Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Note: had previously posted information of this town of Hagonoy. Thanks to Raul Roberto for all his efforts in compiling all the information about our home town.

Hagonoy, Bulacan
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Municipality of HagonoyBayan ng Hagonoy

Map of Bulacan showing the location of Hagonoy
Central Luzon (Region III)
First Congressional District of Bulacan
Income Class:
1st Class municipality
Angel L. Cruz
Physical characteristics
Total (2000)

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Hagonoy is a 1st class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 111,425 people in 22,174 households, in a total land area of 90.38 square kilometres.

[edit] History
The town was named after the "hagonoy", a medicinal plant that used to be abundant by its river banks. The original populace used its leaves as their herbal remedy of choice for common illnesses.

Hagonoy is a long ridge with a lake in its edge by the Manila Bay called "Wawa", which is now part of Barangays San Sebastian & San Nicolas. This was where the first cross in this town was erected by the Spaniards. According to the town's legend, the cross was buried in the heart of this municipality; and every year the cross becomes bigger because of the Catholic faith of the Hagonowenyos.

The legend originated from the hagonoy plant. In the 15th century, some friars took a boat from Manila to the province of Bulacan and reached what was then called Quinabalon (meaning "pinag-alaman" - which was then still a part of the town of Calumpit). This is now the Barangays of Sta. Monica & Sto. Nino) .

At that time, a very charming lass was so popular among the young men of the locality. She had many suitors and admirers. One day, she fell ill. She needed someone to get leaves of the hagonoy plant by the river(which is now called Sapang Pari---because the friars and priests used this river to commute).

A man offered to promptly get some leaves of the plant and in deep gratitude, she promised to marry him. As he was gathering the leaves of the hagonoy plant for his dearly beloved, the group of friars in a passing boat stopped to ask him, "Quien vive?" (where are we?). The man did not understand Spanish and was extremely intimidated by the guardia civil (Spanish civil guard)that escorted the friars. Thinking that they were asking what he was grasping in his hands, he quickly retorted "hagonoy po!" (hagonoy sir!) and scampered away.

These were the first Dominican friars that got into town and they noted the place's name as "Hagonoy". Hence, the origin of the illustrious town's name.The town's patron saint is St. Anne (the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary) or fondly called Apo Ana in the vernacular by the natives. She is enshrined at the church eponymously named after her in the poblacion. This church was elevated into the status of a minor basilica when it was consecrated as the National Shrine of St. Anne.

[edit] Barangays
Hagonoy is politically subdivided into 26 barangays (7 urban, 19 rural).
Sagrada Familia
San Agustin
San Isidro
San Jose
San Juan
San Miguel
San Nicolas
San Pablo
San Pascual
San Pedro
San Roque
San Sebastian
Santa Cruz
Santa Elena
Santa Monica
Santo NiƱo (Pob.)
Santo Rosario

[edit] Points of Interest
National Shrine of St. Anne in the Philippines -the 16th century church that established by the Augustinian in Hagonoy and the only "National Shrine" built for the Mother of Our Virgin Mary here in the Philippines (with the relics of Sts. Anne and Joachim came from the International Shrine of St. Anne in Quebec, Canada.)

Municipal Hall of Hagonoy - it is the most proud of hall of the Hagonoy's official.

Bulacan Garden - the plants that grow in the land of Hagonoy. Located in San. Agustin Hagonoy, Bulacan

1 comment:

adie said...

please be careful if you are writing about history. In your paragraph you wrote of DOMINICAN priest, sorry but the friars who are responsible for the christianization of Hagonoy are AGUSTINIAN friars.