Camiling, Tarlac

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Camiling Welcome Arch (2003) by Engr. Elmer Agustin
Camiling Welcome Arch (2003) by Engr. Elmer Agustin
Official seal of Camiling
Motto: Camiling Magaling
Map of Tarlac showing the location of Camiling
Map of Tarlac showing the location of Camiling
Camiling is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°42′N 120°25′E / 15.700°N 120.417°E / 15.700; 120.417Coordinates: 15°42′N 120°25′E / 15.700°N 120.417°E / 15.700; 120.417
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Tarlac
District 1st District
Founded 1838
Barangays 61
 • Mayor Neil Tan Agustin (NPC)
 • Total 140.53 km2 (54.26 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 80,241
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2306
Dialing code 45
Income class first class

Camiling is a first-class urban municipality of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 80,241 people.[3] The density is 571 people per km². Camiling is one of the fastest-growing towns of Tarlac when it comes to income and economy.

Camiling is the major north-western municipality in Tarlac. It is also about 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northwest of Manila, and about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south-southwest of Dagupan City in Pangasinan. It is the commercial center of an area composed of about eight towns, and borders the province of Pangasinan. It is the gateway to central and western Pangasinan through the Romulo Highway (formerly Highway 13). It borders San Clemente on the west, Bayambang from the north, Sta. Ignacia and Mayantoc to the south and Paniqui and Moncada by the east. It is also known for its famous "Chicharon Camiling" and its green native rice cake called "Nilubyan".


Mostly of plain topography but some parts are hilly to mountainous in which the barangays of Papaac, Bacsay, Birbira and Cayasan are to name a few. The deeper part of the mountains can be described as a place where wild animals live, such as deer, Toddy cat (Musang), wild boar (Baboy ramo), Monitor lizard (Bayawak) and many other wild animals.

It has numerous rivers, ponds and small lakes.


Camiling is politically subdivided into 61 barangays.[2] Camiling has the most barangays in all of the municipalities of Tarlac (the city of Tarlac has 76 barangays).

  • Anoling 1st
  • Anoling 2nd
  • Anoling 3rd
  • Bacabac
  • Bacsay
  • Bancay 1st
  • Bilad
  • Birbira
  • Bobon 1st Casaratan
  • Bobon 2nd
  • Bobon Caarosipan
  • Cabanabaan
  • Cacamilingan Norte (with Kipping village)
  • Cacamilingan Sur
  • Caniag
  • Carael
  • Cayaoan
  • Cayasan
  • Crossing
  • Florida
  • Lasong
  • Libueg (with sitio Pugo)
  • Malacampa (With sitio Cacelestinuan and Sitio Camartisan)
  • Manaquem
  • Manupeg
  • Marawi
  • Nagrambacan
  • Nagserialan
  • Palimbo Proper
  • Palimbo-Caarosipan
  • Pao 1st
  • Pao 2nd
  • Pao 3rd
  • Papaac
  • Pindangan 1st
  • Pindangan 2nd
  • Pob. A
  • Pob. B
  • Pob. C
  • Pob. D
  • Pob. E
  • Pob. F
  • Pob. G
  • Pob. H
  • Pob. I
  • Pob. J
  • San Isidro (Bancay 2nd)
  • Santa Maria
  • Sawat
  • Sinilian 1st (with Sitio Cabalaongan and Nangalisan)
  • Sinilian 2nd (with Sitio Barikir)
  • Sinilian 3rd (Northern, Bitawa, Centro)
  • Sinilian Cacalibosuan
  • Sinulatan 1st
  • Sinulatan 2nd
  • Surgui 1st
  • Surgui 2nd
  • Surgui 3rd
  • Tambugan
  • Telbang
  • Tuec


Early in the 18th century, the community was a sitio of Paniqui; before and after, Paniqui was also part of Bayambang, Pangasinan. The town's name is derived from a tree called kamiring which at that time grew abundantly in the wilderness[4] and subsequently changed to Camiling.

The community was originally a vast area of Cogon growth interposed with thick forestalls areas stretching into the Zambales mountain ranges. A wide river cut through it. The early inhabitants of the place were the Aetas who make a living by gathering fruit from fruit trees, hunting, and fishing. With the coming first of the Pangasinenses and later the Ilocanos from the north, the Aetas who used to roam freely in the wilderness obliged themselves to move into the interior. The new settlers first occupied the swampy land, now known as "Cacamilingan" on the right side of the river. In time, these settlers began moving to the left opposite shore because of more frequent disastrous floods. To this new location, the residents therein built a small church with Saint Michael as the patron saint.

Camiling became a District Commission from 1834 to 1837 founded by Don Francisco Soriano, the then Cabeza de Barangay who became the town's first District Commissioner. In 1838, Camiling became an independent town, formally separated from the mother town of Paniqui and with Don Vicente Galsim, as the first Gobernadorcillo. Thirty-eight others followed him. Don Jose Sabado, the last to serve under the Spanish regime and the first Presidente Municipal under the Revolutionary Government by Aguinaldo.

Camiling was a first-class municipality during the 1970s but was reclassified when the Local Government Code went into effect in the early 1990s. It became again a first-class municipality again on November 20, 2001, by virtue of the Latest Income Class Classification (L.I.C.C.) initiated by the Department of Finance; the Local Government Unit of Camiling was reclassified from a second class municipality to a first-class municipality, having attained an annual income of 50,942,508.51 pesos. In 2008, Camiling's income was more than 72,463,893,00 pesos with average growth of more than 5.164% per year (2001–2008).


Population census of Camiling
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 62,716 —    
1995 65,340 +0.77%
2000 71,598 +1.98%
2007 79,941 +1.53%
2010 80,241 +0.14%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


Ilocano is predominantly understood and spoken in Camiling by the majority of the population because most of the people are Ilocano migrants from the Ilocos Region. The town's old districts are named after towns of Ilocos where the settlers originally came from. Hence, Caviganan for Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Cacabugaoan (now Cayaoan) for Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Cabatacan for Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Capaoayan for Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Casarratan for Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.

Pangasinense is spoken especially on the eastern banks of Camiling river and the northern parts of the town. Camileħos of Pangasinense origin are prevalent in the northern and western part but also some adopted Ilocano as their second language.

Filipino or Tagalog as the national language is widely understood and spoken.

There are also numerous speakers of Kapampangan, Visayan and Moro settlers, especially in Barrio Dapo area.


  • Tarlac College of Agriculture: Founded in 1945, the second largest college in the province of Tarlac that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees and curriculum based on agriculture and now offers industry-based courses. It is the largest college in Tarlac in land area. Main campus is located at Malacampa, Camiling. The college state is also known for its kamote wine and other vegetables and fruits use in food processing.
  • Tarlac College of Agriculture(Laboratory School): TCA-LS is an extension of the TCA-College for Secondary Education. Entrance exams are requirements for enrollment.
  • BESTCAP Career College, Inc.: Founded in 1998. Active member of California Education Association, TAPSA, APSTaP and MTG Philippines. It is also accredited to use Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles and Assessment. It is located at Malacampa, Camiling.
  • United school of Science and Technology (USST): It is newly established since 2009 as branch of United School of Science and Technology at the City of Tarlac and the first university in Tarlac Province. It is located at Cacamilingan Norte, Camiling.
  • Saint Paul College of Technology: A branch of Christian college serving central Luzon, particularly in Camiling. It is famous for its great contribution in vocational courses particularly HRM or Hotel Resource Management. It is located at Quezon Avenue, Camiling.
  • Camiling Colleges: Founded by Gilberto Romulo since 1945, the brother of the Former UN President Carlos P. Romulo. It has several professional courses such as Education, Information Taechnology, Computer Programming. It is also known for its vocational courses such as Office Management, Practical Electricity, Nursing Aide, Practical Electricity and Nursing. It is located at Gomez Street, Poblacion B, Camiling.
  • Camiling Catholic School (formerly St. Michael Academy): Founded in 1964. A catholic school offering pre-primary, primary and secondary courses. It is located near Camiling Town Center, Camiling.
  • Camiling Secondary Institute: One of the oldest schools in Camiling. It was founded by Casimiro Brillantes, the father of the award-winning writer and journalist Gregorio Brillantes, in the 1930s.
  • Asian Lexcon School: One of the newly established private school since 2006.
  • Camiling School For Home Industries: A vocational school located at the rural Sinilian, Camiling.
  • Marawi High School: A rural high school located at Marawi, Camiling.
  • Malacampa National High School: A newly established located rural high school at Malacampa, Camiling.
  • Camiling Adventist School: A Seventh-day Adventist Church educational institution established for Primary education located at Camiling Poblacion.
  • Saint Rose Academy: A newly established private institution offering Primary education located at Cacamilingan Sur, Camiling.
  • Bilad Elementary School: One of the oldest school established in 1940s located at Bilad, Camiling.
  • Bilad High School: A rural high school established in 1994 located at Bilad, Camiling.



The St. Michael the Archangel Church

Was burned in 1997.

Maria Clara's Estate

Camiling is known for its architectural antiquity seen from the old San Miguel Church but was burned in 1997.

A Statue of Dr. Jose Rizal

In front of Maria Clara Auditorium.

  • St. Michael the Archangel Church: A historical building built around 18th century.
  • Maria Clara Iglesias Independiente: Had been built after the Philippine revolution by the revolutionaries attempt to "Filipinize" the Church. This is the second church built by Gregorio Aglipay, the first one being in Paniqui.
  • Maria Clara Museum: A part of the mansion where Leonor Rivera lived. Several priceless artifacts belonging to her, immortalized by Noli Me Tángere as María Clara and even her late admirer, the Philippine National Hero, José Rizal's old photos is being exhibited on glass.
  • Maria Clara Town Plaza: A wide plaza complex that features various sports fields, a park, a playground, an auditorium and a wide grassy field. Maria Clara Town Plaza is the second widest park plaza in the province which composed of four hectares of lands suitable for some activities celebrated by the municipality and some schools of Camiling. .
  • St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church: The Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Church of Camiling was built in 2009. With a total floor area of 2,200 square meters, the church features intricately designed stained glass windows depicting, aside from Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the angels. It is located besides the Camiling Catholic School. It is also one of the most attractive church in Tarlac. The Camiling Catholic School and the Camiling Catholic Church ruins are beside the said church.
  • Mt. Damas is a crag which is one of the favorite destination of hikers and mountain climbers in the province. As part of the Zambales Mountain Range lies a cave which serve as a shelter and hideout of many people and soldiers (guerilla) of Camiling against the Japanese during the war.
  • Ubod Falls are 160-foot waterfalls in Mt. Damas in Papaac. Considered as the highest falls in the entire province of Tarlac. It is located deep in the wilderness of barangay Papaac.
  • Si-El Falls Another falls in Papaac. It has a greater raging water than Ubod falls although it is much smaller compared to Ubod falls.




Camiling's one town one product is the Chicharon or Bagnet by the Ilocanos of Ilocos Sur and the sweet green native cakes called Iniruban or Dirimin. The Municipality of Camiling is also known for other native rice cakes such as Tupig, Pinais,and Patupat.

Camiling hosts Iniruban and Chicharon Festival. Held every last week of October, it is coupled by colorful and artistic presentations and street dances by different schools in Camiling. The festival was established in 2000. A street dancing competition is held annually to showcase Camiling's products and cultural heritage.

The green rice they called Iniruban

Hospitals and health service[edit]

Camiling has three hospitals and a health center at the Municipal Hall. The health center serves the poor by giving free medicines and other health service. There are numerous private clinics scattered throughout the town. Hospitals in Camiling are Señor Santo Niħo Tertiary Hospital at Poblacion, Camiling District Hospital at Malacampa, and Salvador General Hospital at Palimbo.

Local government[edit]

Camiling town hall
  • Municipal Mayor: Edwin Jestony G. Cooper
  • Municipal Vice Mayor: Kensang D. Ferrer
  • Councillors:
    • Nelson S. Valdez
    • Shem Joshua B. Garcia
    • Rene Rose M. Ramos
    • David Andrew G. Balagoza
    • Sarah Minette M. Sumaoang
    • Crystal Jane G. Sabado
    • James T. Castillo
  • Vice President Liga ng mga Barangay: Jesus A. Corpuz
  • President SK Federation: Dulce Feliz F. Toralba

Notable persons of Camiling[edit]

Sister city[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Tarlac". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  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 28 November 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Province of Tarlac". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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