Abra Province History, Geography, Economy

Abra Province History

Abra Province History
Abra Provincial Capitol (Credit: Raani Paranas

Profile of Abra Province (Geography)
Location –> Cordillera Region in Northern Luzon, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Ilocos Sur
Capital –> Bangued
Area –> 4,165.25 km2 (1,608.21 sq mi)
Population –> 241,160 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with narrow river valleys
Industries –> Agriculture and Cottage Industries
Major Products –> Rice, Corn, Livestock
People/Language –> Tinggian, Itnegs, Ilocano
Governor –> Maria Jocelyn Valera-Bernos
Vice Governor –> Ronald S. Balao-as
Representative (Lone District) –> Joseph Sto. Niño B. Bernos
Municipalities (Towns) –> (27) Bangued, Boliney, Bucay, Bucloc, Daguioman, Danglas, Dolores, La Paz, Lacub, Lagangilang, Lagayan, Langiden, Licuanbaay, Luba, Malibcong, Manabo, Penrrubia, Pidigan, Pilar, Sallapadan, San Isidro, San Juan, San Quintin, Tayum, Tineg, Tubo, Villaviciosa

Abra Province History

Abra was created as a province in 1846 out of the eastern territories of the two Ilocos provinces. It was re-annexed to Ilocos Sur during the early years of the American occupation of the Philippines. In 1917, Abra regained its status as a separate province. In 1987, the province joined the newly-formed Cordillera Region.

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The province of Abra was first represented in the Fifth Philippine Assembly which opened in 1919 with Eustaquio Purugganan as its first representative. He was succeeded by Adolfo Brillantes in 1922.

Post-war provincial government saw the appointed of Quintín Paredes as Abra’s representative in the re-opened Philippine Congress. He was succeeded by duly elected Congressman Virgilio Valera in 1949.

Abra has a grim history of political killings. Today, the contending families in the province’s politics are the Valera-Bernos, Luna, and Bersamin Clans.

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Economy of Abra Province

RELATED: Profile of Ifugao Province
See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

Map of Abra Province

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