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Map of Bulacan showing the location of Hagonoy
Hagonoy is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°50′N 120°44′E / 14.833°N 120.733°E / 14.833; 120.733Coordinates: 14°50′N 120°44′E / 14.833°N 120.733°E / 14.833; 120.733
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 1st District
Founded 1581
Barangays 26
 - Mayor Angel L. Cruz, Jr
 - Total 103.10 km2 (39.8 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 126,329
 Density 1,225.3/km2 (3,173.5/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3002
Income class 1st Class
Population Census of Hagonoy
Census Pop. Rate
1995 99,423
2000 111,425 2.48%
2007 126,329 1.75%

Hagonoy is a 1st class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 126,329 inhabitants in a total land area of 103.10 square kilometres.[citation needed]

The town's patron saint is St. Anne (the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary) or fondly called Apo Ana in the vernacular by the natives. She is enshrined at the church named after her in the poblacion. This church was elevated into the status of a minor basilica when it was consecrated as the National Shrine of St. Anne.



Hagonoy is a long ridge with a lake in its edge by the Manila Bay called "Wawa", which is now part of Barangays San Sebastian and San Nicolas. This was where the first cross in this town was erected by the Spaniards. According to the town's legend, the cross was buried in the heart of this municipality; and every year the cross becomes bigger because of the Catholic faith of the Hagonoeños.

Historically, Hagonoy first appeared in Philippine history when they formed part of the fleet of Rajah Suliman of Macabebe, Pampanga that met Martin de Goiti at the Battle of Bankusay in the initial defense of the Lusong Empire against the Spaniards in 1571.[1] In the beginning, Hagonoy was just a part of Calumpit. Founded in 1771, although according to records and old folks, there were already inhabitants in some places of this town prior to 1771. These places were Tibaguin and Pugad, coastal barrios sharing the coastline with the city of Manila and Tampok.

The town was then and still at present abundant with Hagonoy plants, nipa, aroma, and many other tropical plants. The hagonoy plant's leaves are considered medicinal and can be used as food ingredient. It thrives along seashores.

Because of the medicinal value of the plant, the news of its effectiveness spread; leading the people to call the place "Hagonoy".

Origin of name

The town was named after the "hagunoy" (scientific name Spilanthes acmella) a medicinal plant that used to be abundant in its river banks. The original populace used its leaves as their herbal remedy of choice for common illnesses.

In the 15th century, some friars took a boat from Manila to the province of Bulacan and reached what was then called Quinabalon (from the Kapampangan word "balu" which meant "well known" ~ which was then a part of the pueblo of Calumpit). These are currently the Barangays of Sta. Monica and San Jose).

At that time, a very charming lass was so popular among the young men of the locality. She had many suitors and admirers. One day, she fell ill. She needed someone to get leaves of the hagunoy plant by the river (which is now called Sapang Pari---because the friars and priests used this river to commute).

A man offered to promptly get some leaves of the plant and in deep gratitude, she promised to marry him. As he was gathering the leaves of the hagunoy plant for his dearly beloved, the group of friars in a passing boat stopped to ask him, "Quien viven?" (where are we?). The man did not understand Spanish and was extremely intimidated by the guardia civil (Spanish civil guard) that escorted the friars. Thinking that they were asking what he was grasping in his hands, he quickly retorted "hagonoy po!" (hagonoy sir!) and scampered away.

These were the first Agustinian friars that got into town and they noted the place's name as "Hagonoy". Hence, the origin of the illustrious town's name.


Hagonoy was already a thriving community even before the "blood compact" between Spain's Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Philippines' Sikatuna in 1571.

Magat Salamat, a revolutionary hero, once headed this town. He was the ancestor of the Salamat families now living in different barrios of this town.

Hagonoy shares its boundary with the towns of Calumpit and Paombong in Bulacan; and Masantol which is a town of the province of Pampanga. It is basically a fishing town with the Manila Bay as its proximate fishing ground, which extends up to the provinces of Cavite, Pampanga and Bataan. Its more adventurous fisherfolk brave the waves of the China Sea northward and cross into the Pacific Ocean on the eastern seaboard where they cast their nets and haul their catch to the fishing ports of Quezon province.

Two local fish ports, one in barrio San Pascual and the other at the Poblacion, are the busiest commercial areas in the town.Fish traders from Lucena, Quezon and Dagupan City, Pangasinan among other merchants of other provinces are regular bulk buyers the the local ports or at the private "consignacions" (brokerage) of the large milkfish growers.

The coastal barrios are virtually 24/7 as fishermen go out to the sea at night for hours or even days while their loving families and relatives await them. Upon their return, their catch is immediately sorted out and sold at the local public markets and "talipapa" of the barangays. Their catch are also transported to the public markets in nearby towns and up to the public/private markets and supermarkets in Metro Manila.

The town of Sto. Niño adjacent to the Poblacion is host to the numerous brokers of prawns for the domestic and export markets. The boats that sell their prawn catch at these brokers at times come from as far as the province of Capiz. A processing plant very near the brokers prepares and packages the prawns to export quality and global standards.

The people of Hagonoy are known to be very hospitable. Visitors candidly and profusely attest to this especially during fiestas. They are pampered by their ever smiling hosts as they are so warmly entertaine. They are usually overwhelmed witht he degustation that includes the traditional Spanish menu, the popular native recipes, the seafood (assorted fish, shrimps, crabs, prawns, clams, oysters), the very popular "atchara", and the desserts (leche flan, haleya, beans of several varieties, salads, pastries including the pastillas puro, and tropical fruits that are all to die for, especially prepared for the occasion and so amiably served.

Annual fiestas are held to honor the town's and each barrio's patron saints. There are fiestas among the different puroks of the barangays. There are feasts for the: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the Rosary, and other commemorative feasts of the Catholic Church.

The Holy Week observance include flagellants on the road, zarzuelas, the "pabasa" (the passion sang as a psalm), the Good Friday and Easter dawn processions, in all the parishes. The Good Friday processions of the Poblacion and the Sto. Rosario parishes are attended by at least 15 Lenten icons.

The fiestas and Holy Week rituals are deemed as a sacred tradition. Some barangays hold their feasts with extraordinary roadside decorations and buntings which could take your breath away as you reckon that the road is almost covered with overhead decor sufficient to screen-off the sunlight at noontime.

They are profoundly attached to their awesome religious heritage and devoutly devoted to their pious Christian life. Their religious predilection is overtly shown by the names of their barrios. 19 of the 26 barrios of this town were named after saints.


Hagonoy is politically subdivided into 26 barangays (7 urban, 19 rural).

  • Abulalas
  • Carillo
  • Iba
  • Mercado
  • Palapat
  • Pugad
  • Sagrada Familia
  • San Agustin
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pablo
  • San Pascual
  • San Pedro
  • San Roque
  • San Sebastian
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Elena
  • Santa Monica
  • Santo Niño (Pob.)
  • Santo Rosario
  • Tampok
  • Tibaguin
  • Iba-Ibayo

Points of interest

  • National Shrine of St. Anne in the Philippines

- the 16th century church established by the Augustinian Friars in Hagonoy and the only "National Shrine" built for the Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Philippines; - the church holds the relics of St. Anne from the International Shrine of St. Anne in Quebec, Canada

  • Municipal Hall of Hagonoy
  • Bulacan Garden - Located in Barangay San. Agustin
  • Aroma Beach

- a sandy beach known for its aroma shrubs - it is frequented by local picnickers during summer months.

  • Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish

- the first Parish of Ina ng Laging Saklolo in the Province of Bulacan headed by their First Parish Priest, Rev.Fr.Paul Samuel "sammy" Sunga - located in Hangga, Barangay San Pedro

  • Various houses and barangays of the great heroes and statemen of The Philippines

Protective Services

  • Hagonoy is generally a peaceful community. Peace and order is being maintained by the Philippine National Police – Hagonoy Station manned by 29 PNP personnel. The Hagonoy PNP is equipped by 24 long firearms and 17 short firearms, with 2 patrol cars and 4 motorcycles as service vehicles.
  • In 2008, there were 42 reported crime incidence in Hagonoy, 18 non-index crimes and 24 index crimes. The crime solution efficiency rate is registered at 85.7%.

Health and Nutrition

There are 2 hospitals operating in Hagonoy, a private and a government-controlled district hospital. The Emilio Perez Memorial District Hospital, situated at Barangay Sto. Nino, is a 50-bed capacity hospital that offers secondary healthcare services. It is one of the district hospitals owned and controlled by the Provincial Government of Bulacan. The Divine Word Hospital is a private hospital situated at Barangay San Pedro also offers secondary healthcare services.

These hospitals are being complimented by the Amado Aldaba Memorial Health Center, the main rural health unit being operated by the municipal government. It offers primary healthcare services which also includes laboratory and dental services.

The municipality also operates two (2) physical therapy and rehabilitation centers. The first is located at the municipal compound while the other is situated at Barangay Sta. Monica.

The medical personnel of the municipal government is composed of 5 Rural Health Physicians, 4 public nurses, 23 midwives, 2 sanitary inspector, 1 medical technologist and 2 dentists. These are aided by the 172 Barangay Health Workers at the barangay level.

On the other hand, nutrition program is being implemented by the Municipal Nutrition Office. At the barangay, they are assisted by the 29 Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon (LLNs) supported by 189 Mother Leaders. As of 2008, there were 35 identified very low and 565 low nutritional status in Hagonoy.

Trade and Commerce

Trade and commerce in Hagonoy is concentrated at the town center where the public market, municipal hall, church, schools, hospital, clinics, and commercial spaces are situated. Major business activities include drugstores, private consignacion, restaurants/food shops, groceries, banks and construction supplies.

There are 2 “talipapa” (flea markets) in Hagonoy that also played minor central business districts – Sto. Rosario and San Agustin. They offer wet and dry market, grocery stores and computer shops.

    • Top 50 Business In Hagonoy Name of Business Owner Address Contact #
  • 1. Mercury Drug Mercury Drug Corp. Poblacion Sto. Niño (044) 793-0790
  • 2. Jollibee Jollibee Corporation Poblacion Sto. Niño (044) 793 5000
  • 3. Maria's Breadhaus Maria Lee Poblacion Sto. Niño (044) 793-0488
  • 4. ACC Farmers Dev't Corp. Angel C. Cruz Puso Mall Sto. Niño (044) 79300064
  • 5. Jun Tina Storte Conrado dela Cruz HPM San Sebastian (044) 793-1403
  • 6. Mega Prawn Trading Alberto Aniag P7 Sto Niño
  • 7. De Oro Resources Louie Libarios San Agustin
  • 8. BBL Consignacion Bong Lacap Purok 7 Sto. Niño (044)793-3526
  • 9. Minia's Kainan / Meryendahan Dar Payongayong P1 San Pablo (044) 667-2466
  • 10. East Coast Bank Federico Suntay Purok 8 Sto. Niño (044) 7930014
  • 11. Mid Shoppe Inc. Maria Lee Poblacion Sto. Niño (044) 793-0241
  • 12. Divine Word Hospital Dr. Abelardo Tan Purok 5 San Pablo (044) 793-0034
  • 13. Hagonoy Sports International David Alfonso Purok 9 Sta. Monica (044) 793-3741
  • 14. BS Electronics Dick Chang - Taiwanese Purok 1 Tampok
  • 15. Pandayan Book Shop Gerardo Cabochan Puso Mall Sto. Niño (044) 667 0256
  • 16. Emie & Nieves Store Serapio Mangahas HPM San Sebastian (044) 667-2507
  • 17. Kheil Vin Kim Store Dra. Nerissa Santiago HPM San Sebastian (044) 6672676
  • 18. Save more Drug Carmen tan HPM Sto. Niño (044) 793-0413
  • 19. Junnanza Enterprises Neliza Magsakay P6 San Nicolas (0916) 3714791
  • 20. Aqua Farm Seafoods Ent. Rolando Gregorio Jr.
  • 21. Two Mary's Art dela Cruz P2 San Pedro
  • 22. Ligaya Store Ligaya Catalig Purok 3 San Juan
  • 23. DIGITEL Digitel Communication San Agustin (044) 662-9851/52
  • 24. Hagonoy Builders Supply Oming Guevarra P1 San Pablo
  • 25. Caroline Bakeshop Nenita Panganiban Poblacion Sto. Niño (044)793-0153
  • 26. RT Cruz Rodrigo Cruz P6 San Nicolas (044) 793-0036
  • 27. Efren Fish Consignacion Efren Caparas
  • 28. RTC 711 Consignacion Prescila Cruz
  • 29. Jeanne Martini Feedmil Christopher Cruz
  • 30. 6 sister Prawn Consignacion Gina Alvis San Nicolas (0928) 3577911
  • 31. HBC Inc. Rosalinda Hortaleza Puso Mall Sto. Niño
  • 32. David Consignacion Neile Edward Tan Tiu Purok 8 Sto. Niño (044) 793 2099
  • 33. Filipe Construction Supply Linda Felipe P2 San Agustin
  • 34. Amboy Consignacion Raulito Manlapaz P1 San Pascual
  • 35. Galang Meat Stall Presingtacion Galang HPM San Sebastian
  • 36. May Bank Maybank Poblacion Sto. Niño (044) 793-0007
  • 37. RMG Drugstore Myrna Genova HPM Sto. Niño (044) 793-1411
  • 38.Hagonoy Auto Supply Leonora Torres HPM Sto. Niño
  • 39. R Santos Enterprises Rustico R. Santos P2 San Agustin
  • 40. Santos Glassware II Teodora Santos HPM Sto. Niño
  • 41. Big Value Convinience Store Ariel Catalig P3 San Juan
  • 42. LBC LBC Puso Mall Sto. Niño
  • 43. Howell Footwear Store Howell dela Cruz HPM San Sebastian
  • 44. Lihr Enterprises Rizalito Perez San Pascual
  • 45. Roque Meat Stall Felicisima Roque HPM San Sebastian
  • 46. Nazareno Family Clinic John Nazareno, Jr. HPM Sto. Niño (044) 667 2563
  • 47. Oliveros Hardware Rolando Oliveros
  • 48. JBMA Hardware & Construction Mark Anthony Ileto P2 San Agustin
  • 49. Tessie Meat Stall Teresita del Rosario HPM San Sebastian
  • 50. Rice Store FVRS Fernando Viri

Water and Power Supply



The Hagonoy Water District provides the water requirement of Hagonoy. It supplies the daily water use of all 26 barangays, including the 2 coastal barangay (Pugad and Tibaguin), using their 24 barangay pump stations.


On the other hand, the power requirement of the entire municipality is being supplied by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) including the coastal barangays of Pugad and Tibaguin.

Transportation and Communication

  • Transportation Services

In Hagonoy, the primary and most dominant mode of transportation is tricycle because of its narrow roads. As of the latest count, there are around 4,671 members of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association in Hagonoy servicing all barangays except Pugad and Tibaguin. Both barangay are being served by boats for hire.

Other modes of transportation is jeepneys and buses. There are about 565 registered jeepneys in Hagonoy divided into 3 routes – Malolos Bayan, BSU Crossing, and Hagonoy-Calumpit. Passenger buses transport passengers in Hagonoy to and from Divisoria, Cubao and Pasay City in Metro Manila via the 2 bus companies that are presently operating in Hagonoy. The Baliwag Transit having 32 buses leaving Hagonoy every 30 minutes and the First North Luzon Transit with 11 buses leaving every 45 minutes.

  • First North Luzon Transit
  • Baliwag Transit
  • Jeepneys (going to Paombong, Malolos Bayan, Malolos Crossing and Calumpit)
  • Tricycles (most common mean of Tranpostation locally)
  • Communication Services

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. (DIGITEL) are the main landline telephone service provider in Hagonoy with 2,134 and 1,700 subscriber respectively.

Many residents have subscribed to wireless phone services such as Globe, Smart, Talk and Text, Touch Mobile and Sun Cellular. As per Municipal Engineers Office record, there are 10 cell sites installed in strategic locations in Hagonoy to improve the signal coverage and reception.

On the other hand, telegraph and express mail services are being provided by the local post office and private companies such as LBC and RCPI-Western Union.

Private Schools

  • St. Mary's Academy (formerly known as St. Anne's Academy)
  • St. Anne's Catholic High School
  • Hagonoy Institute (The Hagonoy Institute of Technology, situated at the compound of Hagonoy Institute in Barangay San Sebastian, is the only technical/vocational school in Hagonoy. It offers short courses like Computer Technician, Computer Technician, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Food and Beverage Services, and Baking.)
  • JIL FOundation
  • Godwin Learning Center
  • Hagonoy Ecumenical School

Public Schools

  • The educational institutions in Hagonoy is composed of 30 public elementary schools, 9 private elementary schools, 4 public secondary schools, 3 private schools, 26 Day Care Centers and 1 Technical/Vocation School.

In School Year 2008-2009, the combined elementary school enrolment is 17,934, where 9 out of the 10 students are enrolled in public elementary school. On the other hand, secondary school enrolment is registered at 10,477 students, of which 78.45% are enrolled in public high school.

Every barangay has a Day Care Center with an assigned Day Care Worker. The total number of children enrolled is 1,315 in School Year 2008-2009, composed of 629 boys and 686 girls.

    • Mayor Ramona Trillana High School
    • Sta. Monica National High School
    • Hagonoy Elementary School
    • Sta. Monica Elementary School
    • San Agustin Elementary School
    • Tampok Elementary School
    • San Miguel Elemnetary SChool
    • San JUan Elementary School
    • San Sebastian Elementary School
    • San Nicolas Elementary School
    • Sagrada Familia Elementary School
    • Sto. Rosario Elementary School
    • Sta. Elena Elementary School
    • San Pascual Elementary School
    • San Jose Elementary School


  1. ^ Gaspar de San Agustin, Conquistas de las Islas Philipinas 1565-1615, Translated by Luis Antonio Mañeru, 1st bilingual ed [Spanish and English], published by Pedro Galende, OSA: Intramuros, Manila, 1998.

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