Town, Pangasinan Province, Region 1, Luzon Islands, Philippines
San Manuel Town
was named after Don Manuel Sequig, the founder and
leader of the first settlers who explored the virgin forest of Agno River
towards the grassy land of the west and to the foot of the Cordillera Mountain
in the north. History reveals that the first site of the town was established in
Pau, now called sitio Bato dating back back in 1914. Although San Manuel had
been in existence as a town, it was absorbed twice as a barrio of Asingan
initially, In 1860, San Manuel was separated from Asingan to become it's own
town. The site of the town was then relocated from Pau to its present location.
Geography: The town San Manuel is located on the Eastern part of Pangasinan. It is bounded on the north by Cordillera Mountain where at certain points it touches the towns of Tuba, Benguet and Pozzurobio, Pangasinan. On the east by San Nicolas. On the south by Asingan and touched at certain point by the town of Tayug. And on the west by Binalonan. The town has a total a total land area of 183.39 square kilometers as of 1999.
Compositions: San Manuel has 14 Baranggays: Cabacaraan, Cabaritan, Flores, Guiset Norte, Guiset Sur, Lapalo, Nagsaaag, Narra, San Antonio/Arzadon, San Bonifacio, San Roque, San Juan, San Vicente and Santo Domingo. The town of San Manuel has been considered as a fourth-class municipality of many years. However, the Tax Revenue of 1999 in the amount of P29,527,761.64 pesos is impressive enough to catapult itself to become a third-class municipality by year 2000. The town has a population of 36,392 with a total numbers of households of 7,303, based on the 1995 POPCEN data.
Climate: The province of Pangasinan experiences two pronounced seasons - dry from November to April and wet from May to October. Temperature from the lowlamds is greater than 7°C compared to the highlands. Coolest temperature occurs during December to February ranging from 24°C. Hottest months are April and May
Language: The major dialect is Ilocano. English and Pilipinos are also widely spoken.
Points of Interest
Botao Spring Resort: The creation of the Botao Spring Resort serves as a springboard to put the town's name on the list of tourist spots int he Province of Pangasinan, and even in Manila, especially among the Varsitarians and Balikbayans consider this place as a scenic picnic background, if not on oasis. It has five swimming pools, shady areas, and spring water is drained daily to provide clean and sanitary water. It has a three-room cottage for overnight stay. Night swimming is also allowed so as private parties but with early reservation. The place is accesible by hiking, tricycles, jeepneys and cars.
San Roque Dam: Despite its lackadaisical progres, the most ambitious project that has ever touched this sleepy town of San Manuel is the creation of the Multipurpose San Roque Dam Project in San Roque. If built, San Roque would be the tallest dam and largest private hydropower project in Asia, costing US$1.19 billion and generating 345 MW of power. Preparation of the site began in 1998, and construction is slated for completion in 2004.
It is the people's hopes and desire that thier town, San Manuel, Pangasinan will finally land a solid place in the history books of progress and prosperity!
San Manuel Town Fiesta- month of March
Feast of Saint Bartholomew- month of October