Sasmuan, Pampanga
Sasmuan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines
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. According to the latest census, it has a population of 26,630 people in 4,343 households.


The town's former name of "Sexmoan" was a misspelling made by the Spanish friars, attempting to pronounce "Sasmuan", the original and current name. It was derived from the Malayo-Polynesian word "pitagmuan" or "meeting place of the datus
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". It was named "Sasmuan" because it is where the Pampangos meet when they were at war with the Chinese in Guagua.


Sasmuan already had a well-developed system of government well before the era of Spanish colonization. It evolved to be one of the oldest and major settlements in Pampanga by the 16th century. The Santa Lucia Church was one of the first Roman Catholic churches built in the Philippines by the Spaniards with the political and financial support of the Principalia
The Principalía or noble class was the ruling and, usually, the educated upper class in the towns of colonial Philippines, composed of the Gobernadorcillo , and the Cabezas de Barangay who governed the districts. The distinction or status of being part of the Principalía is a heriditary right...



Sasmuan is politically subdivided into 12 barangay
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  • Batang 1st
  • Batang 2nd
  • Mabuanbuan
  • Malusac
  • Santa Lucia (Pob.)
  • San Antonio
  • San Nicolas 1st
  • San Nicolas 2nd
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Monica
  • Santo Tomas
  • Sebitanan


Sasmuan has a unique geography in that it is surrounded by fish ponds. Aquaculture has been the main industry that drives the local economy.


  • Polvoron- Roasted flour with sugar, milk, and butter or margarine.
  • Tamales- Rice flour with shrimp gravy, garlic, and a little slice of boiled egg steamed in banana leaves.
  • Palatpat- A sour fruit from a tree that grows in shallow waters. Often utilised as a condiment.
  • Tabang Talangka- fat derived from talangka, a small breed of crab.
  • Eko- a type of fish sauce.
  • Taklang Dagis - A Stool from Dakung.

Fiesta San Juan

  • Celebrated every June 24 in honour of St. John the Baptist
    John the Baptist
    John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure mentioned in the Canonical gospels. He is described in the Gospel of Luke as a relative of Jesus, who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River...

    . Customarily, visitors to the town are doused with water in imitation of the saint's biblical role. A grand fluvial parade is conducted that lasts throughout the day.

Kuraldal Festival

  • Celebrated every January 6 in honour of the town's patron saint, Saint Lucy
    Saint Lucy
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    . This saint is believed to help not only the blind but women who wish to have fertility and to bear children.

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