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Dagupan Pangasinan
Dagupan City Welcome Arch (credit: Facebook page)

Profile of Dagupan City in Pangasinan
Location –> North-central part of Pangasinan, ILocos Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Mangaldan, Calasiao and Binmaley
Distance from Manila –> 216 kilometers north
Area –> 44.47 km2 (17.17 sq mi)
Population –> 171,271 (2015 census)
No. of Barangays –> 31
Industries –> Trading, Tourism, Fishing
* Dagupan is the trading center of Pangasinan.
* Dagupan is considered the milkfish (Bangus) capital of the Philippines
Mayor –> Brian Lim
Predecessor –> Belen T. Fernandez
Vice Mayor –> Dean Bryan Kua
Predecessor –> Brian Lim
Representative –>

Dagupan City History

Dagupan derived its name from the local term Pagdaragupan which means gathering place because it had been the center of commerce for a very long time. Long before the coming of the Spaniards, it was already a thriving polity called Kaboloan, a tiny kingdom which sent emissaries to China.

In 1583, Agustinian missionaries arrived and called the place Bacnotan. In 1590, Bacnotan was established as a Pueblo. In 1660, local chieftain Andres Malong led a revolt against the abusive rule of the Spaniards but the revolt did not succeed due to inferior armaments. The gathering of rebels in the area was also called Pagdaragupan which later was shortened as Dagupan.

On June 20, 1947, Dagupan was established as a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 170 which was signed by the President Manuel Roxas.

In 1991, much of Dagupan City was devastated by a great earthquake which also destroyed many parts of Baguio City and other areas.

In 2003, Dagupan showcased the world’s longest barbecue grill measuring 1007.56 meters. In it was grilled 10,000 pieces of milkfish. This feat was enshrined in Guiness World Book of Records.

Dagupan Pangasinan Tourist Spots

Bonuan Blue Beach
Cathedral Parish of St. John the Evangelist
Ciudad Elmina
Dagupan City Museum
Dagupan Golf and Beach Club
Dawel River

Dawel River Dagupan
Dawel River Cruise (Credit: Dagupan City Government)

Magsaysay Market
Sanctuario de San Juan

Dagupan Festivals

Bangus Festival

RELATED: Profile of Pangasinan Province
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

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