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General Info, News & Specials
General Info, News & Specials
- Gapan's Fiestang Mayo (Posted: May 2, 2002)
.....(Source: Nueva Ecija Journal)
- New Gapan City - Related Statistics (Posted: April 10, 2002)
.....(Source: Nat'l Statistics Conference Board)
- Gapan Area Interactive Map (Posted: April 4, 2002)
..... shows neighboring towns. Not deatiled. (Source: Multimap)
- Mahal Na Araw (Holy Week) In Gapan (1st Post: Apr. 17, 2001. 2nd Post: March 26, 2002)
.....Domingo de Ramos; Martes Santo; Miercoles Santo;
..... Jueves Santo; Viernes Santo; Sabadode Gloria;
..... Domingo de Pascua. (Source: NuevaEcijaJournal.com)
- Gapan In 1840 (Posted: February 6, 2002)
.....and the Filipino-Spaniard awakening. (Source: 1898 Online)
- The Barangays Of Gapan (Posted: February 4, 2002)
.....Barangay's definition & organizational structure. (Source: Barangayan.com)
- Pambansang Dambana Ng Divina Pastora (Posted: January 10, 2002)
- Gapan: The Other Footwear Capital (Posted: November 13, 2001)
..... might edge out Marikina as No. 1. (Source: Philippine Star)
- A History Of Nueva Ecija (And Of Gapan) (Posted: July 6, 2001)
..... (Source: League Of Provinces)
- Street Map Of Gapan (Posted: May 23, 2001)
.....Good map; Interactive; Landmarked. To use: (1) When page shows, select "Gapan, N.E."
..... in the "Municipalities" box; (2) When map shows, check the "Church", "Landmark" & "Schools" checkboxes (at bottom of page);
..... & click the "GO" button. (Source: MapCentral)
- History Of Gapan (Posted: May 1, 2001)
.....A version by NovoEcijano.net. A few small photos included. (Source: NovoEcijano.net)
- Unang Sigaw Sa Nueva Ecija (Posted: Apr. 11, 2001)
.....Tagalog narrative of the role that Gapan & Gapan Novo Ecijanos (such as Pantaleon Valmonte
..... & Epifanio Ramos) played during revolution against Spain. Cont'n (Source: NovoEcijano.net)
- Feast of the Three Kings (Fiestang Enero) (Posted: Jan. 5, 2001)
.....Short narrative of a similar feast celebrated in Gasan, Marinduque
.....Source: San Miguel Brewery Co.
- Gold in Gapan during Spanish Colonization (Updated: Oct. 15, 2000)
.....(Scroll down to the section titled "Statement of
.....the Productions of the Philippines" which is almost
.....at the bottom of the file)
.....Source: "The Philippines & the Mollucas; Publ. 1782"
- The puto seko of Gapan (Updated: Oct. 15, 2000)
.....Town's best known delicacy (Nueva Ecija Tourism Food Festival).
.....(Scroll down list to the "Nueva Ecija" section)
- "Our Beloved Gapan" - A Historical View (Updated: Sept. 23, 2000)
- An area map of Gapan with Surrounding Towns
- The "Shape" Of The New City Of Gapan(Posted: Apr. 6, 2001)
.....(Shaped like a bird's profile) A detailed map of Gapan.
.....See where Makabaclay & "Forrest Zone" is. (Source: NovoEcijano.net)
- Nueva Ecija - The Province Where Gapan Resides(Posted: Apr. 6, 2001)
.....A colorful map with town/city boundaries (Source: NovoEcijano.net)
- Interactive Map Of Gapan(Posted: Apr. 5, 2001)
- Gapan Among Map Of Important Places In The World(Posted: Apr. 5, 2001)
.....The list with Gapan in it. (Source: MapPlanet.com)
- 1995 Population Census - Gapan & Other towns of Nueva Ecija
- A View of Minalungao Park
- History: Gapan During the Revolt Against Spain (Posted: Apr. 29, 2000)
- "Gapan: A (Tagalog) Historical Narrative" (Posted: Aug. 5, 2000)
- Gapan, A Nueva Ecija Historic Site (Posted: Aug. 8, 2000)
- Gapan's Role in the "W" Growth Corridor(Posted: Sept. 14, 2000)
.....Source: W Growth Corridor
- Birhen Divina Pastora and Gapan: A History(Posted: Sept. 14, 2000)
.....Source: Samahang Gapan's 25th Anniversary Magazine
- Pre-War Air Base Named After Gapan Native(Posted: Sept. 26,2000)
.....Source: Philippine Air Force
Birhen Divina Pastora and Gapan: A History
.....Source: Samahang Gapan's 25th Anniversary Magazine
Divina Pastora is synonymous with the town of Gapan. Suffice it to say the town of Gapan in Nueva Ecija is particularly famous because of Birhen Divina Pastora.
In 1595, Fathers Contreras, Tendillo, Caballo and Salazar, all Augustinian priests, managed to curve out a settlement in the thick forest of the Sierra Madre mountains in Luzon which was later known as the pueblo of Gapan. Fothwith, they built a small chapel and convent alongside the presidencia, and were used as their station on their way to their missions in Cagayan, Isabela and Baler. Not long after, Gapan was created into a parish with the Magi or Three Kings as its principal patron saints.
The Augustinian chronicle in the 16th century mentioned that sometime in the early part of 1700, an Augustinian priest brought to Gapan a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Spain. He called the image Birhen Divina Pastora because the surroundings of Gapan was largely a grazing ground for animals like horses, carabaos, sheeps, cows, etc. He started the devotion to the Virgin Mary, which rapidly spread throughout Gapan and as far as Candaba, Pampanga and Aliaga, Nueva Ecija.
For some unknown reasons, this Birhen Divina Pastora statue was lost before the end of the 18th century. All attempts to look for the missing statue failed. In 1850, while some shepherds and farmers were on their way to a shade of a tree, they saw an image of the statue. The statue depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary robed in blinking white, her head covered with a wide-brimmed hat, one hand holding a cane and the other tapping a sheep resting on her lap. The statue was only one and a half feet tall. They notified the landowner what they saw and when they all came back to that same spot, indeed there was really statue. They held a procession of the statue, took it to the parish church where it was venerated in the main altar.
Not long after the enthronement of the statue of the Birhen Divina Pastora, a spring gushed forth in the main altar of the church. Miraculous cures were told and retold by thousand of devotees attributing these miracles to the intercession of the Birhen Divina Pastora. The news about the miracles spread far and wide into the northern provinces of Luzon. Unfortunately, the spring dried up in the early 1940s when some unscrupulous people started to commercialize it. However, the Lord continues to perform miracles through the intercession of Birhen Divina Pastora.
The statue of Birhen Divina Pastora has always been considered as the property of the Valmonte family of Gapan. Through the untiring effort of Msgr. Felix Hernandez, former parish priest of Gapan, the family o got motivated to give it to the Three Kings Parish on Febuary 19, 1986.
History: Gapan During the Revolt Against Spain
.....Excerpted from: "Birth of An Army" (Publ. by: Philippine Army)
The people's army at Antipolo and Uyungan of over 100 men with 32 revolvers and small cannons merged with the Masuyod contingent, and placed themselves under the overall command of General Kiko (alias Labe), a lieutenant of Bonifacio. With renewed vigor, the Katipuneros, armed with bolos and spears, and a few captured Remingtons, set off for San Mateo, and attacked the town. General Mariano Gutierrez and his Tungko troops, Bonifacio ordered, surrounded San Mateo. The enemy forces were at the convent and parish house of the church, and they had six cannons. General Malinis and De la Cruz gave orders to fire and a furious exchange of fire from guns and cannons ensued the whole day until late in the afternoon. Along the Langka river the Supremo ordered his soldiers to make effigies from banana trunks and straw scarecrows. With KKK hats on the effigies, the duped enemy wasted bullets on these dummies. Routed, the Spaniards fled leaving San Mateo to the triumphant rebels. This was the first significant victory of the Revolutionary Army over the Colonial forces.
But three days later, fresh Spanish troops arrived to regain the area. After bitter fighting, Bonifacio and his troops retreated to Balara, and engaged in another skirmish with the enemy. Bonifacio almost lost his life in saving his comrade Emilio Jacinto. The Supremo's collar was pierced by an enemy bullet in that battle known as Labanan sa Tubuhan.
The defeat did not stop Bonifacio from pursuing the armed revolution, as around him public order was slowly collapsing. Simmering resentment against Spanish rule exploded into terrible violence as Filipinos took up arms against their colonial masters. The revolt quickly spread to San Pedro de Makati, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Batangas, Laguna, Tayabas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Cavite. In Nueva Ecija, katipuneros led by Mariano Llanera, Municipal Capitan of Cabiao, and Pantaleon Belmonte, Municipal Capitan of Gapan, wearing red ribbons, launched an assault on San Isidro, capital of the province. Backed up by a band playing to stir them up, Llanera's troops besieged the town and seized it from the Spaniards. It took some time for the Spaniards in the province, taken by surprise at the scale of the uprising, for them to gather sufficient reinforcements led by Major Lopez Arteaga to arrive at the scene of battle. All-night fighting followed. This time, the Spanish army prevailed as they retook the capital.