Santa Praxedes

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Santa Praxedes
Official seal of Santa Praxedes
Map of Cagayan showing the location of Santa Praxedes
Map of Cagayan showing the location of Santa Praxedes
Sta. Praxedes is located in Philippines
Sta. Praxedes
Sta. Praxedes
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 18°34′N 121°00′E / 18.57°N 121°E / 18.57; 121Coordinates: 18°34′N 121°00′E / 18.57°N 121°E / 18.57; 121
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Cagayan
District 2nd District
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Danilo Aguinaldo
 • Total 109.97 km2 (42.46 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 4,154
 • Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3521
IDD:area code +63 (0)78
Income class 5th class

Santa Praxedes is a fifth-class municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines, named after St Praxedes. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 4,154 people.[3]

The poblacion of the municipality consists of two barangays, Centro-Uno and Centro-Dos, which are situated in the valley surrounded by the northern tip of the Caraballo Mountains.


It borders the Ilocos Norte municipality of Pagudpud to the west; Calanasan, Apayao, to the south-west; Claveria, Cagayan, to the east. It also shares a third of the area of the Calvario National Park along with the municipality of Pagudpud.

The central plain is situated in a valley enveloped by the Caraballo Mountains. It is also one of the coastal towns of Cagayan that does not have direct road access to its seacoast due to the high mountains surrounding it.


As in the other part of the country, the municipality has two seasons: the wet and dry seasons. It has a longer wet season, unlike most parts of the country that enjoy almost equal periods of wet and dry seasons. The wet season normally starts in the last week of May and lasts up to the end of January. It is during the later months of this season that the famous "gamet" or "nori" grows along its rocky seacoast. The dry season starts by the end of January till the end of May.


Sta. Praxedes is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.

  • Cadongdongan
  • Capacuan
  • Centro I (Pob.)
  • Centro II (Pob.)
  • Macatel
  • Portabaga
  • San Juan
  • San Miguel
  • Salungsong
  • Sicul


The town's original name was Langangan, then changed to Santa Praxedes, after the second-century martyr of the same name, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4149 in 1964. The first settlers were known to be the emigrants from the neighboring provinces of Ilocos Sur (from the municipalities of Sinait and Magsingal) and Ilocos Norte (from the municipalities of Pasuquin, Badoc and Pinili).

There has also been past and present moves by the municipal council to regain political control of some barangays of the neighboring municipality of Claveria, particularly the barangays of Cadcadir, Lablabig, Mabnang, Union, Kilkiling and Siam-Siam. These barangays were once part of Santa Praxedes but lost political control when the municipality was transferred to Ilocos Norte province jurisdiction.


Population census of
Santa Praxedes
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1918 1,191 —    
1939 812 −1.81%
1948 1,095 +3.38%
1960 1,530 +2.83%
1970 1,921 +2.30%
1975 2,206 +2.81%
1980 2,211 +0.05%
1990 2,514 +1.29%
1995 2,709 +1.41%
2000 2,952 +1.86%
2007 3,379 +1.88%
2010 3,646 +2.81%
2015 4,154 +2.51%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Santa Praxedes was 4,154 people,[3] with a density of 38 inhabitants per square kilometre or 98 inhabitants per square mile.


Ilokano is the main language but a portion of the population also speaks Isneg (locally known as Yapayao) as part of the population hailed from the Calanasan, Apayao, when the municipality was a part of the former Kalinga-Apayao province.

Economy and tourism[edit]

Economic activity consists mainly of fishing, farming and tourism. Currently, the local government is further developing both Portabaga Falls and Mingay Beach Resorts. There is a lot of potential of the town in ecotourism but due to poor infrastracture, tourism spots such as Sicul Falls and Hotsprings as well as Macatel Falls were seldomly visited.

Transportation and communication[edit]

The municipality is 595 kilometres (370 mi) north of Manila and about 175 kilometres (109 mi) north-east of Tuguegarao, the province's capital. Bus companies serving the town are RCJ Lines and GV Florida Transport (ManilaSanchez Mira v/v), GMW Trans (Laoag–Tuguegarao) and L. Pascua Liner (Flora–Baguio) on a daily regular basis.

Although it has a small population, it enjoys full coverage of Smart and Globe cellular networks which residents use to connect to the Internet.[citation needed]

Local government[edit]

Elected municipal officials 2016-2019:

  • Mayor: Danilo Aguinaldo
  • Vice Mayor: Esterlina Aguinaldo



  • Sta. Praxedes Central School
  • Cadongdongan Elementary School
  • Capacuan Elementary School


  • Sta. Praxedes National High School


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Province: CAGAYAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Cagayan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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