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Boat Rental in San Vicente Palawan


Alimanguan, a barangay in San Vicente, Palawan, derives its name from the native term “alimango” meaning “crab.” This was inspired by the abundance of crabs, a particular species of crustaceans found in the area’s “katunggan” or mangroves. Historically, the barangay was recognized for its countless crabs that could be seen roaming freely in the streets.

The first settlers of Alimanguan were four families from the Tagbanua tribe, namely the Rodriguez, Martinez, Talibod, and Francisco families. They were the ones to adopt the name Alimanguan, reflecting the rich crab life of the area.

However, Alimanguan was originally known as “Aduas” and was initially a part of the municipality of Taytay. It was not until 1931 that the barangay was officially renamed Alimanguan. After World War II, in 1945, Alimanguan became an official Barangay, with Mison Gapilango as its first Teniente del barrio. He was succeeded by Marciano Gabin in 1946, followed by a succession of leaders, including Guillermo Estrada, Josefina Collado, and Floresto Abrina.

Significantly, in 1972, when San Vicente became a distinct municipality within the province of Palawan, Alimanguan was transferred from Taytay, its mother municipality. From then on, Alimanguan has been an integral part of San Vicente, contributing to its rich culture, history, and biodiversity.

In conclusion, Barangay Alimanguan, with its distinctive name and its historical ties to crab life and early Tagbanua settlers, holds a unique place within the broader landscape of San Vicente, Palawan. Its transition from being a part of Taytay to becoming a distinct barangay in San Vicente symbolizes its growth and evolving identity over the years.