|This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
Map of Cagayan showing the location of Santa Praxedes
|Region||Cagayan Valley (Region II)|
|• Mayor||Esterlina Aguinaldo-Ramos|
|• Total||109.97 km2 (42.46 sq mi)|
|• Density||33/km2 (86/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||5th class|
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.
- Centro I (Pob.)
- Centro II (Pob.)
- San Juan
- San Miguel
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|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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
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.
- Portabaga Falls Resort - a 25-meter single-drop waterfall having four downstream catch pools
- Mingay Beach and Resorts
- Sicul Falls and Hotspring
- Macatel Falls
Transportation and communication
The municipality is about 600 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 (Manila–Sanchez Mira v/v), GMW Trans (Laoag–Tuguegarao) and L. Pascua Liner (Flora–Baguio) on a daily regular basis.
Elected municipal officials 2013-2016:
- Mayor: Esterlina A. Ramos
- Vice mayor: Gil G. Buenavista
- Sta. Praxedes Central School
- Cadongdongan Elementary School
- Capacuan Elementary School
- Sta. Praxedes National High School
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Province: CAGAYAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
|Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte||Claveria|
|Adams, Ilocos Norte||Calanasan, Apayao|