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
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
DON RAMON PALAGANAS(born 1856),the greater
ANDRES PALAGANAS(born 1851)
DON MARIANO PALAGANAS(born
DON CIRIACO PALAGANAS - Municipal
President,Alcalde Mayor, of Dagupan City( 1915-1916 )
CIRIACO PALAGANAS was municipal president in 1915. He was in office
for only one year. He was married to Paula Venteres.
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
In response to an appeal for Filipino volunteers,
President Manuel L. Quezon pledged to send some 25,000 Filipino
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.
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
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.
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.
Genealogy of George C. Palaganas (72 KB)
The three generations of
the Palaganases from Ramon A. Palaganas to George C. Palaganas
Dela Peña (19
This photo of Cool Dela Peña was taken Monday July
18,2005 at gowee.net.corp 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.
Dela Peña (11
"I am too bottled not to have the privelege of
Dela Peña (14
This photo was taken a month earlier.
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.
Inang Baket to most of her grandchildren, Anna
Romaiz is a woman of compassion.
Tomadachi Cainglet (8
Tatang Lakay to his grandchildren, Vicente Cainglet
is an excellent farmer.
Erlinda Cainglet bear eleven children, eight from
first nuptial and three on the second.
Eligio Palaganas, or Papa to his children, is an
Eligio D. Palaganas has one child from a previous
union before meeting Erlinda Cainglet.
Eligio D. Palaganas