Tumauini, Isabela

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St. Mathias Parish Church
St. Mathias Parish Church
Map of Isabela showing the location of Tumauini
Map of Isabela showing the location of Tumauini
Tumauini is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°16′N 121°48′E / 17.267°N 121.800°E / 17.267; 121.800Coordinates: 17°16′N 121°48′E / 17.267°N 121.800°E / 17.267; 121.800
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 1st District of Isabela
Barangays 46
 • Mayor Arnold S. Bautista
 • Total 467.30 km2 (180.43 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 58,463
 • Density 130/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3325
Dialing code 78
Income class 1st class; partly urban

Tumauini is a first class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 58,463 people.[3]

There is little commercial activity for a town of its size, however, there is a sizeable market providing venues for sales of fruits, vegetables, meats, VCDs, and firecrackers.


Tumauini is located at the northern portion of the province of Isabela. Its land area is 46,730 hectares (115,500 acres) or 5.62% of the total land area of Isabela. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of Cabagan and 68 kilometres (42 mi) south from Tuguegarao (the Regional Center); on the east by the municipality of Divilacan, on the south by the City of Ilagan, the capital of Isabela (30 kilometres (19 mi) away) and 445 kilometres (277 mi) north from Manila; on the west by the Cagayan River and the municipality of Delfin Albano.


Tumauini is politically subdivided into 46 barangays.[2]

  • Annafunan
  • Antagan I
  • Antagan II
  • Arcon
  • Balug
  • Banig
  • Bantug
  • Bayabo East
  • Caligayan
  • Camasi
  • Carpentero
  • Compania
  • Cumabao
  • Fugu Abajo
  • Fugu Norte
  • Fugu Sur
  • Fermeldy (Hcda. San Francisco)
  • Lalauanan
  • Lanna
  • Lapogan
  • Lingaling
  • Liwanag
  • Santa Visitacion (Maggayu)
  • Malamag East
  • Malamag West
  • Maligaya
  • Minanga
  • Moldero
  • Namnama
  • Paragu
  • Barangay District 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay District 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay District 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay District 4 (Pob.)
  • San Mateo
  • San Pedro
  • San Vicente
  • Santa
  • Santa Catalina
  • Santo Niño
  • Sinippil
  • Sisim Abajo
  • Sisim Alto
  • Tunggui
  • Ugad
  • Pilitan


The name of Tumauini originated from the name of the big trees found in the poblacion called “Mauini”. It is said that when some Spaniard wanted to know the name of the trees, they asked a native saying, “Como se llama el grande lenia? Sabes tu?" The native not knowing what the Spaniards said, picked the last word he heard and answered “Tumauini”.

In 1952, the barrios of Barucbuc, Siempre Viva, Bimmonton, Pasurgong, Manga, and Settlement No. 1 were transferred to the newly created town of Mallig.[4]

In 1957, the barrios of San Antonio, San Juan, Ragan Sur, Ragan Norte, Ragan Almacen, San Jose (Bulo), San Patricio, Quibal, San Andres (Lattu), Calinawan Sur, Bayabo, Santor, Sto. Rosario, Andarayan, Aneg, San Isidro, Mawi, San Roque, Carmencita, Aga, Villa Pareda, Villaluz, San Pedro, Concepcion, Sammabario and San Nicolas and the sitios of Turod, Paco, Calamagui and Kim-malabasa, were separated from the municipality of Tumauini to form the town of Magsaysay.[5] Canp Samal used to be the camp of guerillas in 1945 world war II, and Camp Samal had been also used by the Filipino American troops against the Japanese invasion, and SAMAL derives from SA means Sadornas, and MAL from Malana.


Population census of Tumauini
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 40,664 —    
1995 45,551 +2.15%
2000 50,256 +2.13%
2007 55,041 +1.26%
2010 58,463 +2.22%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]
Barangay Population
Punong Barangay
Annafunan 1421
Antagan I 2814 Reynaldo Rapadas
Antagan II 1417 Rodolfo Mariano
Arcon 1913
Balug 1269
Banig 831
Bantug 956
Bayabo East 1323
Caligayan 1477
Camasi 1938
Carpentero 941
Compania 1098
Cumabao 1933
Fugu Abajo 986
Fugu Norte 731
Fugu Sur 146
Fermeldy 1592
Lalauanan 759
Lanna 2477
Lapogan 1954
Lingaling 1364
Liwanag 1517
Santa Visitacion 909
Malamag East 695
Malamag West 1206
Maligaya 2195
Minanga 1185
Namnama 1307 Cristobal Lumauig
Paragu 1145
Pilitan 1393
Barangay District 1 (Pob.) 914
Barangay District 2 (Pob.) 766
Barangay District 3 (Pob.) 1020
Barangay District 4 (Pob.) 832
San Mateo 1993
San Pedro 2700
San Vicente 867
Santa 990
Santa Catalina 639
Santo Nino 233
Sisim Abajo 158
Sisim Alto 797
Tunggui 634
Ugad 2344
Moldero 1430


This quiet town boasts of a famous historical landmark, the Tumauini Church. Built in the 1870s by the Dominicans, the church has a unique cylindrical bell tower made of bricks. Also one of the popular tourist attraction of the town is the Camp Samal Resort and Leisure Park where known as a semi-Tagaytay because of being high on its location where can view the entire town in the west, south and north and the Cordillera Sierra Madre in the east.

San Matias Parish Church[edit]

San Matias Church interior

The Parish Church of San Matias was built in the 1780s by the Dominicans. This is the best-preserved church ensemble in Isabela although its convento is in ruins. The church can be considered to be the best and most artistic brick structure in the Philippines. The delicate brickwork is evident in the church itself and also in the cylindrical, confectionery-like bell tower (a later addition). In the convento's vaulted ceiling may still be seen impressions of the mats that were used as forms to mold wet plaster during construction. A low, undulating brick wall circumscribes the front garden. [PDI, Dec 16, 2001]

First build of light materials by Francisco Nunez O. P., and dedicated to the Patron Saint, 1707. Separated from Cabagan and became a regular parish in 1751. The Roman Catholic Church was erected by the Dominican in 1753. They were made of bricks and coral stones with unique cylindrical bell tower, the only of its kind in the Philippines was constructed by Fr. Domingo Forto in 1793 and completed on 1805, became the capital of Isabela for sometimes in 1880′s. The Church was partly damaged during World War II and repaired into original form by the faithful of Tumauini.

Furthermore, the church architectural design bear traces of Chinese artistry which confirms the belief that long before the Spaniards came to the Philippines, the Chinese had settled in the coastal towns of Northern Luzon.

By virtue of Presidential Decree # 260, 11 August 1973, as amended by Executive Order No. 357, 14 January 1974 and No. 1505, 11 June 1978, the Church of Tumauini was declared a National Historical Landmark on February 24, 1989.

Camp Samal[edit]

The historic Camp Samal was the site of the National Jamboree in 1977 and is the home of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. It is located at the eastern outskirts of the Spanish – built town of Tumauini, on a 23.5 hectares (58 acres) of elevated mass of rolling hills 500 feet above sea level. It is endowed with natural spring, evergreen grasses, trees and shrubs. It overlooks the Cagayan River, the Pinacanauan River, the town of Tumauini itself, the municipality of Delfin Albano, and the Sierra Mountain ranges.

Its name was derived from the first syllable of the surnames of the spouses, Ricardo C. Sadornas and Purificacion Malana who donated the camp to the Boy Scout of the Philippines in 1954. After the holding of the 1977 National Jamboree, the camp slept for 26 years until the assumption of Arnold S. Bautista in July 2001 as Municipal Mayor, who drew out the support of the government and private sectors for its restoration and development. It is still the favorite destination of the Boy Scout and Girl Scouts of the Philippines for their annual district and provincial encampments. It hosted another big event which is the 5th Northeastern Luzon Regional and Ilocos Region Invitational Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines held last November 25 – 30, 2004 with a total of 5,281 participants.


  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 d "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. 
  4. ^ "R.A. No. 678, An Act Creating the Municipality of Mallig in the Province of Isabela". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "R.A. No. 2009, An Act Creating the Municipality of Magsaysay in the Province of Isabela". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 

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