The town used to be called Angio, and had been a mission territory of friars of the Dominican Order during the Spanish era. It is named after Saint Fabian who was a pontiff and saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
Around 1818 San Fabian had a boundary dispute with Mangaldan. The boundary between the two towns was the Angalacan river, which sometimes overflows because of floods. The boundary dispute was settled in 1900, when the mayor of San Fabian agreed to meet the mayor of Mangaldan and the two reached an agreement with a boundary marker being erected at Longos between the towns of San Fabian and Mangaldan. The agreement was signed by Juan Ulanday, Nicolas Rosa, Vicente Padilla, Marcelo Erfe, and approved by the American Commander Capt. Ferguson.
During the Philippine–American War hundreds of Pangasinense soldiers and soldiers of the Philippine government died in San Fabian battling the Americans After the pacification of Pangasinan by the United States the first town President of San Fabian was Ińigo Dispo. In 1903 the town of Alava became a part of San Fabian and became a mere village or barrio.
During World War II, the liberation of US Naval and Marine forces in Pangasinan started when troops under Gen. Walter Krueger landed on Lingayen, Mangaldan and San Fabian beaches. San Fabian landing zones were called White and Blue beaches, names which continue until the present time.
In October 2009, San Fabian was among the places heavily affected by the floods caused by the release of water by the San Roque Dam at Rosales during the height of the Typhoon Pepeng.
On October 13, 2012, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan Chapter initiated a tree-planting activity, “broadcastreeing” which covered 10 barangays (Alacan, Cayanga, Guilig, Longos, Mabilao, Poblacion, Rabon, Tempra, Tiblong and Tocok). The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-1) released P495,000 as livelihood assistance to 30 farmers of the San Fabian Dairy Association.
The present mayor of San Fabian is Mayor Constante Batrina Agbayani.
Prominent members of San Fabian were Chief Justice Andres Narvasa, former Mayor Conrado Gubatan, Atty. Perfecto V. Fernandez. Current Vice Mayor is Leopoldo Manalo.Crusaders of The Divine Church of Christ
Iglesia Ni Cristo Tempra Guilig Mc Arthur Highway
CDCC Sport Complex
San Fabian beach and Resort
The New San Fabian Municipal Hall
PTA Beach Resort
San Fabian United Methodist Church
San Fabian Sports Complex
San Fabian Community eCenter, January 19, 2006, 2F Municipal Building, Caballero Street, Poblacion
Filipino-Japanese Friendship Memorial, Brgy. Bolasi
Beautiful beaches along Lingayen Gulf
San Fabian Beach Resorts: wide beach stretches from Brgy. Nibaliw West to Brgy. Bolasi -World War II: Japanese Imperial Expeditionary Forces under General Homma landed on this beach and served as Filipino-American Liberation Forces's base. *Nibaliw West Beach, Mabilao Beach, Bolasi Beach, Amianan Boating World Resort (Nibaliw Vidal, San Fabian), Sierra Vista Beach Resort, LAZY A Beach Resort, Tokyo Beach Resort, Charissa's Beach Houses, Najeska Beachfront Resort, Nibaleo Beach Resort and Restaurant and the Happy Ripples Beach Resort
The 1768 Parish of Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr Church (Vicariate of Sto. Tomas de Aquino has Catholic population of 47,679, under Parish Priest, Rev. Oliver E. Mendoza. It belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
Coastal San Fabián in northern Pangasinán is bounded by the Añgalacán River, Cayañga with neighbors Santo Tomás (La Unión), Sison, Pozorrubio, San Jacinto, Mañgaldán, all of Pangasinan and the Lingayen Gulf. San Fabián was barangay Anguio ("anguio" means "a tree of most bitter fruit").
The January 9, 1716 Petition of the Provincial of the Dominican Fathers to the Royal government for the fouSan Fabián "to stave off the assaults of the pagan Igorots." was granted on March 21, 1717 by acting Governor General José Torralba and Governor, Fernando Bustamante on August. In 1718, San Fabián became a vicariate (or parish) under Fr. Andrés Caballero (1718-1720) succeeded by Vicar, Fr. Manuel del Río (1720-1721, 1729-1732), Provincial of the Dominican Order and later, Nueva Segovia Bishop.
After the British invasion (1762-1765), Fr. Valentín Marín, O.P. described the new San Fabian Church: "The church, all of brick, including the main altar was built by Fray Francisco Ferrer, a Dominican lay brother, who was an excellent carpenter, after the British invasion. The convent and belfry were also of brick." Fr. Raymundo Suárez, O.P. stated that "the construction of the imposing bell tower of the church in Lingayén". Fr. Manuel Mora, OP Secretary of the Provincial in 1804, reported on that the convent had a brick building for Bishop Bernardo Ustáriz which served as "casa de comunidad".
Fr. Suárez stated the reason of the 1856 burning of the church and the convent: "For this the sacristan was held responsible because, having gone up to the tower to ring the bell for the curfew at 10 o'clock in the evening, he carelessly threw the cigarette-end on the nipa roofing which, as a result, caught fire at once." The church walls were built with those colonial architecture. Fr. Juan Gutiérrez (1859-1862) rebuilt the church and the sanctuary (1857 and 1860) in cruciform (59.85 meters long and 11.40 meters wide; at the cruciform, 20 meters).
In 1863, Mañgaldá parish priest, Fr. Ramón Fernández (1863-1866) repaired the convent was repaired. The massive earthquake of March 16, 1892 damaged on the church and convent which was later rehabilitated. The mortar and stone tribunal (Municipal building) constructed in 1822 was also destroyed. In 1830, Fr. Domingo de la Peña (who built the cemetery fenced with solid brick walls (1802 to 1835), served as San Fabián Kura Paroko.
The November 16, 1899 issue of Libertas told tales of San Fabian education and schools. The Kura Paroko of San Fabián (1718 to 1898) were: *1718, Fr. Andrés Caballero; 1720, Fr. Manuel del Río; 1722, Fr. Juan Salinas; 1723, Fr. Antonio Labarria; 1729-1731, Fr. Manuel del Río; 1733, Fr. Andrés Caballero; 1735-1737, Fr. Tomás Albendea; 1739, Fr. Luís Delfín; 1741-1743, Fr. Benito Pereira; 1745, Fr. Manuel Arango; 1747, Fr. Cayetano Meneses; 1749, Fr. Pedro Fontanes; 1751-1753, Fr. Juan González; 1755, Fr. Luís Delfín; 1757, Fr. José Jubero; 1759, Fr. Antonio del Riego; 1763, Fr. Domingo Boada; 1765, Fr. Juan Vega; 1769, Fr. Domingo Boada; 1781, Fr. Francisco García; 1785, Fr. Juan Sanchez; 1789-1790, Fr. Gabriel de la Riva; 1794, Fr. Pedro Lanza; 1798, Fr. Blas Diez; 1802-1833, Fr. Domingo de la Peña; 1835; 1837, 1841-1845, Fr. Nicolas Fuentes, Fr. Manuel Manzano (assistant); 1849-1855, Fr. Francisco Maestre; 1859, Fr. Juan Gutiérrez; 1863, Fr. Ramón Fernández, Fr. Bonifacio Cavero (assistant); 1867, Fr. Lucio Asencio; 1871-1874, Fr. Gregorio Paz; 1878-1886, Fr. Juan Fernández; 1890-1894, Fr. Juan Terrés. (Source: Acta Capitulorum Provincialium, Provinciae Sanctissimi Rosarii Philippinarum, Ordinis Praedicatorum).
The Hispano-American war of 1898 caused 2,200 pesos damage to San Fabián church and the convent . The last Spanish parish priest of San Fabián was Fr. Juan Terrés (1890-1898). Aglipayanism of Gregorio Aglipay attracted many followers in Pangasinán.
San Fabián Filipino Parish Priests were: Fr. Domingo de Vera (1899 to 1920); Fr. Agripino Bañez (1920-1926); Fr. Alejandro Ignacio (1926-1927) and Fr. Benigno Jiménez (1927-1935); Msgr. Licerio Barnachea (1935-1937); Fr. José Valerio (1937-1939), Msgr. Barnachea (the Apostleship of Prayer) and Fr. Juan Bello (1939-1940). In 1940, Fr. Miguel Busque was Parish Priest. In January 1945 the church, the convent and bell tower were destroyed, under the term of Fr. Resurreción Parica and Fr. Busque.
From 1955, Engr. Santiago Alhambra, parish lay ministrer and Fr. Francisco Posadas (1944-1952) and Fr. Emeterio Domagas repaired the church and portion of the convent using the War Damage Rehabilitation Funds. San Fabián was Diocesan host of Feast of Christ the King solemnities in 1951 with the Legion of Mary organized.
Fr. Domingo Montano (1952-1955) was assisted by Fr. José Velasco, founding the Adoracion Nocturna Filipina. Fr. Francisco Gago (1955-1968) added the church tower amid the Cursillo Movement with assistance of Fr. Eugenio de Vera succeeded by Fr. Rufino López who found the Catholic Women's League, the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.
In 1962, Fr. Rufino López, (1968-1970) built the Archdiocesan School of San Fabián. Under Msgr. Oscar Aquino and first Director and Mr. Floro Torres, first principal's terms, the partial renovation of the front part of the convent was initiated by Fr. Gago, succeeded by Fr. Peter Aquino. Msgr. Antonio Palma in 1970 improved the church altar. Fr. Benigno Serafica, assisted by Fr. José Tapia, in 1972 were succeeded by Msgr. Oscar Aquino from 1974 to 1977 with assistants were Msgr. Emilio Abalos and Fr. Pedro Quirós, founding the Bayanihan Movement.
From 1977 to 1981, Msgr. Pedro Sison improved on the church with the Mt. Carmel Chapel and bone repository. Fr. Abraham Esquig (1981-1987) founded the Shalom Movement and added the canopy on the church façade. In 1987, Msgr. Rafael Magno built the parish center amid the Christ the King Vicariate celebration in 1996, the San Fabian Couples for Christ and the Mother Butler's Guild founding. Msgr. Segundo Gotoc was a guest priest. Fr. Oliver Mendoza succeeded in 2003 and restored the bell tower.
(Sources: González, J. Ma. O.P., Labor Evangélica y Civilizadora de los Padres Dominicos en Pangasinán (1587-1898), University of Santo Tomás Press, Manila: 1946, pp. 80–81; Acta Capitulorum Provincialium Provinciae Sanctissimi Rosarii Philippinarum Ordinis Praedicatorum Ab anno 1700 ad 1906. (3 volumes); Typis Collegii Sancti Thomae, Manilae: 1878-1906 (respectively); Fernández, P., O.P., "The Dominican Towns In Pangasinán," in the Boletín Eclesiástico de Filipinas, May–June 1985, pp. 199–203).Attribution:
Socrates B. Villegas started in January 2012, construction of the Theology Seminary in Palapad (San Fabian). Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice awardee, Architect Susana Castillo designed the future seminary for 80 seminarians.