Ili ti Aparri
Bayan ng Aparri
|Municipality of Aparri|
|Region||Cagayan Valley (Region II)|
|• Mayor||Jerwin Olivas|
|• Total||286.64 km2 (110.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 (550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
|Population census of Aparri, Cagayan|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Aparri was then a Japanese trading post established on 1405 because of its location at the northern tip of Luzon. But it was established as one of the major ports of the Galleon Trade on May 11, 1680 because it is located at the mouth of the mighty Cagayan River towards the flourishing city of then Nueva Segovia. The original inhabitants of this town were the Ybanags/Ibanags. Later, as the Spaniards settled and with its strategic location, Ilocanos and Chinese people settled in the area.
The valley is one of the largest tobacco-producing sections in the Philippines; and the town has a considerable coastwise trade.
It has a meteorological station located at Punta where the Cagayan River meets the Babuyan Channel.
In 2006, work was started to build a port, after the old pier deteriorated due to the rising level of water, the common storms, and poor construction (ruins of it are now seen washed up on the beach).
Aparri is one of the most famous towns in Cagayan, rivaling that of Tuguegarao, the capital city. It is also famous for its foods such as the "bulung-unas", or Ribbon Fish (aka Belt Fish), which are in abundance during January and early February. Good for frying, grilling or "Tinunu." Of course, you can also try the "Kilawin naguilas-asan", fillet of smaller "bulung-unas" which are leftover baits, soaked in Ilocos vinegar, seasoned with salt and pepper, finely cut onions and ginger. The "Ludong", a variety of Pacific salmon, is the Philippines' most expensive fish, ranging from 4,000 pesos to 5,000 per kilo. Because of its price and its distinct taste and smell, it is also nicknamed "President Fish". Caught only in the Aparri delta when, after a heavy rainfall, these fish are washed down by the fast raging water from the south, down to the mouth of the Cagayan River where it meets the Babuyan Sea. Fresh water fish by nature, the salt water contributes to their super delicious taste. "Ludong," is available only in the rainy months of October and early November. During months of summer – April through June – the beach is the place to be. From early morning, beachgoers enjoy the serene demeanor of the sea. Listen to the muted sound of the tide as it rushes to the shore. Gives you the sense and feeling of tranquility while you bath yourself by the gentle ray of the morning sun. Soak yourself in the 70 degrees or so water. Swim like a fish then roll yourself in the warm, fine and magnetite filled sand. As the day progresses, you can watch the "Daclis" (Fishermen) people do their work. Listen to their happy chanting as they pull their net out of the water, revealing the catch of the day. Likewise, you may not want to miss the town Fiesta. May 1 to 12 of every year, to celebrate the patron saint San Pedro Gonzales of Thelmo. The nightly festivities at the auditorium, crowning of Miss Aparri beauty pageant and my favorite, the "Comparza." These are most things that the locals or Aparri born citizens miss when they leave to live in other corners of the world, for personal reasons other than looking for greener pastures.
The town is also known for its many educational superstitions.
It is home to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and the Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, two of the most beautiful present-day churches in the province. Speaking of which, Holy Week is also a good time to be in Aparri. The observance of Holy Thursday and Good Friday in the town church is unique and unforgettable. Attending and watching the religious rites inside the church, listening to the profound interpretations of Jesus' 7 last words, makes a Catholic feels very holy and provides the opportunity for someone to reflect on his or her beliefs of the Christian faith. Then on the early hours of Easter Sunday, experience the "Domingo Sabet" celebrating the meeting of Jesus and the Holy Mother after the resurrection. Listen to the singing of young girls as they throw petals of flowers to the crowd.
Conversion to Cityhood
It can become the second city in Cagayan but leaders of this coastal municipality claimed it will take time before they seriously pursue the conversion plan.
“We’re concentrating on businesses now. While we have plans for cityhood, we are giving ourselves enough incubation period," Mayor Ismael Tumaru told reporters during the launching of the "Tipon-Tipan Goes To LGU" broadcast show of the Philippine Information Agency here.
With an Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of more than Php117 million, the town, which is classified as First Class municipality, has established various programs and projects all geared toward strengthening its image as the most popular and progressive town in Northern Luzon.
“Give us a few more years and we can start the movement,” the Mayor added.
He said there have been cities in the Philippines which suddenly became a city uprepared. They forgot to prepare environment protection, waste management practices, and a plan for peace and order situation.
Historically, Aparri had been the route of Spanish Galleons during the great tobacco monopoly in the 16th to the 17th centuries with a port of its own, the now controversial Aparri Port.
In the years before the outbreak of World War II, it became a transshipment point for smuggled goods from China, Taiwan, and other neighboring Southeast Asian nations.
In fact, local historians claimed that the word for ‘slipper’ among the Ilocanos and Ibanags in the municipality which is ‘ismagel’ is actually a corruption of the word ‘smuggle.’
Political analysts said the cityhood of Aparri will spur the development of other northern Cagayan towns aided by the economic activities at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in nearby Sta. Ana town.
Aparri is politically subdivided into 42 barangays.
- Bulala Norte
- Bulala Sur
- Centro 1 (Pob.)
- Centro 2 (Pob.)
- Centro 3 (Pob.)
- Centro 4 (Pob.)
- Centro 5 (Pob.)
- Centro 6 (Pob.)
- Centro 7 (Pob.)
- Centro 8 (Pob.)
- Centro 9 (Pob.)
- Centro 10 (Pob.)
- Centro 11 (Pob.)
- Centro 12 (Pob.)
- Centro 13 (Pob.)
- Centro 14 (Pob.)
- Centro 15 (Pob.)
- Fuga Island
- Macanaya (Pescaria)
- Paruddun Norte
- Paruddun Sur
- San Antonio
Mayor:Ismael V. Tumaru
Vice Mayor: Rommel G. Alameda
- Shalimar D. Tumaru, M.D.
- Ireneo R. Chan
- Cesar F. Mabbagu
- Norman N. Ignacio
- Atty. Windell C. Urdas
- Jimmy U. Siriban
- Norman B. Peneyra, Jr.
- Rodolfo L. Cartagena
Ex-Officio Municipal Councilors:
- Primitivo P. Eslabon, Jr. - LNB President
- Princess Mae C. Tumaru - SKF President
- Romarico T. Panaga - Municipal Treasurer
- Julius U.S.R. Catral - Municipal Assessor
- Ezetiel R. Membrot, CPA, MBA - Municipal Accountant
- Ronald M. Villon, CPA - Municipal Budget Officer
- Rosario G. Gaspar - Civil Registrar
- Percival P. Arce - Secretary to the Sanggunian
- Dr. Viceroy Elmer G. Sangalang - Municipal Health Officer West District
- Corazon Cabauatan, RSW - Municipal Social Development Officer
- Alice C. Sebastian - Municipal Agriculturist
- Engr. Rolando A. Liberato - Municipal Engineer
- Norma F. Ragonjan - Municipal Planning & Development Coordinator
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Aparri.|
- Official Website of the Municipality of Aparri
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- 2007 Philippine Census Information