The Founding

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Settlers from Batac came pouring in. These included Manuel Almayda, Maximiano Belza, Jose Veloso, Marcos Benoza and others. They settled in a place called “Ginawidan” which is now known as Barangay San Isidro. Some settled in a place where plenty

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HISTORY OF ZARAGOZA(As compiled by the late Municipal Secretary Luis E. Zamora, Jr.)I The FoundingCurved out from a dense forest and thick pampas, intrepid Ilocanos from Batac, Ilocos Norte, in the year 1864, formed a community of settlers somewhere in the western border of Nueva Ecija that was later to be known as ZARAGOZA.Because of the presence of big old mango trees that is in abundance in the place, the Ilocano settlers called it Manga a Lakay, meaning Old Mango Tree. The place was later renamed as San Vicente, in honor of their patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer.Prominent among those settlers were: Fr. Andres Alcantara, Capt. Hipolito Madamba, Capt. Tranquilino Acosta, Capt. Mariano Belza, and one Capt. Alias Sanglay.Before them, Igorots could be found roaming around with no fixed homes. These Igorots moved from one place to another and were entirely dependent on fruits of wild trees, on wild pigs and birds, for their food. In some places, however, some Igorots had fixed homes. They cleared and tilled lands called Kaingin.As more and more Ilocano immigrants arrived, the Igorots vanished. They dont want to mingle with Christian immigrants. The Ilocanos, thus occupied the Kaingins of the Igorots.Settlers from Batac came pouring in. These included Manuel Almayda, Maximiano Belza, Jose Veloso, Marcos Benoza and others. They settled in a place called Ginawidan which is now known as Barangay San Isidro. Some settled in a place w

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