Baras

 

Baras

Income Classification: 4tg Class
Congressional District: 2ndDistrict
No. of Barangays: 10
Land Area: 8,492 has. 
Population (NSO Census, 2010): 32,609
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 30,411

Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)

Position
Mayor
Vice-Mayor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
Councilor
LNB President
Local Official
Kathrine B. Robles
Wilfredo C. Robles
Hector M. Robles
Armingol DL. Pilapil, Jr
Carlo T. Llagas
John Wilmer C. Elago
Roberto M. Cabandong
Renato M. Llagas
Mario P. Mendoza
Bien A.Garrovillas
Romulo B. Dinozo
Political Party
Nationalist People's Coalition
Nationalist People's Coalition
Nationalist People's Coalition
Nationalist People's Coalition
United Nationalist Alliance
United Nationalist Alliance
Nationalist People's Coalition
United Nationalist Alliance
Nationalist People's Coalition
Nationalist People's Coalition
 
Term
2nd 
2nd 
2nd 
1st 
3rd 
1st 
2nd 
3rd 
1st 
3rd 
 

 


About:

Historical Background:
In 1595, the Franciscan Missionaries under the leadership of Fr. Juan de Placencia and Fr.Diego de Oropesa, founded a “visita” for Morong on the present site of Bosoboso, south of Painaan with Apostol Santiago as its patron saint. It was know as “Visita de Santiago” or Santiago until such time that it became Baras. Baras was then inhabited by 400 Aetas and other mountain people.

There were many versions on how the town of Baras finally got its name. One version stated that the seashore of Baras was used for harboring sailboats against sea pirates and during inclement weather. It was called Barahan which mean “means a place of anchorage.” The Spanish conquerors shortened it to Baras. Another version stated that a Spanish priest named Fr. Francisco Barasoan, known for his kindness to the parishioners, became a byword and thus, the community was named Baras. The third version recounted that when Baras was a hinterland, there were plenty of hardwood which were made into “barras” or two pieces of wood between which the horse was harnessed. Barras later became Baras.

Geographic Location:
Baras is one of the smaller municipalities of the Province of Rizal. It is bounded on the north by the City of Antipolo, on the east by the Municipality of Tanay, and on the west by the Municipality of Morong. It is around 51 kilometers from the Luneta Grandstand and 21 kilometers from the Provincial Government Center. Geographically, the town is located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains and its funnel-like shape dips into Laguna de Bay. The Poblacion area in the southern end of the town is where the settlements and human activities are concentrated. Residences, commercial establishments, the local government center, institutional centers and the historic church of Baras are all found here. Amidst all these, winds the Baras River. At the southernmost, Baras tip dips into the waters of grand old Laguna de Bay. Small fishing villages, marshlands, and fish pens intermingle in this area.

Major Income Sources: Farming, Fishing, Services

Tourist Destinations: Saint Joseph Parish Church, Palo Alto Resort and Fall, Masungi Rock, Punta de Fabian Resort and Restaurant, Solem Resort, Vermas Resort, D’One Resort and Restaurant, My Landia Resort and Restaurant, Tagong Paraiso Resort

Special Events/Festivals: Tromba Festival (May 1), Baras Patron Saint Town Fiesta Celebration (March 19), Baras Founding Celebration (Every last Sunday of January) , SIKARAN Festival (March 15)

Contact Information:
Address: Municipal Hall, Brgy. Santiago, Baras, Rizal
Phone: (02) 653-3909
Fax: (02) 653-3909
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.barasrizal.gov.ph


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