Padre Burgos or Laguimanoc is a a coastal and mountainous fourth class municipality in the province of Quezon in the Philippines. It is part of the province’s third district named Bondoc Peninsula, located just east of Lucena City, the provincial capital, and named after José Burgos. It is bounded on the north by Atimonan, on the west and northwest by Pagbilao, on the east by Agdangan, and on the south by the Tayabas Bay.
I went here on December 29-30, 2012 with my CouchSurfing friends.
In this section you will find our Padre Burgos Travel Guide with information on what to see, do, eat, and where to stay.
Padre Burgos was formerly known as Laguimanoc due to the shape of the coastline which resembles the bill of a chicken or manok. Another version from the locals is that chickens were so abundant in the town that hawks swept down on the place to snatch chicks from their mothers. When hawks flew overhead, as warning to their neighborhood, people shouted Hawk Manok or Lawin-Manok.
On January 1, 1917 the village of Laguimanoc, which was formerly a barrio of Atimonan, became a municipality. Ten years after, the town’s council changed the name to Padre Burgos, in honor of one of our country’s martyrs, Fr. Jose P. Burgos. The streets were named after local leaders who rendered valuable services to the community. Because of the physical and topographic conditions of the town, four sitios where clusters of houses were became the main district of the town namely Campo, Burgos, Basiao, and Bundok-Punta. The community converged to be in this particular spot because of its sea which made this town as port of Laguimanoc. In the early days this port offered a good wharf for vessels plying between Manila and southern Luzon. This was also a port of call for ships exporting lumber to Europe during the Spanish regime. In this town was the residence of the Alcalde Mar or Port Officer.
Business and other industries prospered and people conglomerated in this spot. Spots of the historical interest are the wharf symbol of commercial progress, the old church with the old-fashioned canyon markers of the people’s religious faith, the Bag Cement Slabs and Stone quarries mute testimonies of the effervescent power and grandeur of the early foreign settlers, the hills near the railroad station where the Japanese tortured and massacred civilians in the barrios of Marao and Polo where the Hunter’s guerrillas built their camps.
All the population are of Tagalog descent.
The municipality has a geographical coordinates of approximately 121 48’30”latitude.
The municipality’s economy is primarily based on coconut husking and farming. Local tourism is also on the rise as Padre Burgos is notable for its unspoiled beaches and the Tulay Buhangin (sand bridge).
Padre Burgos is administratively divided into twenty two (22) barangays four of which are in Poblacion.
- Cabuyao Norte
- Cabuyao Sur
- Kinagunan Ibaba
- Kinagunan Ilaya
- Burgos (Poblacion)
- Campo (Poblacion)
- Basiao (Poblacion)
- Punta (Poblacion)
- San Isidro
- San Vicente
- Tulay Buhangin
Borawan, Dampalitan Island, Hinguiwin Waterfalls, Lipata Caves, Mag-asawang Bagosina, PNR Station, Punta View, Sipa Waterfalls, Talabaan Island, Tulay Buhangin
Luto ni Ate Ba, Rod and Nora’s Eatery, Moanolo’s Eatery, Paula’s Burger Hauz, Langhap Sarap Restaurant, Vista Playa, Lito Eatery
Where to Stay
Villa Anita Resort
+63-9215240110 or +63-42-7103505
Tamarind Tree Resort
+63-9209550714 or +63-2-7724731 or +63-2-9850929
A festival celebrated on February 17 every year. This feast explains the history of the municipality. “”Laguimanoc”” was the former name of the municipality before it was renamed to Padre Burgos.
How to go to Padre Burgos
Padre Burgos lies Thirty Three (33 kms) kilometers east of Lucena City and is approximately one hundred seventy (170 kms) kilometers from Manila.
Dashiell Amandy-Laudes +639065561456
Mignin P. Apolinar +63-9057062827