Barangay San Francisco
History of Barangay San Francisco
About the middle of the eighteenth (18th) century the town of Mabalacat under the administration of a negrito chief named Captain Caragan. This chieftain, according to information appointed another negrito, who’s nobody, would remember as barrio lieutenant of this place during the administration of Captain Caragan, the parish priest assigned in the loving friar who donat VISION.
It was from this time of the barrio patron saint that the barrio got its name. San Francisco had ever since two (2) Sitio’s located in the easthern of the barrio.
Talimundoc got its name from the high elevation of the place. Talimundoc means a lovely bamboo grove. As there was only one bamboo grove growing in the place, the Sitio was called Cuayan a Bugtong.
The friar priest, a Spaniard, was responsible for the construction of the first catholic cemetery located just a stone throw from the market place. This catholic cemetery was closed for a very long time and replace by municipal cemetery located in the southwest of the market building along the railroad station. The barrio San Francisco has been indeed very lucky for the construction. It is said that these two (2) edifices were constructed in the year 1902. The construction of the national highway which passed through the barrio and runs from south and north and contributed to the increase of its population. Many people from other barangay migrated to this barangay and constructed permanent homes. The public market located also in the barangay was one of the factors that increase the population. Most of the sellers and storekeepers in the market are from this barangay. The barangay is traversed by a brook name Quitangil. This brook runs from west to east. In the past the people used to catch fish using a line called Quitang. Quitang composed of many hooks. Many people used this method of catching fish and there were many quitang along brook was called Quitangil.
In the later part of the Spanish occupation in sugar mill was established beside the Quitangil brook. It was that this sugar mill was run by water power whose source of energy was a brook. The sugar mill continued to function until 1916.
During the Spanish tie there was a sort of school called “Bantayan”. The Bantayan was a certain place on the ground which roofs but no walls and taught by a certain lame man named Apung Beltong Pile. This teacher taught children reading, writing, praying, arithmetic, and catechism. The children were well discipline and very much fear of the man, Apung Beltong Pile, he was very strict. He used to punish his pupils offenders by having kneel them on mongo beans for few minutes, by beating them with a peril, by having them to make stunts like catching dragonflies or telling to stretch their hands sideward straight for a long time.
Barangay San Francisco is situated exactly ninety three kilometers (93) north of Manila. It is one of the developed barangay of the Municipality of Mabalacat. It serves as the transit for economics, trades and industrial transactions because it covers in its territory the public market and access road to Clark Special Economic Zone.
Many residents of the barangay are divided into eight (8) puroks. It has six (6) schools, three (3) owned by group of individuals and the other three (3) by Barangay Day Care Center which is subsidized by the government, Saint Anthony Technological College, Children of Fatima, School of the Infant Jesus and Nehemiah.
Barangay San Francisco is situated on the northern part of the Municipality of Mabalacat. It is bounded on the north of Barangay Poblacion; on the south of Barangay Sto.Rosario; on the west by Clarkfield; and on the east by Barangay Sta.Maria.
It has a total land area of 129,783 square meters. San Francisco is approximately 1km away from Poblacion. Its topography is generally flat and its type of soil is sandy loam. It has two (2) creeks on the boundary of Mabiga and San Francisco.
The climate/weather is similar to the other Barangays of Mabalacat City and other towns. It has two (2) the wet and dry seasons. The months of May to November are considered the wet seasons while the months of December to April are the dry season.
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