Friday, May 3, 2013

Cash Donors- Cato Chapel Renovation

History of Infanta, Pangasinan as Printed on Infanta 2013 Fiesta Invite

NOTE: Shown here is the 2013 Infanta Town Fiesta invite. The main purpose of this invite is usually for fund-raising. Inside this invite, you will be able to read the History of Infanta which they seem to publish every year. I have copied and pasted that here for everybody's information. I did not edit what was printed on the invite. I just copied as it is. There was also no author printed. All italics from here are my notes. ~emdyey
BRIEF HISTORY OF INFANTA, PANGASINANThe municipality of Infanta was a former barrio of Sta. Cruz, Zambales, named  San Juan, a namesake of its patron saint, St. John, the Evangelist. Geographically, it is bounded on the north by the Bayambang River, on the east by the Zambales Mountains, on the south by Nayom River and on the west by the China Sea (should be West Philippine Sea). Originally, it had an approximate area of 330 square miles. But when Eguia seceded of Dasol, its area was reduced to 240 square miles.
On October 4, 1876, Infanta was organized into a regular municipality called San Felipe. The Poblacion, the seat of the local government, was located in Barangay Nangalisan.
In 1898, due to the growing prosperity of the town and exacerbated by its proximity to the mountains, bandits or “tulisanes” robbed the residents of their valuables. Those who refused to part with their fortunes were killed.
In 1904, it became a consensus of the townspeople to move to safer ground. The Poblacion was transferred to its present location and christened Infanta, in honor of an infant princess of Spain, Isabel. Since then, the whole municipality is called Infanta.
Earlier, in obedience to a Spanish decree, all family names of the residents were changed to start with letter “M”. It is not surprising that residents of Infanta whose surnames do not begin with that letter have foreign forebears.
In the post Spanish era, the local government of Infanta was headed by municipal presidents. They were, in chronological order, as follows: Don Jose Millora, Silvino Millora, Leodegario Maya, Manuel Millora, Manuel Montano, Anastacio Millora, Filoromo Mirador, Benigno Quinitio, Lazaro Madarang, Tomas Balagtas, Pedro Meru, Pedro Mirador and Antonio Mirador.
The past municipal mayors were Don Filoromo Mirador (Pre-war, PCAU appointee), Anastacio Millora (Osmeña appointee), Dalmacio Montano (Osmeña appointee), Rafael Monje (War time), Daniel Mores (Osmeña appointee), Rosauro Mores (elected), Eduardo Milagrosa (elected), Cesar F. Vallarta (elected), Melchor M.  Mallare (elected) and Ruperto Martinez (elected). The current Municipal Mayor is Hon. Virgilio F. Vallarta, M.D (-Formerly the Vice-Mayor, he assumed Mayor position after the killing of Mayor Martinez. Martinez was shot dead at his home in Cato on December 15, 2012 by two hired killers. )
Infanta began as a sleepy sixth class municipality despite its vast natural resources. Economic activity was slow. Agriculture did not make the life of farmers any better. The longer they engaged in farming, the more they became indebted. Market days were Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
It had nine barrios represented by six Municipal Councilors. Each barrio was headed by a barrio lieutenant.
Peace and order were taken care of by a handful of policemen. Approved ordinances, resolutions and other announcements were cried aloud by the policemen at the early hours of the evening. The policemen were active in catching stray pigs that dugs potholes on the streets with their destructive nostrils. In 1954 however, outnumbered and overpowered by the Huks, our policemen watched the municipal building razed into ashes. Rising from the ashes, Infanta today is a proud third (3rd) class municipality.
This is evident from the changing skylines of the municipality, the snaking concrete farm-to-market roads in barangays, the establishment of tertiary education in Bamban (Pangasinan State University), increased per capita income, daily market, tricycle queues, the establishment of a rural bank and pawnshops, busy night life, increased agricultural products, improved fishery technology and production, sufficient meat and poultry supply, regular garbage collection, improved health care facilities, reforestation, environment protection and conservation programs and projects, varied sports activities, increase in the number of professionals, increased remittances of OFWs, improved literacy in Information Technology, sufficient school buildings and textbooks, water system, facilitative public service, establishment of mobile phone facilities, hardware, groceries, bakeries and controlled dumpsite.
Contemporarily, Infanta is not bereft of illustrious sons and daughters who excelled in their chosen fields of endeavor. These are our political, civic and religious leaders, public servants, overseas workers, professionals, scientists, entrepreneur and others.
Under the Local Government Code of 1991, the former barrios in the Philippines have been denominated as barangays. Infanta has thirteen (13) barangays namely: Poblacion, Nayom, Maya, Cato. Atel-Batang, Bayambang, Bamban, Nangalisan, Patima, Potol, Doliman, Pita and Babuyan. The municipality of Infanta is now under the administration of Mayor Virigilio F. Vallarta, M.D.
The Poblacion is the seat of the local government. It serves as the capital of the barangays. It is also called the town. It houses the Health Center that caters to the sick. It is also the hub of the economic activity because the public market is located in the town. A new public market now stands tall in serving the general public.
Barangay Nayom prides of its fishponds, rice fields and mangoes. Kissing the Nayom River , a delta formation at its mouth is waiting to be developed as tourist destination. Unlike other shorelines in the municipalities unaffected by pollutants, the shorelines of Nayom can be developed into beautiful resorts.
The biggest rice producing barangays in Infanta are Doliman, Potol, Bamban and Bayambang. The mangoes in these areas are comparable to the mangoes coming from Zambales.
Cato is the biggest tuna producing barangay. Region-wide, Cato still ranks number one (1) in terms of tuna production. The best bagoong and patis are found in Cato. It ranks second from Poblacion in population. Eco-tourism likewise, may be pursued in the barangay. Sitio Banog is evidently the biggest producer of salt (barara) in the barangay. Babuyan, Pita, Doliman, Bamban and Bayamban are ideal for cattle ranches. The wide arable lands of these barangays are waiting for investors to develop into viable ranches. The areas are also potential sites for golf courses.
Nowadays, one of the significant preoccupations of the people of Infanta is about ecology. Coastal clean-up is done periodically. Reforestation is an annual activity at Mt. Bayante, Bamban, under the auspices of the Adopt-A-Mountain Project of the Municipality of Infanta. People from all walk of life troops to Mt. Bayante every first day of June to plant different varieties of trees. Infanta has hugged the local papers and the air waves because of its relentless tree planting sorties.
Infanta being in the typhoon path is sometimes visited by strong typhoons. The recent most notorious of them was Cosme in 2008 that blew away roof tops, trees and tore away walls of houses made of lights materials.
In the pursuit of spirituality, Infanta is also proliferated by several denominations. Predominantly, the Roman Catholic abound more than the other sects like the Protestants, Iglesia ni Cristo, Crusaders of the Divine Church of Christ, Jehova’s Witnesses, Mormons and others.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cato Chapel

Update on Roof and Ceiling Project
There has been some work done on the ceiling and roof of  Cato Chapel. The roof has been restructured from wood which has been damaged by termites to a more sturdy steel frame. These works were done in preparation of the upcoming Barangay Cato Fiesta this April 26-27, 2013 (Friday, Saturday). These jobs have been initiated by Mrs. Gilda Caranay. Thanks to all who have donated. Dios ti agngina kaniayo.

More Improvements = More Donations Needed
Though the more important work have been completed, there still a LOT to do for Cato Chapel. The interior and exterior of the chapel needs painting job. And the windows and main door needed to be fixed or changed (depending of the budget). The expenses for the roof and ceiling will later be posted here, as well as the donations given. Currently, the donated amount was insufficient to pay for the materials for the roof and ceiling and there are still some payables to some local hardwares in Cato (Martinez' and Olin's in particular). Donations in any amount/kind (paint for example) are welcome. You can give your donations directly to Mrs. Gilda Caranay or email for more information. Please leave a comment at this blog when you sent an email.


 Cato Locals Believe in the Interecession of Nuestra Señora del Sto. Rosario
Try visiting Cato Chapel in a Saturday early morning (around 5  to 7 AM) and you see locals ligthing candles outside the chapel. The devotion to Mama Mary is common in Cato because people here sincerely believes in the intercession of Mother Mary through helping us pray for our petitions. It is the same devotion Pangasinenses have with the Lady of Manaoag. We believe Mama Mary will help us endure hardships and like a mother will always be there to comfort us in time of need.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Goodbye Mayor Perto, Rest in Peace

December 15, 2012 at around 2:40 PM, Mayor Ruperto Martinez was shot dead in his home at Cato, Infanta, Pangasinan. Two bullets went through his body. The killers shot him at close range.
Tomorrow, December 26, 2012 at 6:30AM will be his interment.
His death was a shocker. He was a good man. He made a lot of difference in Infanta, Pangasinan. He was an action man, and even though people at the start of his governance, doubted his capability, still for nine years he had been Mayor of Infanta, Pangasinan and he proved all those doubters wrong. Everyone here knows how easy it is to approach him. For me, at least in my lifetime, he was the best Mayor our town had. He is truly a public servant. He served Infanta, Pangasinan well.
How I wish what happened last Dec 15 was just a nightmare, and when we wake up, Mayor Pertz is still alive....
I pray, for the sake of Infanta, Pangasinan, that justice will be served.

Goodbye Mayor Pertz! Rest in peace. We will truly miss you.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Death of Two Acacia Trees

Sadly, the two acacia trees located along National Road already has to be cut down. This huge trees are already dead and thus poses a hazard to the public.

Rural Health Unit Building (September 2011)

The newest government building at Infanta, Pangasinan is already operational. 
This is the Rural Health Unit Building located opposite of the Public Market. 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Windmill Farm at Brgy. Pita

There currently is a plan to develop a windmill farm at Brgy. Pita, Infanta, Pangasinan.
The last news I heard about this was during the elections, at Councilor Legazpi's speech. He said that the SB is yet to approve the plans for the windmill farm.

Authors Note:
Again, I have edit this post when I get the particulars when I get back home.

Please bear with me.