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The Palaganases are native Filipino pioneers whose income is derived from farming and kaingin(coal production). They are pioneers in clearing most thinkets and forests around the valleys of the central plains of Luzon before government land titling existed.A vast region of Pampanga and Pangasinan, when the two provinces are still adjacent, was cleared by them and thereby displacing some aboriginal tribes from the forests and pushing them deeper into the heartlands while intermarried with the rest. They turned the swampy marshland that the land was into tillable land, starting with abaca plants and cassava and eventually, as the soil improves, into food produce like rice, sugar and corn.
They also introduce horses, cattle animals and sheeps which were eventually replaced by goats,cows and carabaos.

The first recorded Palaganas on Hispanic records after Narciso Claveria on November 21, 1849 required every Filipino to have a family name was Miguel Lopez De Palaganas of Pampanga. 'Laking Binong' to his grandchildren, he was an octagenarian at the time of the edict.

One of the most noted among the grandchildren of Miguel Lopez De Palaganas was DON ANTONIO PALAGANAS(born 1821). The reason as to why the DE in his family name was dropped is still blurry but the popular belief was due to the confusion with the English "THE". Whatever was the reason, the natives learned to use the context of the family name as 'where everyone is heading' while the less popular meaning was 'always hitting us with guns'. He has three children, Andres, Mariano and Ramon.

DON RAMON PALAGANAS(born 1856),the greater



DON CIRIACO PALAGANAS - Municipal President,Alcalde Mayor, of Dagupan City( 1915-1916 )

DON CIRIACO PALAGANAS was municipal president in 1915. He was in office for only one year. He was married to Paula Venteres.

The First World War was raging in Europe when he was elected municipal president. When the United States joined the war, There arose a need for Filipino volunteers to fight Europe under the American flag.

In response to an appeal for Filipino volunteers, President Manuel L. Quezon pledged to send some 25,000 Filipino volunteers.

Municipal President Ciriaco Palaganas came out to volunteer his services. He left behind his elective post and did undergo some training. He was commissioned as an officer.

As soon as the training of the Filipino volunteers was completed, The war suddenly ended. Palaganas could no longer return to his position as municipal president, Don Guillermo de Venecia, had already taken over.

President Quezon then employed Don Ciriaco in the Manila Railroad Company. His last assignment was as Station Master in Sariaya, Quezon.

Don Ciriaco was the son of Andres Palaganas. It was in the Palaganas house, on what is now Rivera street, where the family of Leonor Rivera moved after staying for sometime in the house of Don Alejandro Venteres on Jose Bugallon Avenue near the Quintos bridge.

One daughter, Mercedes Venteres Palaganas, who is now residing in Lipa City, where she was married, survives Don Ciriaco.


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  • George Palaganas (22 KB)
    George C. Palaganas ,a.k.a. Cool Dela Peña ,graduated "first in his class" in high school raking fourteen medals on graduation day including excellence in mathematics, excellence in science and excellence in english.
  • The Genealogy of George C. Palaganas (72 KB)
    The three generations of the Palaganases from Ramon A. Palaganas to George C. Palaganas
  • Cool Dela Peña (19 KB)
    This photo of Cool Dela Peña was taken Monday July 18,2005 at internet cafe Unibelt Recto. Since that was just yesterday, it has not yet exceeded 24 hours after it was taken and uploaded over the net.
  • Cool Dela Peña (11 KB)
    "I am too bottled not to have the privelege of absolute defense."
  • Cool Dela Peña (14 KB)
    This photo was taken a month earlier.
  • Cool Dela Peña a.ka. George C. Palaganas (11 KB)
    Cool Dela Peña or George C. Palaganas in real life, was born Jeorge Palaganas Y Cainglet. He changed the spelling of his name while in first grade in favor of the 'more American spelling' George. Later on, he made it official on a civil late registration entered at the Local Civil Registrar of Paniqui, Tarlac in 1990. Did you know that he wrote a short play, Tanikalang Asin(Chain of Salt), within the walls of a seminary, The Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, in 1986.
  • Anna Romaiz (4 KB)
    Inang Baket to most of her grandchildren, Anna Romaiz is a woman of compassion.
  • Vicente Tomadachi Cainglet (8 KB)
    Tatang Lakay to his grandchildren, Vicente Cainglet is an excellent farmer.
  • Erlinda Cainglet (6 KB)
    Erlinda Cainglet bear eleven children, eight from first nuptial and three on the second.
  • Eligio Palaganas (5 KB)
    Eligio Palaganas, or Papa to his children, is an excellent mathematician.
  • Eligio Palaganas (8 KB)
    Eligio D. Palaganas has one child from a previous union before meeting Erlinda Cainglet.
  • Eligio Palaganas (5 KB)
    Eligio D. Palaganas


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