Paombong, Bulacan
Overview
 
Paombong is a 3rd class partially urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines
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. Dubbed as the Vinegar Capital of the Philippines, Paombong is famous for its vinegar extracted from the sap of sasa (nipa
Nipa
NIPA, Nipa or nipah may refer to:* Nipa palm, Nypa fruticans* Nipa grass, Distichlis palmeri* Nipah virus, a Henipavirus* National Income and Product Accounts * National Institute of Public Administration...

), thus the term "sukang Paombong" (Paombong vinegar) became known in Luzon
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 and other parts of the Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 53,510 inhabitants in 8,266 households.
In the 16th century, the Spanish conquistadores
Conquistador
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 expand their pacification drive in Luzon moving from one place to another.
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Paombong is a 3rd class partially urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. Dubbed as the Vinegar Capital of the Philippines, Paombong is famous for its vinegar extracted from the sap of sasa (nipa
Nipa
NIPA, Nipa or nipah may refer to:* Nipa palm, Nypa fruticans* Nipa grass, Distichlis palmeri* Nipah virus, a Henipavirus* National Income and Product Accounts * National Institute of Public Administration...

), thus the term "sukang Paombong" (Paombong vinegar) became known in Luzon
Luzon
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, and is also the name for one of the three primary island groups in the country centered on the Island of Luzon...

 and other parts of the Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 53,510 inhabitants in 8,266 households.

History

In the 16th century, the Spanish conquistadores
Conquistador
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 expand their pacification drive in Luzon moving from one place to another. In 1578, they reached a large tract of land consisting of two sister towns. The newly discovered pueblo
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 was then named Malolos. However, the Spanish friars also attended to the spiritual needs of the people living west of Malolos, which is later to be known as Paombong. This relationship continued until the early 17th century when the natives of Paombong manifested their desire to be liberated from the parochial leadership of Malolos. The Spaniards then established Paombong as a pueblo in 1619, becoming the seventh town in Bulacan
Bulacan
Bulacan , officially called the Province of Bulacan or simply Bulacan Province, is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, north of Manila , and part of the Metro...

 founded by the Augustinian Order. From 1619 to 1650, a Spanish friar ruled Paombong, just like any other Augustinian-controlled place. Not long after, civilian rulers took over, but their reigns were dictated upon and was under the mercy of the prailles.

In the middle of the 17th century, Paombong grew into a modest community from what was once a cogon land inhabited by a handful of Tagalogs
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. Paombong was created a municipal organization on November 28, 1650 with Agustin Mananghaya as its first civilian ruler.

During the Spanish regime, Paombong’s coastal area, more specifically, Barangays Masukol and Binakod, played a significant role in Philippine History being known encounter sites between Spanish soldiers and Katipuneros. General Isidoro Torres used to retreat with his troops to Barangay Masukol and Barangay Binakod to avoid the advancing Spanish forces. In the latter village, he organized the Katipunan
Katipunan
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 militia of Paombong.

It is from these encounters, in fact, that Barangays Binakod and Masukol earned their present names. In one encounter, Binakod was where the enemies where "fenced in" (binakuran) and it was in Masukol where they were eventually "cornered" (nasukol) and defeated.

In 1987, the first civilian in the person of Don Victorino de Leon headed the Municipal Government until 1900. The seat of the local government was first established at the ground floor of the Paombong Church Convent then popularly called "silong". It was later transferred to the house of Numeraino Lindayag located in Poblacion, then was transferred to the location of the present Rural Health Center I. Eventually it was moved to the place where it is presently located which since has been the seat of the Municipal Government since then. In 1941, the head of the Municipal Government was later on called Municipal Mayor
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.

Origin of Name

Local legend has it that the name "Paombong" was taken from the long bamboo tube called "bumbong" or "tukil" which is used for collecting nipa sap. The practice of extracting nipa sap with bumbongs made the town known as the town with many bumbongs.

The local people claimed that the Spaniards who first visited the place were so amused with the bumbong that, after learning its name from the natives, they named the town after the container, a name which later evolved to Paombong.

Geography

Paombong is situated southwest of the province of Bulacan, with a total land area of 46.34 square kilometers. It is bounded by the municipality of Calumpit
Calumpit, Bulacan
CALUMPIT is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 98,017 people in 16,167 households.-Physical and Socio-Political:Land Area: 5,625 has.No...

 on the north, Malolos City
Malolos City
City of Malolos is a 3rd class urban component city in the Republic of the Philippines. Malolos is considered as the 115th city in the country. It is the capital city of the province of Bulacan as the seat of the provincial government...

 on the east, municipality of Hagonoy
Hagonoy, Bulacan
Hagonoy is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2007 NSO census, it has a population of 126,329 inhabitants distributed in 25,900 households. It is the birthplace of Former Senator Blas F...

 on the west and Manila Bay
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 on the south. The municipality is approximately 47 kilometers from Metro Manila
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, it is a by-pass town and can be accessed via North Luzon Expressway
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 and MacArthur Highway
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.

Barangays

Paombong is politically subdivided into 14 barangay
Barangay
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s (6 urban, 8 rural).
  • Binakod
  • Kapitangan - This barangay is a famous pilgrimage site during the Holy Week
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    , particularly Good Friday
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    . Some devout Catholic
    Catholic
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     worshippers flagellate and/or allow themselves to be crucified to repent and share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ.
  • Malumot
  • Masukol
  • Pinalagdan
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro I
  • San Isidro II
  • San Jose - cradle the largest "sasahan" in town, subdivided into 7 political sitio or "purok" (Sitio Uno, Gitna, Sitio Tres, Sitio Wawa, Sitio Pantay, Sito Gunao and Sitio Kulis ). It is also a political hot spot every election for National and Local Positions. The San Jose Fishport located at Sitio Wawa cradles the motor boats or "bangka" which serves as the major transportation going to the three barangays near the Manila Bay, namely, Sta. Cruz, Masukol and Binakod.
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Sta. Cruz - There are 2 main resources of this barangay
    Barangay
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    , fishponds and "asinan" or salt making. In this coastal barangay you can see some salt evaporation ponds
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    .
  • Sto. Niño
  • Sto. Rosario

Municipal officials

The following officials were elected on May 10, 2010 to serve a three-year term.
  • Mayor: Donato Dionisio Marcos - Liberal Party
  • Vice Mayor: Marissa Jumaquio-Ramos - Lakas-Kampi CMD


Councilors:
  • Louie Arellano - Lakas-Kampi CMD
  • Francisco "Kiko" Coronel Garcia(3rd Term) - Liberal Party
  • Melchor "Kinong" Coronel de Roxas - Liberal Party
  • Primo "Piring" Cruz Pangan(3rd Term) - Liberal Party
  • Isagani "Gani" Castro - Independent
  • Myrna Valencia - Lakas-Kampi CMD
  • Jimmy Mapilisan - Liberal Party
  • Venancio "Ven" Kempis Dayao - Liberal Party

Trade and commerce

Trade and commerce in Paombong is concentrated at the town center where the public market, municipal hall, church, schools, hospital, clinics, and commercial spaces are situated.
Major business establishments include:
  • drugstores

- The Generics Pharmacy
- other drugstores
  • restaurants/food shops

- Chooks To Go
- Fujiko Lechong Manok
- Burger Machine
- Benny's Gotohan
- Pinsan's Sizzling
- Sizzling Station (near Municipal Hall)
- Ful Haus
  • groceries

- Lea Mae Store
- Ka Celia's Store
- Jennifer's Store (Kapitangan)
  • banks

- SAS Bank
- COOP Bank
- Sto. Rosario Arba MPC
  • construction supply stores

- Isagon
  • convenience stores

- MiniStop
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-Paombong
- Ten-Ten's
  • water stations

- Aqua Cool
- Aqua 2000
- Drinkee
- Aqua Soft
- Crystal Blue
  • gasoline stations

- Shell (Sto. Niño and Pantay)
- SeaOil

Transportation

  • First North Luzon Transit (going to Cubao Divisoria and Pasay)
  • Baliwag Transit (going to Cubao, Divisoria and Pasay)
  • Jeepney
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    s (going to Malolos Bayan, Malolos Crossing, Bocaue, Balagtas and Meycauayan)
  • Tricycle
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    s (most common mean of transportation locally)
  • Pedicab (a bicycle with a sidecar)
  • Bangkas or motor boats (most common mean of transportation in Sta. Cruz, Binakod, Lantad and Masukol)
  • Fx

Health and Nutrition

There is one hospital operating in Paombong and a main rural health care center unit. The San Pascual Baylon Maternity Hospital, situated at Barangay Sto. Niño that offers secondary healthcare services. And the main rural health care center is one of the district rural health center owned and controlled by the Provincial Government of Bulacan. It offers primary healthcare services which also includes laboratory and dental and maternity services.

Private schools

  • Binuya's Kiddie School
  • St. Martin de Porres Catholic School
  • Paombong High School
  • Holy Rosary
    Holy Rosary
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     School of Paombong

Public schools



Elementary Schools
  • Paombong Central School
  • Kapitangan Elementary School
  • Lantad Elementary School
  • Masukol Elementary School
  • Pinalagdan Elementary School
  • Pinagtulayan Elementary School
  • Pulo Elementary School
  • San Jose Elementary School
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School
  • Sto. Niño Elementary School
  • Sto. Rosario Elementary School


High Schools
  • Kapitangan High School
  • Pinalagdan High School
  • San Roque National High School
  • Sta. Cruz High School


External links

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