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Binalonan

The town’s name is an evolution of the Ilocano term “balon”, which means “packed lunch”, or in Tagalog, baon.

In a traditional story, which now plays an important role in the town’s history, the area was originally owned by a Spaniard named Don Salvador.  It was told that he instructed his men to put up crude wooden fences along the property to establish his ownership.  During the course of their work, Don Salvador’s men used to have their lunch and rest under camachile trees.  Don Salvador offered his pasture lands to immigrants from Ilocos.  He said that the land is the place where people bring their “balon” to eat.  Hence, the term Binnalonan, which in Ilocano mean “a place where people bring and eat their “baon”.

LAND AREA                       :    8,400 hectares
POPULATION                    :    52,722
NO. OF BARANGAYS      :    24
CLASSIFICATION            :    First Class
TOWN FIESTA                   :    February 18-22
PRODUCTS                          :    sugar cane, rice, feeds, cornik, basi/tuba, ornamental plants & earthen pots