Floridablanca, Pampanga
Floridablanca is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines
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. According to the 2007 census, Floridablanca has a population of 103,388, with an area of 17,548 hectares or 175.48 square kilometers.

Floridablanca is located on the western part of Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

 along the Zambales mountain
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 ranges and is bounded by the municipalities of Porac
Porac, Pampanga
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 on the north, Lubao
Lubao, Pampanga
Lubao is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 143,058 people in 23,446 households...

 on the south, Guagua
Guagua, Pampanga
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 on the east, and Dinalupihan, Bataan
Dinalupihan, Bataan
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 on the west. It is approximately 23 kilometers from the city of San Fernando
San Fernando City, Pampanga
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 and 90 kilometers from Manila. The town is at an elevation of 12 feet (4 m) above sea level.


Floridablanca is politically subdivided into 33 barangay
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  • Anon
  • Apalit
  • Basa Air Base
  • Benedicto
  • Bodega
  • Cabangcalan
  • Calantas
  • Carmencita
  • Consuelo
  • Dampe
  • Del Carmen

  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pedro
  • San Ramon
  • San Roque
  • Santa Monica
  • Solib
  • Valdez
  • Mawacat


Floridablanca is the second largest producer of rice
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 in the province. It produces more than enough rice to meet its needs resulting in a surplus. In 1999, only 37.76% of its produce was used for its own rice requirement resulting in a surplus of 65.24% equivalent to 17,553 metric tons.


Floridablanca was first established in 1823 as a settlement, or hacienda
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, by Spanish
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 friars belonging to the Order of Saint Augustine
Order of Saint Augustine
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. The mission was under the Parish of Lubao and supervised by a capellan or a priest. They erected a make-shift hut which served as a chapel and named the place San Jose de Calumpaui in honor of Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
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, who eventually became the town's patron saint. The primary purpose of the Spanish Priests was to convert the Aetas to Christianity
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 and at the same time minister to the spiritual needs of a few Spanish settlers and Filipino farm workers who settled and cultivated the lands of the town.

Two contending claims exist as to the exact location where the Chapel was built. Some maintain that it was in San Nicolas or Calumpaui, while others insist that it was in San Jose. Both claims could be true because San Nicolas was a former sitio
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 and part of the extensive landholdings of San Jose during that period.

Prior to 1823, no official historical documents that trace the establishment of the town can be found or where the name Floridablanca itself originated. Again, there are two official versions generally accepted by the town people. One is that the name Floridablanca was in honor of a certain Count de Floridablanca whom they believed visited the place and hunted wild games in the early 19th century. But nowhere in the history of the Philippines was a certain Count by that name had ever visited the country. True, there was a certain Count by that name that existed in Spain during that time and his real name was Jose Moñino (1728–1808), a Spanish Statesman and former Chief Minister of Spain (1778–1792), but he never set foot on Philippine soil. The other one is anchored on the existence of the lowly pandacaqui plant (Scientific name: taberra pandacaqui poir) which abound and thrived under the lush forest cover of the town during that period. The plant has plenty of white florescence and may grow up to eight feet (2.5 m) when it reaches maturity. It is valued and is often used for its medicinal efficacy in treating different diseases. It is widely believed that what greeted the Spaniards by the name of Vicente Valdes,when they set foot on Floridablanca's soil were myriad of white flowers of pandacaqui, thus the name Floridablanca. It was until not until April 30, 1867, that a parish was formally established in San Jose de Calumpaui by the religious superiors from Lubao, after which it was transferred to its present site today.

The place where it was transferred was formerly called Manggang Punlod because of the presence of a big fallen mango tree. From then on San Jose-was referred to by the elders as Haciendang Melacuan, or the barrio that was left behind.

The reasons for the transfer could be because of the following:
  • The resistance of the aetas to be subjugated and Christianized.
  • The existence and proximity of the two big rivers, Gumain and Porac, which were used extensively in the transport of commerce.
  • The use of the two big rivers as gateways to Lubao and Guagua.
  • Two huge towns that serve as nerve center of commerce and trade during that period.

In the 1920s, the Pampanga Sugar Mill (PASUMIL) was set up at Del Carmen and became a major sugar manufacturer in the Philippines.

In 1947, the Philippine Air Force
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 established its major fighter base in an American military airfield there. They named it Basa Air Base
Basa Air Base
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Hacienda System

In the early 20th century, the Philippines was asked by the United States government to produce more sugar, a quota for sugar production was given. This deal with the United States benefited the landlords which gave them the reason to acquire more land for sugarcane planting.

This was the start of economic boom of Floridablanca; more and more workers were needed, thus migrant workers from different provinces all over the Philippines moved to Floridablanca to work. Population of the town greatly increased and life became much easier for all.

Notable Resident

  • Leandro Coronel
    Leandro Coronel
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    , news reporter/columnist and book author;
  • Dante Rivero
    Dante Rivero
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    , actor;

Municipal Leaders (Past & Present)

Capitan Municipal

1897 - Don Gerónimo Dinio y Romero

1898 - Don Cecilio Alvendia

1899 - Don Alejandro Ramos

Municipal Presidents

1900 - 1902 - Don Gerónimo Dinio y Romero

1903 - 1905 - Don Alejandro Ramos

1906 - 1908 - Don Gregorio Panlaqui

1909 - 1911 - Don León Gutiérrez

1911 - Don Arcadio Ramírez

1912 - 1917 - Don Martin Sundiam

1918 - 1922 - Don José O. Dinio

1923 - 1925 - Don Isidoro Alvendia

1926 - 1931 - Don Roberto Nuguid

1932 - 1937 - Don Camilo Ocampo

Official site
  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • 1995 Philippine Census Information
  • 2000 Philippine Census Information
  • 2007 Philippine Census Information
  • eK! (electronic Kabalen) - New Writing on Kapampangan Life & Letters
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