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Valenzuela City

History of Valenzuela City.

Valenzuela means "little Valencia" in Spanish, and is also the surname Dr. Pío Valenzuela, a Filipino physician and patriot who was among the leaders of the Katipunan that started the Philippine Revolution against Spain after which the city was named.

The historic City of Valenzuela was originally known as Polo, and established as an independent town of the province of Bulacan in 1623. Polo was once just a part of the town of Meycauayan called "Catangalan". The territory of the new town encompassed the vast lands that stretched from the town of Obando, to the forests of Novaliches. The Franciscans, in the person of Fr. Juan Taranco, administered the newly created town.

During its long history played an important role in development of northern Metro Manila. Valenzuela City, before its cityhood on 1998, was divided into an Spanish friar hacienda, small political settlement and Spanish garrison before Philippine Independence in 1898. Valenzuela was once part of Bulacan province. In the 19th century, its huge land area was subdivided into Polo, Novaliches, Obando and others merged into the province of Morong. Later on in the American Period, Valenzuela became part of Bulacan and started the construction of Marcelo H. del Pilar Expressway. The expressway later became North Luzon Expressway during Marcos's era.

The liberation of the Philippines from Japanese rule on 1946 resulted in the division of Valenzuela into two towns.

On 1960, President Diosdado Macapagal signed a bill creating a municipality of Valenzuela independent from Bulacan. However, on 1963, the municipality was redivided, the north Polo, to be under Bulacan again, while the southern Valenzuela town became an independent municipality. The creation of MMDA and NCR during Marcos's administration led to unification of Polo and Valenzuela into the municipality of Valenzuela in 1975. Valenzuela City finally attained cityhood status on February 14, 1998.



City Officials.

Mayor: Sherwin T. Gatchalian
Vice–Mayor: Eric M. Martinez

First district representative: Rexlon T. Gatchalian

Councilors: (First district)
Corazon A. Cortez
Gerald A. Esplana
Ignacio G. Santiago, Jr.
Katherine C. Pineda
Marcelino G. Morelos
Ritche D. Cuadra


Second district representative: Magtanggol T. Gunigundo II

Councilors:(Second district)
Adrian C. Dapat
Fernando D.G. Padrinao
Kate Abigael G. Coseteng
Maria Cecilia V. Mayo
Rosalie S.D. Esteban
Shalani Shan R. Soledad

Ex-officio members
Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President: Ricmar C. Enriquez
Association of Barangay Chairmen President: Alvin S. Feliciano


List of barangays in Valenzuela City

Valenzuela is composed of 32 barangays which are grouped into two congressional districts, and two legislative districts. Legislative District one contains 23 barangays in the northern half of the city, while legislative District two occupies the 9 barangays in the southern portion of the city.

District 1

Arkong Bato
Balangkas
Bignay
Bisig
Canumay
Coloong
Dalandanan
Isla
Lawang Bato
Lingunan
Mabolo
Malanday
Malinta
Palasan
Pariancillo Villa
Pasolo
Poblacion
Polo
Punturin
Rincon
Tagalag
Veinte Reales
Wawang Pulo


District 2

Gen. T. De Leon
Karuhatan
Bagbaguin
Mapulang Lupa
Marulas
Maysan
Parada
Paso de Blas
Ugong

Website: www.valenzuela.gov.ph/index.php/home
Other infolink: en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Valenzuela_City

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