Bayambang at 400

My Home. My Town. My Heritage

Dear Friends, Guests,Visitors and fellow Bayambangueños:

Welcome to this official website of the Bayambang Quadricentennial Celebration (April 2014)!

As the preparation of the  400th year founding anniversary of our beloved municipality goes at its fastest gear, we would like you to be one in us, whether in person or in spirit in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Much is at stake during this celebration as the municipality shoots for a Guinness World Record for the Longest Barbecue...

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History of


culibangbang treesThe name BAYAMBANG according to the legend, came from the name of a plant called “Culibangbang ” (Bauhinia acuminata) which grew in abundance during the early days. “Culibangbang” leaves were used for bulalong Iloko or sinigang. The verdant hills of Bayambang were almost covered by these plants. The people made pickles out of them. As years passed by, these plants became extinct in the vicinity, but the name “Bayambang” which sounds like an echo of the plant’s name, was retained and was given to designate this town.



Almost four centuries ago, on April 5, 1614, Bayambang was constituted as a town with its own civil government, according to the findings of a Research and Study Committee created by Mayor Ricardo M. Camacho and subsequently approved and recognized by both the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Office of the President of the Philippines.




The town of Bayambang lies in the central part of southern Pangasinan on the banks of the Agno River. It is bounded on the north by the town of Malasiqui, on the south by Camiling in the province of Tarlac, on the east by Bautista and the west, by Urbiztondo. It is composed of 77 barangays, including the poblacion. It comprises a land area of 16,800 hectares, and based on the 2012 census, has a total population of 116,426. Bayambang is a first class municipality in the province of Pangasinan.




April. Bayambang is placed under the patronage of St. Vincent Ferrer under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Nueva Segovia. It becomes independent from its matrix Binalatongan (now San Carlos City).



Bayambang’s church and convent are transferred to the present site.


The biggest victory of Juan dela Cruz Palaris in the fight against Spain happened in the “Battle of Bayambang.”


Bayambang is the venue for the compilation of the first Pangasinan-Spanish Dictionary by Father Francisco Fernandez Cosgaya. The dictionary was brought to London by Dr. Jose Rizal and left it there.


Bayambang operates one of the first three rice mills in Pangasinan installed by Smith, Bell and Company, a British firm.


April 6. Father Feliciano Martin starts the construction of the first stone-fenced cemetery to be finished by a secular priest, Father Frangao Fernandez.


June. General Antonio Luna has his brief encampment in Bayambang to prepare the defense for Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Here, he received a telegram from Gen. Aquinaldo ordering him to report to Cabanatuan to see the General.

June 5. Jose Palma, a staff member of the Revolutionary Government’s newspaper, La Independencia, writes a poem that becomes the lyrics of “La March Nacional Filipina,” now the Philippine National Anthem at Bautista, then a barrio of Bayambang.

November 12. Bayambang makes history by being the 5th and last capital of the short-lived Philippine republic when General Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the Philippine Republic transfers the seat of the government here. The Council of Government convenes for the last time in Bayambang, thus ending the workings of the central government of the first Philippine Republic.


Bayambang becomes one of the first Postal Savings Bank branch offices that operate in the province when the Philippine Postal Savings Bank opened for business in 1906.


Gabaldon buildings are erected at the Bayambang Central School; these are the Home Economics Building and the Main Building.

A school for teachers opens in Bayambang, the Bayambang Normal School (BNS). The short-lived existence of the BNS (1922-1935) is able to produce more than just ordinary public school teachers, but outstanding alumni who later made names for themselves and for the school.

Smith Bell and Company establishes the first mechanical rice mill in the Archipelago at Bayambang under the name Luzon Rice Mills, Ltd.


Farmacia San Rafael, Bayambang’s first drug store is established.


Bayambang’s first private school, a catholic school – Saint Vincent Catholic School is founded with the name, Mary Help of Christians Institution under the administration of RVM sisters.


January 7. The Bayambang National High School is founded with 293 students.


A rich Bayambangueño Isabelo Hilario buys the Marsman Dissicated Company, a foreign company that operates in Bayambang.


The Bayambang Municipal Library is established and operated under the Mayor’s office thru the assistance of USIS Library.


October 23 – 25. Bayambang is the seat of the solemn celebration of the grand feast of Christ the King in the whole province of Pangasinan, Archdiocese of Lingayen – Dagupan.


June 17. Bayambang becomes the first pilot town in the Far East when the Pangasinan Normal School (PNS) is chosen to be the seat of the famous Philippines-UNESCO National Community Training Center (PUNCTC) by virtue of Republic Act No. 1142. Waves of educational dignitaries from all over the country and other countries arrive to attend conferences and visit model communities of the municipality.


The first Child Study Center in the country is put up at the PNS in Bayambang. The Center makes initial studies on the Filipino Child in order for the Philippines to have its own data about Filipino Children.


Opportunity Class is organized at PNS Bayambang ahead of any other school in the country to pay attention to exceptional children.

-The first Kindergarten is established at the Pangasinan Normal Laboratory School (PNLS) to provide a working laboratory for the Child Study Center.


A batch of scholars from Cambodia arrived at Bayambang to observe the community school at work being a Pilot Center of education.


Bayambang’s first optical clinic and store owned and managed by the Urbi Family is established.


April 22. Inauguration of two (2) Orchestra Stands inside the Public Plaza Auditorium of Bayambang under the charge of the Bayambang Civic Club, Inc.


July 25-August 3. Bayambang is the venue of the First National Institute in Physical Education and Recreation in the Philippines being the seat of PUNCTC (Philippines- UNESCO National Community Training Center).


December 27. Bayambang holds its first annual Intercolor Basketball Tournament at the Bayambang Open Court.


February 15. Birth of the first community paper of Bayambang, the “Bayambang Post” with Geruncio Lacuesta as publisher.
The Philippine Police Commission designated Bayambang as one of the Screening Centers of Pangasinan to approve applicants to take Patrolman Civil Service Examination for municipal and chartered cities. Atty. Ruperto de Guzman, the Chief of Police, chaired the screening committee.

April 3 and 5. Bayambang is the starting venue of the Quezon City-Bayambang-Marikina cycling race
Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and Eva Estrada Kalaw lead the cornerstone laying rites of the Bayambang Velodrome.


February 22-26. Bayambang hosts the 3rd Congressional District Boy Scout Camp-O-Ral and Fair at the BNHS grounds.


April 5. Blessing and inauguration of the towering Belfry beside the church that houses the old bells.


The Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENPELCO), a non-stock electric cooperative started its operation and extends services to Bayambang.


Bayambang Water District (NAWASA) starts its operation.

DIGITEL installs the first telephone system in Bayambang and constructs a building for its office.

July 16. The Bayambang Emergency Hospital opens its door to the public. It is temporarily housed at the Municipal Annex Building.


July 1. The Bayambang District Hospital built at Barangay Bical Norte opens for medical services. The lot on which it was built was donated by the family of Teofilo Matabang. Dr. Ernesto Matabang is the first Director of the hospital.


August 28. Four hundred fifty four (454) Bayambangueños led by Dr. Orlando M. de Guzman sign and address a petition to President Corazon C. Aquino for the concreting (cementing) of the Bayambang-Camiling Road.

November 17 – February 1988. For the first time, a Bayambangueño held a position in the Provincial Board when Dr. Orlando M. de Guzman was appointed Provincial Board Member.


March 17. The petition for concreting Bayambang – Camiling Road is approved and Phase I Funding in the amount of Php2.04 million was released.

October. The cementing of the Bayambang – Camiling Road starts.


Mayor Calixto Camacho cuts the ceremonial ribbon for the formal opening of a mini Bayambang Museum established through a joint venture of the Municipality and the Pangasinan State University Bayambang Campus. The Museum is housed at the former Municipal Jail.


April 18. Bayambang for the first time chooses its Beauty Queen (Miss Bayambang) through a ”Brain and Beauty Search” with Miss Leilani Balansay as the winner, She is a 16-year old student of the PSU Laboratory High School who bested 12 contenders.


September 25. The first private hospital in Bayambang is the Senior Sto. Niño General Hospital was established. It has a 25 bed capacity located at Juan Luna St.

Bayambang is blest with the ordination of four (4) new priests who are all from this town. They are:

1. Fr. Fidelis Layog
2. Fr. Jimmy Quinto
3. Fr. Rolando Salosagcol
4. Fr. Vicente “Jing” Nacor


Rehabilitation of Bayambang’s town plaza as the show window of the municipality starts without spending any single centavo from the municipal coffer.


Bayambang inaugurates its Municipal Abattoir with bio-gas system located at barangay Telbang.

Bayambang is awarded the Top 8th Municipality in Pangasinan in terms of highest Revenue Collection during an 8-months period.


October – November 13. Bayambang holds a month – long “Sentenaryong Pagdiriwang” to commemorate its being once the Capital of the Philippines which features the unveiling of historical marker at the Municipal grounds by Dr. Pablo S. Trillanes III, the National Historical Institute Executive Director.

The Saint Vincent Village, a privately owned subdivision is established at Bical Norte. It is the first of its kind in Bayambang with first class amenities.

Bayambang inaugurates its new Town Plaza and Children’s Park.


Bayambang holds for the first time a search for Mrs. Bayambang with counterpart from the U.S. in its town fiesta celebration

Bayambang holds its first Business Forum at PSU Bayambang.


June 8. The Rotary Club of Bayambang holds its first Charter Presentation and Induction Ceremonies with Dr. Orlando M. De Guzman as the first Charter President at the Saint Vincent Village Club House.


March. “Hands of Heaven” a first private memorial park in Bayambang starts operation

April 4. Ribbon-cutting of the following:

(1)   Philippine National Police Building

(2)   Bayambang Sports Complex

(3)   Bayambang Commercial Center

April. Bayambang launches its WEBSITE


March 19. Bayambang’s first resort, the Rock Island Nature Resort opens for business. It is a private resort owned by Felipe Jr. and Tiffany de Vera located at Barangay Telbang.

June. The Institute of Nursing opens at Pangasinan State University Bayambang Campus. It is only at PSU Bayambang where Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered.


Bayambang becomes a first class Municipality under the term of Mayor Leocadio De Vera.


Bayambang receives five million pesos (₱5M), a one-time payment by a single Bayambagueño taxpayer in the person of Mr. Cesar T. Quiambao, President and CEO of Stradcom


April. Launching of distinct and unique festival called “The Malangsi Fish-tival” which features the fresh water fishes locally grown in Bayambang.

June 30. Bayambang ink sisterhood pact with Guam, USA through the joint efforts of Mayor Ricardo Camacho and business Dr. Cezar Quiambao.


Bayambang is awarded the “Model LGU with best Practices and Solid Waste Management” by the Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural resources, Regional Office I, San Fernando City, La Union.

August 9. The Sangguniang Bayan of Bayambang adopts a resolution creating a Research and Study Committee to determine the exact date of the foundation of the Municipality


March 14. Bayambang foundation date is formally established by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as April 5, 1614.

November 3. Adoption of a new Corporate Seal (Official Seal) for the Municipality of Bayambang as endorsed by the Sangguniang Bayan, recommended by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and approved by the President of the Philippines.


February 27. A Committee on Bayambang’s Quadricentennial Celebration is convened and formally organized by Mayor Ricardo M. Camacho to take charge of the whole celebration.
Installation of ATM services at the lobby of the Bayambang Municipal Hall in special arrangement with the Land Bank of the Philippines.


April 5. Launching of Bayambang’s 400th year and unveiling of the quadricentennial theme logo at the Municipal Public Plaza.

September 4. Signing of the contract between the Municipality of Bayambang and National Artist, Abueva who is deputized to build a bronze statue of General Emilio Aguinaldo to be erected at the plaza.

October 25. A night with the Bayambangueños of Metro Manila is held at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club initiated and sponsored by Dr. Cezar T. Quiambao. In attendance are the Chairman of the Bayambang Quadricentennial Committees and the Sangguniang Bayan Members headed by Mayor Ricardo Camacho and Vice Mayor Mylvin Junio.

November 29. Unveiling of General Emilio Aguinaldo bronze statue located in front of the Municipal Building. Hon. Amado T. Espino, Jr., governor of Pangasinan is the Guest of Honor together with relatives of Gen. Aguinaldo and municipal officials from Kawit, Cavite.


Malangsi Fish-tival is one of the most exciting, worth-visiting festivals in the country. Throughout the years, the festival has steadily become the best avenue for Bayambangueños to showcase what they abundantly produce in their town – onion, corn and fresh water fishes.

Every first week of April, Bayambang becomes an exciting destination where local attendees and visitors from other towns and provinces come to witness such event.

On its fifth year edition in 2014 this year, there will be a lot of bigger and more exciting features especially that the Bayambanguen̆os will attempt for the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest Barbeque Grill in the world.

The town celebrates Malangsi Fish-tival in April of every year coinciding with the feast of the patron saint, St.Vincent Ferrer. Street dancing and culinary competitions which feature fresh water fishes from Mangabul Lake and the “Kalutan” highlight the festival.






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World Record

THE BEST of Bayambangueños, as one united people and community, will be presented to the whole country and to the world as it shoots to break and establish a new Guinness World Records for the Longest Barbecue on April 4, 2014, during the Malangsi Fishtival’s Kalutan Ed Dalan as a highlight of its 400 Years Founding Anniversary Celebration. Expected crowd attendance of over 75,000 will witness the world record attempt. Participating in the Kalutan Ed Dalan’s Guinness World Record Attempt will truly be a rewarding experience and a valuable business investment.


  • Apr 1

    AM Malangsi Fish-tival Inter-Municipal District Street Dancing Competition and Showdown

    (Along Major Roads in the Poblacion area)

    PM Educators’ Night

    Venue: Municipal Auditorium

    Apr 2

    AM Motorcade of Candidates for Mutya ng Bayambang Quadricentennial

    Venue: Along major streets of Bayambang

    PM Search for & Coronation of Mutya ng Bayambang Quadricentennial

    Celebration 2014

    Venue: Municipal Auditorium

  • Apr 3

    Physical Preparation and Set- up for Kalutan ed Dalan

    Apr 4

    2:00 PM Kalutan ed Dalan (An Attempt to set a New Guinness Record for the Longest Barbecue Grill in the World)

    *Street Party with Live Bands/Performers will follow after

    Apr 5

    AM Alumni Motorcade

    Assembly Venue: Bayambang National High School Grounds

    AM Religious Procession in Honor of Patron Saint Vincent Ferrer

    PM Grand Inter –institutional Alumni Homecoming

  • Apr 6

    AM Grand Float Competition and Civic Parade


    Venue: Municipal Auditorium

    Acknowledgement and Presentation of Balikbayans

    Awarding of the 4 Most Outstanding Bayambangueños and other Special Awardees

    Presentation of former Ms./Mrs. Bayambang Pista’y Baley Queens

    Presentation of Mutya ng Bayambang Quadricentennial Beauties 2014

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About Us


For several years, Bayambang has been celebrating the grandiose Malangsi Fish-tival. This 2014, the historical Town of Bayambang will be celebrating its 400th year founding anniversary.

Bayambangueños are more than grateful to celebrate their town’s Quadricentennial Celebration with the participation of people within and outside the province of Pangasinan. Most especially, this coming town fiesta, Bayambang will try to catapult Bayambang in the World History as it is set to Break a World Record of the Longest Barbecue Grill.


According to oral tradition, “Bayambang” came from  Pangasinan word “balangbang” or “waist”. The story went that a Spaniard  was asking  a native what the name of the place was and, without fully comprehending what was asked of him, the  latter pointed out to his waist and  responded by saying   “balangbang”. Another story states that it came from the word “kulibangbang”, a plant that grew abundantly in the area during the pre-Spanish times. Still another account suggests that it could have come from the word “bayang-bayang” which refers to the scarecrows used in driving away birds that feasted on ripening palays.


“Malunguey or Balunguey”, the precursor of Bayambang , was a pre-Spanish settlement and was located west of present-day Bayambang. Spanish colonizers noted that the area was near the Agno River and its land was conducive to farming. In 1614, it became a visita of the vicariate of Binalatongan [now San Carlos City]. Five years later, it was accepted by the Provincial Chapter in 1619 as one of the vicariates of the Dominican Order under the patronage of Saint Vincent  Ferrer.

Through a Resolution, the Sangguniang Bayan of Bayambang  had recommended April 5, 1614 to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as the Foundation Day of the town. The Office of the President through Proclamation No. 131 dated March 24, 2011  has officially declared such date as its Foundation Day. By April 5, 2014, Bayambang shall  celebrate its 400th year Foundation Anniversary.

Bayambang used to encompass the towns of  Alcala and  Santo Tomas, Pangasinan and those of Paniqui, Gerona and Camiling, Tarlac. However, at the close of the 19th century, the territorial boundaries of the municipality were greatly diminished when these towns were granted their respective statuses as municipalities.


The town became the 5th Capital of the short-lived Philippine Revolutionary Republic under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on November 12, 1899. It was also in Bautista,  then a barrio of Bayambang  where Jose Palma reportedly wrote the lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem.

Located at the central part of Southern Pangasinan along the banks of the Agno River, Bayambang is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Malasiqui, on the South by the Municipality of Camiling in the province of Tarlac, on the East by the Municipality of Bautista and on the West by the Municipality of Urbiztondo.


Municipality of Bayambang :  Facts and Figures

a. Geographical Location                       Philippines, Region 1, Province of Pangasinan, 3rd District

b. Global Coordinates                              15°48’38’’ North; 120°27’17”  East

c. Population                                               111,521  people as of 2010 per NSO Census

d. Population Growth Rate                       2.6%  (Year 2010)

e. Literacy Rate                                          92.50%

f. Religious Orientation                           85-88% Roman Catholics

g. Land Area                                                143.94km2 (55.58 sq mi) 16,800 hectares

h. Classification                                          1st Class Municipality

i. Main Products                                         Corn, Onion, Rice, Vegetable and Freshwater Fish

j. Average Monthly Crime Rate            5.38 (First  Quarter, 2012)

k. Crime Solution Eff. Rate                     100% (First Quarter, 2012)

l. Distance from Manila                           (Rizal Park, Luneta) 143 kms (88.8 miles)

m.Distance from Dagupan City             37.1 kms. (23 miles)

n. Transport Services (to Manila)         Five Star Bus, Fermina Trans,Dagupan Bus, Santrans

                                                                            and Solid North(24-hour basis)

o. Water Supply                                           Bayambang Water District (24 hours), reliable

p. Power Supply                                          Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, Inc.(CENPELCO), stable

q. Communication Services                     Digitel, PLDT, Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular

r. Educational Services:


         State University                                              1

         Private College                                               1


         National High Schools                                  7

         Laboratory High School                               1

         Private High School                                       1

         Sectarian High School                                  1

Elementary and Pre-elementary

         Central Public Elementary Schools          2

         Other Public Elementary Schools           47

         Laboratory Elementary School                  1

         Sectarian Elementary Schools                   2

         Private Elementary and

         Pre-elementary Schools                               6

Health services

         Government Hospital                                    1

         Government Rural Health Units                 2

         Private Hospital                                              1

         Private Clinics

         (maternity, medical & dental)                     15

s. Fire-Fighting Services                                        Bureau of Fire Protection—Bayambang Fire Station

                                                                                        Equipped with 2 Fire Trucks and corresponding firefighting gadgets)

 The town is now headed by Honorable Engr. Ricardo M. Camacho who has been elected as Municipal Mayor.

Contact Us

For comments or suggestions, please contact:

Project Management Office
Office of the Executive Committee on Bayambang Quadricentennial Celebration
Phone: (075) 632-2023
Address: 2nd floor, CS First Green Building,
Poblacion, Bayambang, Pangasinan

Office of the Mayor
Tel. No. (075) 592-4514






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