Candelaria, Zambales

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Official seal of Candelaria
Map of Zambales showing the location of Candelaria
Map of Zambales showing the location of Candelaria
Candelaria is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°38′N 119°56′E / 15.63°N 119.93°E / 15.63; 119.93Coordinates: 15°38′N 119°56′E / 15.63°N 119.93°E / 15.63; 119.93
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Zambales
Legislative district 2nd district of Zambales
Founded 1870
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Napoleon Edquid
 • Total 333.59 km2 (128.80 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 27,174
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2212
IDD:area code +63 (0)47
Income class 3rd class

Candelaria is a third class municipality in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,174 people.[3]

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.[2] This municipality is known for Uacon Lake, the cleanest lake in Central Luzon, and for its numerous beach resorts.


During the pre-Spanish era, Candelaria was an unsettled forest land. It was then a sitio of Masinloc, one of the oldest towns of Zambales. Settlement by Sambal from other parts of Masinloc, who found Candelaria an ideal location to live, played an important role in how this sitio became a town separate from Masinloc 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. There was also a story that the Spanish first saw many candles in this place and called it Candle-Area, a place of many candles; this story is anachronistic, however, as "Candle-Area" would have been an English rather than a Spanish name[citation needed]. It should also be noted that candelaria is also the Spanish word for Candlemas and that the Virgen of Candelaria is a Marian advocation well established in the Hispanic world. As the years passed, it was customarily called Candelaria.


Candelaria is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2]

  • Babancal
  • Binabalian
  • Catol
  • Dampay
  • Lauis
  • Libertador
  • Malabon (San Roque)
  • Malimanga
  • Pamibian
  • Panayonan
  • Pinagrealan
  • Poblacion
  • Sinabacan
  • Taposo
  • Uacon
  • Yamot


Population census of Candelaria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 18,539 —    
1995 20,201 +1.62%
2000 23,399 +3.20%
2007 24,243 +0.49%
2010 25,020 +1.15%
2015 27,174 +1.58%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

In the 2015 census, the population of Candelaria, Zambales, was 27,174 people,[3] with a density of 81 inhabitants per square kilometre or 210 inhabitants per square mile.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Zambales". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Province of Zambales". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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