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|Distance from Manila: 155 KM|
|One interesting feature of Burdeos is its 25 islets that turn 18 at high tide. Two of these islets, Anilon and Isla Puting Bato, are known for pearl farming. Migrating birds are the added attractions in Minasawa Bird Paradise while some species of endangered animals are also found in other areas of the municipality.|
ORIGINALLY, the inhabitants of Burdeos called it then - Visita, with deer as their preoccupation to earn their living, and wild pigs hunting, primitive farming (Kaingin) and fishing.
Foremost deers and wild pig hunters, aside from Negritoes who used bows and arrows was the old-man Pelagio Valentin. While the fist leading citizens were those old man by the time, Mr. Valeriano Foliente, Severino Villaseñor and Alipio Azaron, all known philanthropies of the place. These three used to rally behind and support any undertakings for the progress of their locality - the visita - to the extent of giving away for the success of their public projects, their monies and/or properties, like lands.
When the first priest came to Visita to hold the first mass, this priest called Visita by another name - Burdeos. From then Visita was named and called Burdeos instead. Burdeos progressed and became one of the Barrios of Polillo, Tayabas, (now Quezon).
Before World War II, Mr. Meianio Foliente, known Municipal Councilor of the town of Polillo dreamed to make Burdeos a separate municipality which brain-child nowhere got its base. A second move to separate from Polillo was undertaken by Mr. Reymundo Filomino who became a councilor then of Polillo, but also in vain.
After the liberation of the Philippines from the pitiful occupation of the Japanese forces by the United States through General Douglas McArthur, the spirit to make Burdeos an independent municipality generated once again on May 1940. This sentiment led to a small conference on the matter held at the farmhouse of Mr. Cornelio Foliente on May 1946 of then sitio Amot, Burdeos, Polillo, Tayabas. Present in the Conference were Melanio Poliente, Aquilino Morga, Dalmacio Durante, Cornelio Poliente, and Valeriano Rudio.
These delegates saw Congressman Fortunato Suarez of the First District of Quezon in the early morning of May 29, 1948 at the Congressman's residence at Lucena who was still sleeping and awaken by his good wife. Congressman Suarez, promised to the delegation that he will introduce a bill in the House of Congress - the creation of the Municipality of Burdeos. He informed the delegation that he will in advance inform Mayor Mamerto Azarias and other prominent citizens of Polillo who will be his dinner visitors the next day, May 30, 1943, it being the town fiesta of Lucena. Guerilla Captain Simon Mercado failed to join the delegation.
On third Congress, a bill was introduced by Congressman Fortunato Suarez which is known now as Republic Act No. 250, (House No. 1695), creating the Municipality of Burdeos, Province of Quezon. During the height of this move to segregate Burdeos from its mother municipality of Polillo, Congresman Suarez dropped at Polillo Bay in seaplane in company with Reymundo Felomino, Vaieriano Rudio and Pacifico Foliente from Manila and transferred to the motorlaunch of Mr. Ianchiong Go Kingko, a prominent merchant of Polillo and Burdeos. Congressman Suarez spent his sojourn at the house of Late Valeriano Foliente in Burdeos.
Among the men who supported the movement, were Brigido Villaseñor, Loreto Villaseñor, Zoilo Gonzales, Isidro Refazo, Francisco Villaseñor, Corona Ayuste and others.
In the local election of November, 1951, it gave Burdeos her first elective officiais to run the local govemment from January 1, 1952 to December 31, 1955, with Aquilino Morga, Mayor; Corona Ayuste, Vice - Mayor; and Messrs. Francisco Tabuena, Segundino Villanea, Antero Negrite, Moises Villaseñor, Leon Bantigue, Bias F. Orosco as Municipal Councilors with Mr. Valeriano Rudio as Secretary, who later on resigned to be succeeded by Mr. Lino de Silva, Miss Rose Villaseñor, Mr. Leandro Fortunato and Pacifico Foliente who successively became Municipal Secretaries.
From then Burdeos came to existence as a distinct municipality through the succession of local elective officiais with honest intentions to make and introduce improvements to the locality, thus making our people improved socially, politically, educationally and economically.
In the local elections of November, 1963, Mr. Pacifico Foliente was elected as the local executive of this town. During his term he devoted much of his time and labored much for the realization of our long cherish dream Burdeos-Polillo Road, which he believed would bring our people nearer to the town in the mainland of Luzon, until after said road was inaugurated and opened to public by Hon. Anacleto C. Alcala, Governor of the Province of Quezon, on May 14, 1971, few months after the devastating typhoon "Yoling and Sening" hit the area. Several school buildings were constructed throughout the jurisdictional area of the municipality and public education was brought to our rural areas comprising the municipality, consisting of 20,948 hectares more or less, with fourteen barrios including the Poblacion.
The climate over this area is moderately favorable for any kind of crops to grow to support the livelihood of the the inhabitants who came mostly from Infanta, Bicol, Visayas, Ilocandia and other places throughout the country, except for few whose ancestors were of the primitive tribes. Despite the presence of different religious sects, as Iglesia Ni Kristo, Jehovah's Witness, Seventh Day Adventists, Protestant and other minor religious sect, the Roman Catholic exist in great number. They are still in harmony, notwithstanding the difference in dialect they spoke.
In the celebration of fiestas, since pre-Spanish up to the present time, our people have been observing our customary tradition of celebrating our town fiesta annually which falls on the 23rd and 24th of October, the latter being the feast day of our Patron Saint Raphael Arcangel. Likewise, the observation and celebration of holidays are being done, most especially in connection with the celebration commemorating the birthdays and deaths of national heroes.