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Municipality of Aringay
Aringay town center along the National Highway
Aringay town center along the National Highway
Flag of Aringay
Official seal of Aringay
Map of La Union with Aringay highlighted
Map of La Union with Aringay highlighted
Aringay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°23′54″N 120°21′20″E / 16.398208°N 120.355481°E / 16.398208; 120.355481Coordinates: 16°23′54″N 120°21′20″E / 16.398208°N 120.355481°E / 16.398208; 120.355481
Country Philippines
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
ProvinceLa Union
District2nd District
Barangays24 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEric O. Sibuma
 • Vice MayorBenjamin O. Sibuma
 • CongressmanSandra Y. Eriguel
 • Electorate30,606 voters (2019)
 • Total84.54 km2 (32.64 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total47,458
 • Density560/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • Income class2nd municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence8.59% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)Increase PHP 241,735,653.59 million (87%) (2018)
 • Assets (₱)Increase PHP 397,480,131.29 million (40.7%) (2018)
 • Expenditure (₱)Increase PHP 135,407,903.62 million (18.7%) (2018)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)72
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Native languagesIlocano

Aringay (Ilocano: Ili ti Aringay) is a second class municipality in the province of La Union, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 47,458 people.[3]

Aringay is located about 239 kilometres (149 mi) north of Manila and 31 kilometres (19 mi) south of San Fernando, the regional and provincial capital.

The town experiences the prevailing monsoon climate of Northern Luzon, characterized by a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October. Its economy is based primarily on agriculture, producing rice, tobacco and fruit crops as economic staples. A nascent tourism industry is centered on its beach resorts. Its ethnic population is predominantly Ilocano and Christian (Roman Catholic).


The 24 barangays of the Municipality of Aringay[5]
Rank Barangay Population Rank Barangay Population
1 San Eugenio 3,682 14 Macabato 1,235
2 Poblacion 3,464 15 San Simon West 1,225
3 San Benito Sur 3,354 16 Pangao-aoan East 1,221
4 Dulao 3,284 17 San Juan West 1,182
5 Santa Rita West 3,192 18 Santa Rita East 1,078
6 Santa Lucia 2,861 19 San Simon East 1,051
7 Samara 2,487 20 San Antonio 1,024
8 San Benito Norte 2,428 21 Gallano 1,014
9 Basca 2,050 22 San Juan East 899
10 Santa Cecilia 1,823 23 Alaska 891
11 Santo Rosario West 1,789 24 Pangao-aoan West 807
12 Manga 1,465 Aringay Total 44,949
13 Santo Rosario East 1,443


Aringay was an ancient village known in pre-colonial times as Alingay or Alinguey. When Spanish colonizers arrived in the late 16th century, they found an enclave of ethnic Pangasinenses actively trading with their Ilocano and Ifugao neighbors and traders from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. In a small village now known as Samara, a settlement headed by a descendant of Lakan Dula is thriving. The presence of Spanish soldiers, administrators and Augustinian missionaries ushered in the town’s colonial era and its conversion to Roman Catholicism.

Aringay remained a part of Pangasinan province until April 18, 1854, when the Spanish fused the northern towns of that province with the southern towns of Ilocos Sur to create the new province of La Union (hence, "The Union") The municipalities of Caba and Gallano (later placed in the province of Benguet and then abolished in 1900) were later carved out of Aringay’s northern borders.

The 18th and 19th century marked the active expansion of Ilocano territory. Scores of migrants from the Ilocos provinces pushed their way south so that by the end of the 19th century, Aringay was home to mostly Ilocano and Ilocanized Pangasinenses.

Outbreaks of rebellion rocked the town during four centuries of Spanish, American and Japanese colonization. Bloody confrontations ignited by revolutionaries such as Diego Silang and Gabriela Silang during Spanish occupation and by insurgents during the Philippine-American War and the Japanese occupation in World War II marred the bucolic villages of Aringay.

A decisive battle on Aringay River against U.S. forces crippled US forces . By 1901 the province of La Union was freed by American occupation.

Japanese forces attacked Aringay on December 1941 and occupied the town until their brutal withdrawal in 1945-1946, when many Aringayenos massacred the entire battalion of Japanese command in Aringay.


Population census of Aringay
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 8,572—    
1918 11,247+1.83%
1939 12,487+0.50%
1948 13,079+0.52%
1960 17,572+2.49%
1970 21,835+2.19%
1975 25,042+2.79%
1980 27,524+1.91%
1990 33,258+1.91%
1995 36,743+1.88%
2000 41,422+2.60%
2007 43,438+0.66%
2010 44,949+1.25%
2015 47,458+1.04%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Aringay was 47,458 people,[3] with a density of 560 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,500 inhabitants per square mile.


Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: La Union". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Cordillera Administrative Region" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority, April 4, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of La Union". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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