My Hometown Laoac – The History

Finally, I got inspiration to start blogging. I wanted to do this ever since I’ve heard that blogging is fun, a diary online or a journal that is available on the web and money-maker for others. The first thing that comes into my mind is to introduce something first so that anyone who reads my blogs would be acquainted, dig things about me and to know me better. As a result of my own brainstorming haha, the first entry that I would like to blog about is my native land.

Though I was not born here I am proud to say that I grew up here learning things about life. Being the eldest among my siblings during my younger years my parents obliged me be more responsible because of this I had to learn how to farm in rice fields, gardening, catch fish in a fond, do household chores mostly cooking of every day meals for the family from breakfast to dinner, carpentry (I missed building houses made of bamboos and nipa huts) ,  during our free time we hunt for food (e.g. mice, monitor lizard they call it bayawak in Tagalog, wild cats musang in Ilocano etc.).

More about me and my adventures on my next blogs and let me tell you the history of my native land. The town of Laoac is still considered as the youngest town of Pangasinan, the barrios constituting Laoac were all part of the town of Manaoag once.

HISTORY OF LAOAC:  Etymology (How the town evolved its name)

The Municipality of Laoac got its present name from Ilocano expression “Nag-la-oa daytoy nga tay-aken”, which, in English, means “How wide this plain is!”

How this happened is a matter of conjecture.  Elders have it that when the first wave of Ilocano settlers  arrived in the late 1800’s, they were greatly astonished by the immense, flat terrain with lush vegetation, and one of them loudly exclaimed in his native tongue, “Nag’la’oa daytoy nga tay-aken!”

The Ilocano word “laoa” means “wide”; and so, from that day on, the settlement came be known as “Laoac”.   The name has been keep and now refers to the present Laoac Municipality.

Laoac Municipal Town Hall

Creation of the Municipality

 To create a municipality had been a long and tedious process, often characterized by group wranglings owing to personal whims and caprices. It all started in the early 1900s, when some prominent political leaders in what was then the biggest and première barangay of Manaoag thought of converting Laoac into a distinct and separate municipality. This move was first conceived by the daring local leader named Vicente Gavino and followed by Don Jacinto Nuñez, the first local leader who became the Vice Mayor of Manaoag. These men, however, did not live to realize their dream.

Another set of leaders, headed by Don Rufino V. Tabayoyong, picked up where their predecessors failed.  But they, too, failed to effect to separate Laoac from its mother town, Manaoag.

Still, the clamor did not die.  Unfazed by the initial failures, the emerging young political kingpin who was to become the first Mayor of Manaoag from the barrio, Don Westrimundo Tabayoyong, revived the movement, and in 1970, The Municipal Council of Manaoag, Pangasinan passed Resolution No. 29, series of 1970, seeking to convert Laoac and the adjoining 19 barangays into a distinct town.

In 1971, the Provincial Board of Pangasinan, also at the behest of Governor Tito Primicias, approved Manaoag Municipal Council Resolution No. 29 and favorably endorsed it to Congress.  Believing in the legitimacy of the clamor of the people as embodied in the resolution, Congressman Antonio P. VIllar, Sr. filed the appropriate bill in Congress in 1972.  This bill came be known as R.A No. 6485 creating the town of Laoac.  However, they proclaims Martial Law in 1972 delayed to carry out the law.

During the Interim Batasang Pambansa (BP), and through the efforts of  a group of Assemblymen from Pangasinan – Hon. Antonio Villar, Hon. Conrado Estrella, Hon. Jeremias Montemayor, Hon Felipe de Vera and Hon. Roque de Guzman-  an election was held for the first  local officials of Laoac, Pangasinan.  The first  set  of elected municipal officials, led by its first Mayor, the Hon. Westrimundo Tabayoyong, assumed office on March 5, 1980 and formally inaugurated the corporate existence of Laoac, Pangasinan.

All told, Laoac as a municipality is the fruit of bi-partisan efforts and the unwavering resolve of divergent groups of leaders who toiled long and hard to surmount a mountain of difficulties.

Laoac Municipal Park


 Ethnic Origins of the RESIDENTS

Ethnologically, the present population is predominantly of Ilocano stock, with around 89% of the original residents coming from the Ilocos Region, notably Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Abra.

With the passing of years and in the course of development, many  people from other provinces and even from other countries have come to live in Laoac by virtue of  their marriages with local residents.

Because of their ethnic origins, majority of the residents still embrace and practice their ethnic culture of thrift, industry and clannishness. This character of conservatism,however,  has slowly been tempered by the influx of modern-day settlers having different cultural orientations.

Credits: for the history of Laoac, Pangasinan and photos.

About Kalongkong Hiker

I am Paolo Mercado for 20 years I've been riding a bike, walking a lot and running a lot. I am Kalongkong Hiker, a trail runner, mountaineer and a biker that can also write a blog of my travels, adventures and places that I visited through walking, running and biking. I write to encourage others to stay healthy and fit. #KeepOnRunning #ShareTheRoad #KalongkongHiker
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14 Responses to My Hometown Laoac – The History

  1. al says:

    kindly check on your grammar


  2. Hello mates, pleasant article and good arguments commented at
    this place, I am really enjoying by these.


  3. mau says:

    Nice i love your blog.tnx much appriated my home town..keep it up.


  4. riclopez123 says:

    nice article. I will copy and review it. during my elementary days at the manaoag central school, i still recall my assignment on the nams of streets and barrios but not “how they got their name”


  5. It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.


  6. trying to find you on facebook


  7. arden says:

    Wowww pau great job for u…..i like your blog super happy for u keep up the good work, more history to come from your kalongkong…


  8. nice one piolomer… I love the banner!!! 😀 keep it up!


  9. Geno says:

    Sosyal! Nice! Hehehe! Visit mine too! I’ll add your blog to my links! Thanks!


  10. khanto says:

    naks, ganda ng lugar nio. 😀 at blogger ka na Piolomer


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