The aborigines that dominated this settlement, a region of complex tribes, were the black kinky-haired negritos or aetas. As early as the year 1745 an ethnic group was found by the Spanish Missionaries, this time the Gaddangs who were feared for their valor and courage. This tribe of Gaddangs was ruled by a chief name Gaddanan. A furious warrior and a protector of this tribe, Gaddanan captivated the respect of his followers, thereby implanting in their memory a name worthy of emulation. As a gesture of reverence and utmost respect and to perpetuate his name, the settlement was called ANGADANAN, a name somewhat associated with Gaddanan, the Gaddang chief.
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As history had it, the rich folklores and legend handed down from generation to generation since its creation in the 17th century tell of another legendary figures of a strong man, Gavino Guiab, who possessed the power and strength that compared with the biblical figures – David and Samson – whose strength was unbelievable, yet true as chronicled in history, Gavino, as he was affectionately called, possesses the super strength of many men and could perform a feat that commanded the respect and admiration of his people. He was able to bring a giant church bell up the belfry of the Catholic Church single-handed with a rope made of braided cogon grass. The people look upon him as a leader and protector from the invasion of enemies- the negritos and other mountain tribes who attempted to reclaim the land settled in by the peaceful, but fearless descendants of Adam and Eve. In a fierce battle against the negrito braves, Gavino stood his ground during the arrows and spears of the enemy, allow the invaders that came on the way resulting in the victory that brought absolute peace to the place. Powerful as the people were, they wanted to evade further attacks from their enemies, thus their leader chose to abandon the settlement – ANGADANAN VIEJO – and moved eastward toward mighty Cagayan River.
The darkening shadows of the Spanish regime was in the offing. This situation did not at all create stalemate for there were tested leaders ready to take over the reign of governmental functions. One such leader was Don Jose de Tagle, and last Gobernadorcillo of Angadanan who move the seat of the Government to San Jose, settlement northeast and just along the vast expanse of the Cagayan River. To honor and give credence to its founder, the people named the new seat of the Municipal Government as SAN JOSE DE TAGLE. As the legend goes, the government was once more moved – this time and the last – to the old and present site baptizing it as CAMMUCAUAN which was that time a hunting ground where hunters used to wait for their quarry the whole night up to dawn stalking wild deer and wild pigs. To the new comer Cammucauan means hunting at dawn, San Jose de Tagle, the old site is now a lost paradise, its name inter wined among the dead, the site being burial place in the northeastern region of the town proper. Interwoven with the history of Angadanan Viejo (now Alicia), the town of Angadanan is rich with historical heritage, legend and tradition. Originally located in the site now occupied by the progressive town of Alicia. The Spanish town of Angadanan was officially created in October 1776 under the advocation of Nuestra Senora de Atocha de Angadanan.
On the cultural aspect, the people adhere to baptismal practice and the tradition, the “BALIAWAN”, a wedding feast ritual, to mention a few. The ritual composed of unmarried boys and girls who join hands and, facing each other, sway merrily their feet and hands to the tune of an old ballad. Still joining their hands, the boy kiss the girl in front of him at a certain point during the ballad. The natives never forget the “dote”, a sort of gift to the bride in the form of money/ or real estate – as insurance for the newlyweds to start a new, stable life.
From the advent of the American regime up to the present the town was administered by the following in the order listed hereunder.
|1||Sr. Jose de Tagle||Presidente Municipal||1911-1912|
|2||Sr. Rafael Guiab||Presidente Municipal||1912-1913|
|3||Sr. Telesforo Fanio||Presidente Municipal||1914-1915|
|4||Sr. Pedro Lutao||Presidente Municipal||1916-1917|
|5||Sr. Filomeno Siquian||Presidente Municipal||1918-1919|
|6||Sr. Pedro Panganiban||Presidente Municipal||1920-1921|
|7||Sr. Salvador Ngarangad||Presidente Municipal||1922-1923|
|8||Sr. Rufino Mamauag||Presidente Municipal||1924-1925|
|9||Sr. Florentino Nicolas||Presidente Municipal||1926-1927|
|10||Sr. Lino Lopez||Presidente Municipal||1928-1931 1940-1941|
|11||Hon. Cosme dela Cruz||Municipal Mayor||1932-1939|
|12||Hon. Vitaliano Lopez||Municipal Mayor||1942-1945|
|13||Hon. Eduardo Domingo||Municipal Mayor||1946-1955|
|14||Hon. Eugenio Guillermo||Municipal Mayor||1956-1967|
|15||Hon. Rogelio Siquian, Sr.||Municipal Mayor||1968-1967|
|16||Hon. Arsenio Aquino, Sr.||Municipal Mayor||1969-1971|
|17||Hon. Manuel Siquian||Municipal Mayor||1972-1976|
|18||Hon. Eugenio Guillermo||Municipal Mayor||1956-1967|
|19||Hon. Jacinto Ong||Municipal Mayor||1980|
|20||Hon. Fidel Alindada||Municipal Mayor|
|21||Hon. Manuel Gaffud||Municipal Mayor||1986-1988|
|22||Hon. Rogelio G. Siquian, Jr.||Municipal Mayor||1988-1995|
|23||Hon. Felicitas P. Ong||Municipal Mayor||1995-2004|
|24||Hon. Jose T. Panganiban, Jr.||Municipal Mayor||July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2010|
|25||Hon. Lourdes S. Panganiban||( INCUMBENT )||July 1, 2010 to present|