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Beach for Sale in San Vicente Palawan


Alimanguan is a unique barangay (a small administrative district in the Philippines) located in San Vicente, Palawan. The name ‘Alimanguan’ is derived from the native term ‘alimango’, meaning ‘crabs’. This specific kind of crab can be found in habitats referred to as ‘katunggan’ or ‘bakawan’. The region is known for its abundant crab population, so plentiful that they could be seen crawling in the streets, according to local lore.

The barangay was initially inhabited by the Tagbanua people, made up of four prominent families: Rodriguez, Martinez, Talibod, and Francisco. These first settlers named the area after its remarkable crab population. However, it wasn’t always called Alimanguan. The barangay originally bore the name ‘Aduas’ and was a part of the municipality of Taytay.

The area underwent significant administrative changes over time. In 1931, ‘Aduas’ was renamed ‘Alimanguan’, and after World War II, in 1945, it became an official barangay. The governance of Alimanguan witnessed the leadership of several Tenientes del barrio (akin to village chiefs), starting with Mison Gapilango. Subsequent leaders included Marciano Gabin in 1946, followed by Guillermo Estrada, Josefina Collado, and Floresto Abrina.

The administrative landscape changed again in 1972, when San Vicente became a distinct municipality in the province of Palawan. As part of this process, Taytay ceded Barangay Alimanguan, and it became one of the barangays under the jurisdiction of San Vicente.

In summary, Alimanguan’s rich history, cultural heritage, and unique relationship with its native crab species make it a distinctive part of San Vicente, Palawan. Its transformation over the years, from being a part of Taytay to becoming a significant part of San Vicente, speaks to the dynamic and evolving nature of administrative boundaries and local identities in the region.