Magalang, Pampanga


Telacad de ring Paring Agustinos carin Macapsa, 1605. Ing laguiu na meañgu qñg ugali rang magalang ding manucnangan carin. Pipaglabanan ding cawal nang Andres Malong at Castila, 1660. Milipat ya San Bartolome, 1734. Sinira ning Ilug Parua qng albug, Mayo, 1863. Ing cabalenan telacad neng pepasibayung Gobernadorcillo Pablo M. Luciano a canita aduang pulut metung a banua tua qñg Barrio San Pedro, Diciembre 13, 1863. Secupan ning Gobierno Revolucionario, 12 Junio, 1898-Nobiembre 5, 1899 at selisian ding Americano ding Japon, 3 Enero, 1942. Linaya ring Americano, 24 Enero, 1945. Miyabe qñg Republica Filipina, 4 Julio, 1946.


Founded by the Augustinian Friars in Macapsa, 1605. The named derived from the courteous trait of the residents. The battlefield of the soldiers of Andres Malong and the Spaniards, 1660. Transferred to San Bartolome, 1734. Destroyed by the Parua River during the flood, May, 1863. The town’s center was reestablished by Governadorcillo Pablo M. Luciano twenty one years later in Barrio San Pedro, December 13, 1863. Occupied by the Revolutionary Government, 12 June, 1898-November 5, 1899 and won over by the Americans from the Japanese, 3 January, 1942. Emancipated by the Americans, 24 January, 1945. United with the Philippine Republic, 4 July, 1946.)

A short history of the town

Magalang’s same simply derived from the word ‘magalang’ which means ‘respectful’ which probably links it to the phrase told by Kapampangan folks to a scandalous or disrespectful person “Balamu ata e ka pa mekapangan pale Magalang? (It seems that you haven’t eaten Magalang rice yet?)” 

In the year 1853, the town of Magalang had barrios numbering up to 35, namely: Balitucan, Bical, Bucsit, Cabayungsarul, Darabulbul, Garlit, Guitan, Lambayung, Mabangal, Macaualu, Mangga, Matondo, Minano, Panaisan, Panalictican, Pandacaqui, Paruao, Pitabunan, Quematayandapu, San Agustin, San Antonio, San Ildefonso, San Jose, San Juan, San Martin, San Miguel, San Pedro, San Roque, Santa Rita, Sapangbalayan, Sapangbulu, Tacde, Tinabang, Tinang and Umbac.

However, due to the revision of borders, several barrios were transferred to neighboring towns such as Bucsit, Garlit and San Juan to Concepcion, Tarlac in 1876, then later on the barrios Bucsit and Garlit were ceded to the town of Murcia in neighboring province, Tarlac. As the years passed, barrios and sitios merged (Balud and Turu of San Ildefonso merged to create the barrio San Fulgencio), sitios were reestablished as barrios (sitio Batu into barrio La Peña) and transferred to other towns such as Mabalacat and Concepcion, Tarlac.

In September 22, 1858, the town of Magalang was flooded and Comandante Politico-Militar de Tarlac Sebastian Hernandez reported that the flood “seemed as if it were a lake.”

Blogger’s note

Despite Magalang’s rich and packed history, my friend and I had a hard time looking for residents who knew the town’s heritage and culture. We also went there on a Saturday so unfortunately, the municipio was closed. We also went to the Municipal Police Station for queries but… balu yu na. I asked help from my friend who was a resident of the town and referred us to Doris Manlapaz which we later on knew that she has a page about Magalang’s local history and heritage. 

We personally met Manlapaz on the same day and we saw her collection of antiques from photographs to rosaries to greeting cards to empty World War II bullets.

Our attention was taken by Manlapaz’s wide collection of Kapampangan laureate Vedasto David Ocampo’s literary pieces, from poems to zarzuela and a Kapampangan dictionary written in Spanish.

People such as Doris Manlapaz are to be recognized and celebrated because people such as her give not only their time but their whole lives in preserving and cultivating the valuable pieces of history and heritage that are disregarded and neglected by the mass, their passion should be given its rightful limelight.

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Kularts Conjures Up Maség (Typhoon): A Philippine Dance Production

What is Maség?

Set in the Philippines circa 1400’s, Maség uses The Tempest as framework to tell a magical tale of a power, intrigue, and witchcraft through indigenous Philippine Dance and original choreography.

Kularts, the nation’s premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts, is producing this groundbreaking work with Philippine Master Dance Artist Jay Loyola and Composer Florante Aguilarat the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco on November 15 and 16, 2014. Kularts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Plot synopsis

On an imagined typhoon-battered island of Puló in Palawan, Philippines, Maség, is a mystical story of a once powerful and righteous tribal shaman chieftain who is exiled with his daughter to the Puló Island where he plots his malicious revenge.

He manipulates and enslaves the spirit deities of the island, into conjuring a powerful typhoon to sink his enemies’ ship.

Once shipwrecked, his enemies are separated and on the island. The exiled tribal chieftain puts spell on his daughter Matinlóh to seduce his enemy’s son, Kisig.

Struck by his own unspeakable acts of injustice and manipulations, Masikampo Panglima suffers gut-wrenching internal conflict threatening to destroy his very soul. Will he abandon his vengeful streak and end the hateful feud between their families or continue on the path of self-destruction?

The Lost History of Philippines Before 1521

Before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, during the pre-colonial period, the archipelago of Philippines was inhabited by numerous tribal kingdoms. Ruled by rajahs, the kingdoms were organized into small political groups, each known as barangay.

Barangay originated from “balangay”, a seaworthy vessel used to ply the maritime waters of the South and Southeast Asian trading routes. The kingdom nations traded with kingdoms now known as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, China, and Thailand. In the late 1300s Makhdum Karim, the first Islamic missionary brought Islam to the Archipelago. By 1500’s Islam was widely practiced in the archipelago and many tribal nations aligned with the Islamic sultanates of Sulu and Borneo. At the time of Spanish arrival in 1521. Manila was a Muslim kingdom, ruled by Rajah Sulayman, who fiercely fought the Spaniards until 1574.

Dancing and Music

The full-length dance work to be choreographed by Philippine Master Dance Artist Jay Loyola, formerly a principal dancer for the prestigious Philippine Bayanihan Dance Company and trained as choreographer under the National Philippine Artist Lucrecia Urtula Reyes, will be performed by fourteen dancers to an original score of haunting melodies and driving polyrhythmic percussion by Florante Aguilar, creator of the award-winning documentary, Harana: The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade.

Maség (Crowdfunding page)

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