The place now called San Carlos City was already a flourishing community since pre-colonial times. It was previously part of a former town called Binalatongan. Binalatongan was the capital of Luyag na Caboloan, an ancient kingdom. In 1718, Binalatongan was renamed (the Municipality [town] of) San Carlos. In 1966, the larger precinct became legally incorporated as San Carlos City by virtue of Republic Act No. 4487.
San Carlos City is among the liveliest places in the Province of Pangasinan in terms of economic activity. Called the “Mango-Bamboo Capital of the Philippines”, San Carlos has the largest number of fruiting mango trees – their fruits are among the most delicious in the country – and a flourishing bamboocraft industry. An agro-industrial city, San Carlos also engages in livestock raising, crop production, inland fishing, pottery, food processing, tourism, and commerce. San Carlos is said to have an ideal investment potential because of its large land area, big population and strategic location, being in the center of Pangasinan.
The patron saint of the city is Saint Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers; he is credited for performing miracles in the city, among them the minimal damage to the city caused by the return of the Americans to the islands during the close of World War II.
The parish church built in his honor was once the biggest in Luzon. The parish of San Carlos is the oldest in Pangasinan. Additionally, Roman Catholicism remains the faith of majority of San Carleñians, although there are other denominations that co-exist peacefully in the city. Discrimination of religion is discouraged.
San Carlos, Pangasinan also includes 100 Islands and both Can Carlos and 100 Islands are two of my favorite places. I try to go there whenever I have the time and the money. I have an Aunti in England that lives there with my Grandmother. My Aunti owns a house in San Carlos so it only cost me bus rides and food when I go.
I will post another time about special ‘good luck’ place always need to go when in San Carlos area. But that will be for another post. Okies? Below are pictures of last time I go to San Carlos, just a few of the many pics from that trip…renting a jeepney, my Aunti House, relatives, street party in city, trip to the beach and me 🙂
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