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Abucay

Abucay is a third-class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 37,719 people. The mainly agricultural and fishing town is located on the eastern part of the Bataan Peninsula, along Manila Bay, with a total land area of. Its westernmost elevated section is located within the Bataan National Park.The municipality is about from Manila. It is accessible via the Bataan Provincial Expressway, off Exit 25, or the parallel National Road in Bataan.EtymologyAbucay originated from "abu-kinaykay" meaning "digging the ashes or fire debris". A Spaniard arrived in the town amid a big fire that destroyed properties. The natives were busy digging the debris with shovel ("kinaykay").GeographyAbucay is located in the north-eastern part of Bataan province with a total land area of.Topography of Abucay varies from the mountainous terrain of Mount Natib caldera in the west to the coastal areas of the province along the shore of Manila Bay. Six rivers with a combined length of originate from the mountain flowing in the west-to-east direction.Secondary forests cover the western mountainous portion which is nearly 38% of Abucay's land area.HistoryThe first printing press in the Archipelago was found in this town. Tomas Pinpin, the first Filipino printer, learned the art from Fray Francisco Blanca de San Jose and Juan de Vera, a Chinese printer at the University of Santo Tomas.
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