Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 27
Land Area: 17,096 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 65,996
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2016): 38,936
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Pagbilao is located on the northern shore of Tayabas Bay on Luzon, just east of Lucena City, the provincial capital. Most of the vast lands of Pagbilao are mainly used for agricultural. These agricultural land are mostly coconut, rice and poultry farms. Bust some of these lands became industrial areas. Most of these industrial lands are ice plants, rice and oil mills which can be seen along the highway. Commerce is also rapidly grown not only in the downtown area, but also spreading in the whole town. Commercial establishments are growing from Talipan up to downtown along the highway. La Suerte Mega Warehouse, the largest commercial center in town, is found in Alupaye, which most of the bus terminals can be found here.Tourism is also growing in Pagbilao. There are many hotel and resorts can be found along the highway or in the beachfront of Barangay Bantigue, which has a great view of the islands of the town.
Pagbilao came from the word “Papag at Bilao”. The story began when one bright day in the early 1965, while the natives were busy on their usual trade of business making papag at bilao a group of Spanish missionaries, mostly catholic priest arrived in the village. It was a traditional belief of the natives that the foreigners maltreated the natives. Fearing that this may happen, the natives tried to elude the strangers. Realizing that the natives were in panic and afraid, the Spaniards make an excellent idea by raising their right hands wide open symbolizing that they came to make friends with the Filipinos. The native then become calm and settled in their places in a friendly manner.
The missionaries tried to talk with the Filipinos using their own language but they were not understood. One of the missionaries however asked a friendly question; incidentally pointing to a bamboo bed, “What is the name of this village?” assuming that the question was what is the name of the object that he was pointing at. One of the villagers quickly replied. “Papag” and immediately the missioner noted the word “Papag” in his record. Another missionary group asked another question in the same manner pointing to a winnow-wind basket. “What place is this?” “Bilao”. According to the native and from the two words “PAPAG” and “BILAO” originated the name of the municipality of PAGBILAO.
The Municipality is located eight (8) kilometers from Lucena City, the Provincial Capital of Quezon. Its geographical coordinates are 14ᵒ0’0”N latitude and 121ᵒ45’0”E latitude. It is bounded on the northeast by the City of Tayabas, northwest by Atimonan, southeast by Padre Burgos and southwest by the City of Lucena. Pagbilao has a total land area of 17,760 hectares as per Bureau of Lands Records.
Major Income Sources: Power Generation (Host municipality to a coal-fired power plant), Cottage Industry
Tourist Destinations: Quezon National Forest Park, Kwebang Lampas – Grande Island, Brgy. Ibabang Polo, Mangrove Forest Experimentation, St. Anne Parish and Diocesan Shrine, St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church, Team Energy Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant
Special Events/Festivals: Papag at Bilao Festival, Pagbilao Poblacion Fiesta Celebration
Address: Pagbilao Municipal Hall Rizal St., Brgy. Sta Catalina, Pagbilao, Quezon
Phone: (042) 797-0937
Fax: (042) 797-0937