Today marks a monumental milestone in the history of Peñaranda as we welcome all in the launching the penaranda.gov.ph, the official website for the Municipality of Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija.
The internet portal designed specifically to be an effective tool will enable our municipal government, local departments, and officials the ability to interact, in real-time, with other offices with both public and private in communicating various concerns of our town and constituents.
We are confident that through this cyberinfrastructure, our Local Government now has the mechanics to deliver services and information to our fellow Peñarandans no matter where they are in the world, a reflection of participative governance that I have envisioned for our people.
Additionally, this virtual Town Hall provides us the chance to showcase globally, our history, cultures, and traditions, hopefully, will redound on economic opportunity for our people, by way of more vibrant tourism and business opportunities.
In closing, I would like to take this occasion to thank all those that have extended their help and expertise to make this endeavor a reality.
Peñaranda was formerly a barrio of Gapan. It was then called Mapisong which means “a place abounding in big stone”.
The distance between Gapan and Mapisong was considered remote during those days even if it is only about seven kilometers (7 kms ). The unfavorable means of transportation at that time urged the Cabeza de Barangay of Mapisong to persistently ask the the Cura Parroco and town officials of Gapan to recommend the declaration of Mapisong as an independent municipality.
Public transportation improvements in Mapisong was constructed and supervised by a Spanish military engineer named Jose Maria Peñaranda. This man played an important role not only in the infrastructure programs of the new town of Mapisong but also throughout the island of Luzon during the Spanish regime under the administration of his uncle Governor General Enrile, hence , the name “Mapisong” was changed to Peñaranda in his honor.
The Municipality consists of ten(10) Barangays, namely: Poblacion I, II, III, IV,Callos, Las Piñas, Sto. Tomas, Sinasajan, San Josef and San Mariano.
Peñaranda was once known for its high quality crop, the betel leaf locally called ikmo. This leaf is used by older folks as chewing substance. Recently however, the crop is on the brink of extinction. Rice remains a flourishing farm produce.
Every month of May, Peñaranda residents stage a musical drama called “Araquio”, a re-enacment of Christians’ quest led by Queen Helena and King Constantine for the Holy Cross where Jesus Christ was nailed. In this cultural show, actors and actresses garbed in colorful and lively costumes dramatize this century old tradition which features swordfights between Christians and Moors.
Peñaranda is also known for its mouth-watering, native rice cakes such as, espasol, putong puti, bibingka and sapin-sapin.
Peñaranda as a center for tourism and agribusiness in Nueva Ecija, capitalizing on its natural resources, rich cultural and historical heritage, Peñaranda as an economic, cultural, dynamic, peace-loving, healthy and holistic community under a responsible and participatory governance committed to the welfare of all.
The Local Government Unit is committed: