Palanan, Isabela

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Aerial view of Palanan after Super Typhoon Megi (PAGASA name:Juan)
Aerial view of Palanan after Super Typhoon Megi (PAGASA name:Juan)
Official seal of Palanan
Map of Isabela showing the location of Palanan
Map of Isabela showing the location of Palanan
Palanan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°03′32″N 122°25′48″E / 17.05889°N 122.43000°E / 17.05889; 122.43000Coordinates: 17°03′32″N 122°25′48″E / 17.05889°N 122.43000°E / 17.05889; 122.43000
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Isabela
District 1st District of Isabela
Founded 1823
Barangays 17
 • Mayor Angelo A. Bernardo
 • Total 880.24 km2 (339.86 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 16,094
 • Density 18/km2 (47/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3334
Dialing code 78
Income class 1st class; rural

Palanan is a first class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. The town is one of the remote and isolated community of Isabela separated from the rest of the province by the Sierra Madre Mountains. No roads connect the municipality to the rest of Isabela. It can only be reached by a plane or boat ride, or a multi-day hike from San Mariano town.[4]

It was in Palanan that one of the final chapters of the Philippine-American War was written on March 23, 1901, when Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by American forces led by Gen. Frederick Funston, who had gained access to Aguinaldo's camp by pretending to surrender to the Filipinos.

According to the 2010 census, the Municipality of Palanan has a population of 16,094 people.[3]


Palanan is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[2]

  • Alomanay
  • Bisag
  • Culasi
  • Dialaoyao
  • Dibewan
  • Dicadyuan
  • Dicotkotan
  • Diddadungan
  • Didyan
  • Dimalicu-licu
  • Dimasari
  • Dimatican
  • Ditambali
  • Maligaya
  • Marikit
  • Centro East (Poblacion)
  • Centro West (Poblacion)


Population census of Palanan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,431 —    
1995 13,220 +2.76%
2000 15,317 +3.21%
2007 16,254 +0.82%
2010 16,094 −0.36%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


The most common forms of transportation in Palanan are by horses, motorcycles, tricycles, or an improvised motorcycles called kuligligs.[5][4]


Because of its isolation, Palanan can be reached quickest by a 23-30 minute flight in a six-seater, single-engine Cyclone Air Cessna commuter plane from Cauayan City. Palanan is served by the Palanan Municipal Airport.[4][5]

By water, a boat ride from the towns of Dingalan or Baler in Aurora province in the south takes about six to seven hours.[5]

By land, Palanan can also be reached by hiking over the Sierra Madres from San Mariano, Isabela, which could take about three to five days.[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 "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 c Christian (2011-06-13). "Palanan and Maconacon". Off the Beaten Track in the Philippines. Retrieved on 2014-09-28.
  5. ^ a b c Jay (2013-01-09). "Palanan - Isabela's Best Kept Secrets". Lets Go Philippines. Retrieved on 2014-09-28.
  6. ^ "The Palanan Trails". Waypoint.PH. Retrieved on 2014-09-28.

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