San Jose, Province of Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon Region, Philippines

History | Spanish colonial era | American invasion era | Japanese occupation era | Philippine independence | Cityhood | Geography | Barangays | Economy | Shopping centers | Tayabo Nature Park | Palasapas Falls | Christmas Capital | Festivals | Transport | Former PNR Station in San Jose

🇵🇭 San Jose, officially the City of San Jose, is a 3rd class component city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

History San Jose, years before it became a town was a wilderness, a veritable hunting ground for wild animals by the inhabitants of its neighboring towns. The earliest inhabitants were known as Negritos (Baluga) headed by Kapitan Danding, a Negrito convert residing in Pinagcuartelan. These early inhabitants depended mostly on hunting and fishing for their livelihood. Some hunters from the neighboring towns found San Jose as a good place for settlers due to its wide and uncleared agricultural land. The first group of settlers made some clearings (kaingin) in the outskirts of the present town.

Originally, San Jose was a part of the town Puncan, but later on, because of its nearness to Lupao, it was made a barrio of the latter. The early history of this town was coupled with the early history of Puncan and Lupao. Formerly, San Jose was known as the barrio of “Kabaritan” derived from barit, an Ilocano word for a plant that belongs to the rattan family. “Kabaritan” means the place where “barit” grows in abundance.

Spanish colonial era On March 19, 1894, San Jose carved out its own course for on this date it became a full-fledged town, with an interim government headed by a Kapitan Municipal. “Kabaritan” (now known as San Jose) was made an independent town from Lupao and was named after Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the place.

During the Spanish Regime, the barrio of Kabaritan was a municipal district of Lupao, headed by a Teniente Absoluto. Later, when Kabaritan was declared a town in 1894, the head was changed to a Kapitan Municipal. The first man appointed as Kapitan Municipal was Canuto Ramos. He served from 1894 to 1898. One of his remarkable achievements was the Construction of an Irrigation System which was later taken over and enlarged by the government (now the Talavera River Irrigation System) which irrigates vast ricefields as far as the towns of Muñoz and Talavera.

Several years before the Philippine Revolution, the Ilocanos from Ilocos Region and some parts of Nueva Ecija, especially the towns of Santo Domingo, Muñoz and Lupao, as well as Pangasinenses of Pangasinan and northern Tarlac, came and plunged deep into the forest of Kabaritan, and cleared its wilderness. It was from this time then that the growth of the town really started. The progress of the town was through the enterprise, thrift, and hardihood of these settlers, headed by Canuto Ramos.

American invasion era When the revolution broke out and upon the surrender of the Spaniards in 1898, a revolutionary government was set up in San Jose. The town remained as such until the establishment of a civil government under the Americans in 1901.

San Jose, under the American Regime, became a progressive town. Its inhabitants enjoyed more rights and privileges- political, economic, intellectual and religious than before. This was due to the establishment of various schools, churches, public buildings and the construction of roads and bridges, which made possible the fast progress of the town.

From 1898 to 1900, a military government under the American Regime was established. Jose Cardenas was appointed Kapitan Municipal. During his term, the appointment of town officials, town planning, and the opening of new settlements was among his achievements.

The second appointed Kapitan Municipal during the military government (1900–1901) was Celestino Javalde who continued the opening of new settlements and the construction of roads in the poblacion.

When the civil government under the American Regime was established, Cornelio Ramos was appointed Kapitan Municipal. He continued the construction of roads in the poblacion and he also took a hand in the construction of irrigation canals leading to the different barrios of San Jose.

In 1904, the Filipinos were given more rights and freedom in choosing the right man to take the reins of the government. An election was held. The first elected Municipal President was Crisanto Sanchez (1904–1906). Among his achievements was the construction of roads, the naming of the streets in the poblacion and the appointments of municipal officials.

Again, (1906–1908) Celestino Javalde was elected Municipal President. With the help of his vice-president and other municipal officials, he stressed land reforms, which paved the way for equal distribution of lands.

The President-elect of 1908–1910, Valerio Escobar concentrated on the Construction of Roads from Sibut to San Agustin. He also founded the barrios of Santa Barbara and Kapisungan (now Bagong Sikat).

Desiderio De Guzman had a chance to be elected in 1910 and served up to 1912. He had many achievements but among all these, he paid more attention to the improvements of records in the Poblacion.

During the incumbency of Municipal President Agapito Kurameng, (1912–1916), he initiated the Construction of a Concrete Elementary School Building (Gabaldon building) which now comprised one of the central school buildings of the San Jose West Elementary School. The improvement of roads, expropriation of lots for the Municipal Hall and the Public Market were among his other achievements.

The construction of the Municipal building and the construction of more roads leading to the barrios were launched by Gregorio Cadhit (1916–1919). He was re-elected to office from 1919 to 1922. During his term in 1919 to 1922, he initiated the construction of one of the buildings of the public market.

As years went by, the town became so progressive that there was a need for more public improvements and building constructions for the welfare of the populace. As an answer to such demands, the newly elected President Rafael Rueda and Vice-president Estanislao Arquero with the help of other municipal officials put up a Puericulture Center and a Municipal Nursery during the period from 1922 to 1925. A second building for the public market was also constructed. Telephone lines connecting the poblacion with all the barrios were installed. A road to Kalbarito (now Palestina) was constructed and more improvement of roads was done.

Another man in the person of Raymundo Eugenio was elected Municipal President of San Jose for the period from 1925 to 1928. A third building for the public market was constructed and more construction of roads, especially those leading to Andres Bonifacio, were put underway.

In 1928–1931, Apolonio Pascual and Vice-president Victorino Villar were instrumental in putting up the fourth building for the public market and the municipal dispensary. More improvement of roads leading to the barrios was also done.

Raymundo Eugenio was re-elected to the office. He served from 1931 to 1934 with Vice-president Ladislao Bunag. Raymundo Eugenio was called the road-building President of San Jose because of the untiring efforts that he exerted in the construction of many roads especially roads leading to the barrios of Bagong Bayan, Porais, Tondod, and Andres Bonifacio.

Apolonio Pascual was re-elected for the 1934–1937 term. Dimas Tomas was the Vice President for the same term. Due to a change in the set-up in 1935, which was known as the commonwealth government, the heads of the municipal government came to be known and called Alcalde and Vice-Alcalde. Aside from the construction of more roads, the barrios of Patacla (now San Francisco) and A. Pascual were founded. The waterworks that provides the people of San Jose with drinking water was constructed and installed. The home economics building of San Jose Central School was also constructed.

Alcalde Pedro Del Pilar and Vice-Alcalde Severino Bautista, under the Commonwealth government, established NARIC (National Rice and Corn) buying stations in the town. This was during their term of office from 1937 to 1940. They were re-elected for the 1940–1942 term. As a continuation of their policies, the improvement of roads was continued.

Japanese occupation era The outbreak of World War II was occurred in the country on December 8, 1941. San Jose became an evacuation centre for evacuees from neighboring provinces especially those from Manila and suburbs. The tranquility of the place was marred by the bombings of two Japanese planes on December 23, 1941. The terror-stricken populace, who suffered heavy casualties fled to the remotest barrios of San Jose. An emergency government under the Commonwealth was established in the barrio of Porais with Basilio Duran as Mayor, appointed by the military forces of the Commonwealth Government. The emergency government existed for a short time, due to the arrival of the Japanese Imperial Forces on January 26, 1942.

An emergency government, under the control of the Japanese Imperial Forces, was likewise established in Porais with Matias Bautista as Mayor. Due to the non-cooperation of the appointed Mayor Bautista, the Japanese army was obliged to appoint Mayor Anastacio Bascos. Engr. Casimiro Panajon succeeded him. Mayor Panajon was however murdered by the soldiers of the Japanese Garrison of this town for his non-collaboration with them and his guerilla activities.

During the liberation, under the Commonwealth government, Anselmo Patacsil, Pedro Del Pilar and Basilio Duran were appointed in succession as Mayors of this town by the PCAU (Philippine Civil Affairs Unit) of the liberation forces. Each served for a short period of time in 1945–1946. They strived once more for the re-organization of the Municipal Government in cooperation with officials to coordinate the work of the PCAU. These persons helped in the establishment of emergency hospitals, the North Provincial High School and the re-opening of elementary schools.

Philippine independence On July 4, 1946, the Philippines was granted its independence, there came about a change in our form of government, from Commonwealth to Republic.

Under the Republic of the Philippines, Alfonso Villamar was elected Mayor with Paulino Margarejo as his Vice Mayor, (1947–1951). Among their achievements were the maintenance of evacuees, pacification campaign, rehabilitation of devastated government building, the establishment of a fire department and a municipal library and the improvement of roads.

Creation of Llanera In 1954, the barrios of Bagumbayan (townsite), Andres Bonifacio, Caridad, San Mauricio (portion), Parang Manga (portion), Santa Barbara, Floridablanca, Gomez, San Francisco, and Victoria were separated to form the town of Llanera along with some territory from Talavera and Rizal.

Cityhood On August 4, 1969, by virtue of Republic Act 6051, San Jose was converted into a city, making it as the third city in Nueva Ecija after Cabanatuan and Palayan.

Geography The city of San Jose lies at 109.9 meters or 360.4 feet above mean sea level.

San Jose City is 43 km (27 mi) from Cabanatuan, 57 km (35 mi) from Palayan, and 159 km (99 mi) from Manila.

Barangays San Jose City is politically subdivided into 38 barangays. Each barangay consists of puroks and some have sitios. • A. Pascual; • Abar 2nd; • Abar Ist; • Bagong Sikat; • Caanawan; • Calaocan; • Camanacsacan; • Canuto Ramos Poblacion (District III); • Crisanto Sanchez Poblacion (District V); • Culaylay; • Dizol; • Ferdinand E. Marcos Poblacion (District II); • Kaliwanagan; • Kita-Kita; • Malasin; • Manicla; • Palestina; • Parang Mangga; • Pinili; • Porais; • Rafael Rueda Sr. Poblacion (District I); • Raymundo Eugenio Poblacion (District IV); • San Agustin; • San Juan; • San Mauricio; • Santo Niño 1st; • Santo Niño 2nd; • Santo Niño 3rd; • Santo Tomas; • Sibut; • Sinipit Bubon; • Tabulac; • Tayabo; • Tondod; • Tulat; • Villa Floresca; • Villa Joson (Parilla); • Villa Marina.

Economy Agriculture is the prime revenue of San Jose City since it is a part of the rice granary of the Philippines. However other agri-based produce are vegetables, fruits and onions. The city is now a leading producer of onions in the country.

The city's local crops range from rice, corn, and onion; thus the city is also referred to as the "City of the Golden Harvests" and “Rice Bowl of the Philippines.” Other crops are mango, banana, eggplant, and garlic.

Shopping centers San Jose City serves as another shopping hub, besides Cabanatuan, in the province and other nearby localities and provinces like Pangasinan and Nueva Viscaya. Malls like Waltermart and Magic Mall have already established their presence in the city.

In terms of future developments, the Philippines' major mall chain SM has expressed plans to build a mall in the city.

Tayabo Nature Park The park is situated at the gateway to the Cagayan Valley, at the foot of Mount Caraballo. It has a hundred step stairs leading to lamp-lit pagodas in the hilltop, and from the park can be seen Nueva Ecija.

Palasapas Falls This waterfall is located in the outskirts of the city, in the barrio Manicla, seven km away from the Poblacion.

Christmas Capital In 2018, the city has been named as the Christmas Capital of Nueva Ecija for its grand Christmas lights.

Festivals • Tanduyong Festival: San Jose City prides itself as the "Onion Capital of the Philippines" and is a leading producer of onion, garlic, rice and vegetables. Tanduyong is a variety of onion grown in the area. Every year, on the fourth Sunday of April, the people of San Jose celebrate the Tanduyong Festival. On festival day, the streets are filled with contingents of dancers outfitted in striking, multi-hued native costumes. Special activities included are a beauty contest, tourism, and trade fair, awarding ceremony and cultural shows. • Pagibang Damara: Hundreds of years ago in Central Luzon, landlords in the haciendas made the farmers build the “damara”, just before planting time of palay. A “damara” is a makeshift shelter made from kawayan (bamboo) and nipa, built at the centre of ricefields as a protection from the sun's heat or from rain. Over the years, it has been a tradition that after all the harvests were safely brought home, the “damaras” are demolished (“ginigiba”). People then start celebrating together for the bountiful harvest.

In 2008, with rice as its primary produce, San Jose City conducted its First Rice Festival, adopting the century – old festive tradition. However, unlike in older days, wherein people celebrate separately in their barangays, San Jose City now celebrates together. The after-harvest celebration has become a multi-sectoral effort, collectively prepared, funded out of contributions (from the public and private sector), and participated in by all sections of the city.

Since 2015, Pagibang Damara festival features the best Pancit Kanin contest. Pansit Kanin is one of the most common menus among carinderias in San Jose City.

Transport Major bus companies from Metro Manila ply the route going to San Jose City along the Pan-Philippine Highway. Baliwag Transit, Inc. has terminal in Pasay and Cubao, Quezon City has buses that travel specifically to and from Nueva Ecija.

Bus Companies going to San Jose City: • Baliwag Transit Inc. From Cubao/Caloocan • Saulog Transit from Olongapo City • Arayat Express from Olongapo City • Genesis Transport from Mariveles, Bataan/San Fernando City, Pampanga • Golden Bee Transport and Logitics Corporation from Cubao/Pasay • Viron Transit from Narvacan, Ilocos Sur

Former PNR Station in San Jose The Philippine National Railways (then Manila Railroad Company) used to have a branch line northwards from Tutuban, Manila and branches out from the mainline in Tarlac City going to San Jose City. The Tarlac-San Jose line, which served the towns of Guimba, Muñoz and San Jose, was initially constructed in the 1920s and was completed in 1939. However, in 1988, during the administration of Corazon Aquino, the North Main Line was closed. This railway branch line has long been neglected and dismantled since its closure. The concrete ruins of the old MRR station of San Jose City are located along San Roque Street in Barangay Abar 1st.

San Jose, Province of Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon Region, Philippines 

San Jose has a population of over 150,917 people. San Jose also forms part of the wider Nueva Ecija Province which has a population of over 2,355,416 people.

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North of: 12.362

🇧🇫 Ouagadougou 12.37

🇵🇭 Masbate 12.374

🇳🇮 León 12.433

🇧🇫 Dédougou 12.467

🇳🇮 Boaco 12.467

🇰🇭 Kratié 12.467

🇬🇼 Farim 12.483

🇲🇱 Dioïla 12.483

🇲🇱 Banko 12.483

🇮🇳 Kasaragod 12.5

South of: 12.362

🇵🇭 Masbate City 12.355

🇵🇭 San Jose 12.353

🇧🇫 Réo 12.317

🇮🇳 Mysuru 12.31

🇮🇳 Mysore 12.309

🇬🇼 Cacheu 12.267

🇧🇫 Koudougou 12.249

🇻🇳 Nha Trang 12.247

🇹🇭 Trat 12.233

🇳🇮 Tipitapa 12.197

East of: 121.177

🇨🇳 Haimen 121.182

🇵🇭 Rosario 121.206

🇹🇼 Zhongli District 121.224

🇵🇭 Los Baños 121.225

🇨🇳 Songjiang 121.233

🇨🇳 Jiading 121.233

🇨🇳 Xushan 121.233

🇨🇳 Cixi 121.266

🇹🇼 Bade District 121.283

🇹🇼 Taoyuan District 121.3

West of: 121.177

🇵🇭 Calapan 121.176

🇵🇭 Antipolo City 121.176

🇨🇳 Taicang 121.174

🇵🇭 Antipolo 121.17

🇵🇭 Lipa City 121.161

🇵🇭 Lipa 121.161

🇵🇭 Angono 121.154

🇨🇳 Yuyao 121.151

🇵🇭 Bayombong 121.15

🇨🇳 Jinzhou 121.148

Antipodal to San Jose is: -58.823,-12.362

Locations Near: San Jose 121.177,12.3619

🇵🇭 San Jose 121.068,12.353 d: 11.9  

🇵🇭 Mamburao 120.92,13 d: 76.2  

🇵🇭 Calapan 121.176,13.408 d: 116.3  

🇵🇭 Kalibo 122.367,11.712 d: 148.2  

🇵🇭 Batangas City 121.05,13.75 d: 155  

🇵🇭 Batangas 121.05,13.75 d: 155  

🇵🇭 Santa Cruz 122.03,13.48 d: 154.9  

🇵🇭 Rosario 121.206,13.846 d: 165.1  

🇵🇭 Lipa 121.161,13.944 d: 175.9  

🇵🇭 Lipa City 121.161,13.944 d: 175.9  

Antipodal to: San Jose -58.823,-12.362

🇧🇷 Vilhena -60.11,-12.708 d: 19870.2  

🇧🇷 Tangará da Serra -57.491,-14.621 d: 19725.5  

🇧🇷 Cacoal -61.447,-11.439 d: 19711.7  

🇧🇷 Lucas do Rio Verde -55.917,-13.067 d: 19690.3  

🇧🇷 Sorriso -55.7,-12.533 d: 19675.5  

🇧🇷 Sinop -55.633,-11.833 d: 19663.3  

🇧🇷 Ji-Paraná -61.941,-10.881 d: 19637.7  

🇧🇷 Cuiabá -56.096,-15.596 d: 19550.4  

🇧🇷 Várzea Grande -56.139,-15.652 d: 19548.6  

🇧🇷 Ariquemes -63.033,-9.908 d: 19480.9  

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