Rosales, Pangasinan

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Robert Estrella Stadium
Robert Estrella Stadium
Official seal of Rosales
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Rosales
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Rosales
Rosales is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
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Country  Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Pangasinan
District 6th district of Pangasinan
Founded 1852
Barangays 37
 • Mayor Susan P. Casareno
 • Total 66.39 km2 (25.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 59,687
 • Density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2441
Dialing code 75
Income class 1st class; partially urban

Rosales (Pangasinan: Baley na Rosales; Ilocano: Ili ti Rosales), is a first class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It is sometimes called as Carmen, based on its prominent barangay of the same name (now split into two barangays). According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 59,687 people.[3] Rosales was created as a separate municipality through a Royal Decree in 1852. It was named in honor of Don Antonio Rosales.

Philippine National Author and internationally renowned novelist Francisco Sionil Josè has set a monument to the town he grew up in with his five-novels-series The Rosales Saga.

Rosales is a junction town for those travelling between the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the other towns of Pangasinan. Its local economy is considered as one of the best in Pangasinan with the opening of the first SM mall in Pangasinan called SM City Rosales. Rosales will be last interchange of Phase 1 of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).


It is widely believed that the name Rosales came from the word rosal which is a name of a flower that was known to be abundant in the area. However, Spanish records revealed that Rosales was originally a ranchera founded by a pioneering Filipino named Nicolas Bañez. It was declared a pueblo in 1852. The place was named in honor of Don Antonio Rosales Liberal, a man noted for his rectitude, industry, and learning. He is also an Order of the Royal Audiencia in Manila and a Consejero de Filipinas en el Ministro de Ultramar (Secretary of Foreign Affairs) during that time.


Rosales is politically subdivided into 37 barangays.[2]

  • Acop
  • Bakitbakit
  • Balincanaway
  • Cabalaoangan Norte
  • Cabalaoangan Sur
  • Camangaan
  • Capitan Tomas
  • Carmay West
  • Carmen East
  • Carmen West
  • Casanicolasan
  • Coliling
  • Calanutan (Don Felix Coloma)
  • Guiling
  • Palakipak
  • Pangaoan
  • Rabago
  • Rizal
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio
  • San Bartolome
  • San Isidro
  • San Luis
  • San Pedro East
  • San Pedro West
  • San Vicente
  • San Angel
  • Station District
  • Tumana East
  • Tumana West
  • Zone I (Pob.)
  • Zone IV (Pob.)
  • Carmay East
  • Don Antonio Village
  • Zone II (Pob.)
  • Zone III (Pob.)
  • Zone V (Pob.)


Population census of Rosales
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 45,275 —    
1995 47,616 +0.95%
2000 52,086 +1.94%
2007 57,702 +1.42%
2010 59,687 +1.24%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


Climate data for Rosales, Pangasinan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 21
Average precipitation mm (inches) 127.5
Average rainy days 17 17 17 15 20 19 19 20 21 20 17 19 221
Source: World Weather Online[5]

Local government

Presidencia (town hall)

Like other towns in the Philippines, Rosales is governed by a mayor and vice mayor who are elected to three-year terms. The mayor is the executive head and leads the town's departments in executing the ordinances and improving public services. The vice mayor heads a legislative council (Sangguniang Bayan) consisting of councilors from the barangays or barrios.


The Presidencia (Town hall) is located in front of the Robert B. Estrella Stadium, Poblacion. In 1924, the construction of the Presidencia building (Municipal Town Hall) was completed and became the seat of the municipal government. The heritage building was renovated in 2004-2007 under the administration of Mayor Ricardo V. Revita with his Revitalize Rosales banner.


Livelihood and products:

  • Chopping Board Industry (Acop)
  • Charcoal (Acop)
  • Tupig & Tinapa (Smoked Fish) (Carmen)
  • Patupat (Balincanaway)
  • Rice/Palay Producer


St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church
Centuries-old unfinished dugout boat
  • Robert B. Estrella Stadium
  • Ramon Magsaysay Monument
  • Tomb of The Unknown Soldiers
  • Presidencia

Nature and Adventure

  • Acop Dam
  • Salvacion and San Miguel Dam
  • Acop Cold Springs and Waterfall
  • Rosales Aviary/Mini Zoo
  • Eco-Tourism Site of Rosales
  • Ibtor Challenge (Sports) Festival of Rosales

St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church

St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan), at Rosales. Through a decree of the Vicar-General of the Archbishopric Authority of Manila, the Catholic Church was restored on February 15, 1915. A modest shed-like barong-barung was built at the present site of the church. Fr. Nicasio Mabanta was the first Parish Priest.

Within 3 years, a much sturdier building with GI sheets as roofing and sawali walls was constructed. Father Antonio Salindong was assigned, with longest tenure ever, continued the improvement with construction of concrete wall and facade with the image of St. Anthony. In 1946, a strong tornado tore off the GI sheet roof of the Church. Conrado Estrella, Sr. restored the roof with donations of the residents.

During the term of Fr. Primo Garcia (1979-1986), the church was expanded in its east and west wings, the beginning of the construction of the parish center, and fencing of the whole premises. Msgr. Geronimo Marcelino begun the renovations of the Parish Rectory and completed by Fr. Diomedes Laguerta.

Our Lady of Rosales Grotto

The Grotto, which is located at Station District, is regularly visited by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (for spiritual atonement and guidance) and local and foreign tourists.

Ancient dugout

A centuries-old unfinished dugout, a big banca (five tons, measuring 8 by 2 by 1.5 meters), was accidentally retrieved in November 2010 by Mayor Ricardo Revita at Barangay Casanicolasan in the Lagasit River, near the Agno River.[6] It is now on display in front of the Presidencia or Municipal Town Hall.



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