Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya

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Municipality of Bagabag
Maharlika highway
Maharlika highway
Official seal of Bagabag
Map of Nueva Vizcaya with Bagabag highlighted
Map of Nueva Vizcaya with Bagabag highlighted
Bagabag is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°36′N 121°16′E / 16.6°N 121.27°E / 16.6; 121.27Coordinates: 16°36′N 121°16′E / 16.6°N 121.27°E / 16.6; 121.27
Country  Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Nueva Vizcaya
District Lone district
Founded 1741
Barangays 17 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Johnny M. Sevillena
 • Electorate 18,251 voters (2016)
 • Total 183.90 km2 (71.00 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 35,501
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3711
PSGC 025003000
IDD:area code +63 (0)78
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
Income class 2nd municipal income class

Bagabag, officially the Municipality of Bagabag (Gaddang: Ili na Bagabag; Ilokano: Ili ti Bagabag; Filipino: Bayan ng Bagabag), is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 35,501 people.[3]

Bagabag is famous for its buko pie (coconut pie) in the Cagayan Valley region and it is the gateway to the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces. It is considered the pineapple region of Nueva Vizcaya.[4] The main crops produced are rice, corn, coconut, mango, and pineapple. Bagabag has the largest tilapia farming in the region.[5] Main resources include agriculture, livestock, and fruit-bearing trees plantation. Main industries include furniture, hollow block factory, tilapia farming, buko pie, pineapple vinegar, and meat processing. Located in the northern part of the town is Bagabag Airport, the only airport of Nueva Vizcaya, which serves the province and its surrounding area. Adjacent to the airport is the Summer Institutes of Linguistics (SIL) Bagabag.[6]


Bagabag is 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of its provincial capital, Bayombong, and 290 kilometres (180 mi) north of its country capital, Manila. It is located in the northeastern part of Nueva Vizcaya with a total land area of 260 square kilometers or 26,000 hectares. The Magat River, which runs parallel to the Pan-Philippine Highway (AH 26), is situated in the eastern part of the town proper.

Bordering Areas[edit]


The town was formed on October 7, 1741 during the Spanish regime by a friar, Padre (Pe.) Antonio del Campo, at sitio "Nagcumventuan" a place now located between Pogonsino, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya and Bangar, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. The present name of the sitio bears proof to the fact that the Spanish priest constructed a church in the original town site.

Pe. Luis Sierra and Pe. Alejandro Vidal, who was the Vicar Provincial, were among the first priests to settle in 1743. They organized the town in 1754. Due to the continuous erosion and flood from the Magat River and its increasing population, Pe. Vidal later transferred the town site to "Nassa" which is located between Barangays Lantap and Santa Lucia. The "Nassa" location was open and muddy throughout the year. Thus for the third time, Pe. Vidal transferred the town site to its present site where numerous buri palms were then growing. It was from this buri palm plant the name of Bagabag originated, the same being called by the natives as "bagbag". No account could be given on the exact date of the year, the present town of Bagabag was founded as the records were destroyed during World War II. The town celebrates its feast day every September 30 in honor of the town's patron, Saint Jerome.

In 1945, the combined United States and the Philippine Commonwealth troops together with the town's guerrillas attacked the Japanese Imperial forces in the Battle of Bagabag during World War II.


Population census of Bagabag
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 1,907 —    
1918 3,730 +4.57%
1939 10,702 +5.15%
1948 10,288 −0.44%
1960 13,805 +2.48%
1970 16,327 +1.69%
1975 19,188 +3.29%
1980 20,855 +1.68%
1990 26,028 +2.24%
1995 28,279 +1.57%
2000 30,652 +1.74%
2007 32,787 +0.93%
2010 35,462 +2.90%
2015 35,501 +0.02%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

The natives of Bagabag are the Ga'dangs or Gaddangs whose ancestors originally came from the Cagayan and Isabela regions. The Gaddangs predominantly live in the town proper and they speak the Gaddang language. Many Ilocanos and Tagalogs have migrated and live in Bagabag.[10]

Tilapia Industry[edit]

On January 11, 2008, the Cagayan Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) stated that tilapia fish production grew and Cagayan Valley is now the Philippines' tilapia capital. Production supply grew 37.25% since 2003, with 14,000 metric tons (MT) in 2007. The recent aquaculture congress found that the growth of tilapia production was due to government interventions: provision of fast-growing species, accreditation of private hatcheries to ensure supply of quality fingerlings, establishment of demonstration farms, providing free fingerlings to newly constructed fishponds, and the dissemination of tilapia to Nueva Vizcaya (in Diadi town). Former cycling champion Lupo Alava is a multi-awarded tilapia raiser in Bagabag. Chairman Thompson Lantion of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, a retired two-star police general, has fishponds in La Torre, Bayombong. Also, Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma also entered into similar aquaculture endeavors in addition to tilapia production.[11]

Local Government[edit]

Bagabag Municipal Hall

Bagabag is governed by a mayor, a vice mayor and eight-member municipal councilors. They are elected for a three-year term.

Elected officials for 2013 to 2016:

  • Mayor: Johnny M. Sevillena
  • Vice Mayor: Ed G. Afalla
  • Municipal Councilors (Sangguniang Bayan Members):
    • Revelita L. Jallorina
    • Benigno B. Calauad
    • Rodolfo S. Abon
    • Lenita P. Rebuta
    • Elpidio A. Torio
    • Brenda Lyn S. Afalla
    • Ferdinand D. S. Inaldo
    • Marnilo G. Carbonel


Bagabag is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[12]

  • Bakir
  • Baretbet
  • Careb
  • Lantap
  • Murong
  • Nangalisan
  • Paniki (Paniqui)
  • Pogonsino
  • San Geronimo (Poblacion)
  • San Pedro (Poblacion)
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Lucia
  • Tuao North
  • Tuao South
  • Villa Coloma (Poblacion)
  • Villa Quirino (Poblacion)
  • Villaros


  • Aurora High School
  • Bagabag Child Development Center
  • Bagabag Central School
  • Bagabag National High School
  • Bagabag North Elementary School
  • Bagabag South Elementary School
  • Bagabag United Methodist Church Learning Center
  • Bakir Primary School
  • Baretbet Elementary School
  • Careb Elementary School
  • Lantap Elementary School
  • Lantap Kiddie Learning Center
  • M.V. Duque Elementary School
  • Murong Elementary School
  • Murong National High School
  • Murong United Methodist Church Learning Center
  • Nangalisan Elementary School
  • Paniki National High School
  • Paniki United Methodist Learning Center
  • Paniki Elementary School
  • Pogonsino Elementary School
  • Saint Jerome's Academy
  • Santa Cruz Elementary School
  • Santa Lucia Elementary School
  • Jose P. Castillo Elementary School
  • Singian Primary School
  • Tuao National High School
  • Tuao North Elementary School
  • Tuao Kiddie Learning Center
  • Tuao South Elementary School
  • Villaros Elementary School

Notable Residents

  • Lupo Alava - athlete, cyclist winner of 1980 Marlboro Tour of Luzon's Rookie of the Year.[1]
  • Leonardo A. Gonzales, Ph.D. - scholar and scientist, authored books on rice and corn policy including technical articles on agricultural policy, agribusiness, and agribiotechnology.[2]
  • Carlo Guieb - athlete, cyclist winner of 1993-1994 Marlboro Tour of Luzon.[3]
  • Gualberto B. Lumauig - politician, then Governor and congressman of Ifugao, Philippine ambassador to Taiwan.[4]
  • Romulo B. Lumauig - lawyer and politician, then Congressman of Ifugao, trade deputy minister under President Ferdinand Marcos.[5]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Nueva Vizcaya". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fruitful farm and mine tours in Nueva Vizcaya". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Cagayan Valley's Tilapia Capital". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  6. ^ SIL International
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903 – 2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO. 
  9. ^ "Province of Nueva Vizcaya". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Philippine Statistics Authority
  11. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, Cagayan Valley country's tilapia capital
  12. ^ "Province: NUEVA VIZCAYA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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