Rizal, Laguna (About Rizal, Population, History, Barangays, Government Officials)

Rizal, Laguna

Rizal, an inland municipality of Laguna province is located 25 kilometers from the provincial capital which is Sta. Cruz, about 13 kilometers from the city of San Pablo, around 5 kilometers to its adjoining municipality of Nagcarlan, and more or less 99 kilometers from the National Capital Region via San Pablo City.

HISTORY
At the heart of Laguna’s teeming coconut regions, bordered by Mt. Banahaw at the East and Mt. Basilia at the Northwest, lies the municipality of Rizal, named after the greatest national hero. Appropriately enough, a life-size statute of Dr. Jose P. Rizal stands at the center of the Plaza.

Towards the end of the Spanish regime, Rizal was a barrio of Nagcarlan called “Pauli” from the Tagalog “Pauli-uli”, or moving back and forth, after the mendering creek with such water movement. During the American regime, Pauli was given municipal status, with Pedro Urrea, Sr. as Municipal President. This lasted for a brief period of two years. In view of the inability of this then new town to maintain itself financially, it was returned to Nagcarlan as Barrio Rizal.

Between 1912 and 1918, the residents, led by Fortunato Arban, Agustin Vista and Felix Isleta, then municipal councilors, led a renewed drive for municipal status of Rizal. They wanted a town of Rizal that would take in the barrios of Antipolo, Entablado, Laguan, Mainton, Pauli, Pook, Tuy and Talaga. This was realized on December 18, 1918, when Governor General Charles E. Yester issued Executive Order 58 creating the Municipality of Rizal. Fortunato Arban was the first President.

When World War II broke out in 1941, the sons of Rizal were at the forefront and the blood of some of the were spilled in Bataan. Those who survived the Death March returned to continue their struggle against the invaders in the wilderness of Mt. Banahaw and Sierra Madre Mountains. Pablo Urrea, elected Mayor at the outbreak of the war secretly helped the guerillas during the occupation until the danger to his personal safety bacame too great, he relinguished his post to Vice-Mayor Ismael Sombilla and joined the resistance forces.

On January 23, 1945, the guerilla ambushed the Japanese convoy at Barrio Pook. For this the Japanese burned the heart of the town. The man who distinguished themselves as partisan leaders included Cayo Verador, Aquilino Carpena, Erberto Sombilla, Isidro Urriquia and Vicente (Ganggay) Isleta..

After the liberation, guerilla leaders persuaded Captain Isidro Urriquia to run for Mayor. He run unopposed and occupied the post for three terms, during which period he caused the construction of a new municipal building, cemetery, chapel, improved streets, waterworks system and preculture center. At the height of the Huk campaign, Mayor Urriquia organized his former guerila comrades into the Rizal Fighting Unit, which had the battle cry of “We have no rice, but we have bullets”. This fighting unit was instrumental in driving the dissidents out of the territorial jurisdiction of the municipality and restored peace and order in the area. For his courageous deeds, Mayor Urriquia received a commendation from Secretary Ramon Magsaysay of the Department of National Defense, Brigadier General Claro Lizardo, Colonel Eulogio Balao and other ranking military officers.

In 1950, Urriquia relinguished the mayoralty to Vice-Mayor Ismael Sombilla and ran for Provincial Board Member under the Liberal Party banner topped the victorious group.

Mayor Sombilla, meanwhile served the community well for two successive terms. He was instrumental in the construction of additional school buildings, cemented streets and feeder roads.

As if fate had decreed, the name of Arban rose again in the firmament, when Melencio A. Arban, grandson of the beloved Fortunato Arban, founder of Rizal won the Mayoralty in the municipal election of 1967 as the poor man’s candidate. After barely a year in office, Mayor Arban has caused the opening of the Community High School, a long felt need of the municipality.

Rizal is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.
Antipolo
Entablado
Laguan
Paule 1
Paule 2
East Poblacion
West Poblacion
Pook
Tala
Talaga
Tuy

Municipal Government Officials:
Mayor: Rolen I. Urriquia
Vice-Mayor: Antonino A. Aurelio
Councilors:
Russel John V. Isles
Ferdinand O. Sumague
Earl John Isleta
Denis V. Virina
Nicanor U. Naguit
Lauro C. Sunega
Marlon Z. Solquia
Mario Sumague
Romelito Sumague(ABC President)
Raymart U. Alcos (SK President)

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  1. good day, can i have the list of ABC presisents of LAguna
    thank you.
    please feel free to send it as soon as possible on my yahoo mail account
    josephwilfredisoncteorima@yahoo.com

  2. “PARANG” Brgy. Tala Rizal, Laguna where the wife, Virginia Llamas Romulo and 2 sons of the late Carlos P. Romulo were hidden and later picked up by a plane to be brought to the place where the late secretary Romulo was. At the same landing field, foods, arms and ammunitions were dropped by the Americans in February 1945 was the last remaining historical treasure of Rizal, Laguna. Vice Mayor Ferdinand O. Sumague designated OIC Municipal Tourism Officer and Mayor Antonino A. Aurelio formulated the Tourism priority Program for FY2010-1013 of Establishing a Historical Landmark to be called “The Landing Point” with in the boundary of Rizal, Laguna. And to serve as the municipality of Rizal, Laguna’s only historical and promotional identity.

    Conceptualizing the Tourism Priority program FY2010-2013 establishing a Historical Landmark to be called “The Landing Point” with in the boundary of Rizal, Laguna

    At the heart of Laguna’s teeming coconut regions, bordered by Mt. Banahaw at the East and Mt. Basilin at the Northwest, lies the Municipality of Rizal, named after the greatest national hero. Appropriately enough, a life-size statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal stands at the center of the Plaza. As you enter Rizal, you’ll notice that there is no existing antique house or any old architectural structures because it was burned by the Japanese army during World War 2. “”The only remaining historical treasure is the guerilla headquarters called “PARANG” where the wife, Virginia Llamas Romulo and 2 sons of the late Carlos P. Romulo were hidden and later picked up by a plane to be brought to the place where the late Secretary Romulo was. At the same landing field, foods, arms and ammunitions were dropped by the Americans in February 1945.””

    Formerly, the small town of Rizal, Laguna was only a barrio of Nagcarlan, Province of Laguna. She was called as Barrio Pauli which came from the word “Pauli-uli” or moving back and forth after the meandering creek close by. In 1912, after the liberation, Barrio Pauli obtained her municipal status with Pedro Urrea Sr., as its Municipal President. She then became a Municipality of Rizal, named after the country’s National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

    TO DATE :

    “THE MUNICIPALITY OF RIZAL, LAGUNA HAS NO HISTORICAL / PROMOTIONAL IDENTITY YET”

    DEMOGRAPIC PROFILE:

    CLASS 5TH

    DISTRICT 3RD DISTRICT

    LAND AREA 27.90 SQ.KM

    NO. OF BARANGAY 11

    POPULATION 15,480

  3. BatangRizal is the community based website / weblog of all Rizalians not only in the Philippines and abroad but in the whole wide universe. It contains information, news, features, links, updates and everything about the municipality of Rizal, Province of Laguna Philippines. Visit http:// batangrizal.wordpress.com and learn more, be updated of what’s happening in the place we call HOME.

    This web is a project of Vice-Mayor Ferdinand O. Sumague a.k.a. “FERDIE”. With the original concept and design to promote the municipality of Rizal as an Agri-Eco-Tourism destination and the town’s Historical Heritage, to serve as the portal site of Rizalians on the web and to enable the presence of Rizalians in the world wide web.

    And be Proud of who we are and where we came from ….. dahil:
    “Ikaw.….. Ako.….. Tayong Lahat ay Isang ……
    BatangRizal (Laguna)”

  4. Winning Candidates for Rizal, Laguna Municipal Mayor, Vice Mayor and Councilors
    May 10, 2010 Local Elections
    Municipal Mayor
    Aurelio, Antonino Alad (4,897 votes)

    defeated
    Urriquia, Rolen Isleta (3,957 votes)
    Municipal Vice Mayor
    Sumague, Ferdinand Opulencia (4,779 votes)

    defeated
    Isles, Russell John Virtudez (3,769 votes)
    Municipal Councilors:
    1. Isleta, Earl John U. (3,928 votes)
    2. Mondugar, Nestorio P. (3,493 votes)
    3. Endozo, Josefina 0. (3,379 votes)
    4. Solquia, Marlon Z. (3,328 votes)
    5. Suministrado, Bernand C. (3,023 votes)
    6. Naguit, Nicanor U. (2,987 votes)
    7. Virina, Ismael A. (2,969 votes)
    8. Orolfo, Vina Lorraine A. (2,852 votes)

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