Municipality of Masantol

HISTORY

Masantol is situated in the western part of Pampanga and close to Manila Bay. It was called at one time as San Miguel de Masantol and used to be a part of the historic town of Macabebe. On the strength of a motion filed by three town patriarchs namely Manuel Fajardo, Gregorio Bautista and Juan Lacap on June 26, 1877 to separate the barrios of Bebe, Bulacus, Caingin and Nigui from Macabebe, a new Spanish pueblo called San Miguel was inaugurated on May 1, 1878.. The Spanish Governor General who approved the creation of a new town was Domingo Moriones y Murillo. However, it was not until November 30, 1893 when the Catholic Parish of San Miguel was approved by a royal decree.
On July 26, 1904 the town was consolidated one more time with Macabebe. However, in 1907, it was returned to its former status as an independent municipality with its own town executives and municipal council.
According to the 1995 national census, Masantol has a population of 45,327.

Although this town is still called Masantol which means abounding in santol trees, there are that not many santol trees growing anymore in this area. Several tropical fruit trees grow in backyards but not in large numbers or in mass production. According to Mr. Manny Fajardo, a descendant of one of the founders of the town and the son of a former mayor of Masantol, that if the town will be renamed today, the appropriate name should be "Masugpo" in Tagalog or "Maparo" in Kapampangan.because of the abundance of shrimps in the fishponds and rivers in this town.
Shrimp raising has become very profitable. Large acreage of rice plantations have been converted into fish ponds producing shrimps and milkfish.. Fishing in rivers and in Manila Bay has been negatively affected by the industrial pollution coming from the factories operating along the sides of the Pampanga River. Rice farming is still the main source of livelihood.
Many resourceful and hardworking Masantolenos have been seeking employment in other parts of the Philippines and in other foreign countries such as the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and in other Asian countries. These enterprising expatriats mostly professionals send home portions of their earnings to their relatives still residing in their hometown. Although not lacking in ambition and skill in politics, no Masantoleno has served yet as a Philippine senator or district representative or even as a provincial governor.
However, Masantol had a director of lands in the sixties in the person of Atty. Alejo Manalang and a Public Service Commissioner, Atty. Zacarias V. Sunga who also served as Special Assistant to President Diosdado P. Macapagal when he was elected president of the Philippine Constitutional Convention in 1972. Masantol had produced generals in the Philippine Army like General Jesus Castro and General Gaudencio Gaddi, both survivors of the Bataan Death March of World War II. Masantol has had a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in the name of Atty. Zozimo Canilao. It has also a career government employee who is the chief of the Public Defender's Office of the Philippines which is considered the largest law office in the Orient employing more than a thousand lawyers and an equivalent number of support staff. He is Atty. Reynold S. Fajardo, son of Atty. Manuel S. Fajardo Sr., mayor of Masantol in 1927-29 and the first lawyer from Masantol to graduate from an American university. In the executive branch of the Philippine government, Dr. Efipanio A. Lacap, is the Undersecretary of Health of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Masantol is also proud of her people who migrated to other countries because many of them became successful businessmen, lawyers, doctors, engineers, nurses and other professionals in their adopted countries.
With a note of sadness but with heads held high, the people of Masantol take pride also of their sons who joined Tarik Sulaiman, a courageous Macabebe warlord in fighting the invading Spaniards in 1571. In World War II, many Masantolenios joined the guerillas led by Colonel Bernardo Poblete known as Jose Banal of the famed Huk Regiment of the USAFFE and aligned themselves with Americans in restoring peace and order. Many Masantolenos who until today are known as "born soldiers" are enlisted in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States of America for the preservation of democracy.


 

GEOGRAPHY

This place is situated in Pampanga, Region 3, Philippines, its geographical coordinates are 14° 53' 37" North, 120° 42' 50" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Masantol.


POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

Masantol is politically subdivided into 26 barangays and 2 independent/dependent barrios.

Alauli, Bagang, Balibago, Bebe Anac, Bebe Matua, Bulacus, San Agustin (Caingin), Santa Monica (Caingin), Cambasi, Malauli, Nigui, Palimpe, Puti, Sagrada (Tibagin), San Isidro Anac
San Isidro Matua (Pob.), San Nicolas (Pob.), San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia Matua, Santa Lucia Paguiaba, Santa Lucia Wakas
Santa Lucia Anac (Pob.), Sapang Kawayan, Sua, Santo Niño,

Barrios: Bebe Arabia, Sagrada 2 (sagrada dos)


GASOLINE STATIONS

Joel Gasoline Station

Located at Bebe Anac, Masantol, Pampanga

Canilao Gasoline Station

Located at Bebe Anac, Masantol, Pampanga

EUM Gasoline Station

Located at Bulacus, Masantol, Pampanga

Petron

Located at San Isidro, Masantol, Pampanga

Shell

Located at Sto. Nino, Masantol, Pampanga

Carlo Gasoline Station

Located at Bebe Anac, Masantol, Pampanga


BANK

Planters Bank

Located at Sta. Lucia Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga (045)981-1025

Rural Bank of Masantol

Located at San Isidro Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga (045)981-1140 or 378-7401

Crown Savings Bank

Located at San Isidro Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga


MONEY CHANGER

Cebuana Lhuillier

Located at Sta. Lucia Anac, Masantol, Pamapanga

Rural Money Changer

Located at - San Isidro Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga

Alvin Ignacio Money Changer

Located at Sta. Lucia Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga

M Lhuillier

Located at Sta. Lucia Anac, Masantol, Pamapanga


HOSPITAL/CLINIC

Mallari Medical Clinic

Located at Sta. Lucia Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga


DRUGSTORE

Drugs and More

Located at Sta. Lucia Anac, Masantol, Pamapanga

Yumang Drugstore

Located at Sto. Nino, Sta. Lucia Anac, San Isidro, Masantol, Pampanga

Sta. Teresita Drugstore

Located at Sta. Lucia Matua, Masantol, Pamapanga


TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

Police Station

Located at Poblacion, Masantol, Pampanga 9815631

Municipal Office

Located at Poblacion, Masantol, Pampanga 981-1878, 981-1234


SCHOOLS

Holy Child of Mary College 

Located at Sto.Nino, Masantol, Pamapanga

Pampanga Institute

Located at San Nicolas Matua

St. Michael The Archangel Parochial Sch. (Masantol Parochial Sch.)

# 39 Plaza San Nicolas Pampanga Tel: 981 16 83


BUSINESS/COMPANIES

Manufacturer

Navarro Foods International Inc.
Located at 278 Panducena St., Bebe Anac
Masantol, Pampanga Tel: (045) 981-2138/981-1933 Fax: (045) 981-1933
www.navarrofoods.orgfree.com


TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Land:
Jeep (32php/person-San Fernando)
Trike (40php-sulong)
Wheeler (15php)


PRODUCTS

Taba ng Talangka
Seafoods


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Summer and Rainy Seasons