Wawa, Pilar

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Wawa is one of the 19 barangays in the municipality of Pilar in the second district of the province of Bataan, the Philippines. Located in the eastern part of the town, it is bordered by Balut II to the north, Panilao to the west, Bagumbayan and Landing to the south, and Manila Bay to the east. Majority of Wawa are agricultural lands used as either fishponds or rice paddies. Most of the locals reside in the central portion along the Masuaje River. The barangay's name derives from the Tagalog word wawa, meaning "estuary" or river mouth owing to its location where the Masuaje River drains to Manila Bay. As of 2015, the local population is around 1,990.

Barangay administrative division in the Philippines

A barangay or baranggay, formerly referred to as barrio, is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. In metropolitan areas, the term often refers to an inner city neighbourhood, a suburb or a suburban neighborhood. The word barangay originated from balangay, a kind of boat used by a group of Austronesian peoples when they migrated to the Philippines.

Pilar, Bataan Municipality in Central Luzon, Philippines

Pilar, officially the Municipality of Pilar,, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 41,823 people.

Bataan Province in Central Luzon, Philippines

Bataan is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Balanga. Occupying the entire Bataan Peninsula on Luzon, Bataan is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north. The peninsula faces the South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north-west, and encloses Manila Bay to the east.

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Economy

Formerly, the barangay's primary source of livelihood was fishing owing to its healthy seas. Fisherfolks usually go to the sea for weeks or even months navigating the whole area of Manila Bay and often reaching as far as Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas. On their return, the people celebrate as they wait by the sea shore. Today, only a few people depend on fishing, and usually use canoes instead of large barges.

Manila Bay natural harbour, industrial port of Manila on Luzon

Manila Bay is a natural harbour which serves the Port of Manila, in the Philippines. Strategically located around the capital city of the Philippines, Manila Bay facilitated commerce and trade between the Philippines and its neighbouring countries, becoming the gateway for socio-economic development even prior to Spanish occupation. With an area of 1,994 km2 (769.9 sq mi), and a coastline of 190 km (118.1 mi), Manila Bay is situated in the western part of Luzon and is bounded by Cavite and Metro Manila on the east, Bulacan and Pampanga on the north, and Bataan on the west and northwest. Manila Bay drains approximately 17,000 km2 (6,563.7 sq mi) of watershed area, with the Pampanga River contributing about 49% of the freshwater influx. With an average depth of 17 m (55.8 ft), it is estimated to have a total volume of 28.9 billion cubic metres. Entrance to the bay is 19 km (11.8 mi) wide and expands to a width of 48 km (29.8 mi). However, width of the bay varies from 22 km (13.7 mi) at its mouth and expanding to 60 km (37.3 mi) at its widest point.

Bulacan Province in Central Luzon, Philippines

Bulacan is a province in the Philippines, located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) north of Manila, and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Bulacan was established on August 15, 1578.

Cavite Province in Calabarzon, Philippines

Cavite is a province in the Philippines located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the Calabarzon region on Luzon island. Situated 21 kilometres (13 mi) southwest of Metro Manila, it is one of the most industrialized and fastest growing provinces in the Philippines. Its population of 3,678,301 (2015) makes it one of the most populated provinces in the country.

Culture

The barangay celebrates two festivals, or fiestas annually: one in May to celebrate the feast of the Holy Cross (Santa Cruz) and the other every October 24 to celebrate the feast of the barangay's patron saint, San Rafael the Archangel. The two fiestas are celebrated differently. The feast of St. Raphael is traditionally celebrated with a festive dance called "sambale" (also known as "karakol" in some parts of the Philippines) followed by a fluvial parade starting from the Masuaje River until Manila Bay and back. During the fluvial procession, locals bring the image of Saint Raphael together with a brass band called "musico" to the sea aboard a large boat (mother "pagoda") adorned with colorful banderitas. Smaller outrigger boats or bancas follow the mother pagoda. After reaching the open sea, the boats make several rounds that last for hours before heading back to the river. The locals believe the celebration will give them plentiful catch of fish.

Fiesta, Spanish for "(religious) feast", "festival" or "party", may refer to:

Raphael (archangel) Archangel featuring in Book of Tobit

Raphael is an archangel responsible for healing in the traditions of most Abrahamic religions. Not all branches of these religions consider the identification of Raphael to be canonical.

In May, a "kantura", a variant of the santacruzan, is held for nine days prior to the feast day. The kantura consists of twelve (sometimes fourteen) young girls between 7 to 12 years old that sing and dance hymns to the Holy Cross every day and night during a procession, symbolizing the role of pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land to visit the Holy Cross. Every night the Holy Cross is transferred to a different house or 'station' and a feast is served for the cantors and the townsfolk, traditionally consisting of green bean soup (nilagang monggo) and paborita. On the ninth and final day, the kantura follows the Reyna Elena on her search for the Holy Cross. A sambale and fluvial parade are also typically held during the day before the night procession.

Notable individuals

Hon. Manuel Cruz Herrera was a lawyer, an instructor in the University of the Philippines and Manuel Luis Quezon University, and a deputy tanod bayan during the Marcos regime and later, head of the prosecution panel in the Benigno Aquino, Jr. murder case that led to the EDSA Revolution of 1986. And then became one of the justices of the Court of Appeals from 1987 to 1997, and chair of the National Unification Commission.

Ferdinand Marcos former President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986

Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who was the tenth President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. A leading member of the far-right New Society Movement, he ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981. His regime was infamous for its corruption, extravagance, and brutality.

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