Magdalena, Laguna

Magdalena, Laguna
Municipality of Magdalena
Bayan ng Magdalena
—  Municipality  —

Map of Laguna showing the location of Magdalena
Municipality of Magdalena is located in Philippines
Municipality of Magdalena
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°11′56″N 121°25′44″E / 14.19889°N 121.42889°E / 14.19889; 121.42889Coordinates: 14°11′56″N 121°25′44″E / 14.19889°N 121.42889°E / 14.19889; 121.42889
Country  Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
District 4th District of Laguna
Founded January 18, 1820
Barangays 24
 - Councilors Ron Vincent Zaguirre (SK Federation Chairman)
 - Total 34.88 km2 (13.5 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 20,204
 - Density 579.2/km2 (1,500.2/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4007
Dialing code +63
Income class 5th
The Home of Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church and the Movie capital of Laguna and the Philippines - the Little Hollywood of the Philippines[citation needed]
Population Census of Magdalena
Census Pop. Rate
1995 15,927
2000 18,976 3.83%
2007 20,204 0.87%

Magdalena is a 5th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is situated at the foot of Mount Banahaw. According to the latest census, it has a population of 20,204 people in 3,784 households.



Magdalena is politically subdivided into 24 barangays. (Please click the number at the side of the name of the barangay to view the map!)



"We envision Magdalena, as world class tourist destination haven with friendly community, living up with values and integrity, implementing development programs to speed up the growth of the tourism industry and help us in our efforts to achieve economic progress"

"Together, let us promote Magdalena, the "Little Hollywood of Laguna" as the new tourist destination in the province for its rich culture and history for business and investment"

  • St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
  • Mali-mali Bridge
  • Emilio Jacinto Shrine
  • The Rizal Park
  • Municipal Boundary
  • The Pakuan River
  • The Municipal Hall
  • The Municipal Hall at Night
  • The Glorieta
  • the Bahay Laguna
  • the Maimpis River
  • The Balanac River
  • The Mountain View of Mount Banahaw
  • The Mountain View of Mount Makiling
  • The Mountain View of Mount Cristobal
  • The Church's Altar
  • The Pintong Kabag
  • The Pintong Pilak
  • The Male-Male river
  • Duminding River

The Kawayan Festival

Magdalena town in Laguna was the site recently of the town’s first Kawayan Festival – a festive, colorful celebration of the native bamboo and its role in the culture and livelihood of this historic town.
Founded in 1820, rustic Magdalena lies at the foot of the legendary Mt. Banahaw. Named one of the cleanest and most beautiful towns in Luzon, its 19,000 inhabitants had turned out recently to promote bamboo-based industries and cultural dances on the occasion of their town’s 185th Foundation Day.
Liga ng mga Barangay national president James Marty Lim was special guest at the festival, and together with Magdalena town officials led by Mayor Nieva Reodica, congratulated the Magdaleños for their initiatives to promote the local bamboo industry.
The Liga ng mga Barangay has enjoined all barangays nationwide to think of income-generating activities for themselves as it aims for self-sufficiency. Magdalena, Laguna responded in a creative and colorful way to this national challenge.

The St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church

Magdalena, Laguna is the "Home of the Famous St. Mary Magdalene Church." This church was constructed in 1851-1871. It is made of stones and bricks and has a sandstone facade. The church is located at the town center or plaza, just across the municipal town hall of Magdalena. When I saw the town plaza and the church's surroundings, I was very impressed with the beauty and cleanliness of the place. It was also very peaceful and awe-inspiring.

Trivia: The Spanish revolt in Magdalena area started on November, 1896 when the male residents joined the revolution. On February 1898, after being wounded in a battle with the Spaniards at the Maimpis River, Philippine revolutionary hero Emilio Jacinto sought refuge in St. Mary Magdalene Church.


The Bahay Laguna

Bahay Laguna is a museum in Barangay Bungkol, Magdalena, Laguna that houses the memorabilia of the late Governor Felicisimo T. San Luis, who served as governor of Laguna province for 33 years. During his time, he was known as the "Living Legend of Laguna."

Aside from the memorabilia of the late governor, Bahay Laguna showcases the specialty crafts and signature products of Laguna towns such as woodcarving of Paete and bottled preserved fruits of Alaminos.

The construction of Bahay Laguna was finished in December 1995. The Dr. Floro Brosas Foundation donated a piece of its land for this repository. However, since Bahay Laguna is located in Magdalena, far from the provincial capital of Santa Cruz, people from other towns may not be aware of the museum's existence, much less be able to visit it. I for one, who is a long-time Laguna resident, did not know about Bahay Laguna until early this year (2010).[26]

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National Heroes Day Tribute to Emilio Jacinto: The Brains of the Katipunan

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The last Monday of August is a non-working holiday in the Philippines in celebration of National Heroes Day.

This day, Tutubi honors a man whose face used to be featured on the old 20 peso bill during the time of Pres. Marcos and also on the old 20 centavo coin: Emilio Jacinto

Emilio Jacinto was the young adviser of Katipunan Supremo Andres Bonifacio and the acknowledged "Brains of the Katipunan" for having prepared many Katipunan documents including the constitution and the Kartilya ng Katipunan. He's known in Katipunan circle as Pingkian.

Short Biography and Trivia:

Birthday: December 15, 1875 Birthplace: Trozo, Manila Father's Name: Mariano Jacinto Mother's Name: Josefa Dizon Death: April 16, 1899

Works: Author of Kartilya ng Katipunan (Primer of the Katipunan) The oath of the pledges: "Sa Mga Kababayan," "Pahayag," and "A La Patria" Founder and editor of the Kalayaan, the newspaper of the Katipunan under the pen name Dimasilaw

In February 1898 during the Philippine Revolution, he was wounded in a skirmish with Spanish riflemen in Maimpis (a barrio of Magdalena town), brought to the Catholic Church of Magdalena but was denied refuge and treatment. He was taken instead to Santa Cruz Church where a doctor treated his wound. To evade capture by the Spaniards, he used a pass that belonged to Florentino Reyes, a Filipino spy captured before the Maimpis encounter.

emilio jacinto marker Tutubi[27] chanced upon an old forsaken maker of Emilio Jacinto on the national highway in Magdalena, Laguna commemorating the battle of Emilio Jacinto. Opposite the marker is Bahay ng Laguna, a museum dedicated to the former Laguna governor Felicissimo San Luis.

Emilio Jacinto was made the leader of the Katipunan in Laguna where he established his secret headquarters in the town of Majayjay. He died at a young age of 24 due to malaria.


Magdalena was formerly a barrio of Majayjay, Laguna. A petition from the residents of the barrio for the creation of a new town was presented on September 15, 1819. It was proclaimed a new town by Governor General Don Mariano Fernandez de Fulgerras on January 18, 1820 and was named "Magdalena de Ambling". The name was derived from its patron saints. Santa Maria Magadelana and the barrio of Ambling where it was established. The first Teniente Alcalde or Capitan (the highest political authority in a town) was Don Mauricio San Mateo.

They first established a makeshift school in 1820, which was the very first requirement for it to be a town. The municipal hall was also constructed. A small chapel was also constructed and it gave way to the construction of a church in 1829. The church was made of stones and bricks and donations were solicited from the residents. The construction was finished in 1861. The construction of the concrete town hall and the church convent started in 1871, and was finished in 1884.

The revolt against the Spaniards in this area started on November 13, 1896, when the male residents joined the revolutionaries from the province to form a bigger force. It was during one of the encounters that Emilio Jacinto was wounded and sought refuge at the Catholic Church. His bloodstains were found on the floor of the church.

Emilio Aguinaldo, then, proclaimed the first Philippine Republic and the Spaniards finally surrendered on September 1, 1898, and celebrations followed.

The arrival of the Americans, at the turn of the century, witnessed the evacuation of the townsfolk to the mountains for fear of being killed, later returned to the Poblacion seeing that the foreigners were well-intentioned.

The Americans enforced a new system of government. Election of government officials was conducted regularly. The first elected President Municipal was Don Victor Crisostomo. It was during this time that rebels, called tulisan, formed a force to oppose the foreign rule. They robbed the house of the residents. This made the Americans very strict on social life of the people, prohibiting them from leaving the Poblacion and talking to each other publicly. It was on June 15, 1929 that electricity was introduced in the municipality. Life continued under the American regime and to an extent, introduced their own culture to the Filipinos until the Second World War broke out in 1941.

On 1945, Filipino troops of the 4th, 42nd, 43rd, 45th and 46th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and 4th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was liberated the towns in Magdalena, Laguna, and helpful of the recognized guerrilla groups to attacking Japanese forces.

The Japanese surrendered to the Filipino soldiers and guerrillas on May 25, 1945, thus, Magdalena, as well as the Philippines, was liberated from the tyranny of the Japanese army. After the war, the returned to the Poblacion and started their lives from what was left of the war.

For the past years since 1972, Poblacion or the town itself was named as one of the cleanest, most beautiful and peaceful in the province. This period characterized the continued improvement of the town's facilities.

Little Story

About the Pintong Pilak

Location: Brgy. Munting Ambling and Brgy. Malaking Ambling, Magdalena, Laguna

The narrow-mouthed cave is called Pintong Pilak by the locals because of an old legend. It is said that a beautiful mystical lady lived in the cave and only those with a pure heart can enter her dwelling place. Those found with a pure heart can borrow kitchen and household utensils provided that they give a young white hen as rent for the items borrowed.

Government Administration

Municipal Mayor
Hon. Teresa Nieva B. Reodica
Municipal Vice-Mayor
Hon. Virgilio A. Sol

  1. Hon. Constancio A. Burgos (from Barangay Ibabang Butnong)
  2. Hon. Amado L. Criste (from Barangay Poblacion)
  3. Hon. Wilfredo F. Timoteo (from Barangay Salasad)
  4. Hon. Rafael A. Bueno (from Barangay Poblacion)
  5. Hon. Romulo J. Obmerga (from Barangay Malaking AmBling)
  6. Hon. Elmer S. Sabado (from Barangay Ibabang Butnong)
  7. Hon. Arnel A. Sune (from Barangay Bucal)
  8. Hon. Pedro C. Bucal (from Barangay Bucal)
  9. Hon. Ron Vincent Zaguirre (SK Federation Chairman)(from Barangay Salasad)
  10. Hon. Eligio O. Dela Cruz(Liga ng Barangay Chairman)(from Barangay Tipunan




  • Ananias Laico Memorial Elementary School- ALMES(formerly Magdalena Elementary School)
  • Ricardo A. Pronove Elementary School- RPES
  • Buenavista-Cigaras Elementary School-BCES
  • Maravilla Elementary School-MES(Formerly Maravilla Primary School)
  • Bungkol Elementary School-BuES
  • Balanac Elementary School-BaES


  • Luz, The Light Learning School Foundation
  • Angel's Faith Christian School



  • Buenavista National High School- Main Campus(BNHS)
  • Buenavista National High School- Annex Campus(Annex/Burol)


  • Banahaw Institute-BI

College and Vocational

  • AMG Skilled Hands Technological College
  • Sabado Training Center-TESDA Training Center
  • Alternative Learning System-Magdalena

Some of the Notable Artist that Visits Magdalena Laguna

The Magdalena Water System


Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project[28]

Potable water should be accessible to all. Working under this belief, the Municipality of Magdalena successfully implemented the LGU Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (LGU-UWSSP) in their locality.

In years past, the municipality operated the Magdalena Waterworks, a water supply system which covered ten barangays. The main water source was the Oples Spring in the nearby town of Liliw, Laguna, supplying a volume of four liters/second to 1,097 service connections. Tariff was Php 8.00 for the first 10 cubic meters and an additional Php 1.00 in excess of 10 cubic meters.

However, the people were not keen on increasing the tariff, as the service was extremely poor. Believing that water is one of the basic services that the government should be able to provide to the people, the LGU consequently searched for a more permanent solution. Through the DILG and World Bank, the Local Government Unit Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (LGUUWSSP) was introduced to Magdalena officials. Through barangay meetings and consultations, the people came to know of the LGU water project and how it will help address their problems.

With the creation of the Municipal Water Board on August 2004, the water system was also constructed and became fully operational within a period of one year and six months. The Water Board is at present focused in the expansion of the service area to provide quality water service to the nearby barangays. Moreover, the board is continuously producing policies to help the project be self sufficient and be a profitable economic enterprise for the LGU.

With the successful implementation of the LGU-UWSSP, there have been marked improvements in the water supply and living conditions of the people in the community. All stakeholders in the municipality benefitted from the improved water system. From the previous practice of rationing water, a 24/7 supply has been established. Undoubtedly, this contributed to the improved health of the citizenry.


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