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Official seal of Aritao
Map of Nueva Vizcaya showing the location of Aritao
Map of Nueva Vizcaya showing the location of Aritao
Aritao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°18′N 121°02′E / 16.300°N 121.033°E / 16.300; 121.033Coordinates: 16°18′N 121°02′E / 16.300°N 121.033°E / 16.300; 121.033
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Nueva Vizcaya
District Lone district
Barangays 22
 • Mayor Lucing L. Tan
 • Total 265.60 km2 (102.55 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 37,115
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3704
IDD:area code +63 (0)78
Income class 2nd class; partially urban

Aritao is a second class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 37,115 people.[3]

The ethnic minority called Isinai (the same term for the local spoken dialect) were the original residents of this town. The name Aritao came from the Isinai phrase Ari Tau "which stands for "Our King" (ari=king & tau=our) which refers to the legendary Isinai Chieftain Mengal, a fierce and brave king who resisted Spanish conquest of the Isinai territories around Ajanas and Ynordenan (the areas comprising what is now most of Aritao).


Aritao is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.[2]

  • Banganan
  • Beti
  • Bone North
  • Bone South
  • Calitlitan
  • Comon
  • Cutar
  • Darapidap
  • Kirang
  • Nagcuartelan
  • Poblacion
  • Santa Clara
  • Tabueng
  • Tucanon
  • Anayo
  • Baan
  • Balite
  • Canabuan
  • Canarem
  • Latar-Nocnoc-San Francisco
  • Ocao-Capiniaan
  • Yaway


In 1942, Japanese troops entered Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

In 1945, during the liberation at the town of Aritao was fought the battles between the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops of the 2nd, 51st, 52nd, 55th, 56th and 57th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the USAFIP-NL 14th Infantry Regiment against the Japanese Imperial forces founded in the Battle of Kirang Pass in the Second World War.

A monument to the gallantry of the Japanese and Filipino soldiers during World War II, located at Barangay Kirang, municipality of Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. Built in 1978 by the Rakunsankai Society of Japan, it was recently rebuilt using a black glazed stone, and a memorial was engraved in the tablet in Japanese and English. Also offers a scenic view of reforested mountains and hills.


Population census of Aritao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 25,942 —    
1995 29,151 +2.21%
2000 31,705 +1.82%
2007 34,206 +1.05%
2010 37,115 +3.01%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  • Aritao High School
  • Immaculate Conception Academy
  • Saint Teresita's Academy
  • Nueva Vizcaya Institute
  • Santa Clara High School

Aritao also has a lot of schools for primary (elementary education). And for the college level, the Colegio de Aritao is for vocational courses like caregiving. It is located at the Saint Teresita's Academy campus.



  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: NUEVA VIZCAYA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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