History of Concepcion

Note: The Concepcion Tarlac website is grateful to former Congressman Hermie Aquino for the information in this page.

Concepcion is one of the largest municipalities of the province of Tarlac. It is 7.5 kilometers from the Capas junction along McArthur Highway. It lies on the southeastern tip of Tarlac, bordered in the south by Pampanga, in the east by Nueva Ecija, in the northeast by La Paz, in the northwest by Tarlac City, in the west by Capas, and in the southwest by Bamban. It covers an area of 245.7 sq. kms. and populated by 103,081 (1990 NCSO Census)/115,138 (Municipal Survey) inhabitants. It has two great rivers, the Lucong and Parua rivers, both irrigating all the agricultural lands of the town, consisting mainly of rice and sugar crops. At times, the rivers overflow and devastate crops and lives.

Historical Background
     In 1860, the towns of Concepcion and Magalang once comprised a single town named San Bartolome (presently an abandoned town and a barangay of Concepcion) which was a military "Commandancia" of Pampanga under the Spanish regime.

     A great inundation devastated the whole settlement of then San Bartolome in 1863 and the people were left with no other choice but to abandon the place. It was also at this point when the people were divided as to the place where they are to resettle. Some went North and others went South. The first group headed by Don Pablo Luciano, the Governadorcillo, organized its own settlement in the slope of Mt. Arayat down South and named the settlement after him. Eventually, the place was renamed Magalang.
The second group who took refuge up North comprised the Yumuls, Castros, Dizons, Pinedas, Felicianos, Aquinos, Cortezes, Bermudezes, and many others, and settled to a place now called Sto. Nino. Most of the settlers became dissatisfied with the place as it abounds with snakes and was scarce in water. They moved further South to a place we now know as Concepcion. The settlers began clearing the land and built huts and roads. After several years, they named their place Concepcion, after the Immaculate Concepcion, who is believed to be miraculous and to possess power over snakes that abound the place.





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