Candelaria, Zambales

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Municipality of Candelaria
Candelaria Zambales.jpg
Official seal of Candelaria
Map of Zambales with Candelaria highlighted
Map of Zambales with Candelaria highlighted
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
District 2nd district of Zambales
Founded 1870
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)[3]
 • Total 27,174
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2212
PSGC 037103000
IDD:area code +63 (0)47
Climate type tropical monsoon climate
Income class 3rd municipal income class
Native languages Sambal

Candelaria, officially the Municipality of Candelaria, is a 3rd 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, 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.


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.
1903 3,104 —    
1918 4,252 +2.12%
1939 5,682 +1.39%
1948 7,167 +2.61%
1960 9,799 +2.64%
1970 12,376 +2.36%
1975 14,630 +3.41%
1980 15,686 +1.40%
1990 18,539 +1.69%
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][6]

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. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 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. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Zambales". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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