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Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Nagbukel
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Nagbukel
Nagbukel is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°27′N 120°33′E / 17.450°N 120.550°E / 17.450; 120.550Coordinates: 17°27′N 120°33′E / 17.450°N 120.550°E / 17.450; 120.550
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Timoteo M. Cabrera
 • Total 43.12 km2 (16.65 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 4,938
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2725
Dialing code 77
Income class 5th class

Nagbukel is a fifth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 4,938 people.[3]


Nagbukel is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.[2]

  • Balaweg
  • Bandril
  • Bantugo
  • Cadacad
  • Casilagan
  • Casocos
  • Lapting
  • Mapisi
  • Mission
  • Poblacion East
  • Poblacion West
  • Taleb


The name of the municipality was thought to have come from the round shape of one of the hills in the area. People in the area would utter, "Anian nga nagbukel" (Ilocano meaning "How round it is.").

Another origin of the municipality's name comes from three small hills in the southern part of the municipality.

Another origin of the town's name comes from the irregular distribution of the barangays of Nagbukel and nearby Narvacan. Negotiations were made in such a way that the place east of the Kayapa River become part of Nagbukel and places west of the river become part of Narvacan. The distance from north to south was equal to the distance from east to west. The resulting area is round, hence the name "Nagbukel."


Population census of Nagbukel
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 3,806 —    
1995 4,124 +1.62%
2000 4,671 +2.52%
2007 4,764 +0.28%
2010 4,938 +1.20%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ILOCOS SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 23 September 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 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

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