The Pozorrubio Story

by P. R. Ancheta

Come to the “red river valley”…. Home of a robust race; but for a whim, it should have been CLARIS, a hero’s name!

POZORRUBIO- The story of an early “good fight” for town independence

The story begins through the mists of history with the hardy race from the Ilocos coastal plains, pressed between the devil (mountains) and the deep China Sea, worked their way into the hinterlands and found rich hunt in jungles and fertile plains inundated by the reddish floodwaters of the Labayug and Aloragat rivers to the northeast, as well as the Angalacan River at the west to the southwest, jointed at the northern portion by the Bued River that branched off in the present areas of Sison town.

The adventurous Ilocanos settled in groups at different areas now known as Rosario, Buneg, Alipangpang, Imbalbalatong, Nama, Palacpalac and as a matter of fact even further than the present territorial limits of this “red river valley”! At the same time descendants of Princess Urduja’s kins at Tawalisi or Talamasin, or Caboloan during King Kasiki’s realm, expansively called later as Binalatongan embracing the areas of Mangaldan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, etc. also penetrated northeastward past the Nantangalan-Bantugan hills, crossed the Angalacan River and finally settled at the rich water –source fields of AMAGBAGAN (the area clearly pinpointed site of the old barrio, CLARIS) and its outskirts.

Indigenous natives inhabited the territory as well as the Caraballo mountain-sides (now bordering Benguet). The tribes were called BAGO-a close relative to the Ibaloi Igorots (whose dialect up to the present has closely similar words, e.g. diman in Pangasinan (meaning there) is pronounced SHIMAN (there to) ion Ibaloi; danum (water in Pangasinan) is pronounced Shanum (water in Ibaloi).

Just like any other native-dwellers, the Bago-Igorots who found their “hunting territory” invaded or shared the bounties of nature with others, which alone was theirs in the past, soon waged war and plunder against the Ilocos-Pangasinan migrants.

The Ilocanos and Caboloan tribesmen, having had better communal relationships, combined their combat forces and rallied behind CLARIS, a powerful man and goliath of his time, as their warrior-champion. Using his big, long talunasan (native bolo) forged by the ancient smiths, CLARIS, led the combined Ilocano-Pangasinan forces and drove the Bago-Igorots deeper into the Caraballos. To honor CLARIS, the sitio was named after him (then re-classified later as a barrio of San Jacinto municipality).

From this point, legend and folk-story end. The narration continues through a reprint of CPA historical writer (now deceased), VICTORINO P. MAGNO’s “From Claris to Pozorrubio”, Fiesta Program, May 1964, furnished by his nephew, Modesto Magno Parayno, a member of the Pangasinan Historical Society, Lingayen.

Claris, now known as Amagbagan, was formerly a barrio of San Jacinto. On January 2, 1834, Don Francisco Itliong, “Gobernadorcillo” of San Jacinto, and the “Communidad de Principales” petitioned His Excellency, the Governor-General of the Philippine Islands, for the creation and erection of:

“….Ermita y Visita en el sitio de Claris, comprension del referido pueblo de San Jacinto, y nombramiento de dos tenientes y dos alguaciles de justicia”.

The petition was granted on March 12, 1834.

About thirty-five years later, on June 19, 1968, impelled by love of order, group progress and religious cult, Don Benito Magno, Domingo Aldana, Don Pedro Ytliong, Don Bartolome Nañong, Don Bernardo Olarte, Don Pedro Salcedo, Don Juan Ancheta, Don Antonio Sabalturo, Don Jose Songcuan, Don Tobias Paragas, Don Francisco Callao, and Don Baltazar Casiano y Salazar, who were residents or landowners of said barrio of Claris, petitioned the Governor-General to convert their barrio, Claris; into as independent town, presenting as their reasons the following:

To stop the frequent robberies by the Igorots who lived in the nearby mountains and their Christian allies.

To stop contrabands and smuggling of tobacco.

To foster agriculture and increase the tribute.

To enable the inhabitants who lived far from San Jacinto to fulfill their religious duties.

June 23, 1863, the “Alcaide Mayor” referred the petition to the authorities of San Jacinto for information regarding the convenience of what was petitioned, the distance from San Jacinto to Claris whether roads were impassable duringrainy seasons, making it impossible the administration of the spiritual needs of the people; and the number of inhabitants of Claris.

On August 7, 1868, Don Domingo Estaris de la Cruz, “Gobernadorcillo” of San Jacinto, and the “Communidad de Principales” complied with the order of the “Alcalde Mayor” and favorably indorsed the petition to convert Claris into a new town independent of San Jacinto, under seven conditions to be observed and complied with by the people of Claris. The seventh condition referred to the transfer of the townsite to the sitio of Cablong:

“…. debera trasladarse la poblacion al citado Cablong y dignandose la Superioridad se accede a nuestros fuegos, e indemnizar a los dueño de las sementeras que necesariamente han de ocuparse….”

On August 13, 1868, the “Alcalde Mayor” ordered Don Francisco Goyena and Don Francisco Mayone, Public Works Inspectors, to prepare the plan of the proposed town of Claris:

“…. para que levanten el plano de la jurisdiccion que debe tener el Nuevo pueblo que se pretende crear en Claris, determinando todos sus limites tomando por base la jurisdiccion actual de San Jacinto….”

Acting on order of the “Alcalde Mayor”, the Public Works Inspectors, Goyena and Mayone, on September 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1868, in the presence of the “Gobernadors” and some members of the “Communidad de Principales” of San Jacinto, Manaoag, Binalonan, Alava (now Sison), and San Fabian, made the survey and prepared the map of the territory of the proposed new town. On October 2, 1868, Goyena and Mayone submitted a report of the survey, the map of the new town, and the plan for the townsite, to the “Alcalde Mayor”.

A long-drawn controversy between San Jacinto and Manaoag over boundary lines of the proposed town of Claris, was ended by a decree of the “Alcalde Mayor”, on January 7,1869.

On February 9, 1869, the “Alcalde Mayor” indorsed the petition on June 19, 1868 to the Governor-General recommending approval of the creation of the new town of Claris.

On February 22, 1869, the Governor-General referred the petition to the Bishop of Nueva Segovia, Vigan, for comments and recommendation. On May 29, 1869, the Bishop of Nueva Segovia, Fr. Juan, favorably recommended the creation of the new town of Claris, with a parish independent from that of San Jacinto.

On June 9,1869, the petition was again referred to the Dominican Superior, Rev. Fr. Pedro Payo, O.P., for his comments and recommendation, and on June 17,1869, Rev. Fr. Payo indorsed the petition thus:

“. . . . no puede menos de manifestar a V.E. que en mi concepto es necesaria o cuanto menos de suma conveniencia la separacion en lo espiritual del referido Claris de su matris San Jacinto”.

On July 3, 1869, the Governor-General decreed the following:

“Remitanse este expediente con atento oficio al Concejo de Administracion para que decho alto cuerpo leunido en pleno se sirva informar cuanto se le ofresca y parezca en el asunto de que se trata, de la Torre.”

Again on August 2, 1869, Don Benito Magno, Don Agapito Sabalburo, Don Domingo Aldana, Don Jose Songcuan, Don Pedro Salcedo, Don Juan Ancheta, Don Tobias Paragas, Don Pedro Ytliong, Don Francisco Callao, Don Bartolome Nanong, Don Bernardo Olarte, Don Protacio Venezuela, Don Bernardo Salcedo, Don Jacinto Sangalang, Don Manuel Arabe, and DonJose Sabalburo petitioned thru the ” Alcalde Mayor” to his Excellency, the Governor-General, reiteraring their petition of June 19, 1869; and requesting its prompt approval.

On August 21,1869’ in compliance with the decree of July, 1968; the oncejo de Administracion recommended as follows:

” ….El concejo en su vista y conforme con las apreciaciones consignadas en este asunto por las referidas autoridades es de ditcamen, que es justo acceder a lo solicitado; pudiendose desde luego proceder con arreglo a lo establecido en analogos casos la ereccion del Nuevo pueblo con el nombre que V.E. tenga a bien desiganr y aprobandose las siete condiciones formuladas para la principalia de dicho barrio que aparecen en el expediente; tambien cree el Concejo oportuno que se ordene al Alcalde Mayor de Pangasinan, que al eregir el Nuevo pueblo, no se tome de la sementera en actual cultivo mas que la parte necesaria para los edificios publicos, la plaza; y las cuatro calles que han de formar el pueblo…”

Finally, on November 3, 1869, Governor-General de la Torre decreed the following:

“….este Gobierno Superior resuelve; que el barrio de Claris se erija en pueblo independiente de su matriz, San Jacinto, en la provincia de Pangasinan, denominanandose “POZORRUBIO”, elevandose consulta al Gobierno Supremo dela Nacion para la creacion de nueva Parroquia.”

On January 13, 1870, the new town was formally inaugurated thus:

“….constituido el mencionado Senor Comisionado, Don Manuel Lahora, en el centro del terreno elegido con anterioridad para plaza en vos clara dio a reconecer a todos los asistenses el pueblo de “POZORRUBIO” y que se lo haga y tenga por tal pueblo independiente de su mariz, San Jacinto, con el territorio expresado en la demarcacion…. Concluyendo por dar tres veces de “Viva el Gobierno de Nacion” que fueron contestados por los asistentes y por el publico y se hicieron salvos y toco la musica ires nacionales….les dio gobierno del mencionado pueblo.”

Such in brief is the humble beginning of our town’s history, how it developed from a “sitio” into a barrio and lastly into a town. And as we celebrate this year’s fiesta, we turn our reverent thoughts to those, our brave and ambitious sires whose daring efforts have brought about the growth, progress and prosperity of this – our POZORRUBIO. (Continuation by P. R. Ancheta)

The Dela Torre Decree of November 3, 1869 granting Pozorrubio “independent” town status was in triple ways significant: Independence from San Jacinto, transfer from the site of CLARIS to a point northeast about 11/2 km. At Cablong, past the area now called Talogtog from Amagbagan; and the town was named POZORRUBIO! The Spanish governor general stultified the mystic fervor on and affection of the people to a native hero, CLARIS. Since the period was for pacification and spreading to the Catholic faith , CLARIS was a hot symbol that could ignite rebellion or resistance; the hero’s name could become a banner cry ― so an innocent, sentimental name was chosen.

Gov. dela Torre remembered his own hometown, Pozorrubio in Cuenca province of Spain. Since the roots that reached him described the town’s area in a rolling valley with the Labayug-Aloragat rivers drenching the fields with reddish waters from the northeast , and from the northwesterly directions flowed floodwaters similarly reddish from the Bued past Alava (now Sison) jointing the waters of Angalacan river reddish, too, as they inundated the rich land, then POZORRUBIO was it! POZOR- a valley, added to RUBIO (ruby the gem that’s always red) …sentimentally romantic, “Red River Valley” for one to sing! It satisfied dela Torre’s ego. The full impact of the sway of Empire by the stroke of the pen crushed the mythical CLARIS from the fiery love for a native town and benumbed the heart and the mind to fight the Spaniards with “talunasan”.

Some claim that the genesis of the name Pozorrubio was from stories of miracles about POZO (well) where the letter “r” is not part, and RUBIO (Red), due to the red water from the alleged miracle well – so the combination of POZORRUBIO (how did double r come into the spelling?) To pursue the story is to continue with the “miracle” too, so then pilgrimages should be massive, the shrine should be established in Pozorrubio to rival the “Call of the Virgin” at Manaoag!


Don Benito Magno, foremost leader of “independence” petitioners, was chosen the first Capitan – truly Father of Pozorrubio – on January 13, 1870. He laid the groundwork; he framed the vision; he launched “the journey of a thousand miles” to reach a great destiny for a great, resilient and robust people.

The building up process was difficult – from Don Benito through the other town-heads that followed him. Pestilence, crop failures, calamities. The people of Pozorrubio suffered…. But they were unbowed! When revolution 1896 came Pozorrubio inhabitants stood solid and strong – under the banner of Katipunan. They shared the joys of seeing the Filipino flag flying alone against the tropic sky. The Filipino anthem sang at Bautista/Bayambang (from Jose Palma lyre and Julian Felipe’s tune) swept their spirits high, especially when General Emilio Aguinaldo dropped by Pozorrubio with his cavalry during the 1898-1901 Filipino-American War.

As of March 2, 1903 (first census) Pozorrubio’s population trebled to 33,006. Census 1975 figured Pozorrubio citizenry at 36,904.

Pozorrubio school system includes two high schools – St. Philomena’s Academy (Catholic, private) and Pozorrubio High School, public. Secondary education has reached the barrios thru the barrio high schools. Elementary education is provided by 35 schools, even as vocational or trade education in the town is offered by the Pozorrubio Vocational School. Overall, the literacy rate is 80% (better than Provincial average of 79%), and better than the national average of about 72% in 1970.

Before the old classification, Pozorrubio hit the second class, but the new 1975 presidential decree re-classified it to 4th class.

Famous for her agricultural products of rice, corn, peanuts, camotes, garlics, onions, mungo, and other salacious foods, Pozorrubio is veritably Baguio City’s rice-granary and other food source-supplier. The native tobacco produced in Pozorrubio compares favorably with Isabela’s and it has practically provided the export needs of Go Fay Tobacco Company, and other tobacco dealers.

The famous “Dilan bamboo-crafts” cross the oceans to bring in big amount of dollars, alongside the woodworks and craft of Batakil/Bobonan.

Sugar cane planters, esp. in the northeastern part of Pozorrubio provide much of the cane needs of the Hind’s Sugar Central at Manaoag, barely nine kilometers to Pozorrubio’s southwest. Her panocha and delicacies of patopat, cassava desserts or condiments, and other local rice-cakes flow out to Dagupan, Baguio, Urdaneta, Manila and other communities to give rich income to cottage-confectioners.

Neighbor town Sison, just nine kilometers north of Pozorrubio has practically made this place her market-center, added up by traders and consumers-buyers from Rosario, L.U., as well as the Kennon road communities. The banana hillside and ginger fields of Labayug, Alibeng and other places of the Caraballos provide Pozorrubio with enough wholesale business, even as the Northern Cement in the Labayug area furnishes the construction requirements of surging Pozorrubio.

Binalonan to the southeast, but bounded by the Aloragat river feeds Pozorrubio with numerous trade transactions, e.g. the NGA warehousing plants there, just nine kilometers away.

San Jacinto’s boundary to Pozorrubio’s west-south hillyu terrain is provided a gravel road-way thru Nantangalan and Bantugan, but most of the products from the place are vegetables, coconuts and buri products. The same is true with north-west area bounding the San Fabian-Sison sector.

Travelers especially tourists are amply provided with a net-work of cement and asphalt roads that fan out from Pozorrubio poblacion. The road leading to Baguio and other northern communities is an all-cement complex; the road to Manila via Binalonan is likewise as good. The Dagupan-Manaoag roadway, however, is still asphalt and narrow but is heavily laden with traffic from Dagupan and the other central and western areas of Pangasinan.

Tourist-delights of Pozorrubio are vast and numerous. The tree-houses are an attempt to prettification (of course it needs art there, too, including immaculate cleanliness), of the plaza and municipal hall complex.

All tourist-visitors of Pozorrubio can take a full view of the Lingayen Gulf atop the famous Buccat Hill, north of Poblacion that reached through roadways via Nama Barangay. The place is a favorite of Boy Scout campers, excursionists and lovers of nature who seemingly can reach for the sky, or relish the whole picturesque landscape all around.

Another good spot for tourists is the famous EMMANUEL CURATIVE SPRINGS at Barangay Pugaro, past Nantangalan, close to the boundary of Manaoag.

For excursionists’ picnic site also, is the Don Benito area nestled in the hills, but with plenty of bath-pools and shaded tree for lovers, rendezvous.

INFRASTRUCTURAL CONSTRUCTION – In the last decade warehousing complexes have emerged in town. Food and bakery confectioners have multiplied and business has grown in leaps and bounds.

The development and growth of Pozorrubio is not a political issue. Local organizations like the Jaycees, the Lions’ Club, Thames operators, drivers, market vendors’ association, barangay civic organizations and the people have rallied to build up their town in more imaginative ways than one, esp. during Martial Law. A unique construction of a “cut-work” of road from the plaza towards the market place was a symbolic gesture of the private SALCEDO real estate owners to sacrifice monetary losses in favor of the people’s well-being.

Road/bridge and infrastructural construction all over the municipality’s barangay have generated much progress of the townspeople. Mayor Artemio Saldivar details the development and construction programs, as follows:

First – Peace and Order – disturbances are reduced to the minimum; in certain areas complete order. Petty thievery of all kinds has almost vanished; no known rustling case/s; no drunks nor night-prowlers; family-squabbles solved in the tradition of barangay settlements.

Second – Community development that embraces infrastructural dimensions from roads, bridges, school-building, market renovation, farm irrigation, drinking water-municipal-wide cleanliness, and multiple array of improvements through citizens’ self-reliance and flexibility for harness in performing or accomplishing projects urgently needed. The “Awardee – One of Ten Outstanding Mayors of the Philippines, 1968”, Mayor Saldivar, points out numerous achievements during the seven (7) years of his Administration. He caps his dedication through scholarship grants for poor and deserving students.

Every era or epoch, indeed, has its different set of challenges, and the past builders of Pozorrubio performed brilliantly with honor due them in Pozorrubio’s Hall of Fame.

On the other hand, under Martial Law, Mayor Saldivar beams with the farm-to-market roads, widened or resurfaced. Barrio bridges join 21 of the barrio roads.

Drinking water systems include 5 spring’s developed and 3 artesian wells; water-irrigation for the farms came from 18 dams to increase farm production. Construction of the irrigation dams covered prioritized barrios, according to “urgent need”.

Some 26 units of school buildings all over have been provided the school-children; some monetary aid each at P1,000.00 has been extended to them. Health programs go with greater work intensification of nutritionist, family planning motivators, medical and dental service personnel and a vast array of New Society fieldsmen, including agriculturists, etc. involved in the total program.


Pozorrubio’s reputation as the “breeder of educators” is solid …apparently unchallenged. At the time Dr. Daniel Salcedo was the Director of the Bureau of Private Schools (he later became Undersecretary of Education) the late Dr. Benigno Aldana was simultaneously the Director of the Bureau of Public Schools (even as Dr. Manuel Lim of Bautista, Pangasinan was also at the helm of the Education Department as Secretary.)

The footsteps of these educationists were followed by numerous sons and daughters of Pozorrubio, among whom are Executive Director Lourdes Lagera – Antiola, National Science Foundation, Science Talents’ Search (NSDB) Dr. Minda Cascolan-Sutaria, Asst. Director, Bureau of Elementary Education; President Crispin Cabanilla, Mariano Marcos Memorial Agri. College, Bacnotan, La Union; the late Supt. Maximiano Velasquez (of Sulo); Supt. Raymundo Aldana, BPS (Ret’d); and Ex-Supt. Gabertan; Children’s Museum and Library Chairman, Fernanda S. Balboa; Dr. Florencio Buen, Prov. Schools Supt. Of Pangasinan; U.E. Registrar, Teofilo Salcedo; PASS Secretary Lucio B. Fernandez (also Executive Asst. Office of Secretary Juan L. Manuel); Textbook Board-member and Science textwriter, Supv. Guillermo F. Cabanilla (now Secretary to Mayor Saldivar); English textbook at UE writer, Prof. Salud Magno Parayno; Baguio Commerce Dean Moises Reyes, CPA; and a host of others too long to mention.

A long line of successful and distinguished citizens from Pozorrubio include Ford Manager Juanito “Jerry” Marquez; Hotelier Mariano delos Reyes, Jr.; Lady business executive Mrs. Remedios Reyes-Rodis (Valrex); former Rep. Raymundo O. Camacho (1st Director of PGH) CPA Bonifacio Tambot; Manager, Tambot Rice Mill; Engr. – Business Executive Vivencio Araos of POACO; Baguio Tycoon Trinidad M. Nevada; Business Executive Fernando P. Magno (Goulds, Phils.); Dental Examiner, Dr. Alfonso Salcedo; Banker-lawyer Elena Magno-Cutay; Supv. Banker – CPA Felicidad Reyes-Delgado; Malacañang Social Secretary Rosario Jovellanos-Aurelio; Mining Engrs. Pastor (Sr. & Jr.) Quinto; Marsman Treasurer Catalino Salcedo, Sr.; Bus. Executive Laureano Callao, Sr. (Davao); Science writer/editor Tomas Tucay, NIST; Journalist Emil Jovellanos; Pilots Cesar S. Chaves; Pilot Saturnino Espinosa, Romeo Pajarillo and Dante Antenor; PMA Graduates Capt. Jacinto C. Ligot; 1st Lt. Benjamin R. Casabar; 1st Lt. Oscar T. Mariñas; 2nd Lt. Willie D. Mejia; 2nd Lt. Daniel R. Casabar, Jr.; 1sr Lt. Wilfredo Dulay; Commander Rodrigo S. Reyes; Clr. Marina Magno-Francisco; Clr. (Sang. Panlunsod, Baguio) Atty. Clemente Calpotura; Ateneo Psychologist Venancio Calputora, Jr.; Bus. Executive Jose Venezuela, Sr.; Banker Isabelo G. Aldana, DBP; Engr. Marciano Itliong; Engr. Hilario Mariñas; TOYM Awardee Major Celestino Desamito, Jr.; 1st and only Lady Mayor of Pozorrubio, Atty. Fe Fernandez-Bautista (now IBP Treasurer, Pang. Chapter); CPA Victorino Magno (Red Cross & YMCA); Engr. Tomas Caldito; Engr. Alej V. Joguilon; CFI Judge Pedro Quinto; Mons. Eleuterio Itliong; Hind’s Engr. Jovito Estaris, Sr. (note Dr. Jovito Estaris, Jr. was a topnotcher in US Medical Exams); Colenel Jose P. Magno, Jr.; Col. Francisco Cotongco; Col. Hermogenes Castillo; Col. Maxima Arciaga (Nurse); Col. Eduardo Arciaga (Graduate of PMA and on Court Martial Board, etc. trying detainees); Singer Susan Salcedo; Basketballer Dante Ritualo; Venerable orator Don Juan Magno (vocal or Board-member), and so many others unlisted, at press time.


21 thoughts on “The Pozorrubio Story

  1. Congratulations to the author on a work chronicling our town’s history and achievers. It give us lot of information we are not aware of as later Pozorrubians or Pozorrubians working and living in other lands.

    Although it seems to me there seem some information lacking somewher, we are posting this article here to give chance to those whose names this article was not able to include at the time of its writing, to be included in the long list of Pozorrubian achievers, nation builders, and those who have helped Pozorrubio directly in its development, not only physically but culturally and intellectually. It is part of the Mission of Pozorrubio Online to capture Pozorrubio’s past and present through online collaborative publishing and to promote achievement by recognition through publishing, among other parts of the Mission. With this online publishing, we have chance to update information through collaborative efforts. There are more untapped contributors who could give light to or complete a topic in collaborative online publishing than were in print publishing.

    We invite Pozorrubians to comment, especially the later generations.

    Thanks Kabaleyans

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I read with pride the list of former Pozorrubians who have achieved awards, honors and distinctions in their chosen profession – and wherever they maybe now.

    I would like to add the following – and would be happy to give you back up – if need be.

    My brother Danilo Dingle – a.k.a. Danny – attended the Harvard Graduate School in the 80s. I think there are very few – if not – nil former Pozorrubians who have been to Harvard. If there are any others, I would be very keen to know.

    Agnes Mendoza Gupana – placed 1st (or I think 2nd) in the Philippine Med Tech National Exams in the 70s. This should be worth a mention also.

    And, I, Rod Dingle – received the following awards and recognitions:

    1. 1992 – Winner of the New South Wales Secretary of the Year. This was a state-wide competition that involved over 600 contestants for the State of New South Wales, Australia.

    I broke many records when I won this title. I became the first (and only) MALE, the first (and only) Filipino and come to think of it, the first and ONLY Pozorrubian to win this competition.

    2. 1992 – Australian Secretary of the Year – 1st Runner Up. As the State Winner for New South Wales, I represented the State in the Australian National Competition – and won 1st Runner Up. Again, the first and only MALE, FILIPINO and POZORRUBIAN to win the title.

    3. Because of the award, I then went on to receive the following awards:

    3.1 Most Outstanding Filipino in New South Wales – in the field of Office Administration and Secretarial – 1993 – given to me by the Philippine Community Council of NSW.

    3.2 Golden Citizen of the Year Award – 1995 – given to me because of my volunteer work for the Senior Citizens of the State of New South Wales, Australia. I have obviously received so many other awards and recognitions over the years.

    I went to school at the Pozorrubian Central School for my primary school years, and went on to complete my secondary school years at the St. Philomena’s Academy.

    Thank you. And – more power to your website. I enjoyed reading thru your articles and have encouraged my family and friends to read thru it as well.

    Warm regards
    Sydney, Australia

  3. To Webmaster:

    “Abasak imay history na Poz ya inpost yo.

    Wala ray typos . . .

    plus si Dr. Jovito Estaris was one of the board topnotchers in the Phils not the US. I remember, we were both given plaques during the 50th Anniversary in recognition of our being board topnotchers.

    I was #5 in the 1973 Philippine Medical Technology Board Examination.

    Dakel manayay big time ya taga Pozorrubio . . . plus there are a lot more.”

  4. The facts are all there. Only. it could have been better presented.

    There are some errors with dates as it jumps back and forth from 1868 then suddenly, the next is already a century forward,

    “The petition was granted on March 12, 1834.

    About thirty-five years later, on June 19, 1968, ”

    “On August 21,1869’ in compliance with the decree of July, 1968; the oncejo de Administracion recommended as follows:”

    It could have been an honest mistake as a result of the voluminous facts included that the author gone quite lost in the process.

    Be that as it may. Its good. Just some corrections on dates and all will be well and better.


  5. Agagi,

    I was searching for some info about the late Mons. Eleuterio Iltiong and it led me into this link. I thought it would give a brief information about him but it was just a mere mention of his name. It is good to know, however, that he was lined up with great people of Pozzorubio.

    I had a great opportunity to serve the late Mons. as sacristain, along with my classmates at St. Rose Catholic School in Paniqui, from 1981 to 85. Then he became our Psychology professor at Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Colleges. During one of our classes in college, he was severely coughing in the class. So mumbled with my seatmate “Diyos ko wag mo po muna sana kunin si mons.” Few days later then, he succumbed to heart attack in his room just near the parish church of St. Rose of Lima Paniqui. Prior to that, his protege (a young child) who looks after him at night, specially assisting him with his oxygen, died from a road accident. He was buried at the public cemetery in Paniqui Tarlac. But when Mons Orlando J. Panlican (RIP) became the Parish Priest, he transferred the remains of Mons. Itliong to the church compound – as a sign of respect for his long dedicated service.

    Mons. Itliong is a great man.

    As a final note, can someone tell me if the Estaris’s in Pozzorubio are related to the Itliongs? Mons., as I have known, was related to Estaris in Paniqui.

    Marvin Santos Dimarucut
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates


    As per the eldest daughter of Jovito Magno Estaris-

    Cleofe (now Beltran) one of their uncles,bro to Jovito is

    married to an Itliong whose relative is a priest in


    The Estaris-Quinto clan had a reunion in New Orleans last

    year (2010) that included scions of the original siblings

    who may provide you with more info. The most

    knowleadgeable about their family tree and history is ALMA

    Quinto. As I am not at liberty to share Tel#’s without

    permission,but I will broadcast your request for any of

    them to respond at will. Goodluck on your genealogy


  7. Please dear webmaster,please edit the dates to lessen the confusion. They all should read 1868 and 1869 (not 1968 and 1969). That chronology is inferred in the text without having to go back to the author’s source material.

    This piece was written over 30 years ago and still feels like
    he is describing the Pozorrubio of today except there have been more Pozorrubians who have distinguished themselves in various ways all over the world and more
    and more contribute to this prodigious honor roll.

    The author, Pedro Reyes Ancheta fails to include himself among the “breed of educators” that came from Pozorrubio
    as he started teaching college in Naga,Bicol region before his first child was born. He progressed on to several universities simultaneously teaching in the Univ of the East
    teaching Sociology,National Teachers College,Director of
    Research at Baguio Tech(now Univ of Baguio) and later on
    at the Univ of the Phil.,Diliman as a Phd. in Criminal Sociology, he had members of INTERPOL, Chiefs of Police of
    various municipalities and some foreign countries learn the
    workings of mob mentality and criminal elements long before today’s much touted “profiling”.

    While actively teaching,he also worked with Gov.Agbayani
    of Pangasinan where he may have found all the records
    of the creation of Pozorrubio. To have to read the records
    in old Spanish or most likely some in Latin and translate
    everything in English is a feat in itself. To forge a narrative
    out of such a mish mash is another. I am glad to read
    his work as it stirs the same affinity to his beloved hometown he tried all his life to ingrain into us.

  8. Please help me find my relatives there in Palacpalac. My l late father ANGEL PIOQUINTO MULATO is from that place. Kindly assist me. I am also looking for Dorion, Jasmin and De Vera families who are also residing in Palacpalac. Could you help me find their whereabouts? Thank you so much and GOD BLESS you…..

  9. Dr. Priscilla Laconsay Agsalud
    Campus Dean

    I am glad to know the history of my hometown Pozorrubio. I transferred to Rosario Elementary School when I was in the six grade. I completed highs chool in same barangay and later finished Teacher Education course in Manila. Given the chance to serve my hometown as a substitute teacher in Villegas National High School for barely 8 months and then tried my luck in Asingan. At present, I am the Campus Dean of the Pangasinan State university-Asingan campus that cater to educational needs of the town and other municipalities.

    I would be very proud to be counted as one of the successful educators our town had produced. MABUHAY ang POZORRUBIO!

  10. I cannot deny to the facts. I commend Mr. Webmaster who wrote this article. My only comment is that the Lopez-Llamas Clan of Pozorrubio did a lot of contributions as well in our town.

  11. I have a great pride of knowing the history of my beloved town POZORRUBIO.I finish my elementary years at Pozorrubio Central School and my high school at St. Philomena’s Academy in 1963. I was born and raised in Pozorrubio at Brgy. Cablong. kumusta kayo amin kakailian.

  12. we were ask by our instructor to make a presentation about the town we came from and then i found this site. i was so amazed that this was the story of pozorrubio. i hope that all the youth of our town will know this for them to realize how blessed we are for having our town.. Thank you for the author. God Bless.

  13. Pozorrubio is Now a First Class municipality in the 34 town/municipalities of pangasinan..let’s Be proud of…

  14. the history of Pozorrubio would make the young people proud of their heritage. This should be made available to all pupils and students in our town.

    priscilla laconsay agsalud

  15. I’m from Pozorrubio too! My family transferred from Manila to Rosario, Pozorrubio in 1968 and since then considered it my hometown. I’m both a public servant and an educator. I’m with the National Economic and Development Authority as chief of its finance and administrative division and also a full professor at the University of the Cordilleras and visiting professor at Saint Louis University handling courses in PHD Management. Throug this medium I’d like to express my thanks to those who made this as a venue for sharing…not only of one’s stories but of history, culture, and pride for being part of this proud family of Pozorrubio!

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