Echague, Isabela

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Nickname(s): Queen Town of Isabela
Map of Isabela showing the location of Echague
Map of Isabela showing the location of Echague
Echague is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°42′N 121°39′E / 16.700°N 121.650°E / 16.700; 121.650Coordinates: 16°42′N 121°39′E / 16.700°N 121.650°E / 16.700; 121.650
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 4th District of Isabela
Barangays 64
 • Mayor Melinda G. Kiat
 • Total 680.80 km2 (262.86 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 74,680
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3309
Dialing code 78
Income class 1st class; partly urban

Echague is a first class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. It is 344 kilometres (214 mi) north of Metro Manila. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 74,680 people.[3]


Prior to 1856, there were only two provinces in the Cagayan Valley Region: Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya. The Province of Cagayan at that time consisted of all towns from Tumauini to the north in Aparri and all other towns from Ilagan City southward to Aritao comprised the Province of Nueva Vizcaya. In order to facilitate the work of the missionaries in the evangelization of the Cagayan Valley, a royal decree was issued on May 1, 1856 that created the Province of Isabela consisting of the towns of Gamu, Angadanan, Bindang (now Roxas) and Camarag (now Echague), Carig (now Santiago City) and Palanan. The new province was named in honor of Queen Isabela II of Spain.

Fr. Pedro Salgado, the Dominican writer, in volume I of his "Cagayan Valley and Eastern Cordillera (1581-1898)," wrote that Echague town in Isabela used to be called Camarag, the name of a big tree then common in the place.

The city was founded in 1752 and ecclesiastically placed under the patronage of St. Joseph on May 12, 1753.

History says missionaries wanted to transfer the town from the banks of the Cagayan River to the Ganano River 10 kilometers away. The people rebelled because the soil was more fertile along the Cagayan River. But in 1776, they were forcibly transferred.

Some 72 years later, the people returned to Camarag, now named Echague after Rafaél de Echagüe y Bermingham, Spanish governor-general at that time.


Echague is politically subdivided into 64 barangays.[2]

  • Angoluan
  • Annafunan
  • Arabiat
  • Aromin
  • Babaran
  • Bacradal
  • Benguet
  • Buneg
  • Busilelao
  • Caniguing
  • Carulay
  • Castillo
  • Dammang East
  • Dammang West
  • Dicaraoyan
  • Dugayong
  • Fugu
  • Garit Norte
  • Garit Sur
  • Gucab
  • Gumbauan
  • Ipil
  • Libertad
  • Mabbayad
  • Mabuhay
  • Madadamian
  • Magleticia
  • Malibago
  • Maligaya
  • Malitao
  • Narra
  • Nilumisu
  • Pag-asa
  • Pangal Norte
  • Pangal Sur
  • Rumang-ay
  • Salay
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio Ugad
  • San Antonio Minit
  • San Carlos
  • San Fabian
  • San Felipe
  • San Juan
  • San Manuel - formerly Atelan[4]
  • San Miguel
  • San Salvador
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Monica
  • Sto. Domingo
  • Silauan Sur (Pob.)
  • Silauan Norte (Pob.)
  • Sinabbaran
  • Soyung
  • Taggappan (Pob.)
  • Tuguegarao
  • Villa Campo
  • Villa Fermin
  • Villa Rey
  • Villa Victoria
  • Cabugao (Pob.)
  • Diasan


Population census of Echague
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 51,916 —    
1995 56,119 +1.47%
2000 61,101 +1.84%
2007 67,553 +1.39%
2010 74,680 +3.72%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]



Main Secondary Schools:

  • Ugad High School

•ISU Laboratory High School

  • Saint Dominic Human Development Center (SDHDC)
  • School of St. Joseph the Worker
  • Echague National High School
  • Don Mariano Marcos National High School
  • Imelda R. Marcos High School - Main
  • Imelda R. Marcos High School - Annex
  • DoÑa Magdalena H. Gaffud High School

Main Elementary Schools:

  • Echague East Central School
  • Echague West Central School
  • Echague South Central School
  • First Echague United Methodist School
  • St. Dominic Montessori School (Elementary and Secondary)
  • InterActive Children Learning School (Pre-School and Grade School)

Forest Region Elementary Schools:

  • Narra Elementary School
  • Aromin Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • Pag-asa Elementary School
  • Villa Rey Elementary School
  • Villa Campo Elementary School
  • Diasan Elementary School
  • Mabbayad Elementary School
  • Madadamian Elementary School
  • Benguet Elementary School
  • San Miguel Elementary School
  • Dicaraoyan Elementary School

Riverside Region Elementay Schools:

  • Dammang Malitao Elementary School
  • Dammang East Elementay School
  • Malitao Elementary School
  • Busilelao Elementary School
  • Rumang-ay Elementary School
  • Bacradal Elementary School
  • San Sanvador Elementay School


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ISABELA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  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 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Atelan, in the Municipality of Echague, Province of Isabela, to San Miguel". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 

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