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|Distance from Manila: 100 KM|
|Real's name came into existence as a result of the landing of Spanish forces at the place during the advent of its regime. The Spanish called it as a "Puerto Real".|
The origin of Real has no traditional folklore to boast of. Its name came into existence as a result of the landing of Spanish forces at the place during the advent of is regime. The Spaniards made it a port with the name "Puerto Real". According in the old folks Spanish galleons and ships docked at the port to reinforce forces stationed at a nearby place and at Malayong Binangonan now Infanta, thus came the name REAL.
From then on, Real became a part of history as a port of Spanish conquistadors, then by the Americans, the Japanese, and now by foreign traders importing logs from the Philippines being the nearest place from the pacific seaboard.
Formerly a mere barrio of Infanta, it was created into a municipal district with the seat government at Real comprising the barrios of Llavac, Cawayan, Kiloloron, Capelong, Tignoan and Lubayat which were all segregated from the mother town. This was by virtue of Executive Order No. 410 dated 15 December 1960 by the then Prsident Carlos P. Garcia. Then on June 22, 1963, by virtue of Republic Act No. 3754, Real with all its barrios including the additional barrios of Ungos, Maragondon, Poblacion No.61, Poblacion No. 1, Malapad and Tanauan was created into regular municipality. It held its first election in the same year with Lazaro A. Atendido as the first elected Municipal Mayor, who succeeded appointed Mayors Epifanio M. Crisostomo (1962) and Ricardo O. Macasaet (1961). The appointed Municipal Officials during the year 1961 were: Ricardo O. Macasaet - Mayor; Benito F. Atendido - Vice-Mayor; Councilors Eugenio R. Pestanas; Dafrosa N. Flores; Pablo Mortiz; Rugo Miras; and Joaquin Durante. For the year of 1962: Epifanio M. Crisostomo - Mayor; Lazaro A. Atendido - Vice-Mayor; Eugenio Pestanes; Rufo Miras; Joaquin Durante; Pablo Mortiz; Dafrosa N. Flors, and; Alfredo Guibillas as Councilors. The Municipal Officials elected with Mayor Lazaro A. Atendido in 1963 were: Rugo Miras - Vice-Mayor; Sofronio America; Pastor Coralde; Paquito Mirasol; Jesus Requillas; Troadio Suaverdez; and Atanacio Ritual as Councilors. Then during the second elections held in 1967, the former appointed Mayor Epifanio M. Crisostomo won the mayoralty seat in a protested fight over rival Sotero Mercado. With him then were: Vice-Mayor - elect Antonio R. Azcarraga; Councilors Amando V. Diestro; Crisanta R. Almiranez; Reynaldo R. Resplandor; Wilfredo R. Peras; Benito F. Atendido; and Santiago Rutaquio. During the elections in 1971, the number of Municipal Councilors were increased to eight (8) and the incumbent officials are Mayor Amando V. Diestro who won an overwhelming majority over his closest rivals Pedro A. Huerto and former Mayor Crisostomo; Vice-Mayor Pablo P. Penamante; Councilors Gutardo A. Burgo; Antonio M. Baluyot; Danilo M. Calzado; Remedios Q. Aumentado; Cesario C. Villaflor; Eugenio S. Aveno; Benjamin C. Austia and; Lazaro A. Atendido. Quite a coincidence, out of the letter initials of the first names of the executive chiefs of Real can be coined the name of the town itself: R - from Ricardo; E - from Epifanio; A - from Amando and L - from Lazaro.
Real is situated at the middle of the stretching province of Quezon, three-hour ride by motor launch from Polillo Islands and three-hour ride by motor boat from Mauban all during fair weather and a thirty-minute jeepney drive from Infanta. Specifically, it is some twelve kilometers (12) south of Infanta and some seventeen miles west of Polillo Islands. It has an estimated land area of 55,700 hectares. The area is bounded on the East by the wide Pacific Ocean; on the west by the long Sierra Madre Mountains; on the North by Infanta, Quezon; and on the South by Mauban, Quezon. Such location, and being on the East , rainy season prevails almost throughout the year, and summer prevails from March to May. Overlooking, the town proper on the east is the Lamon Bay, which is dotted with fishing boats, and motor launches plying various points during fair weather. Prominent along the Tacligan Point labeled on the map as forming a semi-circular enclosure of the bay from the North as the promontory of coconut and agoho trees. At times, at the Tacligan Point, a number of ships would drop anchor for fresh provisioning and log-export loading, that the late President Quezon on his last visit of the place sometime before the outbreak of World War II seeing the fitness of the bay to harbor ships and its suitability to navigation, announced his intention to establish Port Real as a Port of Entry simultaneous with the construction of a Highway linking Real to Manila via Marikina, Rizal being the shortest among possible routes. The plan would make Real as an alternate to the Port of Manila so that all ships coming from the Pacific Seaboard bound for Manila may preferably dock and unload its cargoes and passengers and thence via the highway may proceed to Manila instead of passing through the very long, circuitous, and hazardous San Bernardino Strait which is plotted at more than 380 nautical miles or about 600 kilometers before reaching Manila Bay. According to ship captains presently docking at Real, Okinawa is only 3 days while Tokyo is only 6 days of travel from Real thereby much nearer to Manila.
Fishing is one of the chief industnes of the inhabitants together with copra and copal making. Copal is a resinous forest product extracted from almaciga trees purified and classified and transported by its consignees to Manila and to other courtbies.
Real can also be called as the Melting Pot of the Province of Quezon as its inhabitants comprise most of the ethnic groups of the Philippines. There are Bicolanos, Ilocanos, Visayans, Cebuanos, Pangasinensis, Pampanguenos, Ilonggos, and of course the Tagalogs. Seventy-five (75%) percent of all the inhabitants are just migrants from nearby provinces while about twenty - five (25%) percent are from the Infanta-Polillo area. In fact, even those in the local govemment circle comprise a mixture of all these ethnic groups but serving the same interest. Though the main dialect is still Tagalog.
There are also a lot of religious sects in the area. You can find Catholic comprising the majority, then the Church of Christ Disciples, the church of Christ Founded in Jerusalem. The First Baptist Church, The Iglesia Ni Kristo and the Seventh Day Adventists.
There is also a minority group called Dumagats numbering around forty (40) living along the Sierra Madre mountains, northwest of Llavac. These Dumagats are scattered along the mountains with no permanent settlement area and they thrive only on rivers and its tributaries aside from root foods like camotes and me like. Once visited by the Municipal Officials they aired their intentions to have a permanent settlement area and a school for their children to which attention is now being done.