Alcala, Pangasinan

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Official seal of Alcala
Motto: Kalinisan, Kalusugan, Karapatan (English: Environment, Health, Rights)
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Alcala
Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Alcala
Alcala is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°50′50″N 120°31′27″E / 15.84722°N 120.52417°E / 15.84722; 120.52417Coordinates: 15°50′50″N 120°31′27″E / 15.84722°N 120.52417°E / 15.84722; 120.52417
Country  Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Pangasinan
District 5th district of Pangasinan
Founded 1875
Barangays 21
 • Mayor Ryan Paolo Vergara Mencias
 • Vice Mayor Jojo Beltran Callejo
 • Total 45.71 km2 (17.65 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 41,077
 • Density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2425
Dialing code 75
Income class 3rd class; partially urban

Alcala is a third class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 41,077 people[3] with land area of 5,508 hectares.

Alcala recently broke the world record for longest grill measuring about 3 kilometres (9,840 ft).[citation needed]


What is known now as Alcala was formerly a barrio of Bayambang, formerly called "Dangla", a vernacular term referring to a medicinal shrub which grows abundantly in the place. As a barrio, it was subdivided into several smaller units called sitios, namely: Bugyao, Bacud, Cupi, Bitulao, Guinawedan, Anulid, Cabicalan, Pindangan, Camanggaan and Sinabaan

On April 1, 1873, the settlers established a community. They submitted a petition calling for the cessation of Dangla into a separate township, but it took more than two years for the Spanish Authorities to take notice of the settlers' demands.

Finally, on September 20, 1875, a Royal Decree No. 682 was issued making the place an official municipality to be named Alcala, the name of a town in Spain where the then Governor of Pangasinan hailed from.

During the outbreak of the Philippine-American War, the place was the site of the field headquarters of General Malone of the United States Army.

When the Filipinos and Americans were fighting against the Japanese during World War II, the place was the site for the American Field Headquarters under the command of General Johnathan Wainwright. It is here that the first Guerrilla Combat Training School was established. The same school produced an Infantry Battalion composed mostly of Alcaleneans who played an important role in defending the whole of Northern Luzon from the superior Japanese Forces.[4][5]


Alcala is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.[2]

  • Anulid
  • Atainan
  • Bersamin
  • Canarvacanan
  • Caranglaan
  • Curareng
  • Gualsic
  • Kisikis
  • Laoac
  • Macayo
  • Pindangan Centro
  • Pindangan East
  • Pindangan West
  • Poblacion East
  • Poblacion West
  • San Juan
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pedro Apartado
  • San Pedro Ili
  • San Vicente
  • Vacante


Population census of Alcala
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 30,684 —    
1995 31,974 +0.77%
2000 35,734 +2.41%
2007 38,934 +1.19%
2010 41,077 +1.97%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][6]

Local government[edit]

The elected officials for the 2013–2016 term are:[1]

  • Mayor is Ryan Paolo "Pao" Mencias, who succeeded Manuel Collado and Juanito "Boots" Collado
  • Vice Mayor is Jojo Callejo
  • Municipal Council:
    • Councilor Rodolfo Rosquita
    • Councilor Fe Peregrino
    • Councilor Gerry Ablao
    • Councilor Eduardo dela Cruz
    • Councilor Emme Luisa Ramos
    • Councilor Mario Cerezo
    • Councilor Amor Espiritu
    • Councilor Rodolfo "Aldong" Catalan


A tilapia dispersal and barbecue are part of the attractions in Alcala.[7]

The 2012 Red Bikini Open was held in San Juan.[8]

Alcala celebrated the founding anniversary on September 20

Alcala celebrated their fiesta on May 1–3

San Vicente, Alcala has its Backpack Project.

Holy Cross Parish Church[edit]

The 1881 Holy Cross Parish Church is a Vicariate of Sacred Heart (with Vicar Forane, Father Hurley John S. Solfelix, 2425 Pangasinan, Philippines. Its Feast Day is May 3, with Parish Priest, Father Domingo M. Catungal)[9] under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Alcala, Pangasinan Alcala, Pangasinan[10][11]

The January 4, 1881 Spanish Royal Decree of the Spanish Government created the Parish of the Holy Cross and accepted by the Dominicans (House of the Order) on November of 188. Padre Eduardo Saamaniego, O.P., was appointed first parish priest on February 21, 1882. The convent was erected under Fr. Revilla and Fr. Casamitjana but the same was destroyed.[12]

In 1950, Padre Jose V. Ferrer caused the destruction of the old church and instead built a semi-concrete edifice. Aided by Bishop Jesus Sison and Archbishop Mariano Madriaga, the Priest founded the Holy Rood Academy. Fr. Amado Lopez continued the rehabilitation of the Church and school but the 1967 and 1968 Casiguran earthquake annihilated the Church. Thus, Fr. Eusebio Vigilia and Fr. Johnny Tagalicud (1972-1977) rehabilitated the present new Church. (Source, 2007 Fiesta Yearbook of Bani, Pangasinan Church).


Elementary schools:

  • Alcala Central School
  • South Central School
  • Anulid Elem. School
  • Atainan Elem. School
  • Bersamin Elem. School
  • Gualsic Elem. School
  • Laoac Elem. School
  • Macayo Integrated School
  • Pindangan West Elem. School
  • Pindangan East Elem. School
  • San Juan Elem. School
  • San Pedro Apartado Elem. School
  • San Pedro Ili Elem. School
  • San Vicente Elem. School
  • Vacante Elem. School

Secondary schools:

  • Cipriano P. Primicias National High School
  • Arboleda National High School
  • Pindangan National High School
  • Canarvacanan National High School
  • San Pedro Apartado National High School
  • Bersamin Agro-Industrial High School
  • Macayo Integrated School

Private schools:

  • Holy Rood Academy
  • Our Lady of Peace Academy
  • Alcala Brookside School Inc.
  • Holy Family Educational Institution
  • Alcala Christian Academy
  • God's Favor Learning Center Inc.
  • Morning Star Academy



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