HISTORY OF DAGUPAN CITY
Long before the Spanish colonization, what is known as the City of Dagupan now was only rice paddies and swamp land, thick with palm trees, nipa grove and mangrove.
The early settlers were believed to have come from Flores Islands of Indonesia, because the dialect they speak has a strong similarity to the Pangasinan dialect. Their occupation was fishing and salt making, a major source of income among coastal residents today.
The first official organization of Dagupan City was when the Spaniards established the Lingayen encomienda, making Dagupan a sitio. The Spanish missionaries named it Bacnotan. Then it was renamed Dagupan and so it is until today. From then on, various major and significant events took place that contributed to the shaping of the municipality and the province as a whole.
Along trade and commerce, the first to flourish were salt, dried fish, salted fish (bagoong), vinegar wine (a by-product of vinegar) "bocayo and bocarillyo" (coconut candy), which may have been attributed to our socio-cultural heritage. Later on came the sale of Bangus fry, which enriched some of the prominent families today.
The first political administration in Dagupan was during the American regime, which is by appointment. Then a civic government was established, and the first election was held through public voting in the manner called "VIVA VOCE".
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