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Tagudin Town Hall
Tagudin Town Hall
Official seal of Tagudin
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Tagudin
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Tagudin
Tagudin is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°56′N 120°27′E / 16.93°N 120.45°E / 16.93; 120.45Coordinates: 16°56′N 120°27′E / 16.93°N 120.45°E / 16.93; 120.45
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 43
 • Mayor Roque "Jun" Verzosa Jr.
 • Total 151.19 km2 (58.37 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 39,277
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2714
IDD:area code +63 (0)77
Income class 2nd class
Website www.tagudin.gov.ph

Tagudin is a second class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 39,277 people.[3]


Tagudin is politically subdivided into 43 barangays.[2]

  • Ag-aguman
  • Ambalayat
  • Baracbac
  • Bario-an
  • Baritao
  • Becques
  • Bimmanga
  • Bio
  • Bitalag
  • Borono
  • Bucao East
  • Bucao West
  • Cabaroan
  • Cabugbugan
  • Cabulanglangan
  • Dacutan
  • Dardarat
  • Del Pilar
  • Farola
  • Gabur
  • Garitan
  • Jardin
  • Lacong
  • Lantag
  • Las-ud
  • Libtong
  • Lubnac
  • Magsaysay
  • Malacañang
  • Pacac
  • Pallogan
  • Pula
  • Pudoc East
  • Pudoc West
  • Quirino
  • Ranget
  • Rizal
  • Salvacion
  • San Miguel
  • Sawat
  • Tallaoen
  • Tampugo
  • Tarangotong


The name of the municipality was derived from a traditional loom called "tagudan." A Spaniard who came to the place asking its name wrote it as its name when told by a resident, who thought that he was asking the name of the cloth-weaving apparatus she's using.


  • Records of Saint Augustine’s Parish record that Spanish Conquistadors headed by Juan de Salcedo, together with the Augustinian missionaries started to move northward of Manila in 1574.
  • On 5 January 1586 they founded the first towns of Laoag, Bulatao, Kaog and Tagudin.[4]
  • In 1818 Tagudin became a part of Ilocos Sur and thus the southern gateway to the province.
  • The first sundials were constructed in Tagudin in 1841 by Father Juan Sorolla.
  • The decisive Battle of Bessang Pass started in this municipality, at Bitalag.
  • On 18 August 1908, Tagudin replaced Alilem as the capital of the sub-province of Amburayan,[5] which included Lepanto (that became a sub-province now included in the province of Benguet), Angkaki (now Quirino), Suyo, and Alilem (now with Ilocos Sur), and Sudipen, Santol, and San Gabriel (formerly with Ilocos Sur but became part of La Union).[4][6]
  • Tagudin was made the site of the Base Hospital of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL) in 1945 during World War II.
  • Tagudin was the site of the military general headquarters of the Philippine Commonwealth Army 1st and 12th Infantry Division and the USAFIP-NL 121st Infantry Regiments. They were stationed in the town and was active during World War II (1942 to 1945) and Post-War Era (1945 to 1946).


Population census of Tagudin
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 29,295 —    
1995 30,697 +0.88%
2000 34,427 +2.49%
2007 35,791 +0.54%
2010 38,122 +2.32%
2015 39,277 +0.57%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8]

In the 2015 census, the population of Tagudin was 39,277 people,[3] with a density of 260 inhabitants per square kilometre or 670 inhabitants per square mile.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Ilocos Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "History of Tagudin". The Official Web Portal of the Municipality of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Brief History". Alilem, Ilocos Sur (Weebly website). Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Act No. 1876". PhilippineLaw.info. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 

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