Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 4th District
No. of Barangays: 8
Land Area: 6,197.48 has.
Population (PSA, May 1, 2010): 23,201
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2010): 13,816
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Pangil is a 4th class municipality of Laguna with upland, lowland and shoreline communities. It is about 121 kilometers from Manila via the Southern Luzon Express Way (Manila East Road), and about 85 kilometers via Pililia, Rizal route. Pangil is one of the LGUs of Laguna which has high advocacy for environmental protection and fast becoming a hub of ecotourism among the municipalities along the sierra mountain range. Vested with all sort of natural attributes, its clean and pristine water included, its natural water falls, its rivers and nature trails, its forest and communities by the lake, its cool breeze by the lake, its Baguio-like microclimate in its upland, represents a wide array of highland, lowland and lake ecosystems. It is strategically situated at the southern tip of the Sierra Madre mountain range, its narrow strip of territory is traverse in its length by Pangil river (12.5km long) valued for its pristine and abundant water contributing to its domestic, agricultural, ecotourism and other potential economic uses like bulk water and hydropower. The highlands are in the convergence of some 5 important watershed divides namely: Siniloan-Romero, Panguil, Lalawinan, Salasalaban and Tatacpo Watersheds.
Municipal records show that the town of Pangil has one of the oldest settlements in the Province. According to the paper ”The Community of Pangil”, presented by the Office of the Municipal Secretary, the first inhabitants of the area lived in a place that is now known as Sulib, one of the town’s Barangays. Citing sources from manuscripts of the National Archives, among them, “Ereccion Del Pueblo: Laguna 1774-1896” and from books, including the: Catalogo Biografico delos Religiosos Franciscanos”, written by Gomes, Platero, Eusebio O.F.M. in 1880, which was published in Manila, it said that the town’s origin was by virtue of a royal grant given to two Franciscan friars, Juan De Plansencia and Diego De Oropeso.
When the Revolutionary Period came, the town of Pangil, being apart of Laguna, which is one of the first eight provinces to declare war against the Spanish Crown, had its own contribution to the Philippine independence drive. Mariano Madiz organized the Katipunan in the town. A first encounter occurred between the Filipinos and the Spaniards in 1898 in area of Balian, on of the town’s barrios.
When the Americans recognized our independence in July 4, 1946, the celebration also marked the start of rebuilding and reconstruction for the town. The activities geared at building the town right after continued with the peace experience in most of the barrios.
Pangil is located at the northeastern part of the Province of Laguna and approximately 121 kilometers south of Manila via South Luzon Express Way (SLEX) toward the City of Calamba to Sta. Cruz to Paete, Laguna route and 85 kilometers via City of Antipolo to Tanay to Pililia, Rizal path. It lies in the geographic coordinates 14°24’11”N and 121°27’58”E.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Retail Merchandising, Services
Tourist Destinations: Panguil River Eco-park (Ambon-Ambon Falls, Buntot Palos Falls, Kawa-Kawa Falls), Sulphuric Spring
Special Events/Festivals: Bandana Festival
Address: Municipal Hall, Barangay San Jose, Pangil, Laguna
Phone: (049) 557-0252
Fax: (049) 572-1271