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The town was named after Don Manuel Sequig, the founder and leader of the settler who explore the virgin forest from the bank of the Agno River, towards the grassy lands of the west, to the foot of the Cordillera Mountains in the North. When San Manuel became a town in 1614, the site of the Poblacion was in Pau (now known as Curibetbet) and had a population of 2,123. As the population continued to swell in 1688, the inhabitants thought of erecting the first church and convent. It was alsothe same year that Asingan was lying out its town site call sinapog.
In 1720, the church and convent built in Pau were burned down and the people believed it to be a bad omen so they abandoned the site and went to Sinapog to live. This was then the time when San Manuel was absorb by Asingan for the first time. However, some of the inhabitants moved westward to the placed






  • Municipal Town hall

  • Ricefields and farmers riding on a Carabao and Winnowing Palay, to indicate farming as the main livelihood of the townspeople.

  • Onions, one of the main agricultural products of the municipality.

  • Gold Panning, one of the town’s lternative livelihoods.

  • National Power Plant

  • San Roque Multi-Purpose Dam Project



    San Manuel natives speak Ilocano, Tagalog and English




    The Municipality of San Manuel is envisioned to be a progressive and self-reliant community, through an agri-industrial and tourism-based economy, a well-managed natural environment, with healthy, educated, empowered, God-fearing, and peace-loving citizenry under the governance of dedicated, people-centered, accountable, effective and efficient leaders.




    To promote sound economic, social, and environmental and infrastructure policies designed to alleviate the people’s quality of life, ensure sustainable development through the protection of watershed and forest zones and create a peaceful and wholesome environment , encourage people empowerment, provide an effective delivery of services with a responsive and righteous administrative organization.

    Towards the attainment of said vision and mission, the municipality is geared towards increasing income and production, improving the delivery of services and facilities, providing economic and social opportunities, political stability and encouraging people’s participation.