel
San Manuel Town Hall
San Manuel Town Hall
Official seal of San Manuel
Motto: Bangon pa, Sulong pa, San Manuel!
Map of Tarlac showing the location of San Manuel
Map of Tarlac showing the location of San Manuel
San Manuel is located in Philippines
San Manuel
San Manuel
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°50′N 120°35′E / 15.833°N 120.583°E / 15.833; 120.583Coordinates: 15°50′N 120°35′E / 15.833°N 120.583°E / 15.833; 120.583
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Tarlac
District 1st District
Established 1909
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Benjamin D. Tesoro
 • Total 42.10 km2 (16.25 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 24,289
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2309
Dialing code 45
Income class 4th class

San Manuel is a fourth class municipality in the province of Tarlac, Philippines.[2] According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 24,289 people.[3]

The town of San Manuel is a typically rustic community located at the northernmost tip of the Province of Tarlac. Heading north along the main National Highway going to the general direction of Baguio City and Ilocos Region, it is the last town of Tarlac before entering the town of Carmen of the province of Pagasinan. The Province of Nueva Ecija bound its eastern portion while the southern side is the municipalities of Anao and Moncada of the Province of Tarlac. The municipality is known for their Buridibud (kind of vegetable stew) festival


San Manuel is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.[2]

  • Colubot
  • Lanat
  • Legaspi
  • Mangandingay
  • Matarannoc
  • Pacpaco
  • Poblacion
  • Salcedo
  • San Agustin
  • San Felipe
  • San Jacinto
  • San Miguel
  • San Narciso
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Maria


When the prosperous barrio of San Jose was separated from the town of Moncada to be proclaimed a sister municipality 1909, the inhabitants were jubilant and graceful. They renamed it “San Manuel” in honor of their benefactor, the late Don Manuel de Leon, who lost no time in sponsoring its creation.

San Manuel was, as other developing town, originally covered with dense forest, lakes and creeks. Wild animals roamed into the wilderness. Adventurous people from Zambales and Pangasinan and later those from the Ilocos region settled into the area to start a new life. Clearing the area with crude implements, they planted corn and upland rice supplementing daily food with meat from deer and wild hogs caught from the nearby forest.

Formerly, the residents of this barrio did not know which jurisdiction they belonged. There are four towns surrounding the area namely: Moncada in the south; Anao and Cuyapo in the east and Alcala in the north. Neither of these duly organized municipalities claimed the sprawling area. However, an incident in the barrio helped the people solved the “jurisdiction” problem. A man gathering bees fell from the tree and died. The people immediately reported the incident to the nearby localities but only the Moncada authorities came and investigated the incident. Spurred by the gestures of the people of that town, they joined and submitted themselves under their jurisdiction and finally became an integral part of Moncada.


Population census of San Manuel
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 17,261 —    
1995 19,120 +1.94%
2000 20,857 +1.88%
2007 23,463 +1.64%
2010 24,289 +1.27%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Tarlac". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  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 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Province of Tarlac". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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