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|Nickname(s): Queen Town of Isabela|
Map of Isabela showing the location of Echague
|Region||Cagayan Valley (Region II)|
|District||4th District of Isabela|
|• Mayor||Melinda G. Kiat|
|• Total||680.80 km2 (262.86 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|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.
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.
- Dammang East
- Dammang West
- Garit Norte
- Garit Sur
- Pangal Norte
- Pangal Sur
- San Antonio Ugad
- San Antonio Minit
- San Carlos
- San Fabian
- San Felipe
- San Juan
- San Manuel - formerly Atelan
- San Miguel
- San Salvador
- Santa Ana
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Maria
- Santa Monica
- Santo Domingo
- Silauan Sur (Pob.)
- Silauan Norte (Pob.)
- Taggappan (Pob.)
- Villa Campo
- Villa Fermin
- Villa Rey
- Villa Victoria
- Cabugao (Pob.)
|Population census of Echague|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
- Isabela State University (Main Campus)
Main Secondary Schools:
- 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
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)
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "Province: ISABELA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Atelan, in the Municipality of Echague, Province of Isabela, to San Miguel". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
- Municipality of Echague
- Local Governance Performance Management System
||Alicia||Angadanan / San Guillermo|
|Jones / San Agustin||Maddela, Quirino / Dilasag, Aurora|