TODAY: JUNE 28, 2016

San Jose City (Nueva Ecija, Philippines PH) strategic location gained the title of being a "Gateway to the North" as the city's central business district provides easy access to the province of Nueva Vizcaya and the Cagayan Valley Region (55 kms), to Pangasinan and the Ilocos Regions (38 kms), to the country's Summer Capital Baguio City (116 kms) and likewise to the Dingalan Port (70 kms) in Aurora Province.

The city is situated in the northern part of Nueva Ecija, 47 kilometers away from the seat of the provincial government in Palayan City; 160 kms. north of Manila; 116 kms. south of Baguio City; and approximately 150 kms. west of the Clark Special Economic Zone. It is nestled at the foot of the Caraballo Mountain Range, and it is bounded by the Sierra Madre Mountain in the east, Municipality of Carranglan in the North, Municipalities of Lupao and Talugtog in the West and Science City of Muņoz and Llanera in the South.


Historical Background

Barangay Kita-Kita is one of the oldest barrios in town, which was established in 1897. Originally, it has four sitios, namely: Camp 4th, Camp 3rd, Florida or Orias, and Sitio Calaocan. It was named after the lumber or trees that abundantly grew in the barrio called “kita-kita”.

The barrio is a wide level plain bounded on the north by hill and mountain ranges extending east and west on the south by the Talavera Irrigation River on the east and on the west by the barrio of Malasin.

Approximately six square kilometers in are, Kita-Kita has several sitios within its present territorial jurisdiction, namely: Almonida, located on the northwest; Orias, locate on the north; Butao, on the east; and Cabitbitnogan, on the west.

Included in its past territorial jurisdiction was the barrio of Tayabo. Due to the increased population of Barangay Tayabo, it was made a separate barrio independent from Kita-Kita.

Among the early settlers were Captain Desiderio de Guzman, Don Tomas Garcia, Don Sabas Vergo, Don Mariano Casero, Don Francisco Pangan, Don Vicente Velasco, Don Leopardo Reyes, Faustino Sambrano, Raymundo Rivera, Evaristo Tulla, Bernabe Gonzales, Honorato Garcia, Andres Reyes, Arcadio Aquino and Felix Fernandez. These early hardworking pioneers had contributed much in the economic development of Kita-Kita.

Among the Teniente del Barrio who were backbones of domestic and social progress from the earliest date are the following: Francisco Pangan, Raymundo Rivera, Honorato Garcia, Crisanto Rivera, Pedro Garcia, Hilario Dioses, Julian Paldos, Junario Munsayac, Tomas Carpio and Severino Velasco.

During the 1896-1900, Kita-Kita has been used as a passageway of Katipuneros between San Jose and Carranglan. There were no battles fought whatsoever in Kita-Kita during the Spanish and American occupation.

Favourable for its terrain in the north, Kita-Kita was an asylum for the guerrillas during the Japanese occupation. Inspite of the surprise raids made by the Japanese soldiers, not a single guerrilla was caught and brutally punished. The most important role that this barrio contributed during the Japanese occupation was giving food supplies to the guerrillas.

There was a forced labor among the inhabitants of Kita-Kita during the Japanese occupation. The people were forced to work in Japanese barracks without pay. They were also robbed of their belongings, foods and animals. In the later part of the Japanese occupation, the Japanese burned houses in the barrio.

The War Damage Act of the United States helped so many inhabitants of the barrio in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of what was lost during World War II. The persons concerned claimed with the War Damage Commission for their losses during the war and the commission paid their claims.

Other leaders who unselfishly devoted their time and effort for the welfare of the barangay from 1983 to present where the following: Faustino Ordonia (1983); Felipe Magalong (1989); Sevillano Geron (1994), Ernesto Atayde (1997), Alfredo Garcia (2002 to 2013) and Gina Guevarra Carpio (2013 to present).

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