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Catanduanes Government

Municipality of Pandan

Pandan Official Seal

  •  Founded: 1650
  •  Population: 17,696
  •  District: Lone district
  • Municipality Class: 4th
  •   Zip Code: 4809
  •  Barangay: 26
  •  Area: 11,990 hectares
  •   14° 2'N 124° 9'E

Map of Pandan

BACKGROUND

PANDAN, the name of the municipality was termed from pandan shrubs, which then surrounded the poblacion to protect the inhabitants from Moro pirates who used to invade the place. The municipality lies on the northern tip province of Catanduanes, 96 kilometers from the capital town of Virac. Bounded on the south by the municipality of Caramoran; on the west by the Maqueda Channel; on the east by the municipality of Bagamanoc; and on the north by the Pacific Ocean. This is the town where illustrious and eminent people of the province hails like the late senator Jose O. Vera and  immigration commissioner and governor Leandro I. Verceles Sr.. They claim that this is the most hospitable and sociable town in the island of Catanduanes.

 

HISTORY

Formerly the town site was located some two kilometers away south of the present site. Then the people were disturbed by constant depredation of bandits coming from other places.

The present site has been chosen because it was near the sea and the fishermen found it very convenient for their trade, however, being near the sea, it was vulnerable to Moros who always come to get their belongings or even capture some people.

As a defense against such moro raids, the people planted pandan shrubs close to each other to form a formidable defense against invaders. When the Spaniards came they found the plants around the poblacion in great abundance. When asked what the name of the shrubs was, the people told them that they were pandan shrubs. Thus, the Spaniards called the place Pandan.

The municipality lies on the northern tip of the province, 96 kilometers from the capital town of Virac. Bounded on the south by the municipality of Caramoran, on the west by the Maqueda Channel, on the east by the municipality of Bagamanoc and on the north by the Pacific Ocean. It has a total land area of 11,990 hectares. This is a town of 17,096 friendly and hospitable people, to which 99% are Roman Catholic.

Of the 26 barangays that comprise the municipality, four of which actually form the town proper, which are Libod, the biggest barangay in terms of population, Napo, Pandan del Sur and Pandan del Norte. The rest are found usually near the seashore. The rest being an inland barangays.

The municipality does not only boast of the natural beauties, it has which are the Parway, Mangbang, Parola beaches, the Hinik-Hinik falls (Hinik-hinik is a local term for rain shower) and Minaipit falls, but especially of its being a hometown of Senators, Congressman, Governor, Cardinal and Ambassador.

The people of Pandan are generally peace loving, God fearing and are happy people. Everyone in the community is a brother, a sister and a friend where the products of which could be shared even food itself without thought of having it repaid or reciprocated. Visitors are offered the comforts that the family could afford even it means that the owner should lay on the floor just to make the visitor eased at home by using the “papag”. And that is not enough, before going home; products of their yard would be wrapped for you to bring in your family plus a bunch of cockling chickens.

During celebrations, immediate neighbors are invited bringing among the whole members of the family and this seemed to be incomplete without tuba drinking and little dancing. Pantomina is a long cherished dance that never changes with time despite of the current dance and music. Pandananons has a series of collected pantomina songs which are now famous composed locally, of course it is not only the above songs, Pandananons used to compose, for evidence of which that gained popularity was a song composed by the late Mr. Alfredo dela Rosa, former Municipal Secretary of the Sangguniang Bayan of Pandan, entitled “Islang Catandungan”. This song won first place in the regional contest in Sorsogon sometime on the late 60’s.

Tuwad- Tuwadan Lagoon

Pandan, Catanduanes

Let the Pandan sea reveal a treasure hidden in plain sight, and work your way up and down a sloppy terrain and be awed at last over crystal clear waters over stone formations.
An amazing tidal pool.

Tuwad- Tuwadan Lagoon

Pandan, Catanduanes

Let the Pandan sea reveal a treasure hidden in plain sight, and work your way up and down a sloppy terrain and be awed at last over crystal clear waters over stone formations.
An amazing tidal pool.

St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church

Pandan, Catanduanes

The Pandan Church was built in 1874. The roof was completely razed by fire in a great conflagration of the town in 1920. This was repaired within the next five years. The roof was again blown completely in 1940 by the strongest typhoon that has ever passed Catanduanes. It took many years to repair it again; this was destroyed by typhoon Jean in 1947. Complete repair was done near the end of 1953.

St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Church

Pandan, Catanduanes

The Pandan Church was built in 1874. The roof was completely razed by fire in a great conflagration of the town in 1920. This was repaired within the next five years. The roof was again blown completely in 1940 by the strongest typhoon that has ever passed Catanduanes. It took many years to repair it again; this was destroyed by typhoon Jean in 1947. Complete repair was done near the end of 1953.

Carangyan Beach

Pandan, Catanduanes

Carangyan Beach

Pandan, Catanduanes

Hiyop Highlands

Pandan, Catanduanes

Devoid in the noise of the city and manmade structures and marvel at the exhilarating Hiyop Point which offers a view of the rolling terrain and the vast ocean. Indulge in peace that the site offers, with just the sun and the sky for company Ride a carabao as you sing” The Hills are Alive” on your way up.

Hiyop Highlands

Pandan, Catanduanes

Devoid in the noise of the city and manmade structures and marvel at the exhilarating Hiyop Point which offers a view of the rolling terrain and the vast ocean. Indulge in peace that the site offers, with just the sun and the sky for company Ride a carabao as you sing” The Hills are Alive” on your way up.

  • •  Bagawang
  • •  Balagñonan
  • •  Baldoc
  • •  Canlubi
  • •  Catamban
  • •  Cobo
  • •  Hiyop
  • •  Libod (Poblacion)
  • •  Lourdes
  • •  Lumabao
  • •  Marambong
  • •  Napo (Poblacion)
  • •  Oga
  • •  Pandan del Norte (Poblacion)
  • •  Pandan del Sur (Poblacion)
  • •  Panuto
  • •  Porot (San Jose)
  • •  Salvacion (Tariwara)
  • •  San Andres (Dinungsuran)
  • •  San Isidro (Langob)
  • •  San Rafael (Bogtong)
  • •  San Roque
  • •  Santa Cruz (Catagbacan)
  • •  Tabugoc
  • •  Tokio
  • •  Wagdas

Hon. Honesto Tabligan
Mayor

Hon. Eric Rodriguez
Vice-Mayor

Councilors

Erickson Niola

Mary Colyn Santelices

Janilyn Cantar

Agnes Gonzales

John Alcantara

Janjan Tabirara

Boloboy Tabligan

Tacker Rodriguez

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