Gamu, Isabela

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Official seal of Gamu

Nickname(s): Gateway to Mallig Plains

Mother Town of the 2nd District of Isabela

Oldest Town of Mallig Plains
Map of Isabela showing the location of Gamu
Map of Isabela showing the location of Gamu
Gamu is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°03′N 121°50′E / 17.050°N 121.833°E / 17.050; 121.833Coordinates: 17°03′N 121°50′E / 17.050°N 121.833°E / 17.050; 121.833
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 2nd District of Isabela
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Nestor Malasig Uy
 • Vice Mayor Fernando Ocampo Cumigad
 • Total 129.40 km2 (49.96 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 28,657
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gamueño (m) / Gamueña (f)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3301
Dialing code 78
Income class 4th class; rural

Gamu is a fourth class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 28,657 people.[3] While not a commercially thriving town, it lies near Ilagan City and Cauayan, communities with banks, hospitals, and places of entertainment.

The municipality is the site of the 5th Infantry Division of Philippine Army as its infantry unit in Northern Luzon. The Infantry is located in Barangay Upi of this town headed by General Joel P. Ibañez.


Gamu is located in the central part of the Province of Isabela. It is approximately 10 kilometers away from the Provincial Capitol of Isabela and about 395 kilometers from the National Capital City of the Philippines, Manila.

It is bounded on the north by the city of Ilagan, or the northwest by the municipality of Quirino, on the south by the municipality of Reina Mercedes and on the southwest by the municipality of Burgos, and on the Southeast by the municipality of Naguilian.

Gamu has a total land area of 129.40 square kilometers with 16 barangays, 3 of which are classified as urban barangays, District I, II and III, and the rests are considered rural barangays.[4]


Gamu is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[2] District I, II, and III are considered as urban barangays while the rest are rural.[4]

Barangay Population (as of May 1, 2010) Economic Class
Barcolan 929 Rural
Buenavista 872 Rural
Dammao 599 Rural
Furao 2,267 Rural
Guibang 2,644 Rural
Lenzon 900 Rural
Linglingay 1,237 Rural
Mabini 4,601 Rural
Pintor 1,333 Rural
District I (Pob.) 1,033 Urban
District II (Pob.) 1,924 Urban
District III (Pob.) 2,603 Urban
Rizal 271 Rural
Songsong 1,271 Rural
Union 1,069 Rural
Upi 5,104 Rural
16 Barangays 28,657 13 Rural Barangays; 3 Urban Barangays



Population census of Gamu
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 19,141 —    
1995 22,765 +3.30%
2000 25,901 +2.81%
2007 27,479 +0.82%
2010 28,657 +1.54%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  • Saint Rose of Lima Church in Barangay District 1
  • Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Barangay Upi
  • Our Lady of Visitation of Guibang is a national shrine in Barangay Guibang[5]
  • St. Clare Monastery in Barangay Guibang


The town celebrated the Kuliglig festival on August 23, 2013 following an executive order issued by the Municipal Government of Gamu, Isabela.

Local government[edit]

Mayor: Nestor M. Uy
Vice Mayor:Fernando O. Cumigad
Municipal Councilors:
Noel Laverinto Abaya

  • Marlo Tabora Angangan
  • Reynante Duque Agustin
  • Narciso Jr. Ordo Vercida
  • Jesus Ramirez Lora
  • Joey Paulo Dela Cruz
  • Jose Dimagiba Lora
  • Gil Daggao Molano

—Commission on Elections[6]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ISABELA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures of Gamu, Isabela". Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Philippine Army Band to play during procession of Our Lady of Guibang in Gamu, Isabela, on July 1". Inquirer Lifestyle. June 23, 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Commission on Elections "Gamu, Isabela - Election Results 2013" Check |url= scheme (help). Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

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