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Tagalag
Barangay Tagalag, Valenzuela City.jpg
Tagalag is located in 1st Legislative district of Valenzuela, Philippines
Tagalag
Tagalag
Location of Tagalag in the 1st Valenzuela legislative district
Coordinates: 14°43′29″N 120°56′15″E / 14.72472°N 120.93750°E / 14.72472; 120.93750
Country Philippines
RegionNational Capital Region
CityValenzuela
Congressional districtsPart of the 1st district of Valenzuela
Government
 • Barangay ChairmanRoberto F. Geronimo
Area
 • Total101 ha (250 acres)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total3,079
 • Density3,000/km2 (7,900/sq mi)
ZIP code
1444
Area code(s)2
PSGC137504029
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Tagalag, also known as Taga-Ilog, is an administrative division in northern Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is an urban barangay in the city of Valenzuela, and is famous for fish products such as tilapia and bangus, as well as desserts such as halaya and garbanzos.[1] It was declared as a city eco-tourism zone in 2016.[2]

It is bounded by Polo River in the west, the Meycauayan River in the north and the Coloong river in the east.

Etymology

The name of the barangay is a combination of the Filipino words taga, meaning "belonging", and alog, which means "a pool of water in a field", owing to the flooding of the area that has formed the area's identity.

Its former name, Taga-Ilog, meaning "from the river", is a nod to the vast expanse of aquatic resources in the area brought in from the three connected rivers.[1][2]

History

The flat, low-lying terrain of the CAMANAVA area in Metro Manila is an area prone to flooding. This was the case as the Tagalag area was a large rice field until strong rainfall from a typhoon in the 1970s have caused the area to flood. When the floods did not subside, the Tagalag area became a fishing site, as it attracted fish from the Polo, Meycauayan, and Colong rivers.[2][1]

Festivals

Residents of Tagalag celebrate a fiesta every May 10 with a fishing contest.[1]

Tourism

Tagalag Fishing Village, the first fishing village in the city of Valenzuela, was formally inaugurated on February 15, 2020. The fishing haven is considered to be the city's "best-kept secret”, which lies beside a 1,300-meter fenced boardwalk, with light posts, adorned with statues of fish that can be caught there. It was constructed to preserve the fishing site.[2]

Various activities are also offered in the area such as jogging on the boardwalk, recreational fishing, line fishing tutorials, bird watching, boating, photowalk, and sunset watching. Migratory birds can also be seen in the distance in the area.

Tilapia, bangus, and hito are among the types of fish can be caught in the fishing site.

To promote responsible and sustainable tourism, accreditation and tourism standards are being maintained by the community-based tourism council. Park rangers also enforce Tagalag Linear Park rules to maintain peace and cleanliness in the village.

Accredited Establishments

Government

Facade, Barangay Hall
Facade, Barangay Hall

The seat of government of Tagalag is located at the curve of Rosal Street and Balikatan Street, alongside the water body of the fishing village.

Recognition

Tagalag Fishing Village was among the initiatives recognized among the Top 10 Outstanding Local Governance Programs at the 2021 Galing Pook Awards, held virtually on October 20, 2021.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Tagalag". City Government of Valenzuela. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  2. ^ a b c d Adonis, Meg (2020-02-27). "Tagalag Fishing Village no longer Valenzuela's 'best kept secret'". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  3. ^ "Valenzuela City wins big at 2021 Galing Pook Awards". cnn. Retrieved 2021-11-17.