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Alimanguan is a vibrant and historically rich barangay (the smallest administrative division in the Philippines) located in the town of San Vicente, in the province of Palawan, Philippines. The name “Alimanguan” stems from the native term “alimango”, which translates to a certain species of crab. This name was inspired by the abundant presence of these crabs in the local “katunggan” or “bakawan” habitats, which are mangrove areas. According to local legends, these crabs were so numerous that they could even be seen crawling in the streets.

The first settlers of Alimanguan were members of the Tagbanua tribe, specifically the Rodriguez, Martinez, Talibod, and Francisco families. Prior to being named Alimanguan, the place was known as “Aduas” and was part of the municipality of Taytay. It wasn’t until 1931 that the area was renamed Alimanguan, however, it only became an official Barangay post-World War II, in 1945.

The first Teniente del barrio (equivalent to a barangay captain or head of barangay) of Alimanguan was Mison Gapilango. He was succeeded by Marciano Gabin in 1946. Subsequent leaders included Guillermo Estrada, Josefina Collado, and Floresto Abrina.

In a significant event in 1972, San Vicente separated from Taytay to become a distinct municipality within Palawan. As part of this process, Barangay Alimanguan was officially transferred from Taytay to San Vicente, signifying a new era for this bustling barangay.

Thus, Alimanguan holds a unique place within the region, distinguished by its rich local ecology and cultural heritage. Its history showcases a journey from being part of Taytay to joining the newly formed municipality of San Vicente, reflecting the evolving administrative and socio-political dynamics of the province.