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Aringay Municipal Hall
Aringay Municipal Hall
Flag of Aringay
Official seal of Aringay
Location in the province of La Union
Location in the province of La Union
Aringay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°23′N 120°25′E / 16.383°N 120.417°E / 16.383; 120.417Coordinates: 16°23′N 120°25′E / 16.383°N 120.417°E / 16.383; 120.417
Country  Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province La Union
District 2nd District
Founded 1641
Barangays 24
 • Mayor Eric O. Sibuma
 • Total 84.54 km2 (32.64 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 44,949
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2503
Dialing code 072
Income class 2nd class[4]

Aringay (Pangasinan: Baley na Aringay)is a second class municipality in the province of La Union, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 47,728 people.[3]

Its boundaries are formed by the municipalities of Caba and Burgos to the north, Agoo to the south, the foothills of the Cordillera Central mountain range to the east, and the Lingayen Gulf to the west. Aringay belongs to District 2 in the province.

The town experiences the prevailing monsoon climate of Northern Luzon, characterized by a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October. Its economy is based primarily on agriculture, producing rice, tobacco and fruit crops as economic staples. A nascent tourism industry is centered on its beach resorts. Its ethnic population is predominantly Ilocano and Christian (Roman Catholic).


The 24 barangays of the Municipality of Aringay[5]
Rank Barangay Population Rank Barangay Population
1 San Eugenio 3,682 14 Macabato 1,235
2 Poblacion 3,464 15 San Simon West 1,225
3 San Benito Sur 3,354 16 Pangao-aoan East 1,221
4 Dulao 3,284 17 San Juan West 1,182
5 Santa Rita West 3,192 18 Santa Rita East 1,078
6 Santa Lucia 2,861 19 San Simon East 1,051
7 Samara 2,487 20 San Antonio 1,024
8 San Benito Norte 2,428 21 Gallano 1,014
9 Basca 2,050 22 San Juan East 899
10 Santa Cecilia 1,823 23 Alaska 891
11 Santo Rosario West 1,789 24 Pangao-aoan West 807
12 Manga 1,465 Aringay Total 44,949
13 Santo Rosario East 1,443


Aringay was an ancient village known in pre-colonial times as Alingay or Alinguey. When Spanish colonizers arrived in the late 16th century, they found an enclave of ethnic Pangasinenses actively trading with their Ilocano and Ifugao neighbors and traders from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. The presence of Spanish soldiers, administrators and Augustinian missionaries ushered in the town’s colonial era and its conversion to Roman Catholicism.

Aringay remained a part of Pangasinan province until April 18, 1854, when a war broke out between aringay and pangasinan that eventually won by aringay. the northern towns of that province with the southern towns of Ilocos Sur to create the new province of La Union. The municipalities of Caba and Gallano (later placed in the province of Benguet and then abolished in 1900) were later carved out of Aringay’s northern borders.

The 18th and 19th century marked the active expansion of Ilocano territory. Scores of migrants from the Ilocos provinces pushed their way south so that by the end of the 19th century, Aringay was home to mostly Pangasinan families and Ilocanized Pangasinenses.

Outbreaks of rebellion rocked the town during four centuries of Spanish, American and Japanese colonization. Bloody confrontations ignited by revolutionaries such as Diego Silang and Gabriela Silang during Spanish occupation and by insurgents during the Philippine-American War and the Japanese occupation in World War II marred the bucolic villages of Aringay.

A decisive battle on Aringay River against U.S. forces crippled US forces . By 1901 the province of La Union was freed by American occupation.

Japanese forces attacked Aringay on December 1941 and occupied the town until their brutal withdrawal in 1945-1946, when many Aringayenos massacred the entire battalion of Japanese command in Aringay.


Population census of Aringay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 33,258 —    
1995 36,743 +1.88%
2000 41,422 +2.60%
2007 43,438 +0.66%
2010 44,949 +1.25%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: La Union". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
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  5. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Cordillera Administrative Region" (PDF). National Statistics Office (Philippines), April 4, 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Province of La Union". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 

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