Background of Pangil, Laguna

Information

Pangil is not a well- known place in Laguna unlike Santa Cruz, Paete, and Pakil. Whenever I tell a story to my friends and my acquaintances about my hometown, Pangil, they thought that I just mispronounced the word. They thought that Pangil is Pakil because somehow they have the same “il” sound at the end.  They find it really strange that there is a town in Laguna named Pangil.

Map of Pangil, Laguna

According to http://www.Philippines-islands.ph (2011), Pangil is located in the fourth district of the Philippine municipality in the province of Laguna in Region IV CALABARZON which be­longs to the Luzon group of islands.  This district is the agricultural sector of Laguna. Currently, Pangil has eight “barangays” namely, Galalan, San Jose (Pob.), Mabato- Azufre, Dambo, Natividad (Pob.), Isla (Pob.), Balian, and Sulib. The municipality of Pangil is located about 12 km north of Santa Cruz, the capital of Laguna, and about 53 km east-south-east of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

History

According to http://www.laguna.net (1998), Pangil, Laguna was founded in the year 1579 by two Franciscan missionaries. The town’s name is believed to have come from three coincidental instances. First, from a  historical version that it was named after the fang of a wild boar called “Pangil” in dialect. Second, from the version that accounts to the first native inhabitants of the town called “Pangilagan”. And the third version that was named after Gat Panguil, the chief of the settlements, who was ruling the settlements when the time Spanish arrived. It is most logical among the three versions.

The town of Pangil is one of the oldest town in Laguna together with Siniloan, Lumban, Pila, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Liliw, and Bay. Its first settlers were known to have come from an older settlement now called Lumban.

According to Balasi, T. (2002), the story of how the town started has been handed down orally from generation to generation.  There was an adventurous fisherman and some folks who took their boats and found themselves in a beautiful inhabited place with plenty of wild life, forest products, and abundant supply of drinking water. This place is now Barangay Sulib and the Ilog (river) Putol (cut up). With their possessions, they set up a home and started a settlement.

In the early days of the settlement, a number of Chinese traders plied their wares to the natives. Then, a great change came in the later part of 15th century during the Spanish conquest. Frs. Diego Opresa and Juan Placencia, both Franciscan Missionaries, coverted the early settlers to Christianity They did not only bring religion with them but also their Western way of life, laws, educational system and most importantly town planning and administration. with these things, the Spanish friars persuaded the natives to relocate themselves to the present town location of Sulib, Natividad, San Jose and Isla Streets. Some made their way to San Marcos, Candelaria and Palacio Streets (Barangay Balian).

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