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History of Obando, Bulacan

12 December 2006

History began when a small settlement of fishermen lived along the coast of Manila Bay before the coming of the Spaniards. Later on, these settlers became farmers after moving inwards as they discovered that the land in the interior part was fertile and very much drained by the network of rivers and streams. These settlers grew and flourished into large and prosperous settlement now known as the province of Bulacan.

The land had come to be called Bulacan possibly as an abbreviation for “bulaklakan” or “flower farm”. Another possibility is the name was derived from the word “bulak” or kapok which abound in the province even before the Spaniards came.

The many settlements of fisherfolk and farmers formed the nucleus of the towns that were founded from 1572 (such as Bulacan and Calumpit) to 1750 (such as San Rafael). In 1848, the town of San Miguel was annexed to Bulacan from Pampanga.

In the early 18th century, the municipalities of Polo (formed in 1623) and Obando, formed a barrio called Catanghalan. Obando was formed on on May 14, 1753 in honor of the current Governor and Captain General of the Archipelago, Don Francisco de Obando y Solis Marquez. The Alcalde Mayor of the province, Don Francisco Morales y Mozabe, the Provincial Minister, S. Gregorio, Rev. Fr. Alejandro Ferrer, together with numerous religious devotees attended the formal ceremony. Rev. Fr. Manuel De Olivendia was chosen to administer the town.

In the year 1907, Obando was made an independent town of Bulacan.

Research Notes

1. Calalang, Francisco. “History of Bulacan”. Provincial Government of Bulacan On-line. Date accessed: 05 December 2005. [Now off-line]
2. Wikipedia. Date accessed: 05 December 2005.
3. Wow Philippines. Date accessed: 05 December 2005. [Now off-line.]

5 Comments leave one →
  1. marnie permalink
    9 May 2007 20:43

    Bakit po walang maclan sa malabon?or Ortega sa bulacan?

    • 10 May 2007 16:44

      salamat sa visit, marnie. unfortunately, walang maclan or ortega sa research ko.

  2. 10 May 2007 16:44

    salamat sa visit, marnie. unfortunately, walang maclan or ortega sa research ko.

  3. lyn permalink
    7 July 2009 12:02

    wala bang constantino? nahihirapan kasi ako magresearch about constantino frm Polo. can u help me. thanks

    • Mona permalink
      26 February 2010 16:10

      hi marnie/lyn. i don’t have those names on my database still. will let you know if i find a collection. it would be great if you can enter your family data on; and you can collaborate with me and others on-line.

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