Mapandan

What used to be a quaint barrio under the town of Mangaldan is now a municipality named after pandan leaves abundant in the hilly region.. Mapandan was previously known as Brgy. Torres, named after Mangaldan’s famous priest Fr. Jose Torres. It was established as a municipality in 1909. Pandan leaves are commonly used to make woven mats and baskets. It is also used in cooking to add aroma and taste. Today, Mapandan is a 3rd class municipality that celebrates its roots through their annual Pandan Festival. Pandan leaves are no longer found around the town but the festival showcases the town’s history. Costumes and props designed with pandan leaves are paraded across the town in the beginning of the week-long festival. It also celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, the town’s patron saint.

There may no longer be pandan leaves in the town but Mapandan still thrives on agricultural industries such as mushrooms, molasses and muscovado sugar. There are several mushroom farms in Mapandan. These organic produce are cultivated in wide open areas across different barangays. Mushroom spawns are bottled and stored until the time they are to be placed in beds made of banana leaves. These mushrooms are then sold fresh to distributors around Pangasinan. Mushroom farming are done in Mapandan for generations given its simple process and low-cost materials. Aside from mushrooms, Mapandan produces molasses and muscovado sugar as its One Town, One Product (OTOP). No need to go to Bacolod for sugarcan plantations manufacturing these sweet products. 
 

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