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Brief Origin

A number of theories has been advanced on the origin of Binangonan yet none could exactly point the real beginning of this town. Some observations can be noted thus:

  1. Binangonan is a pure Tagalog word for the place where someting or someone has voluntarily risen.
  2. All barangays and sitios from Tayuman to Talim, with the exception of Janosa, have pure Tagalog names indicating that these places could have existed even before the Spanish rule.
  3. A village in Infanta, Laguna was called Binangonan de Lampon which led some historians to theorize that settlers of the lake region could have originated from this place.
  4. The history of Taytay includes a place called Batasin whose inhabitants were believed to be the ancestors of the few remaining tribes of Negritoes. There is no Batasin in Taytay at present but there is one in Binangonan.

Aetas inhabited Binangonan  until 1928. Evidence of their culture are found in Lungga Ita in Pila-pila and in Aeta words like Wawa and Ithan.

 

 

Historical Background

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Its name in English means, "The first established town around the lake". A first class municipality, Binangonan lies between the foothills of Sierra Madre and the shores of Laguna de Bay. It is composed of 23 mainland and 17 island barangays. This town was separated and became an independent parish in 1621 through the initiatives of the Franciscan missionaries. The town was established in 1737 and conquered by the Spaniards in 1763. It became a town in 1900 during the American colonial period. Binangonan's major historical landmark is the 200-year-old Santa Ursula Parish, located at the heart of the town.

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Christianization of the Natives

The first missionary group to work in the Philippines in 1574 was the Augustinians. In Rizal province, the Franciscans, led by Fr. Juan de Plasencia and Fr. Diego de Oropera, started evengelical work with the conversion of people from the Morong region.

The missionaries built a chapel near the lake to gain access in the native settlements around the lake area. The largest settlement was Batasin, a tribe of Negritos from Taytay, which was discovered during Salcedo's first expedition in 1571. This occupied the rocky terrain overlooking the Laguna de Bay, located west of the chapel.

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Political History

Spanish Period

During the Spanish period, the town head was the Captain and the seat of government, the Tribunal located in the heart of the poblacion. The second highest town official was the Teniente Mayor. Next in rank was the Teniente de Ganado whose main function was to register carabaos, horses and other animals, collecting fees and taxes in the process. The Teniente de Montera was in charge of real estate matters in the municipality.

In 1772, a Spanish priest from Aliaga, Pampanga requested the Captain to send delinquent taxpayers to work at the construction of the church. All male delinquent taxpayers worked until the church's completion in 1800. During the period, old folks claimed that the cross in the Kalbaryo in Libid grew out the hill's summit.

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Past Mayors

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Jose Ynares
1901-1905

 

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Manuel V. Ison
1907-1907

 

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Clemente D. Antiporda
1908-1911

 

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Antonio G. Sisante
1912-1915

 

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Lorenzo F. Flores
1916-1922

 

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Valentin C. Antazo
1922-1928

 

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Julio A. Antiporda
1928-1936

 

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Felix A. Katipunan
1936-1945

 

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Emerencio Unida
1942-1945

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Casimiro A. Ynares Sr.
1945-1946 / 1952-1959

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Jose M. Pacis
1946-1947 / 1948-1951
/ 1960-1963

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Pedro T. Fineza
1964-1971

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Casimiro M. Ynares Jr.
1972-1986 / 1988-1992

 

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Mariano Hugo G. Cervo
1986-1988

 

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Isidro B. Pacis
1992-1998

 

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Cesar M. Ynares
1998-2007

 

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Cecilio M. Ynares
2007-2016

 

 

 

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