Victoria, Laguna

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Official seal of Victoria
Nickname(s): Duck Raising Capital of the Philippines[1]
Map of Laguna showing the location of Victoria
Map of Laguna showing the location of Victoria
Victoria is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°13′37″N 121°19′41″E / 14.22694°N 121.32806°E / 14.22694; 121.32806Coordinates: 14°13′37″N 121°19′41″E / 14.22694°N 121.32806°E / 14.22694; 121.32806
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
District 3rd district of Laguna
Founded 1949
Barangays 9
 • Mayor Raul "Nonong" R. Gonzalez
 • Total 22.35 km2 (8.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 34,604
 • Density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Victoriense
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4011
Dialing code 49
Income class 4th

Victoria is a fourth class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 34,604 people.[4]

It is southeast of Laguna de Bay, 90 kilometres (56 mi) south of Manila and bordered by the Municipality of Calauan to the southwest, Nagcarlan to the southeast and Pila to the northeast. The municipality has a total land area of 22.83 square kilometres which is 1.30% of the total land area of the province of Laguna.


Victoria is politically subdivided into 9 barangays. Two of these, Nanhaya and San Roque, are classified as urban while the rest are rural.[3]

  • Banca-banca
  • Daniw
  • Masapang
  • Nanhaya (Pob.)
  • Pagalangan
  • San Benito
  • San Felix
  • San Francisco
  • San Roque (Pob.)


Prominent citizens and civic leaders find new hope to make Nanhaya a town, when the Americans granted the Philippine Independence in 1946. They revived the move to separate from Pila. This time citizens proposed to name the town Trinidad, after the young republic’s First Lady, the wife of then President Manuel Roxas. Strong oppositions shelved the proposal once more.

After Roxas’ death, Elpidio Quirino took over the presidency. Nanhaya’s residents remained undaunted. They tried once more, intensifying the campaign. Most prominent and wealthiest family of the town is the Fernandez clans, Judge Jose Fernandez, then Mayor Alejandro Fernandez, Atty. Ramon H. Fernandez, Sr., Andres Franco, Dr. Agrifino Oca, Gregorio Herradura and Leonardo Rebong stood for the proposal. Victoria was a barrio of Pila until November 15, 1949, when President Elpidio Quirino signed into effect EO 282 segregating this barrio and 8 others into an independent community. Its name was adopted from President Quirino's daughter Victoria Quirino.[5]

After Pateros became highly urbanized and densely populated, Victoria became a destination of balut traders and became the "Duck Raising Center of the Philippines". The town was featured as the detour challenge of Leg 11 of the 5th Season of the Amazing Race. Victoria celebrate their Itik Festival every second week of November.

The capital of Pila was once in Barangay Pagalangan, now one of Victoria's barangays. What remains of Pila's original parish church can still be found in Pagalangan, which in the past made that community a target of treasure hunters seeking antiques. Pagalangan ceased to be Pila's capital when the town center was moved due to frequent flooding.[6]


Population census of Victoria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,847 —    
1995 25,424 +2.88%
2000 29,765 +3.44%
2007 33,829 +1.78%
2010 34,604 +0.83%
Source: National Statistics Office[4]

Local government[edit]

Victoria Town Hall
Victoria Mayor Raul “Nonong” Gonzales

Municipal officials 2010-2013:

  • Mayor: bayaw
  • Vice Mayor: Florencio "Toknie" M. Larańo
  • Councilors:
  • Francisco S. Almeda
  • Sonny U. Lazaro
  • Rizaldy C. San Jose
  • Jose Mario Fernandez
  • Willy O. Herradura
  • Michael Ching
  • Walter Macabuhay
  • Emmanuel O. Reyes
  • ABC President: Bernabe F. Vibora
  • SK President: Navie Gladys G. Herradura
  • SB Secretary: Apolinario H.Dela Cruz


  1. ^ Cadiz Duck Farm
  2. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Province: LAGUNA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ 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 20 November 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Remi E. de Leon (2005). "Health Knowledge Processes and Flows in a Coastal Community in Victoria, Laguna Philippines". University of the Philippines Los Baños Graduate School. Master's Thesis 

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