The Town of Pozorrubio

Source: Wikipedia

Pozorrubio is a first class municipality in the province of PangasinanPhilippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 66,111 people. Often the town’s name is mistakenly written as Pozzorubio but the correct spelling is Pozorrubio. Its land area is 8,965 hectares.[4]

Etymology and history

Population Census of Pozorrubio
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1995 52,378
2000 58,252 2.15%
2007 63,689 1.28%
2010 66,111 1.25%

“Pozo rubbio” (ruby-like waters from the “poso” or artesian well of the town) is the origin of the town’s name.

Fr. Domingo Naval, Vicar of San Jacinto, Pangasinan Vicar, founded on “Pozo rubbio” March 12, 1834.

“Claris” or Pozorrubio became a Municipio on January 13, 1870. It was formerly a settlement and later a Barangay of San Jacinto, Pangasinan.

Wealthy landowners, Don Benito Magno, Domingo Aldana, Pedro Itliong, Bartolome Naniong, Bernardo Olarte, Pedro Salcedo, Juan Ancheta, Antonio Sabolboro, Jose Songcuan, Tobian Paragas, Francisco Callao and Baltazar Casiano y Salazar filed the June 19, 1868 Petition addressed to the Philippine Governor General de la Torre thru the Pangasinan “Alcalde Mayor” for conversion of Barrio Claris. The request was granted on November 3, 1869.[5]

Parish Priest, another Dominican, Rev. Fr. Asencio and Lingayen Seňor Domingo Castro filed petitions to the Governor-General). The name Claris was derived from Juan dela Cruz Palaris, the leader of the 1762 Spain revolt of Binalatongan (San Carlos). Claris was named in honor of Palaris, king of Pangasinan. Father Asencio suggested Pozorrubio to honor Governor-General dela Torre alias Conde de Pozor-the Count of Pozor, adding RUBIO.

Don Benito, Sr. Domingo Castro, Don Domingo Aldana and DonAgustin Venezuela, proceeded to Manila by caruaje (stagecoach pulled by four horses) to deliver the second petition to the Queen of Spain was Isabel II, which was granted on 13 August 1868.

Santa Philomena beame the Town’s Patron Saint with feast day of August 13. She is, as believed by her devotees within the Catholic Church, a young virgin martyrwhose remains were discovered in 1802 in the Catacombs of Priscilla. Three tiles enclosing the tomb bore an inscription that was taken to indicate that her name (in the Latin of the inscription) was Filumena, the English form of which is Philomena.

The remains were removed to Mugnano del Cardinale in 1805 and became the focus of widespread devotion, with several miracles credited to the saint’s intercession, including the healing of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in 1835, which received wide publicity. Saint John Vianney attributed to her intercession the extraordinary cures that others attributed to himself.

The town’s 12 intelligentsia formed the Communidad or Town Council (Tribunal or Presidencia, the Town Hall):

  • Don Benito Magno,
  • Don Francisco Callao,
  • Don Protacio Venezuela,
  • Don Domingo Aldana,
  • Don Bartolome Naniong,
  • Don Jose Songcuan,
  • Don Tobias Paragas,
  • Don Bernanrdo Olarte,
  • Don Juan Ancheta,
  • Don Pedro Salcedo,
  • Don Pedro Itliong and
  • Don Antonio Sabaldoro.

Don Benito Magono was elected on 3 November 1868 as first Gobernadorcillo on January 1, 1869 with seat of government at Barrio of Claris, now Barangay Amagbagan. Don Jose Sanchez and Don Agustin Venezuela donated the plaza lot.

San Jacinto Kura Paroko, Fr. Pablo Almazan appointed Dona Francisca Aldana-Magno, the wife of Don Benito, to teach in the only school set up in Claris. The town was relocated to Cablong. On 18 December 1880, Gobernadorcillo, Don Bernardo Olarte, inaugurated the new site with new Parish Priest, the Rev. Fr. Joaquin Gonzales, with a brand-new church and a kumbento.

The Japanese commandos in 1942 executed Attorney Filomeno G.Magno, the direct heirs of Don Benito Magno, 1st Gobernadorcilo and anak banus founder of Pozorrubio. Don Benito Estaris Magno’s mother, Doňa Maria Estaris (Akolaw Inkew) was Benito’s first teacher and his wife Doňa Francisca Aldana, was also a teacher in Claris. Don Benito organized a new town (independent from San Jacinto ) barrio Claris (now Brgy. Amagbagan), in 1867. It included barangays Nantangalan, Maambal, Bantugan, Dilan, Malasin, and Talogtog,[6]

On April 19, 2012, Oscar V. Cruz[7] announced that the aswang (Philippine ghoul) believed to have appeared in Brgy. Villegas, Pozorrubio was not true and also, in Capiz.[8][9]

Government and politics

The Chief Executives of the town are Mayor Artemio Q. Chan and Vice-Mayor Kelvin Chan, with 8 Sangguniang Bayan Members or Councilors who hold office at the Town Hall and Legislative Building’s Session Hall.[10]

Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires, Presiding Justice Francisco H. Villaruz Jr. and Associate Justice Alex L. Quiroz of the Sandiganbayan Third Division issued the May 10, 2012 Resolution sentencing former Mayor Manuel M. Venezuela of 10 to 17 years imprisonment and a fine of P2.57 million, for malversation.[11]

Barangays

Pozorrubio is politically subdivided into 35 barangays.

  • Alipangpang
  • Amagbagan
  • Balacag
  • Banding
  • Bantugan
  • Batakil
  • Bobonan East
  • Bobonan West
  • Buneg
  • Cablong
  • Casanfernandoan
  • Castaño
  • Dilan
  • Don Benito
  • Haway
  • Imbalbalatong
  • Inoman
  • Laoac
  • Maambal
  • Malasin
  • Malokiat
  • Manaol
  • Nama
  • Nantangalan
  • Palacpalac
  • Palguyod
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Poblacion IV
  • Rosario
  • Sugcong
  • Talogtog
  • Tulnac
  • Villegas

Education

The town’s prime school is the Benigno V. Aldana National High School (BVANHS, formerly Pozzorrubio High School).[5]

  • 29 elementary schools and 9 secondary schools
  • University of Luzon – Pozorrubio

Tourism

The town’s interesting points and events include:

  • Town Fiesta – January 11 (Pozorrubio 142rd Foundation Day & Town Fiesta Schedule of Activities)
  • Patopat Festival – Frontage, Executive Building.[12][13]
  • Legislative Building and the municipal library.
  • The Plaza pergola (Don Domingo M. Magno, 1930’s with authentic marker, the colorful history of Pozorrubio)
  • Plaza Park and Children’s Park
  • Pozorrubio-Iligan City Friendship Park
  • Public Market
  • Quibuar Springs, Guernica Hill
  • Pozorubion Hospital
  • Main crops: Rice, Sugarcane, tobacco, mango, vegetables and legumes, coconut, corn and cotton
  • Cottage industries: Bamboo and rattan products for exports, swords, knives, bolos, and other metal crafts
  • Other industries: Sand and gravel, concrete hollow blocks, leather craft, gold panning, fresh water fishponds, poultry and cattle raising
  • Banks: * Pozorrubio Rural Bank * Rural Bank of Bautista * Rural Bank of Rosario * CSF Bank of Bayambang

Attractions

  • Pozorrubio Community Hospital
  • Pozorrubio abattoir Class “A”
  • Pozorrubio Public Market
  • Pozorrubio Water District
  • Pozorrubio Rural Health Center
  • Pozorrubio Cable TV
  • Gymnasium
  • Digitel Telecom Co., Inc.
  • Sun Cell Site
  • Globe Cell site
  • Smart Cell site
  • Mercury Drugstore
  • St. Joseph Drugstore
  • RCPI[14]
  • Arcadia de Pozorrubio
  • Ad

1880 St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church

The 1880 St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church (Pozorrubio, 2435 Pangasinan, Philippines, Feast Day: October 28, Parish Priest: Father Teofilo L. Calicdan & Parochial Vicar: Father Christopher E. Sison) is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan,[15] Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta. (Coordinates: 16°6’42″N 120°32’42″E – Nearby cities: San Carlos City, Tarlac City and Alaminos City).[16][17][18][19]

Jude the Apostle (“Jude”) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of JamesJude ThaddaeusJudas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, “brother of Jesus”, but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, another disciple, the betrayer of Jesus. Saint Jude’s attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ, in the image of Edessa. In some instances he may be shown with a scroll or a book (the Epistle of Jude) or holding a carpenter’s rule.

The town and Parish were founded on March 12, 1834, by Fr. Domingo Naval, San Jacinto Vicar. The 1839-1842 ermita or Chapel amid the creation of Pozorrubio as Municipio on January 30, 1870 per Royal Decree of Governor General.

The Cablong (now the town proper) temporary parish was opened and the new church inaugurated on July 26, 1879, by Fr. Julian Lopez, San Jacinto Vicar, with the appointment on December 5, 1879, of Fr. Joaquin Gonzales (1879-1884) as Kura Paroko. Fr. Silvestre Fernandez (1887-1893) added the convent and the “escuelas” of “caton” and the old brick-walled cemetery. Mortae and ladrillo were used for house construction. Fr. Mariano Rodriguez (1893-1899) built a bigger bricks church (75.57 m. long, 23 m. 50 cm. Wide, walls of 4 m high, unfinished due to the Philippines-American War.

Fr. Lucile Meirs (1899-1925), first Filipino priest of Pozorrubio reduced the length of the Church to 42 m. American Bombers destroyed the church and convent on January 7, 1945, and rebuilt by Fr. Emilio Cinense (1947-1952). Fr. Cinense, appointed Bishop, who founded the St.Philomena’s academy in 1948. Fr. Alfredo Cayabyab (1954-1967) reconstructed the Church.[19] Fr. Primo Garcia and Fr. Arturo Aquino helped reconstructed the present church. (Source: 2007 Fiesta Album of Bani, Pangasinan Church).

Attractions

  • Pozorrubio Community Hospital
  • Pozorrubio abattoir Class “A”
  • Pozorrubio Public Market
  • Pozorrubio Water District
  • Pozorrubio Rural Health Center
  • Pozorrubio Cable TV
  • Gymnasium
  • Digitel Telecom Co., Inc.
  • Sun Cell Site
  • Globe Cell site
  • Smart Cell site
  • Mercury Drugstore
  • St. Joseph Drugstore
  • RCPI[14]
  • Arcadia de Pozorrubio

1880 St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church

The 1880 St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church (Pozorrubio, 2435 Pangasinan, Philippines, Feast Day: October 28, Parish Priest: Father Teofilo L. Calicdan & Parochial Vicar: Father Christopher E. Sison) is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan,[15] Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta. (Coordinates: 16°6’42″N 120°32’42″E – Nearby cities: San Carlos City, Tarlac City and Alaminos City).[16][17][18][19]

Jude the Apostle (“Jude”) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of JamesJude ThaddaeusJudas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, “brother of Jesus”, but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, another disciple, the betrayer of Jesus. Saint Jude’s attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ, in the image of Edessa. In some instances he may be shown with a scroll or a book (the Epistle of Jude) or holding a carpenter’s rule.

The town and Parish were founded on March 12, 1834, by Fr. Domingo Naval, San Jacinto Vicar. The 1839-1842 ermita or Chapel amid the creation of Pozorrubio as Municipio on January 30, 1870 per Royal Decree of Governor General.

The Cablong (now the town proper) temporary parish was opened and the new church inaugurated on July 26, 1879, by Fr. Julian Lopez, San Jacinto Vicar, with the appointment on December 5, 1879, of Fr. Joaquin Gonzales (1879-1884) as Kura Paroko. Fr. Silvestre Fernandez (1887-1893) added the convent and the “escuelas” of “caton” and the old brick-walled cemetery. Mortae and ladrillo were used for house construction. Fr. Mariano Rodriguez (1893-1899) built a bigger bricks church (75.57 m. long, 23 m. 50 cm. Wide, walls of 4 m high, unfinished due to the Philippines-American War.

Fr. Lucile Meirs (1899-1925), first Filipino priest of Pozorrubio reduced the length of the Church to 42 m. American Bombers destroyed the church and convent on January 7, 1945, and rebuilt by Fr. Emilio Cinense (1947-1952). Fr. Cinense, appointed Bishop, who founded the St.Philomena’s academy in 1948. Fr. Alfredo Cayabyab (1954-1967) reconstructed the Church.[19] Fr. Primo Garcia and Fr. Arturo Aquino helped reconstructed the present church. (Source: 2007 Fiesta Album of Bani, Pangasinan Church).

References

  1. ^ “Municipalities”. Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. ^ “Province: PANGASINAN”PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ “Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010”2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. ^ Pozorrubio | The Official Website of the Province of Pangasinan and its People
  5. a b PHS-BVANHS Website, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan
  6. a b Pozorrubio Historical Vignettes | Pozorrubio Online Blog
  7. ^ ‘Aswang’ in Pangasinan not true, says Archbishop Cruz | Inquirer News
  8. ^ http://www.bomboradyo.com/news/regional-news/908-more-news/107034-pulisya-sa-pozorrubio-pangasinan-pilit-pinakakalma-ang-mga-residente-dahil-sa-paniwala-sa-aswang
  9. ^ Missing animals rouse monster hunt in Pangasinan | ABS-CBN News
  10. ^ Partial and Unofficial Results in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan | Know Your Candidates
  11. ^ Malaya Business News Online – Philippine Business News | Online News Philippines – Ex-mayor found guilty of pocketing P2.57M
  12. ^ Pozorrubio, Pangasinan
  13. ^ http://www.pangasinan.org/school/pozorrubio/landmarks.htm
  14. a b pozorrubio.com.ph
  15. a b http://www.rcald.org/
  16. a b St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church | catholic church
  17. a b List of Catholic Dioceses in Asia | Asian Catholic Directory | Ucanews
  18. a b http://www.church.nfo.ph/list-of-parishes-roman-catholic-diocese-of-urdaneta/
  19. a b c d Capital of Pangasinan: All Churches in Pangasinan
  20. ^ https://pozorrubian.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/the-pozorrubio-high-school-story/

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2 thoughts on “The Town of Pozorrubio

    • Mr Landingin, the header graphics had been replaced with a photo of a landscape in West Bobonan. The previous one is an image of the web server. There will be more improvement in late Jan 2014 in the header. Photo of the town logo and town executive will be added. The background may change with photos from the town fiesta 2014. Most of all the previous domain name will be used. Thanks for your comment, Mr Landingin.

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