Camiling

Camiling Municipal Hall, Plaza & Maria Clara Auditorium

CAMILING is a first class municipality in the western part of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. It is about 150 kilometers north-northwest of Manila, and about 50 kilometers south-southwest of Dagupan City in Pangasinan. It is the commercial center of an area composed of about 8 towns, and borders the province of Pangasinan. It is the gateway to central and western Pangasinan through the Romulo Highway (formerly Highway 13). It borders San Clemente on the west, Bayambang from the north, Sta. Ignacia and Mayantoc to the south and Paniqui by the east.

According to the 2007 census, Camiling has a population of 79,941 people. It has a land area of 140.50 square kilometers. The density is 568.98 people per sq. km.

 

BRIEF HISTORY:

On the western reaches of Tarlac province lies the historic town of Camiling. Early in the eighteenth century, this thriving community was sitio of Paniqui, contrary to the popular belief that it was a part of Bayambang, Pangasinan. The discovery of a Spanish document in 1937 attested to the fact that it really belonged to Paniqui. Further evidence shows that in the same document, it was stated that the inhabitants of Camiling paid their tributes to Paniqui. In the beginning, the community was a vast area of cogon growth interposed with thick forestalls areas stretching at the Zambales mountain ranges. A wide river cut peacefully through it.

The early inhabitants of the place were known “Aetas” who depend for their living on fruit trees and by hunting and fishing. With the coming of the Pangasinenses and Ilocanos from the north, the “Aetas” who used to roam freely in the wilderness obliged themselves to move in to the interior. The new settlers first occupied the swampy land, now known as “Cacamilingan” on the opposite river. With the passage of time, these settlers moved to the opposite shore in view of the fact that most often disastrous floods are visiting the present site. To this new location, the residents therein built a little church or “visitas” with the villagers taking “ST. MICHAEL” as the Patron Saint.

The town Camiling owe its name after the name of a tree called “CAMIRING” which grew abundantly in the wilderness. The letter “R” in ‘CAMIRING’ was changed to “L” for its liquid sound. As this settlement attained progress, CAMILING became a District Commission from 1834-1837. It was founded by Don Francisco Soriano, an adventurous barangay leader who incidentally became the town’s first District Commissioner, followed by Domingo Claudio, Bernabe Bugarin and Pascual Cabacungan.

In 1838, Camiling became an independent town, formally separated from the mother town of Paniqui and with Don Vicente Galsim, the first Governadorcillo. Thirty-eight (38) others followed him. Don Buenaventura Torres, the last to serve under the Spanish regime and the first Presidente Municipal under the Revolutionary Government by Aguinaldo. Of historical importance, the Camiling Catholic Convent was the death place of Gen. Pedro Pedroche and his men for being referred as rebel leader.

The town of Camiling takes pride in having produced sons and daughters who have carved names for their town in particular and the Philippines in general. Among them are:

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FAMOUS SONS & DAUGHTERS:

Maj. Gen. Paulino Santos

Maj. Gen. Paulino Santos
Founder of Penal Colony and Chief of Staff of The Philippine Army

Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon

Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon
Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the first Filipino Chief Justice member of the International Court of Justice

Sec. Onofre D. Corpuz

Sec. Onofre D. Corpuz
Former Minister of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports and President of the University of the Philippines. 

Sen. Alberto G. Romulo

Sen. Alberto G. Romulo
Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, Executive Secretary of President Arroyo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Gen. Carlos P. Romulo

Gen. Carlos P. Romulo
Debater, educator, writer, author, thinker, publisher, soldier, statesman, leader and nationalist of world renown. First Filipino President of the United Nations General Assembly and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Gregorio C. Brillantes

Gregorio C. Brillantes
Palanca Award Hall of Famer, multi-awarded fiction writer

 

Leonor Rivera

Leonor Rivera
Dr. Jose Rizal's sweetheart for 11 years, a second cousin of Rizal.

 

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PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Geographical location: The Municipality of Camiling is approximately 35 kilometers from the capital of Tarlac, Tarlac City, 94.1 kilometers from San Fernando, Pampanga (the Regional Center), and 160.1 kilometers from Metro Manila. It is bounded by the following municipalities: Bayambang, Pangasinan in the North; Sta. Ignacia in the Southeast; Paniqui in the East; Mayantoc in the Southwest; San Clemente in the Northwest, and Moncada in the Northeast.

Climate: The climate in Camiling resembles closely that of their surrounding municipalities. The Municipality has (2) distinct seasons; wet and dry. From the month of November to April is generally dry while the rest of the year is the rainy season. Heavy rainfall is evenly distributed during the months of July, August, September and October. During the months of January to March, which is the peak of the dry season, the soil becomes too dry that most of the crops wilt. Camiling receives its continuous rainfall during the southwest monsoon period from November to May with the dry season.

Land area: Camiling has a total land area of 14.050 hectares (140.50 sq. kms.) representing a tiny 4.6% of the whole area of the province.

Topography: Camiling is basically flat, interspersed with limited rolling terrain.

Income Classification: Camiling attained First Class Municipality on November 20, 2001.

Political Subdivisions: Camiling is politically subdivided into 61 barangays. Below is the list of 61 barangays with the corresponding population and size in sq. km.

Registered Voters: 40,663 (2010)

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BARANGAYS:

 

Total Population, Household Population and Number of Households: May 1, 2000

Total
Population
as of
Aug 01, 2007

Total
Population
as of
May 01, 2010

BARANGAY

Size in Sq KMS

No. of Households

Total Population

CAMILING (Total) 140.50 15,324 71,598 79,941 80,241
Anoling 1st 1.68 143 666 707 748
Anoling 2nd 0.88 165 709 780 801
Anoling 3rd 6.05 249 1,102 1,159 1,210
Bacabac 4.64 384 1,933 2,137 2,292
Bacsay 7.91 140 661 666 757
Bancay 1st 3.65 182 777 856 842
Bancay 2nd (San Isidro) 2.33 187 870 1,115 1,231
Bilad 4.67 554 2,452 2,839 2,774
Birbira 5.64 242 1,016 1,250 1,127
Bobon Caarosipan 0.57 113 535 624 675
Bobon 1st 3.80 447 1,971 2,286 2,370
Bobon 2nd 3.67 243 1,157 1,411 1,328
Cabanabaan 0.87 167 773 815 843
Cacamilingan Norte 4.67 449 2,314 2,230 2,540
Cacamilingan Sur 1.28 393 1,896 1,977 2,131
Caniag 1.80 127 625 538 720
Carael 1.15 147 751 803 788
Cayaoan 0.96 372 1,799 2,301 2,087
Cayasan 3.17 55 222 228 240
Florida 1.45 143 640 855 850
Lasong 3.72 194 798 835 873
Libueg 3.38 496 2,324 2,876 2,489
Malacampa 7.17 859 4,004 4,842 5,062
Manakem 0.93 101 529 564 626
Manupeg 2.71 43 250 301 330
Marawi 2.88 267 1,245 1,355 1,557
Matubog 5.59 304 1,380 1,712 1,588
Nagrambacan 0.47 64 249 298 296
Nagserialan 1.35 262 1,167 1,465 1,548
Palimbo Proper 2.30 174 770 811 1,015
Palimbo-Caarosipan 1.69 537 2,525 2,967 3,077
Pao 1st 1.13 196 1,009 993 1,130
Pao 2nd 0.61 91 420 428 461
Pao 3rd 2.08 161 757 755 779
Papaac 2.63 148 709 931 995
Pindangan1st 1.18 167 802 1,139 907
Pindangan 2nd 1.28 338 1,711 1,963 1,820
Poblacion A 0.08 335 1,610 1,464 1,424
Poblacion B 0.12 378 1,689 1,687 1,651
Poblacion C 0.14 283 1,238 1,218 1,242
Poblacion D 0.07 266 1,271 1,179 1,177
Poblacion E 0.05 255 1,154 1,126 1,242
Poblacion F 0.05 227 1,127 1,215 1,114
Poblacion G 0.08 263 1,273 1,308 1,163
Poblacion H 0.05 261 1,315 1,260 1,140
Poblacion I 0.04 241 1,134 1,102 1,118
Poblacion J 0.05 155 703 663 629
Santa Maria 5.01 473 2,136 2,578 2,232
Sawat 0.99 211 1,003 1,099 1,091
Sinilian 1st 1.72 261 1,286 1,537 1,318
Sinilian 2nd 6.83 191 904 1,011 1,094
Sinilian 3rd 6.36 295 1,364 1,528 1,472
Sinilian Cacalibosoan 0.98 210 894 853 943
Sinulatan 1st 6.35 260 1,250 1,157 1,470
Sinulatan 2nd 1.63 111 494 493 515
Surgui 1st 1.24 193 902 1,146 1,182
Surgui 2nd 2.93 268 1,243 1,514 1,346
Surgui 3rd 1.65 255 1,149 1,407 1,317
Tambugan 0.48 255 1,223 1,636 1,432
Telbang 1.05 152 725 1,074 1,118
Tuec 0.61 221 993 877 904

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SOCIO ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES:

Agriculture: is the main source of income in the municipality. Palay is the main crop. Secondary crops include corn and vegetables like eggplant, beans, okra, and ampalaya.

Tourism:Tourist attractions include the Maria Clara Auditorium, May 8 Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel (Town Fiesta), Chicharon and Iniruban Festival (late October).

 

SOCIAL SERVICES:

  • Education: Educational Institutions
    • Elementary/Public: Camiling Central
      • Bacabac ES - Soledad M. Baylon (Principal I)
      • Camiling CS - Susan T. Vicente (Principal II)
      • Camiling North ES - Antonio C. Dela Cruz (Principal II)
      • Cayaoan ES - Abner P. Bachini (Head Teacher III)
      • Pindangan 2nd ES - Romy D. Garcia (Principal I)
      • Pindangan First ES - Romy D. Garcia (Principal I)
      • Sawat ES - Janet R. Martin (Principal I)
      • Surgui ES - Tita M. Dela Cruz (Principal I)
      • Tambugan ES - Norma L. Collyer (Head Teacher III)
      • Tuec ES - Bonifacio V. Esteban Jr. (Principal I)
    • Elementary/Public: Camiling East
      • Bancay I ES - Citadel D. De Guzman (Head Teacher III)
      • Bilad ES - Cecilia R. Corpuz (Principal I)
      • Bilad ES (Annex) - Cecilia R. Corpuz (Principal I)
      • Cabanabaan PS - Zenaida V. Flores (Principal I)
      • Camiling East CS - Willy T. Partido (Principal II)
      • Caniag PS - Citadel D. De Guzman (Head Teacher III)
      • Carael ES - Nancy C. De Leon (Head Teacher III)
      • Florida ES - Virginia L. Lucero (Principal I)
      • Lasong ES - Rufino L. Gabud (Principal I)
      • Malacampa ES - Tessie F. Manuel (Principal II)
      • Malacampa ES (Annex) - Tessie F. Manuel (Principal II)
      • Marawi ES - Virginia L. Lucero (Principal I)
      • Matubog ES - Edievejes B. Ragos (Principal I)
      • San Isidro ES - Rufino L. Gabud (Principal I)
      • Sinilian I ES - Carlos E. Lumibao (Principal I)
      • Sinilian II ES - Susan C. Dela Cruz (Principal I)
      • Sinilian III ES - Jovito C. Cacabelos (Principal I)
      • Sta. Maria ES - Zenaida V. Flores (Principal I)
      • Telbang PS - Nanacy C. De Leon (Principal III)
    • Elementary/Public: Camiling West
      • Anoling ES - Felisa N. Bautista (Master Teacher II)
      • Bacsay ES - Alfredo I. Asuncion (Head Teacher III)
      • Birbira ES - Carlina M. Bruno (Head Teacher III)
      • Bobon 1st Palimbo ES - Benito M. Quintos (Principal I)
      • Bobon 2nd ES - Serafin N. Sagun (Head Teacher III)
      • Camiling West CS - Catalina N. Castaneda (Principal II)
      • Cayasan PS - Fernando B. Jose Jr. (Principal I)
      • Libueg ES - Alfredo A. Lagmay (Principal I)
      • Manaquem PS - Fernando B. Jose Jr. (Principal I)
      • Pao ES - Juan A. Diego (Head Teacher II)
      • Papaac PS - Alfredo I. Asuncion (Head Teacher III)
      • Sinulatan ES - Gloria A. Javonillo (Head Teacher III)
    • High School/Public:
      • Bilad High School (Resettlement School) - Bony T. Felipe (Principal I)
      • Birbira High School - Bobby P. Caoagdan (Head Teacher III)
      • Camiling School of Home Industries - Arturo G. Soriano (Principal III)
      • Marawi High School (Annex) - Edgar V. Viloria (Principal I)
      • Marawi National High School - Elsa Y. David (Principal III)
    • College/Private/Vocational:
      • Asian Lexcon School - 72 Burgos Street (Tel 45 934-3348)
      • Bestcap Career College,Inc. - Malacampa (Tel 45 934-3293 / 0918 907-8993)
      • CamilingAdventist Multigrade School - Romulo Hi-way Palimbo
      • Camiling Catholic School - Arellano Street (Tel 45 934-0151)
      • Camiling Colleges - Gomez Street (Tel 45 934-0575)
      • Camiling United Methodist Church LC - Del Pilar Street (Tel 45 934-1120)
      • Camiling Secondary Institute - Burgos Street (Tel 45 934-1004)
      • Goodshepherd Shekinah School – 837 Malacampa (Tel 0919 288-6679)
      • Kasangga Security Dev't. & Training Inst. Corp. - Malacampa (Tel 0919 615 9441)
      • Madonna's College of Technology, Inc. - Cacamilingan Norte (Tel 45 934-004)
      • St. Paul College of Technology, Inc. - Quezon Avenue (Tel 45 934-0484)
      • Tarlac College of Agriculture - visit the school website for more info.

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Health Care Facilities: Health Care services in Camiling is undertaken by both government and the private practitioners. The municipality has 3 emergency hospitals including the Gilberto O. Teodoro Memorial Hospital, Senor Santo Nino Hospital and the Salvador Hospital.

Protective Services: Sub-Station - 3 (Bilad, Marawi, Palimbo-Caarosipan), Policemen, Firemen

Fire Protective Services: 8 Firemen Facility Available - 2 Fire Truck

Recreation and Sports: Children’s Playground, Covered Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Mini Park, and several private Billiard Halls.

Civic Associations: Camiling Lions Club, Rotary Club, Camiling Jaycees, Victory Lodge No. 116, F & AM, Camiling Market Vendors Association, Federation of Senior Citizens Association, Philippine Veterans Association, Camiling Development Cooperative, Farmers Cooperative Marketing, Northwestern Tarlac Retirees Association, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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INFRASTRUCTURE:

Communication: The available communication system in the municipality consist of postal, telegraph services, and telephone system. There are also the private courier services of LBC and JRS. The Philippines Long Distance, SMART and GLOBE provide telephone services and short messages services (SMS) in the locality. A message center which takes charge of the telegraphic transfer is undertaken by the Telecommunication Office, a government agency which is stationed at the municipal compound.

Water supply:The municipality is serviced by Level I and Level III water system. The Camiling Water District is the source of water in the poblacion including barangays Cacamilingan Norte, Cacamilingan Sur, Surgui 1st, Surgui 2nd, Tuec, Malacampa, Telbang, Sta. Maria, Tambugan, Cayaoan, Libueg, Pao 1st, Pao 2nd, Palimbo Proper, Bobon 1st, Sinulatan 1st, Sinulatan 2nd.

There are four (4) pumping stations of the Camiling Water District. One is located inside the municipal compound and the other three (3) are installed in sitio Pugo, Cacamilingan Norte, Luna Street (Poblacion “E”), and Barangay Tuec. There is an existing simp-pumping station located in Barangay Sta. Maria. All the rest of the barangay in the municipality are being served by shallow wells, either in pitcher pumps, jetmatic pumps and artesian wells for their drinking water requirements.

Power:TARELCO I is the sole provider for the municipalities electric power requirement.

Transportation: Buses, Mini-Bus, Jeepneys, Tricycles, motorcycle, and of course Kuliglig.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Below is a list of Past & Present Town Executives

  • District Commissioners: SPANISH OCCUPATION (1834-1898)
    • 1834 - Francisco Soriano
    • 1835 - Domingo Claudio
    • 1836 - Bernardo Bugarin
    • 1837 - Pascual Cabacungan
  • Governadorcillos (Partial List)
    • 1838 - 1839 Vicente Galsim
    • 1840 - 1841 Bernardo Bugarin
    • 1856 - 1860 Domingo Monson
    • 1881 - 1886 Narciso Guting
    • 1891 - 1892 Lorenzo Felix
    • 1893 - 1898 Don Buenaventura Torres
  • Presidente Municipal (AMERICAN REGIME)
    • 1898 - 1898 Buenaventura Torres (Revolutionary Gov’t)
    • 1899 - 1899 Tranquilino Pagarigan
    • 1900 - 1901 Macario Sagun
    • 1901 - 1903 Gregorio Concepcion
    • 1904 - 1905 Macario Sagun
    • 1906 - 1907 Gregorio Romulo
    • 1908 - 1909 Donato Papa
    • 1910 - 1912 Protacio Santos
    • 1913 - 1915 Diego Reyes
    • 1916 - 1918 Protacio Santos
    • 1919 - 1921 Gregorio Clemente
    • 1922 - 1924 Juan Vigilia
    • 1924 - 1927 Juan Vigilia
    • 1928 - 1931 Domingo Nicolas
    • 1931 - 1934 Protasio Santos
    • 1934 - 1937 Timoteo Agustin
    • 1937 - 1941 Juan Vigilia
  • Presidente Municipal (JAPANESE OCCUPATION)
    • 1941 - 1942 Angelo Cabrera
    • 1942 - 1942 Atty. Simon Santos
    • 1943 - 1944 Protasio Santos
    • 1944 - 1945 Capt. Publio Dumaual
    • 1945 - 1946 Felipe Mangrobang
    • 1947 - 1951 Felix Gorospe
    • 1952 - 1955 Godofredo Dancel
    • 1956 - 1959 Manuel G. Cabrera
    • 1959 - 1963 Manuel G. Cabrera
    • 1963 - 1967 Manuel G. Cabrera
    • 1968 - 1971 Manuel G. Cabrera (Elected 4 consecutive times)
    • 1972 - 1977 Benicio F. delos Reyes
    • 1977 - 1979 Manuel G. Cabrera (Designated as OIC/Acting Mayor)
    • 1979 - 1979 Gerardo Fabros (Designated as OIC)
    • 1980 - 1986 Gerardo Fabros
    • 1986 - 1987 Adolfo Manuel (Appointed OIC after the EDSA Revolution)
    • 1987 - 1988 Corazon R. Latorre (Appointed Caretaker when OIC A. Manuel ran for office)
    • 1988 - 1992 Dr. Martin M. Agustin
    • 1992 - 1995 Dr. Martin M. Agustin
    • 1995 - 1995 Ricarte Andres (Appointed OIC when Mayor Martin ran for another term)
    • 1995 - 1998 Dr. Martin M. Agustin
    • 1998 - 1998 Rodolfo Abad (Appointed Mayor when Martin ran Provincial board)
    • 1998 - 2001 Juan Y. delos Reyes
    • 2001 - 2004 Juan Y. delos Reyes
    • 2004 - 2007 Juan Y. delos Reyes
    • 2007 - 2010 Neil T. Agustin
    • 2010 - Present Neil T. Agustin

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OTHER FACTS AND FIGURES:

  • 14,052 hectares (140.50 sq km) - total land area of Camiling; greater than the combined area of Pura, Ramos and San Clemente
  • 61 - Total number of Barangays
  • 36 Km - Distance from Tarlac City
  • 95,000 - Estimated population as of 2010
  • Founding Date of the Parish: 1847
  • Patron Saint: St. Michael the Archangel
  • Market days: daily
  • 2306 - Zip code

 

GOING THERE:

  • Private Car/Vehicle: From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway; exit Sta. Ines Toll Plaza in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Proceed towards north to Tarlac City. Upon reaching Barangay San Sebastian (Hon Kee Tea House), take a left turn to the bypass road (Tarlac - Pangasinan), follow road sign towards Alaminos, Pangasinan. Depending traffic condition, public transport from Manila to Camiling takes about 4 hours, private vehicle about 3 hours.
  • Public Transport:
    • Dagupan Bus Line: Location: New York Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Manila, Telephone Numbers: +63 2 727 2330, +63 2 929 6123, +63 2 928 5639, +63 2 727 2330, +63 2 727 2287
    • Five Star Bus Company: Location: Aurora Boulevard, Pasay City, Manila, Telephone Numbers: +63 2 833 8339, +63 2 833 3009
    • Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines Incorporated: Location: EDSA, Quezon City, Telephone Numbers: +63 2 734 9836, +63 2 734 9838
    • Victory Liner Incorporated: Location: EDSA, Pasay City, Manila, Location: 713 Rizal Avenue Extension, Caloocan City, Location: EDSA, Cubao, Telephone Numbers: +63 2 833 0293, +63 2 833 5019, +63 2 361 4665, +63 2 741 1439, +63 2 361 1506, +63 2 361 1510

 

WHERE TO STAY

  • Camiling Hotel
    • Luna Street, Tel 045 934-1155
  • Havana Hotel
    • Palimbo, Tel, Tel 045 934-1908
  • Royal Suites
    • Arellano Street corner Luna Street, Tel 045 934-3407
      • 14 Quiet Airconditioned Rooms
      • Hot & Cold Water
      • Cable TV
      • 24-Hour Room Service
  • United Royal Hotel
    • Quezon Avenue, Camiling, Tarlac,Tel 045 934-1855 / 934-1856
      • 26 Air conditioned Rooms
      • Hot and cold water
      • Cable TV
      • 24 Hour Room Service

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

  • Police - (045) 934-0988
  • Fire - (045) 934-0959

 

SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

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