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Siniloan, Laguna

Official seal of Siniloan
Nickname(s): Waterfalls Sanctuary of Laguna
Siniloan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
District 4th district of Laguna
Founded 1583
Barangays 20
 • Mayor Eduardo Ramos Tibay
 • Vice Mayor Roberto De Jesus Acoba
 • Total 64.51 km2 (24.91 sq mi)
Population (2014)[3]
 • Total 40,049
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Siniloeño/a or Siniloense
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 2nd

Siniloan is a second class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 35,363 people.[3] The people call themselves as Siniloeño/a or Siniloense in Filipino.

Sinilóan lies between the plains of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Laguna de Bay, bounded between the municipality of Mabitac on the west, Pañguil on the east, Real, Quezon on the North and Laguna de Bay on the South. Fámy which was formerly a small barrio of Sinilóan and known as Barrio Calumpáng was separated from Sinilóan in 1910, while the town Mabitac, also formerly a barrio of Sinilóan, was separated from the town in 1613. A river named Río Romelo runs through the center of the town and is used for fishing ground and irrigation purposes. The town proper or población is about 84 kilometres (52 mi) from Manila, passing Manila East Road or Marcos Highway, and about 113 kilometres (70 mi) via the South Luzon Expressway passing the town of Santa Crúz, the capital of the province.

Sinilóan is a center of education, commerce and transportation, serving towns in eastern Laguna and some towns from the provinces of Quezon and Rizal. The municipality has active business and trade activities.


  • Barangays 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Religion 3.1
  • Attractions 4
  • Education 5
  • Health 6
  • Utility Services 7
  • Financial Institutions 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Sinilóan is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[2] Of these, 13 are classified as urban and 7 are classified as rural.

  • Acevida
  • Bagong Pag-Asa (Pob.)
  • Bagumbarangay (Pob.)
  • Buhay
  • Gen. Luna
  • Halayhayin
  • Mendiola
  • Kapatalan
  • Laguio
  • Liyang
  • Llavac
  • Pandeño
  • Magsaysay
  • Macatad
  • Mayatba
  • P. Burgos
  • G. Redor (Pob.)
  • Salubungan
  • Wawa
  • J. Rizal (Pob.)


In 1583, Sinilóan came to be as a town. This was the year when Don Juan de Salcedo came to this place and the parish was established jointly by Friar Diégo de Orpesa and Friar Juan de Palencia. The first stone church was erected in 1733 by a Franciscan Friar, Fr. Melchor de San Antonio.

From the early period of Spanish colonialisation, some female inhabitants of the place were milling their palay in their fields. While doing this, some Spaniards came and asked them, "Como se llama esta pueblo?" The natives, not knowing Spanish thought that they were asked what they were doing and one of them answered, "camí po ay gumiguiling". The Spaniards repeated, "Guiling-Guiling", to which the natives nodded. Some this place known as "Guiling-Guiling" from 1583 to 1604.

Another story has it that during the later part of the year 1604, three brothers, namely, Juan Puno, Juan Pili, and Juan Puhuwan, migrated into this community. They selected a lot adjacent to the river Río Romelo and divided it equally among themselves. When the parish priest saw the ingenuity of the three brothers in equally dividing the land, he asked the natives how equally was expressed in Tagalog. The natives gave him the expression "Sinloan". Right then and there, the name Guiling-Guiling was changed to Siniloang which meant justice, equality and fairness. The word travelled from mouth to mouth with sound variations. Because of the difficulty of some Spaniards in pronouncing Siniloang, the name Siniloan struck and became the official name of this town.

The name Siniloan is also believed to have been taken from a legendary story about Luis and Ana, a married couple who chased a wild boar from a place called Luisiana. They ran after that big boar from Luisiana to Cavinti (kapit sa Binti). The people along the way who saw Luis and Ana chasing the boar took pity on them and helped them to catch it. The people chased the boar through the towns of Lumbán, Kalayaan, Loñgos, Paéte, Paquil, and Pañguil until they finally caught the boar in this town by means of the lassoed captivity or Siniloan. Siniloan start on 3 eggs.


Siniloan Town Hall


Religion in Sinilóan are major in Roman Catholicism, about 90% of the population, 7% of Protestantism and other Christian religions and 3% Muslim. The patron saint of this town are Saint Peter and Saint Paul (San Pedro y San Pablo) also the Black Nazarene (Nazareno Negro o Cristo Negro) The town feast is celebrated every 29 June each year.


Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church
  • Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church also Parroquía de San Pablo y San Pedro is the first and only Roman Catholic church in Sinilóan since 1604. Built it as stone church from 1733 to 1739 by Fr. Melchor de San Antonio, but destroyed during the 18 July 1880 earthquake. Rebuilt in 1890 to 1898 and was again damaged during the August 20, 1937 earthquake. Today's church colloquially called Laguna Cathedral (unofficial) was reconstructed, modernized and remodel as twice the size of the previous church for its quadricentennial anniversary on 2004 under the supervision of Monsignor Mario Rafael M. Castillo, P.C. E.V. as the parish priest or 'cura parroco'.
  • Holy Cross Orthodox Church: a fledgling Orthodox Christian community under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia,established by His All-Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, known as the "Green Patriarch." The parish priest Archimandrite Philemon Castro (MDiv) serves the 4th century Byzantine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom every 2nd &4th Sunday monthly at 9:00-12:00 in the morning, followed by Agape for members and fellowship with guests and visitors. Patronal Feasts Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14th), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), Sts. Constantine and Helene (May 21). Located at #84 Valderrama St., Brgy. Bagong Pag-Asa.
  • Buruwisan Falls



  • Colegio Sta. Isabel of Laguna
  • Laguna State Polytechnic University
  • Siniloan National High School
  • Bridgewater School
  • Siniloan Elementary School
  • Angela Ong Javier Elementary School
  • Halayhayin Elementary School
  • Solid Foundation Christian Academy
  • Kapatalan Elementary School
  • Kapatalan National High School
  • Antonio Adricula Memorial Elementary School
  • Buhay Elementary School
  • (Laguna Northwestern College)LNC-San Lorenzo Ruiz Montessori Center
  • Camelean Academy


Siniloan Pioneer General Hospital This is the first hospital to be established in the town of Siniloan, Laguna Philippines. Established in 2010, this 22 bed community hospital is [4]accredited as a level one hospital by the Department of health and is Philhealth accredited.

Utility Services

Siniloan Water District (SIWADI)

Financial Institutions

Banco Laguna, Inc. (A Rural Bank since 1965)


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: LAGUNA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ florena gualberto m.d., medical director

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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