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Municipality of Paracale
Coastline of Paracale
Coastline of Paracale
Nickname(s): Gold Town
Motto(s): Akoy Paracaleño yaman ko'y ginto nasa lupa nasa puso
Map of Camarines Norte with Paracale highlighted
Map of Camarines Norte with Paracale highlighted
Paracale is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°17′N 122°47′E / 14.28°N 122.78°E / 14.28; 122.78Coordinates: 14°17′N 122°47′E / 14.28°N 122.78°E / 14.28; 122.78
Country Philippines
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
ProvinceCamarines Norte
District1st district
Barangays27 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorLourdes Villamonte Briguerra
 • Vice MayorBernadette Epino Asutilla
 • Electorate29,094 voters (2016)
 • Total197.9 km2 (76.4 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total59,149
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code4605
IDD:area code+63 (0)54
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)127,021,980.62 (2016)
Native languagesManide

Paracale, officially the Municipality of Paracale, is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 59,149 people.[3]


Paracale was founded as a mission post by Franciscan friars in 1581. It was established as a town in 1611. However, the mission was abandoned in 1634, reestablished by the Franciscans in 1638 but was abandoned again in 1662. In 1687, the Franciscan missionaries returned to their mission. It was later ceded to the secular clergy. In 1863, Paracale was then formally established as a town. Seventeen years later, the Franciscans returned to Paracale to take charge the spiritual administration of the faithful. A large gold mine was discovered here in 1626 and Spaniards worked the gold-bearing gravel in its rivers and streams. The Americans set up huge dredges and mined primary lode deposits.

The town’s name was derived from para cale, meaning “canal digger.” Small gold mining operations persist in this old gold mining center and locals still pan for gold.


Paracale is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.

  • Awitan
  • Bagumbayan
  • Bakal
  • Batobalani
  • Calaburnay
  • Capacuan
  • Casalugan
  • Dagang
  • Dalnac
  • Dancalan
  • Gumaus
  • Labnig
  • Macolabo Island
  • Malacbang
  • Malaguit
  • Mampungo
  • Mangkasay
  • Maybato
  • Palanas
  • Pinagbirayan Malaki
  • Pinagbirayan Munti
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Tabas
  • Talusan
  • Tawig
  • Tugos


Population census of Paracale
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,864—    
1918 6,617+3.65%
1939 15,198+4.04%
1948 11,801−2.77%
1960 16,512+2.84%
1970 21,461+2.65%
1975 22,619+1.06%
1980 25,308+2.27%
1990 39,192+4.47%
1995 43,824+2.12%
2000 42,453−0.68%
2007 46,856+1.37%
2010 53,243+4.76%
2015 59,149+2.02%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Paracale, Camarines Norte, was 59,149 people,[3] with a density of 300 inhabitants per square kilometre or 780 inhabitants per square mile.

Local government[edit]

Municipal officials:

  • Mayor: Lourdes Villamonte Briguera
  • Vice Mayor: Bernadette Epino Asutilla
    • Councilors:
    • Mario Cesar Cariño
    • Ricky Dela Peña Manarang
    • Nestor Manarang
    • Zaldy Moya
    • Darwin Pioquinto San Luis
    • Romeo Yebra Moreno
    • Amelia Ortiz Oco
    • Florevil Oco
    • Nelson Dasco


Land transportation is the primary means of transporting people, goods and services from the barangay to the town proper of Paracale. The municipality is connected to its different barangays by the municipality’s major roads, namely the Maharlika Highway.
Water supply
The barangays of the municipality are being served by levels I, II and III water supply. Other barangays are being served by shallow wells, deep wells or dug wells.
Power supply
Paracale is being served by electric power, formerly by the defunct Hidalgo Electric Enterprise, now by the National Power Corporation through the Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (CANORECO). After the establishment of this cooperative, there was a great improvement in terms of power supply condition in the municipality.
Paracale has a telecommunication system that is being run by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). There are two satellites of Smart, Globe. There is postal office and has a staff of one mail carriers serving all barangays in the municipality. These personnel cannot adequately serve the entire from the lack of personnel; another problem is the difficulty in the delivery of mails in the remote and far-flung barangays.
Mining companies
  • United Paragon Mining Corporation ( Not Operational)
  • Unidragon Mining and Development Corporation ( Not Operational due to Cease and desist order by MGB)
  • Baotong Mining Corporation (Not Operational due to Cease and desist order by MGB)
  • Konka Fulim Mining and Development Corp. (KFMDC) ( Not Operational)


Paracale and its surrounding area is being served by a local community radio, Radyo Natin 102.5


  • Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, established in 1611, it is one of the first churches in Camarines Norte and was built by Franciscan Friars. The church features the canonically miraculous image of Our Lady of Candelaria.
  • Parish of Saint Roche in Batobalani
  • Parish of San Roque in Tabas
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • City Of Praise
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • Ang Dating Daan
  • United Church of Christ in the Phils (UCCP)
  • Paracale Evangelical Church

Educational institutions[edit]

Public Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Paracale Central School
  • Tugos Elementary School
  • Alfonso Dasco Elementary School
  • Batobalani Elementary School
  • Macolabo Elementary School
  • Capacuan Elementary School
  • Dalnac Elementary School
  • Gumaus Elementary School
  • Calaburnay Elementary School
  • Tawig Elementary School
  • Pedro V. Moreno Elementary School
  • Bagumbayan Elementary School
  • Pinagbirayan Elementary School
  • Labnig Elementary School
  • M Era Elementary School
  • Dagang Elementary School
  • Sta. Catalina Elementary School
  • S. Basilio Elementary school
  • Awitan Elementary School
  • Igang Elementary School
  • Mampungo Elementary School
  • Dancalan Elementary School

Public Secondary Schools[edit]

  • Paracale National High School - Marlo Fiel P. Sultan, Ed. D., School Principal II
  • Batobalani National High School - Euginio Abanto, Ed. D., School Principal I
  • Tabas High School - Ronald Rafael, School Principal I
  • Gumaus National High School - Joan Malaluan, Head Teacher I
  • Maximo Manarang High School - Jonalyn Nolasco, OIC


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Camarines Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Camarines Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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