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Dagupan City History, Philippines

Dagupan is considered as the supreme city in the area of Pangasinan that is located in the Philippines.

Based on the results of the 2000 surveys, the total population of Dagupan City was 130328 inhabitants in 25921 families.

Dagupan is recognized as the head seaport, business and monetary core of the zone and Northern Luzon that was situated at Lingayen Gulf on the isle of Luzon.

It has several industries such as engaging corn production, copra rice production, sugarcane production, salt and alcoholic liquor industry from the nipa palm. Because of its great quality of fresh bangus, the city has been recognized as the milkfish capital of the Philippines.

The name of the city originates from “Dagupan”, in the native Pangasinan words that means “gathering place” since the city has been a local market core throughout the centuries.

The confirmed endeavor to formally put Dagupan on the map has succeeded and it started to operate formally as a sitio of the Lingayen encomienda. Then later on as a resolution town, Augustinian friars called it Bacnotan. The name altered has incited a rebellion directed by Andres Malong after which the word “Nandaragupan” turned out to be a famous term since it was in the aged center point or market “where the people met”.

Dagupan was endorsed to become a city through the execution of the Republic Act No. 170 created by the spokesperson Eugenio Perez. President Manuel Roxas had approved it into an Act on June 20, 1974. In addition, President Roxas had subjected the executive Order No. 96 on October 15, 1974 setting up the city restrictions to incorporate the towns of Pangasinan, Calasiao and San Fabian. However, the people of Calasiao cast off its insertion into the fresh city that resulted to disagreement. An election was conducted on November 10, 1974.  However, the arguments over the new Act were expressed through the highest court of the Philippines that consequently authenticated the election. On June 20, 1974, Dagupan has developed into a city and at that time Roxas has signed the contract keen on law.

Today Dagupan is considered one of the progressive cities in the northern part of the county. Its continuing effort to go with the flow of modernization and globalization is very evident. With able leadership and the cooperation of the people one day, this city will surely be well known not only locally, but also internationally.


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