Barangay Tangal Headquarters


Tangal potable water supply tank

It is said that "Tangal" comes from the name given to the powdered bark of a tree. This powder apparently renders more intoxicating the wine made from coconut flowers (tuba).

Tangal was forested during the Spanish occupation and later during the American period these forests were cleared and replaced by farmland

In the swamp areas there are nipa palms.

The nipa's compound leaves are cut from the palms,and the long leaflets removed from the stalk. The leaves are folded over a bamboo stick and sewed together with nipa midribs to make a nipa shingles for roofing.

After World War II the population increased enough that Tangal became a Sitio of Tagbac. A few years later, in 1950, Tangal was made a barrio. In the NSO population census of 2007 Tangal's population was 4117 made up of 677 households.

In 1971 large waves destroyed houses near the beach front. For three years no houses were built near the beach front. Then Father Bernhardt Kassellmann, SVD, built a concrete chapel in an area that had been damaged by the waves. Some of the local inhabitants then returned.

During the martial law period (1972 - 1981) a barangay hall was constructed and an electricity supply from LUBELCO reached Tangal.

These days the barangay leaders and fishermen help the police in driving away illegal fishermen from the barangay's marine resources.

Reference: HISTORY OF LUBANG by Rudy Candelario - translated into English by Benjamin Walata. (

Icons in the Tangal Chapel
Office of Barangay Tangal

Alay Buhay ng Magsasaka was an organisation set up to help farmers. The headquarters in Tangal, pictured on the right, appears somewhat dead.

The diesel motor pictured below is connected to a belt driven centrifugal pump.

Alay Buhay ng Magsasaka ng Putat
Tangal bore pump
Coffins in Alay Buhay ng Magsasaka ny Putat building
Winnowing rice
Tangal Horseman
Tangal Intermediate School
House and fish farm
A Tangal fish farm
Firewood for cooking purposes

In Tangal there are many fish farms, and here is depicted an attractive one that is just outside the main settlement.

The farms seem to mainly specialise in prawns, and the waterways are interconnected to a river from Tagbac Bay.

Kubu at a fish farm
A house in Tangal
A Tangalhouse with washing
The frame of a Tangal house
Chicken cages in Tangal
Tangal residents playing cards in a street at a wake.