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|Subject: ~~Town History~~ Thu May 21, 2009 1:18 pm
San Nicolas is one of the 48 towns of Pangasinan and belongs to the 6th District. It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Itogon, Benguet, on the east by the Municipality of Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, on the south by the towns of Tayug and Natividad, and on the west by the Agno River. San Nicolas is 205 kms. North of manila and 40 kms from Lingayen. It consists of 33 barangays and has a population of 29,287.
San Nicolas town is accessible to all means of land transportation such as buses, minibuses, jeepneys, and tricycles. One of its distinctive landmarks is the Red Arrow Monument located at Sta. Maria East.
The Municipality of San Nicolas has a total land area of 23,481 has., wherein 72% consist of mountains, forested, silted, eroded, and barren land. Based on the total classified alienable and disposable land, San Nicolas has a total potential land area for use in farming of 3,625 has. The municipality's forest land consists of 17,030.2 has. While 6,450.8 has. Are considered as alienable land and disposable land. Of the total forest land area, there are 11,255.2 has. Classified as part of the Central Cordillera Forest reserve and 5,775 has. Unclassified as public forest.
There are four major rivers that traverse the municipality, namely: Agno River, which originates in the Mountain Province coursing through San Felipe East; Ambayoan River, also originating in Maountain Province near the source of Ambuklao River coursing through Barangay Fianza; Cabalisian River originating in Barangay Malico near Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya; and Sabangan River which originates is San Felipe East.
Well-informed old-timers in the municipality say that the town was founded in the year 1800 by Nicolas Patricio with his wife, Isidra Sangalang and a handful of followers - Jose Castillo, Raymundo Umaguing, Bernardo Alimorong, and others, who in 1780 started their exodus from the towns of San Jacinto and San Fabian to this part of the province with the missionary zeal of making this municipality a better place to live in.
With the joint approval of his followers and the Igorots who can be aptly called as the aborigines of this town, Nicolas Patricio y Mejia was appointed as their Kapitan (President) in the year 1818. During his incumbency, the bonds of their union was greatly strengthened as evidenced by later historical events. He led them towards the realization of their obsession. His ideals led them where his heart followed.
In grateful recognition of his sacrifices and excellent leadership, his people christened this particular settlement after his name and eventually adopted San Nicolas de Tolentino as their patron saint.
San Nicolas is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 31,418 people in 6,533 households.
San Nicolas is located in northeastern part of Pangasinan and is politically subdivided into 33 barangays.
San Felipe East
San Felipe West
San Isidro (Sta. Cruzan)
San Rafael Centro
San Rafael East
San Rafael West
Santa Maria East
Santa Maria West
Notable figures from San Nicolas Pangasinan are Minister Gregorio Cendana, Secretary Victor Ramos, Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao,General Frank Bravo, Presidential Assistant Angel Saldivar