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San Marcelino

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San Marcelino is a first class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 31,879 people.The municipality is home to Mapanuepe Lake that formed after the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.EtymologyThe town got its name after the first Capitan Municipal whose name was Marcelino. The people of this municipality during that time were fond of Saints, so they added "San" to the name Marcelino, thus making it San Marcelino. The first election was held on January 14, 1906 and Matias Apostol was the first elected President. San Marcelino was Christianized after the arrival of Father Guillermo and after his departure, the people rightfully chose San Guillermo as their town's patron saint.BarangaysSan Marcelino is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.HistoryEarly ActivitiesThe area that is now known as San Marcelino was originally owned by Zambal speaking persons, but overtime was purchased and entirely owned by Ilokano speaking persons.Marcelinian civilization, according to old Municipal documents, started at the peak of the beautiful Vega Hill in the heart of an idyllic and luxuriant Zambales jungle during the pre-Hispanic settlers from the Ilocos Region led by the old Corpuses, Udans, Ragadios, Raguinis, Rabanes and Fabunans. With courage, hard work and perseverance, these Marcelinian forefathers harnessed the untouched wilderness of Vegal Hill and its immediate surroundings and slowly converted the area into a pulsating and vibrant community nurtured by the abundant natural yield of what was once an untamed wildlife.
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