|Municipality of Candelaria|
Map of Zambales with Candelaria highlighted
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|District||2nd district of Zambales|
|Barangays||16 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Napoleon Edquid|
|• Electorate||16,080 voters (2016)|
|• Total||333.59 km2 (128.80 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||81/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)47|
|Climate type||tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||3rd municipal income class|
Candelaria is 42 kilometres (26 mi) from the capital town of Iba. It is nestled at the foot of the Zambales Mountains in the east and lies along coastline of the South China Sea in the west, with a total land area of 33,359 hectares (82,430 acres), making it the third-largest town in terms of land area in Zambales.  This municipality is known for Uacon Lake, the cleanest lake in Central Luzon, and for its numerous beach resorts.
During the pre-Spanish era, the area of Candelaria was unsettled forest. The Spanish East Indies government made it a sitio of Masinloc, one of the oldest towns of Zambales. Sambal settlers from other parts of Masinloc, who found Candelaria an ideal location to live, played an important role in creating Candelaria as a separate town in 1870.
The name of the town could have come from the name of the wife of the first Alcalde Mayor, who named the town after her as a birthday gift. It should also be noted that candelaria is also the Spanish word for Candlemas, and that the Virgin of Candelaria is a Marian title popular in the Hispanic world.
- Malabon (San Roque)
|Population census of Candelaria|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, the population of Candelaria, Zambales, was 27,174 people, with a density of 81 inhabitants per square kilometre or 210 inhabitants per square mile.
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