Alaminos Cityhood Anniversary remembers the transformation of Alaminos, Pangasinan, Philippines from a town to a city in 2001 every March 28. The city also celebrates the Hundred Islands Festival together with the feast of its patron saint, St. Joseph, every March 19. In some years (for example in 2016, 2019, and 2023), the Hundred Islands Festival’s calendar stretches for several weeks that the cityhood anniversary becomes part of its activities.
History of Alaminos City
Alaminos was part of the municipality of Bolinao of then province of Zambales. When its population grew, it was made into an independent town by 1747. It land witnessed several conflicts and catastrophe that either it was abandoned only for inhabitants to return lateror new settlements sprang. The latter occurred when people chose to live inland in what was then called Sarapsap (presently Barangay Poblacion) that would later be renamed Alaminos after Governor General Juan Alaminos y Vivar in 1872.
On November 21, 1903, it seceded from Zambales along with the towns of Bolinao, San Isidro, and Infanta; they were absorbed as new territories of Pangasinan through Act No. 1004.
Alaminos became a city through Repulic Act No. 9025, otherwise known as “An Act Converting the Municipality of Alaminos, Province of Pangasinan into a Component City to be known as the City of Alaminos.” The law approved by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 5, 2001 and ratified on March 28, 2001. This is the date being remembered in the yearly cityhood anniversary.
How to reach Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Book a flight to Clark International Airport, which is about three hours away via land trip. Buses are also available from Metro Manila.
- Local history. City Government of Alaminos. Retrieved March 25, 2023
- Alaminos City. Provincial Government of Pangasinan. Retrieved March 25, 2023
- REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9025, March 05, 2001. Supreme Court of the Philippines E-Library. Retrieved March 25, 2023
- Act No. 1004, November 21, 1903. Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved March 25, 2023