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Angat, Bulacan

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Country  Philippines
Founded  1683
Highest elevation  200 m (700 ft)
Local time  Friday 7:08 AM
District  3rd District
Barangays  16
Area  74 km²
Province  Bulacan
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Region  Central Luzon (Region III)
Weather  24°C, Wind N at 5 km/h, 79% Humidity
Neighborhoods  Marungko, Laog, Taboc, Sulucan

Angat ([aŋgat]) is a first class partially urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,237 people.

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Map of Angat, Bulacan, Philippines

Early History

The Town of Angat got its name after the Tagalog word Angat (A-ngat), meaning 'elevated' or 'a high piece of land'.

Angat was originally a part of the Old Pueblo de Quingua now Municipality of (Plaridel) - Plaridel, Bulacan. This fact was due most probably to the situation of the Rio de Quingua Angat River, which directly connects the town of Quingua, a community then located in the center of vast lands, covering plains and mountains alike.

Augustinians missionaries built a small visita under the Parochial ministry of Paroquia de Santiago Matamoro de Quingua. In 1683 the visita of Angat made a Town Church and the whole Angat where established as a new Pueblo.

Today, still stands and legible, is the inscription at the façade of her church with a Roman Numeral "MDCCXII" translated to "1727" a year indicating the date of the erection the Angat Church's present building.

The towns of San Rafael, Bulacan and Bustos, Bulacan bound the town of Angat on the North. On the East by the vast Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges - Sierra Madre (Philippines), to its South by the towns of Norzagaray, Bulacan and Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

Geography

The municipality of Angat has hilly and mountainous landscape, that nestles Angat River - (Bulacan River) which snakes around eleven provinces in Central Luzon. Angat River's main basin of water resource is from Sierra Madre Mountain Range (the longest mountain range) in Luzon island. During increment climate condition like continuous rainy days for days the water inundates to different river tributaries in its adjoining municipalities, as well as provinces through different rivers. To the southeast are 2 rivers: Sta. Maria River of Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Bunsuran River of Pandi, Bulacan. Balagtas River of Balagtas, Bulacan, and Bocaue River of Bocaue, Bulacan.

Angat's mountainous and hilly area has abundance of trees that are source of timber and wood materials, and unfortunately become an area of illegal logging. The mountainous areas, and lands close to the river shore, some of which are privately owned is rich in mineral deposit of silica. The vast area around Angat River is very high source of rocks and pebbles used for construction and garden landscaping. Angat River through Angat Dam, the biggest dam in Bulacan province provides the water supply all over Metro Manila and some of its adjoining provinces that border Bulacan province. Most lands are agricultural in nature and has sufficient water resource for domestic, agricultural, and agro-fishery business.

Most areas have a very relaxing atmosphere of greenery seen in mountain heights and river shore lines where some fresh water fishes also multiplies.

Climate

The prevailing climatic conditions in the municipality is categorized into two (2) types: Wet season (Rainy Season or Monsoon Season) and Dry Season (Summer Season).

Barangays

Angat is subdivided into 16 barangays:

Demographics

In the 2015 census, the population of Angat, Bulacan, was 59,237 people, with a density of 800 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,100 inhabitants per square mile.

Religion

The people of Angat are mostly devout Catholics. Their patron saint is Saint Monica. The Sta. Monica de Angat Church is one of the oldest in the Philippines. It displays baroque architecture, with its interior replicating the Sistine Chapel, recently remodeled but preserving its old architecture. In 1983, the Parish of the town celebrated its Tricentennial Foundation. Today, Angat has already Three Catholic Parishes within the town — the Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in Brgy. Niugan, the Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish in Brgy. Binagbag, and the Sta. Monica Parish in Poblacion.

Other religious groups include the Members Church of God International popularly known as Ang Dating Daan, Iglesia ni Cristo, and Jehovah's Witness, Methodists, Aglipayans, Adventists, Baptists, Mormons. There also some Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic churches, ministries, fellowships and religious groups. Islam (Muslims) could also be found.

Local government

  • Mayor: Leonardo R. De Leon
  • Vice Mayor: Gilberto C. Santos
  • Councilors of Angat:

    Colegio de Sta Monica de Angat

    The Angateños consider education as very important. it was the dream of many that there would be a Catholic school in Angat. This dream was realized in 1983 through the initiative and leadership of the founding members of the first Board of Trustees of Sta. Monica Catholic School, Inc.: Bishop Cirilio R. Almario, Jr., Rev. Fr. Macario R. Manahan, Councilor Manuel C. De Guzman, Mrs. Angelita A. Cruz, Mr. Francisco C. Robles.

    Through a memorandum of agreement between the Ministry of Social Services and Development and the Parents' Committee, the Day Care Center became Sta. Monica Catholic Learning Center. In 1985, the school was renamed Sta. Monica Catholic School and given the permit to open and conduct Grade VI. The first batch of Grade VI graduates received their diplomas in March 1986.

    On March 27, 1987, the high school department was formally opened. A year later, the school's name was changed to Colegio de Sta. Monica de Angat to reflect the town's Hispanic heritage. In the same year, the St. Joseph Building was inaugurated. The first batch graduated in March 1990. Today, the school's population and physical structure continues to grow.

  • Private Pre Elem/Elementary School
  • Public Pre Elem/Elementary School
  • Private Secondary School
  • Public Secondary School
  • Technical/Vocational Schools
  • Tertiary Schools
  • Town Festivities and Events

    As a predominantly Roman Catholic Christian community, every barangay has their own unique way of celebrating fiestas in honor of their respective patron saint. In the town proper where the old beautiful church of Angat is located, the locals celebrate their fiesta every 4 May in honor of its patron St. Monica, mother of St.Augustine.

    Tourist attractions

  • Angat River
  • Heritage Houses
  • Sta. Monica Church (Sta. Monica de Angat Church)
  • Gawad Kalinga (Enchanted Farm)
  • Fr. Blanco Museum (collection of flora de filipina)
  • References

    Angat, Bulacan Wikipedia


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