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Catanduanes Government

Municipality of Panganiban

Panganiban Official Seal

  •  Founded: January 1, 1921
  •  Population: 8,877
  •  District: Lone district
  • Municipality Class: 5th
  •   Zip Code: 4806
  •  Barangay: 23
  •  Area: 6,380 hectares
  •   13°54'N 124°18'E

Map of Panganiban

 

BACKGROUND

Historians theorize that the original settlers of Payo came from settlements in the Philippine mainland and landed on the north eastern coast of Catanduanes most probably on what is now the small islet of Panay. The early settlers set up their own governing body by electing from among themselves a tribal chief whom they fondly called “Payo” which could have been their vernacular term for headman. The name “Payo” stuck through the Spanish era until January 1, 1921 in pursuant to Exec. Order No. 55 issued by Gov. General Francis B. Harrison, it was separated from Viga and its name was changed to “Panganiban” in honor of Jose Blanca Panganiban who stood as sponsor during its inauguration. Panganiban is the official name of the town.

 

HISTORY

On January 1, 1921, Gov. Gen. Francis B. Harrison signed into law Executive Order No. 55 officially segregating the municipality from Viga; thenceforth she was called Panganiban, in honor of Jose Blanca Panganiban who stood as sponsor during the inauguration. She is also known as Payo, after a native herb, hamapayo and due to its brevity, the name Payo is more commonly used.

About 9,500 inhabitants populate her 7,772 km2 area of vast plains and valleys painted gold with rice, of hills verdant with abaca and coconuts, and of rugged coastlines thick with mangroves. Deep within her bowels lie the richest coal deposits in the island, untapped as of yet.

The pioneers were navigators and traders on commercial expeditions, descendants of the first wave of settlers from Borneo, Malay and China. In the early 13th century, another wave of seafarers, coming from southern Luzon mainland, got lost in storm, ventured inward into the mouth of Payo river and there found an Eden—and so they stayed and called this home.

 

Panay Island

Panganiban, Catanduanes

Panay Island is radiant and enticing. There are several rock pinnacles jutting up from the sandy bottom. Crevices, tunnels and caves characterize the massive underwater rock formations. Amazing walls, drop-offs and overhangs are amazing where hundreds of glass fishes hover in the safety of these tunnels.

Panay Island

Panganiban, Catanduanes

Panay Island is radiant and enticing. There are several rock pinnacles jutting up from the sandy bottom. Crevices, tunnels and caves characterize the massive underwater rock formations. Amazing walls, drop-offs and overhangs are amazing where hundreds of glass fishes hover in the safety of these tunnels.

St. James the Greater Parish Church

Panganiban, Catanduanes

This church, in 1720-25 has never been substantially rebuilt. It succumbed to the earthquake of January 11, 1928 its east wall was ripped beyond repair and ugly cracks were opened in several places. The end and side walls were torn apart at the northeast corner leaving an eight-inch opening from top to bottom. As stronger earthquake may send the wall a crumbling and the church goers including the priest scamper in panic out of the church as the slightest tremor.

St. James the Greater Parish Church

Panganiban, Catanduanes

This church, in 1720-25 has never been substantially rebuilt. It succumbed to the earthquake of January 11, 1928 its east wall was ripped beyond repair and ugly cracks were opened in several places. The end and side walls were torn apart at the northeast corner leaving an eight-inch opening from top to bottom. As stronger earthquake may send the wall a crumbling and the church goers including the priest scamper in panic out of the church as the slightest tremor.

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Hon. Cesar Robles
Mayor

Hon. Bingbong Cabrera
Vice-Mayor

Councilors

Enio Angeles

Luz Velasco

Francis Karl Aquino

Primo Velasco Jr.

Rosalinda Peña

Tito Villamor

Arvin Atencia

Joy Cabrera

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