Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya

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Official seal of Bagabag
Map of Nueva Vizcaya showing the location of Bagabag
Map of Nueva Vizcaya showing the location of Bagabag
Bagabag is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°36′N 121°16′E / 16.600°N 121.267°E / 16.600; 121.267Coordinates: 16°36′N 121°16′E / 16.600°N 121.267°E / 16.600; 121.267
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Nueva Vizcaya
District Lone district
Founded 1741
Barangays 17
 • Mayor Johnny M. Sevillena
 • Total 183.90 km2 (71.00 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 35,462
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3711
Dialing code 78
Income class 2nd class; partially urban

The Municipality of Bagabag is a second class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. According to the 2010 Philippine census, it has a population of 35,462 people.[3]

Bagabag is considered the pineapple region of Nueva Vizcaya. The main crops include rice, corn, rattan, onion, camote, cassava, banana, coconut, mango, and pineapple. Bagabag is also the largest producer of tilapia in the province and is famous for its delicious buko pie in the Cagayan Valley. Located in the northern part of the town is the Bagabag Airport which serves the town and is the only airport of Nueva Vizcaya. Adjacent to the airport is the SIL Bagabag.[4]


Bagabag is approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) away from the capital town of Bayombong and 286 kilometres (178 mi) from Manila. It is located at the northeastern part of Nueva Vizcaya with a total land area of 260 square kilometers or 26,000 hectares. It is bounded in the west by the municipality of Villaverde, in the east by the municipality of Diadi, in the north by the municipality of Lamut, Ifugao, in the southwest by Solano, and in the south by the municipality of Quezon. Bagabag is the gateway to the famous Banaue Rice Terraces.


Bagabag is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[2]

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


The town of Bagabag was founded on October 7, 1741, during the Spanish regime by Padre Antonio del Campo, a Spanish friar, 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. The first priest was Pe. Luis Sierra who came in 1743, and Pe. Alejandro Vidal, who was the Vicar Provincial, organized it in 1754. Due to the continuous erosion and flood from the Magat River and for its increasing population and growth, Pe. Vidal later transferred the town site to “Nassa” which is located between Barangays Lantap and Santa Lucia. The latter place is an open and muddy throughout the year. 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 date of the year, the present town of Bagabag was founded as the records were destroyed during World War II. In 1945, the combined United States and the Philippine Commonwealth troops entered in Bagabag together with the recognized guerillas by the attack of the Japanese Imperial forces in the Battle of Bagabag continue in World War II.


Population census of Bagabag
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 26,028 —    
1995 28,279 +1.57%
2000 30,652 +1.74%
2007 32,787 +0.93%
2010 35,462 +2.90%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

The natives of Bagabag are the Ga'dangs or Gaddangs whose ancestors originally came from the Cagayan and Isabela provinces. The Gaddangs predominantly live in the town proper and they speak the Gaddang language. Many Ilocanos and Tagalogs have migrated and live in Bagabag.[5]

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.[6]

Local government[edit]

Bagabag Municipal Hall

Elected officials 2013-2016:

  • Mayor: Hon. Johnny Macaroy Sevillena
  • Vice Mayor: Ed Gallardo Afalla
  • Municipal Councillors (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


  • 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
  • M.V. Duque Elementary School
  • Lantap Elementary School
  • Lantap Kiddie Learning Center
  • 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


  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. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ SIL International
  5. ^ Philippine National Statistics Office
  6. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, Cagayan Valley country’s tilapia capital

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