Alicia, Isabela

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Official seal of Alicia
Map of Isabela showing the location of Alicia
Map of Isabela showing the location of Alicia
Alicia is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°47′N 121°42′E / 16.783°N 121.700°E / 16.783; 121.700Coordinates: 16°47′N 121°42′E / 16.783°N 121.700°E / 16.783; 121.700
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 3rd District of Isabela
Barangays 34
 • Mayor Ian Paul L. Dy
 • Total 154.10 km2 (59.50 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 64,687
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3306
Dialing code 78
Income class 1st class; partially urban

Alicia (formerly known as Angadanan Viejo) is a first class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 64,687 people.[3]

The town is located in an area of predominantly flat and fertile land in the Cagayan Valley that surrounded by the Caraballo Mountains to the south, the Great Sierra Madre to the east and the Cordillera Mountain Range to the west. It is the largest rice producer in the entire Cagayan Valley and has the largest irrigated rice field in the whole Region II of the Philippines.

Alicia, the old town of Angadanan, is known for the Pagay Festival and its famous historical landmark, the Our Lady of Atocha Church completed and inaugurated in 1849 which was officially declared by the Philippine Department of Tourism as a national religious tourist destination in the Philippines.


Alicia has a total land area of 15, 410 hectares and 64, 339 total population as of 2009. 71% of the total land area is an agricultural land which makes Alicia primarily an agricultural municipality best suited for the intensive production of rice and corn. Farming is its major livelihood and rice its major product and resource. Alicia is politically subdivided into 34 barangays:[2]

  • Amistad
  • Antonino (Pob.)
  • Apanay
  • Aurora
  • Bagnos
  • Bagong Sikat
  • Bantug-Petines
  • Bonifacio
  • Burgos
  • Calaocan (Pob.)
  • Callao
  • Dagupan
  • Inanama
  • Linglingay
  • M.H. del Pilar
  • Mabini
  • Magsaysay (Pob.)
  • Mataas na Kahoy
  • Paddad
  • Rizal
  • Rizaluna
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio (Pob.)
  • San Fernando
  • San Francisco
  • San Juan
  • San Pablo
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Tomas
  • Victoria
  • Zamora


Alicia was once called "Angadanan Viejo" (which means "Old Angadanan") when the new Angadanan was relocated in 1776 to its current location near the Angadanan Creek.[4]

The old Angadanan town was part of the Cagayan Valley province. The entire Cagayan Valley was one large province which the Spaniards called La Provincia del Valle de Cagayan, but divided into two new provinces in 1839 by the Spanish conquistadors. One retained the old name Cagayan which comprised all towns from Aparri to Tumauini; while a new province of Nueva Vizcaya was created composed of all towns from Ilagan City to the Caraballo del Sur including Catalangan, Angadanan (now Alicia), and Palanan, with Camarag (Echague) as its capital.[5]

A Royal Decree was created on 1 May 1856 creating Isabela de Luzon to distinguish it from other Isabelas in the Philippines. It comprised the town of Carig (now Santiago City), Camarag (now Echague), Angadanan (now Alicia), Cauayan, Calanusian (now Reina Mercedes), Gamu, and Ilagan City, all detached from Nueva Vizcaya; while Tumauini and Cabagan were taken from the Cagayan province. It was placed under the jurisdiction of a governor with the capital seat at Ilagan City, where it remains at the present.[5]

When the late Philippine President Elpidio Quirino signed Executive Order No. 268 on 28 September 1949, the Old Angadanan was renamed and created the municipality of Alicia in honor of then Quirino’s wife, Dona Alicia Syquia Quirino, who was murdered by the Japanese during the Japanese occupation.[6]


Population census of Alicia
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 47,674 —    
1995 52,666 +1.88%
2000 57,178 +1.78%
2007 61,447 +1.00%
2010 64,687 +1.89%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


The population is a combination of different ethnic group dominated by Ilocano speaking people which make Ilocano the common language used in the municipality.


Alicia, as a suburb of a progressive city, Cauayan, Isabela, is also showing signs of progress. Various banking institutions like Landbank of the Philippines, Security Bank,[7] etc are already present in Alicia. In 2013, popular fast food chain Jollibee has opened[8] its first branch in Alicia which includes Drive Thru service.


Our Lady of Atocha Church[edit]

The Our Lady of Atocha Church in Alicia is known for having an old Spanish church architecture. It is one of the best churches to visit for a pilgrimage in the Philippines during the Holy Week.[9] The church was declared by the Philippine Department of Tourism as one of the national religious tourist attractions in the Philippines.[10]

The structure of the church was original built by the Spaniards in the 18th century, but not finished. Passing by Angadanan town on 12 February 1805, Fr. Manuel Mora, OP wrote that “Angadanan has a convent of bricks, though not totally finished. Its church is timber, wood, and bamboo. The number of inhabitants is 791.” The church and convent as seen today in the town of Alicia, beautiful and antique, was built by Fr. Tomas Calderon, OP and inaugurated in 1849, with Fr. Francisco Gainza, OP, then vicar of Carig (now Santiago City). The church was dedicated to the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, more popularly known today as Our Lady of Atocha. The church is known for its antique Castilian architectural design and can be found along the Maharlika Highway and is accessible by land transport.[5][11][12]

The Catholic churches in Alicia, Gamu, and Cauayan City, are examples of what is called as the "Cagayan Style" of Spanish churches that was inspired by the Tuguegarao church.

List of mayors[edit]

The first mayor (municipality leader) of Alicia was Glicerio Acosta who was appointed to office by the President of the Philippines upon the creation of Alicia as a municipality in 1949. The mayor is restricted to three consecutive terms, totaling nine years, although a mayor can be elected again after an interruption of one term.

The following is the chronological list of current and past mayors of Alicia:

Number Name Tenure
11 Ian Paul Dy
10. Cecilia Claire N. Reyes
9. Napoleon S. Dy
8. Manuel A. Alejandro
7. Norberta C. Agustin
6. Ramon M. Reyes
5. Federico M. Abuan Sr.
4. Lorenzo M. Dasig Sr.
3. Marcelino Dacanay
2. Celedonio B. Magbaleta
1. Glicerio Acosta

Educational institutions[edit]

Alicia has two universities that cater to the people of the municipality and other neighboring municipalities and provinces. Alicia is also noted for having the most high-tech school in the region.

College and University[edit]

High Schools[edit]



  • Alicia National High School
  • Alicia Vocational School
  • Palayan Region High School
  • Rizal Region National High School, Alicia, Isabela

Elementary Schools[edit]


  • Alicia Adventist Multigrade School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Northeast Luzon Adventist College
  • School of Our Lady of Atocha
  • St. Francis School Foundation
  • St. John Adaptive Montessori School
  • Top Achievers Private School
  • Odizee School of Achievers
  • Ay Kun School


  • Alicia Central School
  • Alicia North Central School
  • Alicia West Central School
  • Amistad Elementary School
  • Apanay Public School
  • Aurora Elementary School
  • Bagnos Elementary School
  • Bagong Sikat Elementary School
  • Bantug Petines Elementary School
  • Bonifacio Elementary School
  • Burgos Elementary School
  • Callao Elementary School
  • Dagupan Elementary School
  • Inanama Elementary School
  • Linglingay Elementary School
  • Mabini Elementary School
  • Mataas na Kahoy Elementary School
  • MH del Pilar Elementary School
  • Paddad Elementary School
  • Rizal Elementary School
  • Rizaluna Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • San Fernando Elementary School
  • San Francisco Elementary School
  • San Juan Elementary School
  • San Pablo Elementary School
  • San Pedro Elementary School
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School
  • Sta. Maria Elementary School
  • Sto. Domingo Elementary School
  • Sto. Tomas Elementary School
  • Victoria Elementary School
  • Zamora Elementary School

External links[edit]


  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. ^ "Things to Do and see in Isabela". Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "Isabela Travel Information". Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Isabela History". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  7. ^ December 26, 2013 "Security Bank Branches in Northern Luzon". [1]
  8. ^ December 26, 2013 "Jollibee Alicia Photos".
  9. ^ Martinez-Clemente, Jo (23 April 2011). ela&cd=14&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us& "Relic of Christ’s cross a must for Visita Iglesia". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Reyes-Estrope, Carmela (26 March 2013). "Churches to visit north of Manila". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Rumpon, Danijay. "Province of Isabela Tourists Attractions and Destinations". Cagayan Valley Region. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tourists Attractions". The Ultimate Travel Guide for Tourists. Department of Tourism (Philippines). Retrieved 17 June 2011.