Income Classification: 5th Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 6
Land Area: 13,999.99 has.
Registered Voters (COMELEC): 6,721
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The Municipality of Patnanungan is an island municipality located in the eastern portion of Quezon Province. A hoe-shaped town, it forms part of the Infanta-Pollilo area in the 1st congressional district of Quezon. It is a coastal area facing the Pacific Ocean, with various island and islet borders like Burdeos, Quezon; Jomalig Island; Pollilo Strait; Lamon Bay, and Palasan Island.
The island municipality of Patnanungan originated from the words “PATA” and “NUNGAN”. “Pata: stands for hog and deer’s feet and “tanungan” (query). It is said that Patnanungan is once a wilderness abundant in wild hog (baboy damo), deer (usa) and other wild animals. Early inhabitants hunted them through the use of bow and arrows, dried the pork and venison and sold or bartered it to traders or tourist travelling in “ Batil and Parao”. The hog and deer’s feet are the most popular and highly sought by these visitors. Once a visitors sets foot on the island, his/her first remarks is “May Pata ba diyan?”. The island became known “Tanungan ng Pata” or Pata-nungan and later shortened it to Patnanungan.
The Municipality of Patnanungan was formerly a barrio of Pollilo. Nobody live there then except wildlife hunters or seafarers. During the second world war, people from Bicol, Pollilo, Perez and Infanta discovered this place. A group of guerilla compose of natives of Bicol and camarines headed by commander Turko lived there. The place frequently attacked by Japanese forees, but their quest were always in vain even when the guerillas were only using bows and arrows with poison. Because many Japanese were killed in the area the place was known to be called “Tibalao”. Years passed, Tibalao was changed to “Patnanungan”. This name came from the word “patnaan”, due to the fact that the place wsa very far from urban area, thus, whoever come to this place were. “para noong napapatna”. That’s where the word “Patnanungan” was coined.
After second world war, the barrio of Burdeos in Pollilo became an independent town in time with the change of the Province of Quezon instead of Tayabas. The barrio of Patnanungan was made apart of the town of Burdeos. Patnanungan, although, an island which is distant from civilization soon developed, increased population as well as its income. Because of this, Mayor Corona Ayuste of Burdeos requested the separation of Patnanungan to Burdeos or to be independent of Patnanungan. But, as an amendment to the said law, Patnanungan Nortewas made the seat of government. On January 27, 1963, the seat of government was transferred to Patnanungan Sur.
Patnanungan is a former sitio of Kani-kanian, a seashore barrio of pollilo. It was transferred to burdeos as a barrio when Burdeos became a separate town from Pollilo in the late 1940’s. On June 18, 1961, under RA3373, authored by the Congressman Manuel S. Enverga, Patnanungan became one of the municipalities in Quezon Province.
Patnanungan is within the typhoon belt making it one of the most vulnerable areas in the country. Records in recent years show that the town has been struck by a number of storms leaving huge number of casualties and vast amount of damage to properties. While the local government of Patnanungan cannot change its geologic and geographic location, it can minimize the impact of disaster that will likely occur in the area.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Fishing
Tourist Destinations: Lerias Beach, Minasawa Island, Minamata Island
Special Events/Festivals: Patnanungan Fiesta Celebration
Address: Municipal Hall, Patnanungan, Quezon