The yearly Procession for our Patron Saint San Nicolas de Tolentino signals the start of the nine-day novena which shall culminate on his Feast Day on September 10. The procession was participated in by different schools, church and business organizations, local government agencies and departments. The Municipality of Candaba graciously participated in the procession thru the generosity of Mayor Jerry Pelayo, who lent us his famous Ibon Ebon Dancers to further enliven the festivities. (Photos courtesy of Mr. Judell Urbina, Manager/Owner of Imageline)
Macabebe is a first class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines with a population of 70,332 people (2007 census).
It is historically known throughout the archipelago for its traders and for the bravery of its soldiers under Tarik Soliman. It has a total land area of 44.05 square kilometers and is 17.0 kilometers away from the capital City of San Fernando.
Zip Code: 2018
Macabebe is an acient town of the province of Pampanga that is intrinsically linked to the water. It is a little known fact that the Macabebes were the first known Kapampangans. During the beginning of the Spanish period in the Philippines, Macabebe was already considered as one of the oldest in the more important communities of Pampanga.
The oldness of the town owes much to its location along the Rio Grande de la Pampanga. This river's water routes and northern tributaries gave birth to all the early major settlements of the province. The English translation of macabebe ("bordering river banks") reveals the antiquity of the town once it is realized that the word pampanga means the same.
The fact that the dialect of the Macabebe is more severe and louder is attributed to how the ancestors of the town must have shouted their ideas across the waters. The Pampanga River is a valuable resource to the Macabebes, just as it has always been. Fish are still a major source of livelihood for the people of the town. Several fishponds can be found along the coast of the river.
Both Macabebe's parish and town fiestas are celebrated on September 10.
Macabebe is nestled at the southeastern part of Pampanga. On the north side lies the town of Minalin and on the northeastern border is the town of Apalit. On its east side are the towns of Masantol and Calumpit (Bulacan). To its northwest is the town of Guagua. The town of Sasmuan is located on its left side while down south is the famous Manila Bay.
Agriculture (rice) in Macabebe is thriving, along with various horticulture, fishpond (tilapia, crabs, prawns, etc.), and cottage and handicraft enterprises.
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Telephone services are provided by Digitel and Pamtelco, internet service by Global Access, Inc., SmartBro and Globe and cable television by DatelSat Cable TV Network. The town gets its power from the Pampanga Electric Cooperative III (PELCO - III), while water is supplied by the Macabebe Water District.
Banking institutions serving the area (with one branch each) are Philippine National Bank (PNB) and Unity Savings Bank.
Macabebe has two health centers, one in Poblacion and the other in San Rafael. It has one public hospital, the Mayor Domingo B. Flores Memorial Hospital in Batasan, and private hospital and medical clinic, Our Lady of Rosary Hospital and DH Polintan Medical Clinic, both located in the Poblacion area.
Macabebe is composed of 25 barangays, namely:
2. Caduang Tete
8. San Esteban
9. San Francisco
10. San Gabriel
11. San Isidro
12. San Jose
13. San Juan
14. San Rafael
15. San Roque
16. San Vicente
17. Saplad David
18. Sta Cruz
19. Sta Lutgarda
20. Sta Maria
21. Sta Rita
22. Sto Niño
23. Sto Rosario
Macabebe, an ancient town in the province of Pampanga is intimately linked to the Pampanga River (Rio Grande de la Pampanga). The Macabebes were the first known Kapampangans in the Spanish Colonial period of the Philippines. Macabebe was considered one of the oldest and most important communities of Pampanga.
The ancient town of Macabebe owes its importance to its location along the Rio Grande de la Pampanga (Pampanga River). The river's routes and its northern tributaries provided the pathways to the early major settlements in Pampanga. The English translation of Macabebe, meaning: 'bordering the river banks' describes the historical heritage of the ancient town.
The Macabebe dialect is said to be harsher and louder than others due to how the towns people must have had to communicate across the river.
The Pampanga River is of great importance to Macabebe. Fishing is still a major source of sustenance and income for its residents. A number of fisheries can be found along the river banks.
The province of Pampanga is also the traditional homeland of the Kapampangan people. The Kapampangan of Macabebe have played a dynamic and at times conflicting role in the history of the Philippines. They fought against the Spanish in 1571, but they also defended the last Spanish garrison against revolutionaries in 1898.
In 1901, American General Frederick Funston and his troops captured Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela, with the help of some Kapampangans (called the Macabebe Scouts after their home locale) who had joined the Americans' side. The Americans pretended to be captives of the Macabebes, who were dressed in Philippine Army uniforms. Once Funston and his “captors” entered Aguinaldo's camp, they immediately fell upon the guards and quickly overwhelmed them and the weary Aguinaldo.
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