Pagsanjan Laguna History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Pagsanjan is a municipality in Laguna Province located on the south of Metro Manila, Philippines. It is considered the tourism capital of the province.

Pagsanjan Welcome Arch
Pagsanjan Welcome Arch

Profile of Pagsanjan Municipality (Geography)
Location –> CaLaBaRZon or Southern Tagalog or Region IVA (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Lumban, Cavinti, Magdalena, Luisiana, and Santa Cruz.
Area –> 26.36 km2 (10.18 sq mi)
Population –> 42,164 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous, Plain
Industries –> Agriculture, Tourism, Trading
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Tagalog, English
Barangays –> 16
Revenue (2016) –> 114,806,855.88
Legislative District –> 4th

Government Officials
Congressman –> Benjamin C. Agarao Jr.
Mayor –> Peter Casius “Toto” M. Trinidad
Vice Mayor –> Girlie “Maita” J. Ejercito

History

The town of Pagsanjan was originally a territory of Lumban Municipality. It began as a settlement of several Japanese and Chinese betel nut traders who were attracted to the beauty of the place and the abundance of betel nuts. As the settlement grew in population, it was elevated into a pueblo by then Governor-General Juan Manuel de la Peña Bonifaz on December 12, 1668.

In 1939, then President Manuel L. Quezon issued Presidential Proclamation No. 392 to establish Pagsanjan Gorge National Park.

Economy

Pagsanjan is an agricultural town where rice and vegetables are the primary products. Tourism however is a major industry and many residents are employed in resorts and restaurants and as tourist guide and boatmen. Cottage industries include food processing and handicraft production.

Tourist Spot

Pagsanjan Falls – Go here to see stunning photos of Pagsanjan Falls and Pagsanjan Gorge National Park
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church in Pagsanjan

Festivals

Bangkero Festival in honor of the boatmen on the Pagsanjan River

See also: Biography of Ramil Hernandez , Katherine Agapay
Map of Pagsanjan Municipality

Pagsanjan Municipal Hall
Pagsanjan Municipal Hall
Pagsanjan River
Pagsanjan River

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