Pagsanjan (pronounced 'Pag-sang-han')

is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines . 

According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 32,622 people in 7,274 households. It is situated about 92 kilometers south of Manila. The main tourist spot of Pagsanjan is the Pagsanjan Falls  or (Magdapio Falls). A particular highlight is the boatride which passes through 14 rapids maneuvered by boatmen between rocks and boulders that leads to the main falls.

Pagsanjan is named as the tourist capital of Laguna and is the home of the Bankero Festival. The 'bangkeros' are tour guides that steer the tourists' bancas, they are called the boatmen who shoot the rapids all the way to the famous Pagsanjan Falls. These festivities is celebrated in the month of March.

The incumbent mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna is Hon. Emilio Ramon Ejercito - Estrada, coloquially "E.R." by the residents of Pagsanjan.



Pagsanjan, Laguna, Philippines

The "PAGSANJAN BANGKERO FESTIVAL", which is annually held in the month of April, is fast becoming popular with its colorful and impressive line-up of events on land and on the river. These include a vibrant variety of competitions like the traditional boat race (regatta), land and fluvial float parades bundled with street dancing, drum and lyre band, trade fairs, cookfest, concert, sports events and triathlon olympics, "Palarong Bangkero", Cultural Night with the Festival of Folk Dances", and the annual search for "Ginoong Bangkero" and "Lakan at Binibining Pagsanjan"

The five-day celebration is inspired by Pagsanjan beloved and miraculous Patroness Our Lady of Guadalupe and dedicated to all the "Bangkeros" of Pagsanjan. "Bangkero" is the tagalog word for the desterous and skilled "Boatman". They are the natural navigators and tour guides who expertly paddle, and bodily lift a "banca" or "canoe" upstream against the strong current between the gorge and canyon walls, and then maneuver downstream through the rapids and rocks at breathtaking speed; which makes it truly an exciting two-hour boatride experience of a lifetime, beginning from either the Bumbungan River or the Balanac River going towards the magnificent and globally famous Pagsanjan Falls.

Municipal Governent of Pagsanjan
The Tourist Capital of Laguna, Philippines
Phone: (0063-49) 808-4057
Fax: (0063-49) 8085143
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Sining Katutubo Dance Assembly of Pagsanjan, Laguna

Sikada is the Official Cultural Dance Troupe of the Municipality of Pagsanjan, Laguna, Philippines. This dance group, which is composed of young performers all from Pagsanjan, was founded by Hon. Mayor Jeorge (E.R.) Ejercito Estregan on January 29, 2002 as cultural awareness outrearch program for today's new generation. It was formally organized to preserve Filipino tradition and share to everyone its rich cultural heritage through the language of dance and song and by playing musical instruments.

Municipal Government of Pagsanjan
The Tourist Capital of Laguna, Philippines
Phone: (0063-49) 8084057
Fax: (0063-49) 8085143

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