La Paz, Tarlac

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La Paz
Town hall of La Paz
Town hall of La Paz
Official seal of La Paz
Map of Tarlac showing the location of La Paz
Map of Tarlac showing the location of La Paz
La Paz is located in Philippines
La Paz
La Paz
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°26′35″N 120°43′44″E / 15.4431°N 120.7289°E / 15.4431; 120.7289Coordinates: 15°26′35″N 120°43′44″E / 15.4431°N 120.7289°E / 15.4431; 120.7289
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Tarlac
District 3rd District
Founded January 24, 1892
Barangays 21
 • Mayor Michael M. Manuel
 • Total 114.33 km2 (44.14 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 64,017
 • Density 560/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2314
IDD:area code +63 (0)45
Income class 2nd class

La Paz is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Tarlac, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 64,017 people.[3]


La Paz lies in the southeast portion of the province of Tarlac, 141 kilometres (88 mi) from Metro Manila, 17 kilometres (11 mi) from the provincial capital (Tarlac City) and 75 kilometres (47 mi) from the regional center (San Fernando City). It is bounded on the north by the town of Victoria, on the east by the Province of Nueva Ecija, on the south by the town of Concepcion and on the west by Tarlac City.

The municipality has a total land area of 11,433 hectares (28,250 acres), which represents 2.34% of the entire provincial area. La Paz is politically subdivided into 18 barangays, of which barangays San Isidro and San Roque are considered as urban areas and the rest of the barangays are considered rural areas.


La Paz is politically subdivided into 21 barangays:[2]

  • Balanoy
  • Bantog-Caricutan
  • Caramutan
  • Caut
  • Comillas
  • Dumarais
  • Guevara
  • Kapanikian
  • La Purisima
  • Lara
  • Laungcupang
  • Lomboy
  • Macalong
  • Matayumtayum
  • Mayang
  • Motrico
  • Paludpud
  • Rizal
  • San Isidro (Pob.)
  • San Roque (Pob.)
  • Sierra


The early history of La Paz is unclear. Legends state that there was an old pueblo called "Cama Juan" situated along the bank of the Chico River, bordering the province of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. When the Chico River overflowed during a storm, a great flood swept the entire pueblo during the night. The flood is said to have devastated the area, claiming many lives.[4]

This forced the inhabitants of "Cama Juan" to evacuate. The old site (Cama Juan) is known as "Balen Melakwan" or "Abandoned Town".

The inhabitants chose a field of evergreen grass and shrubbery on which to rebuild, which they named "Matayumtayum".[4]

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Francisco Macabulos and Captain Mariano Ignacio selected a more centrally located site for the future town to be known as La Paz. This existed only as a barrio of the town of Tarlac until 1892, when it was separated from the latter and rechristened in honor of its patron saint Nuestra Senora de La Paz y Buen Viaje. Its emergence as a new town gave its citizens a chance to run their own government with Martin Aquino as the first Governadorcillo.[4]

La Paz was made the first seat of the revolutionary government of the province of Tarlac during the Spanish regime with Gen. Francisco Makabulos as its first provincial governor.


Population census of La Paz
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 4,389 —    
1918 8,991 +4.90%
1939 13,298 +1.88%
1948 18,395 +3.67%
1960 21,843 +1.44%
1970 27,150 +2.20%
1975 32,885 +3.92%
1980 35,330 +1.44%
1990 41,946 +1.73%
1995 45,207 +1.41%
2000 52,907 +3.43%
2007 61,324 +2.06%
2010 60,982 −0.20%
2015 64,017 +0.93%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of La Paz, Tarlac, was 64,017 people,[3] with a density of 560 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,500 inhabitants per square mile.


The feast of Nuestra De Senora De La Paz every January 23 to 24. Other tourism attractions in the town include Macabulos ancestral house, Nuestra Senora De La Paz Church, and Chico River Grill Station.


The municipality has an approximate total road network of 78.863 kilometres (49.003 mi) which are classified into four (4) categories, namely: national, provincial, municipal and barangay roads.

The barangay road network has an approximate length of 49.264 kilometres (30.611 mi). The roads are paved with either concrete, asphalt, gravel or dirt. The gravel and dirt roads have a total length of 42.794 kilometres (26.591 mi).

La Paz is the northern terminus of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) where it connects with Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx).

Points of interest[edit]



  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Tarlac". 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. ^ a b c "Brief history of La Paz". Municipality of La Paz. 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Province of Tarlac". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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