The lands from Punto Inuod to Guinabihan (the present Banilan) is where the first settlers Gat Maitan and his wife Panumbalihan and Gat Salyan Maginto and his wife Potongan first established themselves. Because of being harassed by pirates and marauders, they moved to the present site of the poblacion, but left 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, the 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 1927. In 1588, when Padre Pedro Bautista (OFM) came, he assembled the scattered dwellings of the inhabitants into a well arranged community site with a chapel and plaza at the middle of the town where the streets converged.

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 separate town.

Economic Reference

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.


14°22′ Latitude to 14°23′ Latitude and 121°23′ Longitude to 121°34′ Longitude.

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