Allacapan, Cagayan

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Official seal of Allacapan
Map of Cagayan showing the location of Allacapan
Map of Cagayan showing the location of Allacapan
Allacapan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 18°15′N 121°35′E / 18.250°N 121.583°E / 18.250; 121.583Coordinates: 18°15′N 121°35′E / 18.250°N 121.583°E / 18.250; 121.583
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Cagayan
District 2nd District
Barangays 27
 • Mayor Hon. Harry Florida
 • Total 306.80 km2 (118.46 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 31,662
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3523
Dialing code 78
Income class 3rd class

Allacapan is a third class municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 31,662 people.[3] It is situated in the north-western periphery of Cagayan, bordering Apayao.


Allacapan has its beginning as a small village in the jungle vastness, inhabited by Negritoes, also known as Aetas. Ilocanos mainly from Ilocos Sur, among them future town mayor Santos Martinez, discovered it in quest for better land and eventually dominated the area.

Allacapan was founded as a municipal district of Tawit, Mountain Province, in 1926. It was ceded to Cagayan in 1928, and finally became a regular municipality in 1945 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 590 authored by Congressman Miguel Pio.

The history of Allacapan has a series of existing episodes and transitions. During the Japanese occupation, the Japanese forces established a garrison in the heart of the community from where echoed moars of torture inflicted upon prisoners of war, most often, innocent civilians. Later on, the Japanese burned the municipal hall, including the school building in the old site of Daan-Ili. The incident aggravated the fear of the civilians and they fled to the mountains.

After liberation, disgruntled ex-Army men who were not satisfied with their backpay checks took to the hills with their rifles and joined the underground movement. Allacapan then became a hotbed of the Huks (HUKBALAHAP or Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon). Their atrocities resulted in the kidnapping of then Mayor Agustin Gorospe in September 1951, the burning of the newly constructed town hall, and the looting of the local treasury.

The construction of the highway from Magapit, Lallo to Bangag, Aparri traversing Allacapan and the opening of the Magapit Bridge to traffic, facilitated mobility of trade and commerce. Allacapan suddenly became a local point. It is now accessible from all points and is fast becoming an urban community.

The municipality's name came to be when Francisco Umengan, an ex-municipal president from Aparri, was annoyed by the skittering of dried leaves heaped within the vicinity. On his inquiry about the significance of the noise, his Negrito guide told him "alla-appan" meaning "trap." Umengan then named the place "Allacapan" and the name has remained to the present.


Allacapan is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.[2]

  • Bessang
  • Binubungan
  • Bulo
  • Burot
  • Capagaran (Brigida)
  • Capalutan
  • Capanickian Norte
  • Capanickian Sur
  • Cataratan
  • Centro East (Pob.)
  • Centro West (Pob.)
  • Daan-Ili
  • Dagupan
  • Dalayap
  • Gagaddangan
  • Iringan
  • Labben
  • Maluyo
  • Mapurao
  • Matucay
  • Nagattatan
  • Pacac
  • San Juan (Maguininango)
  • Silagan
  • Tamboli
  • Tubel
  • Utan


Population census of Allacapan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,916 —    
1995 23,997 +1.71%
2000 26,960 +2.53%
2007 29,821 +1.40%
2010 31,662 +2.20%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAGAYAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 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 24 January 2014. 

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