Caba, La Union

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Official seal of Caba
Location in the province of La Union
Location in the province of La Union
Caba is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°26′N 120°21′E / 16.433°N 120.350°E / 16.433; 120.350Coordinates: 16°26′N 120°21′E / 16.433°N 120.350°E / 16.433; 120.350
Country  Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province La Union
District 2nd District
Barangays 17
 • Mayor Clyde Patacsil Crispino
 • Total 46.31 km2 (17.88 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 21,244
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2502
Dialing code 72
Income class 4th class[4]

Caba is a fourth class municipality in the province of La Union, Philippines. Caba is the birthplace of Diego Silang. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 21,244 people.[3]

Caba was a part of the municipality of Aringay until the late-19th century when it was permanently separated to form its own entity. It has a land area of 4,631 hectares (11,440 acres).[2]

Caba is between Aringay to the south and Bauang, La Union, a main connection in the Manila-Laoag City itinerary and 247 kilometres (153 mi) from Metro Manila or 4 hours and 45 minutes by land transportation.[5]


History records show that this municipality used three names interchangeably: Caba, Cava and Caua. According to a local historian Pedro Manongdo, two tales have persisted on how the town got his name. One group referred to an incident when a Spaniard asked an inhabitant the name of the place. The youth mistook the question as an inquiry to the name of the animal he was herding and answered “Cava.” The repetition of the name ended with Cava and later Caba.

Another story sustained that Caba was the name given by a group of immigrants from barrio Caba, San Carlos, Pangasinan who settled in the community in the later years of the 16th century. In memory of the place where they came from, they named the new settlement CABA.

Caba was founded as a settlement in 1598 by Augustinian Fathers with Don Agustin dela Cruz as the “first man to rule.” The settlement developed into barangay in 1692 with don Luis Manongdo as the cabeza de barangay. It became a town in 1783 with Don Domingo Aragon as gobernadorcillo.

Two other historians however, have claimed different dates on the founding of Caba as a town. On one hand, Father Jose Braganza, SVD claims that Caba was founded in 1745 along with Aringay. On the other hand, Julian Martin clains that Caba was founded in 1844.

In 1903, the Philippine commission reorganized the administrative and territorial set-up of municipalities in the country. Due to meager population of financial difficulties, some smaller municipalities were integrated. Caba was integrated with Aringay while Santo tomas to Agoo.

In 1907, Executive Order no. 41 was issued which provided that Caba be separated from Aringay. The order took effect on January 1, 1908, thus Caba again became a regular municipality with Francisco Sobredillo as Chief Executive.

Caba is the birthplace of Diego Silang, the inspiration and the leader of the Ilocos Revolt of 1762-1763. During the Spanish period, Silang established an independent rebel government in Northern Luzon and agitated for reforms in and out of the government. However, Spanish authorities resorted to assassinate him with the help of one of his followers who betrayed him with a shot in his back on May 28, 1763. The assassin's bullet did not however smother the flame of Silang rebellion. His wife Gabriella took the torch of leadership and by her own right, continued the rebellion heroically. Four months later, she was captured by Spanish forces and was executed publicly in Vigan on September 20, 1763, thus ended not only the heroic adventure of the “Ilocandia’s Joan of Arc” but also Silang’s revolt.[6] A predominant Roman Catholic municipality. In 1997 the Roman Catholic Church Celebrated its 400 years of Christianity basing from church's documents


Population census of Caba
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 16,620 —    
1995 18,234 +1.75%
2000 19,565 +1.52%
2007 20,927 +0.93%
2010 21,244 +0.55%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][7]

Local government[edit]

Just as the national government, the municipal government of Caba, is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the mayor and the barangay captain for the barangays.Local Government Code of the Philippines, Book III, Department of Interior and Local Government official website.

The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly), Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Pugo Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation, stationed in Caba Legislative Building.


The 17 barangays of the Municipality of Caba[8]
Rank Barangay Population Rank Barangay Population
1 Gana 2,327 10 Santiago Norte 1,128
2 San Jose 2,295 11 San Fermin 1,111
3 Santiago Sur 1,910 12 Bautista 1,071
4 San Cornelio 1,373 13 San Gregorio 996
5 San Carlos 1,361 14 Poblacion Sur 957
6 Poblacion Norte 1,291 15 Juan Cartas 741
7 Sobredillo 1,279 16 Urayong 658
8 Las-ud 1,231 17 Wenceslao 360
9 Liquicia 1,155 Caba Total 21,244

Elected officials[edit]


  • Municipal Mayor: Clyde Patacsil Crispino
  • Municipal Vice-Mayor: Philip Caesar Patacsil Crispino


  • Municipal Mayor: Clyde Patacsil Crispino
  • Municipal Vice-Mayor: Teodora Sobejana Condon
  • Sangguniang bayan Members:
    • Philip Caesar Patacsil Crispino
    • Fatima Carmelo Fesalbon
    • Noel Garcia Estalilla
    • Ronnie Picaña Mangaser
    • Marlon Bautista Palo
    • Jesus Orpilla Padua
    • Elorde Picaña Manongdo
    • Alfredo Abellera Marigza.[9]

Churches and denominations[edit]

  • Shinil Caba Christian Fellowship(Poblacion Norte)
  • Christ Centered Fellowship(Juan Cartas)
  • United Church of Christ in the Philippines(Poblacion Norte)
  • Iglesya Ni Kristo(Gana)
  • Assemblies of God (San Jose)
  • Messengers of the Cross Bible College/Assemblies of the First Born Full Gospel Church (Poblacion Norte)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (Sobredillo)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (Gana)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (Juan Cartas)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (Urayong)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (San Cornelio)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (San Jose)
  • Assemblies of the First Born (Liquicia)
  • Faith Gospel Mission Church/Yes for Jesus Crusaders International (Poblacion Norte)
  • Assemblies of God (Poblacion Norte)
  • Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Poblacion Norte)
  • Jesus Christ The Glorious Savior International Ministry JCGSIM LU [Full Gospel Christian Church] (Poblacion Sur)[5]
  • Words of Life Christian Ministries (Santiago Norte)
  • The Lord's Vineyard Baptist Church (Las-ud)

Health Services[edit]

  • Caba Medicare Community Hospital
  • Caba Municipal Health Center

Educational Institution[edit]


  • Diego Silang's monument is erected in the middle of the Town Plaza.
  • President Elpidio Quirino's stone monument on the other hand was placed at Barangay Gana highway. Quirino taught in Caba as elementary public school teacher.
  • Ripe and green mangoes, Bagoong, Padas and Alamang are the town's products that are sold in stall along the Gana roads.
  • Bamboo furniture is one of the prime business of the residents.
  • Mt. Kimmallugong is the town's hiking and camping site.
  • Sobredillo barrio: one can find the 56 Mortar (weapon) (bombs, 81 millimeter each of Japanese soldiers, World War II), were unearthed near Mayor Clyde Crispino's house in Barangay Sobredillo including a 1-high old jar, for serving offerings in religious rites.[10]

Caba holds the records in the "Search for Cleanest and Greenest Municipality in La Union" (4th-5th Class Municipality Category in 2006, 2007 and 2008). It also claimed the Regional Level and National Finalist trophies, for Seal of Good Housekeeping trophies in 2010, including the 2010 Provincial Championship medal in the Search for Best Performing LGU Local Governance Performance Measurement System). Caba celebrates on April 15 to 18, the town fiesta and on June 24, the Feast of Saint John the Baptist.

  • Caba holds its Paskua Ti Umili every December.[5]

Caba beach[edit]

Caba prime beaches are located along the Lingayen Gulf in La Union.

  • Caba's prime tourist spot is Villa Navarro Beach Resort and Restaurant (along Lingayen Gulf in Caba, 247 kilometers north of Manila and 10 km north of Agoo, La Union).[11]
  • Sea of Dreams Spa Resort (San Carlos).[12]
  • Paiko Blue Waters Beach Resort and Spa is another Caba's[13]
Panorama of Caba's beach

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "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" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
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  7. ^ "Province of La Union". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Cordillera Administrative Region" (PDF). National Statistics Office (Philippines), April 4, 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
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  13. ^ [3] prime beach front at San Carlos.

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