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Balen ning Abukay
Official seal of Abucay
Nickname(s): Abu-kinaykay
Map of Bataan showing the location of Abucay
Map of Bataan showing the location of Abucay
Abucay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°44′N 120°32′E / 14.733°N 120.533°E / 14.733; 120.533Coordinates: 14°44′N 120°32′E / 14.733°N 120.533°E / 14.733; 120.533
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bataan
District 1st District
Founded 1587
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Ana D. Santiago (NPC)
 • Vice Mayor Khristine G. Dela Fuente (Lakas–CMD)
 • Total 79.72 km2 (30.78 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 37,719
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2114
Dialing code 47
Income class 3rd class

Abucay is a third class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 37,719people.[3] The town has a total land area of 7,972.00 hectares.

6 rivers with a combined length of 37 kilometres (23 mi) intertwine from western to eastern direction with its secondary forests and fishponds which are rich in commercial marine species like milkfish, tilapia, pla-pla and shimps. Abucay also produces rice, corn, rootcrops, legumes, vegetable and various kinds of fruits as well as forest grown bamboo and buho.[4]

Abucay is accessible via the Bataan Provincial Expressway, off Exit 25.


Abucay originted from "abu-kinaykay" (digging the fire debris). A Spaniard arrived in the town amid the big fire that destroyed properties. The natives were busy digging from the debris (shoveling, "kinaykay").

The first printing press in the Archipelago is found in this town. The Tomas Pinpin press is older than any United States models. Tomas Pinpin learned the art from Fray Francisco Blanca de San Jose and Juan de Vera, a Chinese printer at the University of Santo Tomas.

Municipal government and politics[edit]

Pursuant to the Local government in the Philippines",[5][6] the political seat of the municipal government is located at the Municipal Town Hall. In the History of the Philippines (1521–1898), the Gobernadorcillo is the Chief Executive who holds office in the Presidencia. During the American rule (1898–1946) (History of the Philippines (1898-1946)), the elected Mayor and local officials, including the appointed ones hold office at the Municipal Town Hall. The legislative and executive departments perform their functions in the Sangguniang Bayan (Session Hall) and Municipal Trial Court, respectively, and are located in the Town Hall.

Abucay, Bataan's incumbent elected officials are Mayor Ana D. Santiago (NPC) and Vice Mayor Ma. Khristine G. Dela Fuente (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).[7] The 8 Sangguniang Bayan Members led by the Vice-Mayor hold office at the Abucay Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall.


Abucay is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.

  • Bangkal
  • Calaylayan (Pob.)
  • Capitangan
  • Gabon
  • Laon (Pob.)
  • Mabatang
  • Omboy
  • Salian
  • Wawa (Pob.)


Population census of Abucay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 26,708 —    
1995 29,270 +1.73%
2000 31,801 +1.79%
2007 38,554 +2.69%
2010 37,719 −0.79%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Kapampangans who speak a different dialect of the Kapampangan language abound in Mabatang.

Local attractions[edit]

Abucay is still a developing town. Tourism wise, the famous landmarks, include the following:

Sto. Domingo Abucay Church 
The spiritual ministration of Abucay was entrusted to the Dominicans in 1588. A fierce battle between the Dutch invaders and the Pampango defenders was fought in this court on June 23, 1647. Nearly two hundred Pampangos were put to death, and forty others, together with Spanish Alcalde mayor and two Dominican priests were taken prisoners to Batavia. The present church was badly damaged by the earthquake of 16 September 1852. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Feast Day of St. Dominic (Abucay; last Sunday of October).
Tomas Pinpin Monument 
(Brgy. Ibayo, Abucay). Stands in memory of Tomas Pinpin, the "Patriarch of Filipino Printing". The monument is standing in the centre of Tomas Pinpin Memorial Elementary School, the biggest and the central elementary school in the town.
Maria Canon Statue 
(Sibul, Abucay). Tower erected by the Mie-ken Daiichi Shiēseo of the Japanese Sohyōshin Sports in 1978 to invoke the repose of dead souls from the WWII period.
Pasukulan Falls 
(West Abucay). A natural wonder in the valley of Mt. Natib which remains unexplored and unspoiled. Fresh vegetation abound. Ideal for picnics.
(West Abucay). A potential prime tourist destination in the province boasting sulfuric swimming pools and a wide area for outdoor recreation. Its main attraction is the natural spring believed able to provide muscle pain relief.
Christmas Village of Mabatang 
(Mabatang, Abucay; December). Christmas celebration in Mabatang extends to the streets of every sitio in the barangay, which are lavishly adorned to rejoice the season. "Walis tambo" (broom) in Baguio City actually came from Abucay.
Raven Resort & Log Cabin.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran.[8]
PENELCO - Peninsula Electric Cooperative.
The BPSU Abucay Campus.[9]
10-hectare Fist Sanitary land fill in Bataan, in sitio Macao, Barangay Capitangan.[10]
  • Abucay Cockpit.


Parish Church of St. Dominic de Guzman[edit]

Parish Church of St. Dominic de Guzman

Abucay Church was under the Dominicans in 1588. The Spanish-era church was constructed in 1587. On June 23, 1647, Dutch invaders and the Pampango defenders fought, resulting in destruction of the Church which was again affected by the September 16, 1852, massive earthquake and again by a fire in 1870. Rev. Francisco Blancas de San Jose, O.P., and Don Tomas Pinpin printed several books in Spanish and Tagalog in this edifice. One of the oldest in the Philippines, the heritage church is housed in the first printing press edifice which outdated any single USA printing press.[11][12]

200 Pampangos died and 40 others together with Pampanga’s Spanish alcalde mayor Don Antonio de Cabrera, Father Geronimo Sotomayor and Father Tomas Ramos were taken to Batavia.

Father Jose Diego Pelaez rebuilt the church. Abucay was the seat of the Partido de Bataan with the heritage bells donated in 1839 and 1859.[11]

The 1587 Parish Church of St. Dominic de Guzman (Abucay, 2114 Bataan, Philippines, with Catholic population of 19,501, with Titular of St. Dominic de Guzman, Feast day of August 8). Its Parish Priest is Msgr. Victor C. Ocampo succeeding Father Antonio Quintos in 2011.[13][14][15]

Under the Vicariate of St. Dominic de Guzman, the church belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga[16][14][17] (Dioecesis Balangensis) Suffragan of San Fernando, Pampanga Created: March 17, 1975. Canonically Erected: November 7, 1975. Comprises the whole civil province of Bataan. Titular: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, April 28. The Bishop is the Most Reverend Ruperto Cruz Santos, DD, installed on July 8, 2010, succeeding the Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas. who was moved to serve the Archdiocese of Dagupan.[18][19]

Saint Dominic (Spanish: Santo Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruega, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170 – August 6, 1221), was the founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers.[20]

The Church Historical Marker of the 5 Bells of Abucay, 118 years old, states that they were restored on Januaryh 17, 1978 by U.S. Naval Base Facility, Subic Bay.


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