San Carlos (Pangasinan) History, Tourist Spots, Festival, Officials

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San Carlos Pangasinan
San Carlos City Pangasinan Seal

Profile of San Carlos City
Location –> Central part of Pangasinan, Ilocos Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Lingayen, Binmaley, Calasiao, Malasique, Basista, Urbiztondo, and Aguilar
Distance from Manila –> 208 kilometers north
Area –> 169.03 km2 (65.26 sq mi)
Population –> 188,571 (2015 census)
*San Carlos is the most populous local government unit in Pangasinan.
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading
No. of Barangays –> 86
Revenue (2016) –> 606,804,968.75

Government Officials
Representative –> Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas
Mayor –> Julier Resuello
Vice Mayor –> Joseres Resuello
City Councilors (Sangguniang Panlungsod Members):
Ruby Ballesteros
Joshua Resuello
Christain Carlo Cansinco
Elpidio Fermin
Jack Lester Soriano
Eduardo Garcia
Samuel Millora
Alberto Castro
Carmina Paningbatan
Generoso Tulagan

San Carlos City History

Binalatongan is the old name of this place before the Spaniards came. It was the capital of a small kingdom which included parts of the neighboring provinces today. When the Spanish Dominican friars arrived, they started evangelizing the local people but there were a lot of abuses committed against the latter.

In 1762, Juan de la Cruz Palaris led a revolt against the Spaniards. The King of Spain became very angry and issued an order to change the name to San Carlos.

On January 1, 1966, San Carlos became a city after the people ratified Republic Act no. 4487 which was signed by then President Ferdinand Marcos through the efforts of Congressman Angel B. Fernandez.

In 2007, then Mayor Julian Resuello was assassinated in Barangay Elang. He was running for the position of vice mayor for the election that year.

San Carlos Pangasinan Tourist Spots

Binalatongan Ruins in San Juan
City Plaza
Saint Dominic Guzman Parish
San Juan River
Speaker Eugenio Perez Memorial Park

San carlos Festivals

Mango-Bamboo Festival

RELATED: Profile of Pangasinan Province
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

See also: Profile and Tourist Spots of Alaminos City, Dagupan City, and Urdaneta City


  1. I have never visited the Phililipines but through reading your posts I’m learning more about the country – thank you.

  2. May I suggest (and better be) to revert our city name to its native name BINALATONGAN. We are no longer under Spanish authorities who renamed our town to San Carlos to honor their king then. It’s a long time since then. So to refresh our culture and history, let’s better revert to BINALATONGAN. Besides, there are hidden advantages and luck (that I could not write in this column) in our native name.

    • Actually I thought about this too. Besides, there is already San Carlos City in Negros. So in terms of marketing our city to potential tourists, it’s kind of difficult. The name San Carlos is not unique. Let’s campaign for the renaming of our city.

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