History of Agdangan

In the early days, when the town of Atimonan was frequently raided by Muslim Pirates and the Katipunan were fighting the Spaniards, two cabezas de Barangay in Atimonan decided to look for a place where they could settle peacefully, the two were Mariano Aguilar and Juan Salvador. They traversed the then forested areas and followed a river, downstream flow which ended to a placid bay which white sand and all its glory. There they could see the island of Marinduque and Mindoro on a clear day. The place was naturally endowed with beauty, wild palms, verdant hills, and clear blue water. At low tide, the beach spread far and the shore abounds with clams, shrimps, crabs, fishes, and other edible resources.

The two cabezas and their families settled near the river and they started to clear the nearby forest so they can plant rice, corn, bananas, and other crops. They constructed temporary shanties and they invited their relatives in Atimonan to join them. There, they were free from Muslim Pirates and they can avoid the cruelty of Spaniards.

When the civil government was founded by the Americas, the settlers coordinated with then officials of Unisan, and the place become a part of the Principalia of Unisan.

The number of settlers grows and they named the Place “Agrupasyon ng Agdangan”. After the flow of the river on a stare-like bed, they also named the river Agdangan River.

The municipal government of Unisan honored and recognized the two Cabeza as the founders of the now called “Municipality of Agdangan”.

When the National Railroad going to Bicol was constructed there was an increase in the rate of population growth. The molave trees were abundant and were used in the railroads’ tracks. The construction of the railways provided employment to the settlers and business boomed in the community.

The cadastral survey of Unisan which was completed in 1926 included Agdangan as one of its barrios. The first two streets in Agdangan were named after its founder. The two cabezas donated land for schools, churches, plazas, and cemeteries.

During the Commonwealth period under President Manuel L. Quezon, the people wanted to separate from Unisan, so they organized the “Samahang Pambayan.” On February 3, 1939, President Quezon signed and issued Executive Order No. 185 which created the Municipality of Agdangan effective April 1, 1939.


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