This barrio was founded in 1784 in land belonging to another barrio, Matala, before moving to its present location. Its original inhabitants were unruly and often engaged in thievery, castle rustling and abduction. Suspects were punished by chaining them to boards with holes through which their legs were inserted. These were called “panaoan” or, in English, the pillory. The barrio’s original settlers were the Caringal, Cabral, Recio, Real and Ron families.
Pangao is situated at approximately 13.8232, 121.1455, in the island of Luzon. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 130.3 meters or 427.5 feet above mean sea level.