Mapandan was formerly a barrio of Mangaldan. It was before located in the hilly regions of the south where there used to be plenty of “pandan” a native palm whose leaves will add aroma to cooked rice. The leaves also are stripped and woven into mats. That’s why they call it Mapandan.
The Pandan Festival showcased the town’s agricultural wealth, a celebration of its people’s industry and diligence as well as a commemoration of the town history.