Historical Background On the town of PAKIL
The lands from Punto Inuod to Guinabihan (Banilan) is where the first settlers Gat Maitan and his wife
Panumbalihan and Gat Salyan Maginto and his wife Potongan first
established themselves, but after sometime, being molested by pirates and
marauders, they moved to the present site of the poblacion, but leaving
behind Chief Maginoong Dalaga who ruled the place. This accounts why Pakil
has two territories , the eastern and the western sides of the lake.
When General Luna de Salcedo came to the place in 1571,
this colony was under the leadership of Gat Paquil whose name had come to
refer to the settlement as "PAQUIL" which remained during
the whole Spanish Regime and early part of the American period, but which
was changed to "PAKIL" by Executive Order No.77 on September 9
In 1588, when Padre Pedro Bautista , OFM came, he
assembled the scattered dwellings of the inhabitants into well arranged
community site with a chapel and plaza at the middle to which converged
the streets he opened.
In 1602, Pakil was attached to Paete as a "Visita".
Padre Francisco Barajas made efforts to separate this town from Paete and
Don Diego Jorge became the first Captain Barangayon May 12 1676.
Pakil has remained as an independent town during
the Spanish Regime with the Capitanes at the helm of the Local Government
the last whom was Capitan Nicolas Regalado.
With the change of government from Spanish to
American and the organization of the Civil government in the country in
1901, Bernardo Gonzales was appointed the first Municipal President until
November 25, 1903, by Public Law no. 1009, Pakil was restored to being a
Pakil has an agricultural base economy. Farming and Fishing
are the principal industries of the municipality. The principal
agricultural products are palay, lanzones, citrus and coconut, but several
agricultural products are also gathered from the agricultural lands such
as santol, rambutan, ibuli, jackfruit, chico, guyabano, coffee, banana,
durian, vegetables and root crops.
Most farmers are also engaged in fishing, many fish traps,
pen and cages are built around Laguna de Bay.
Cottage and home industries are increasing because of the
demands for handicrafts, paper maché and others for export.