Ilagan City History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Ilagan City is the capital of Isabela Province. It is a 1st class city known for its huge annual corn production.

Ilagan Welcome Arch
Ilagan Welcome Arch *Photo Credit: Facebook Page

Profile of Ilagan City (Geography)
Location –> Within Isabela Province in Cagayan Valley Region in Northern Luzon, Philippines (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 449 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> Tumauini, Divilacan, Palanan, San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Gamu, and Quirino
Area –> 1,166.26 km2 (450.30 sq mi)
Population –> 145,568 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Flat in the west and mountainous in the east
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Tagalog, English
No. of Barangays –> 91
Revenue (2016) –> 1,220,169,017.17

City Officials
Go here to see the elected government officials in Ilagan City.

History of Ilagan City

Ilagan was founded on May 4, 1686. It was the scene of the 1763 revolt in Isabela led by Dabo and Marayag against the Spanish authorities. On August 4, 1901, it was made the capital of Isabela when the province was re-organized by the Americans. Rafael Maramag, the mayor of Ilagan at that time, was appointed as the first governor of the province.

There were at least four previous attempts to make Ilagan a city but the dream was realized only when Republic Act 10169 was approved in a plebiscite held on August 11, 2012. The law was signed by then President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Ilagan Economy, Business and Investment

Ilagan is considered the growth center of the whole Cagayan Valley Region. Agriculture is the mainstay of the local economy with corn, rice and fish as the primary products.

Main private employers in the city are the bottling plant of Coca-Cola company, Robinsons Place, Northstar Mall, Talavera Mall and the different hotel and restaurant establishments.

Small businesses include wholesale and retail stores like SM Savemore, furniture and automotive shops, rice and corn mills, and other commercial enterprises.

Tourist Spots in Ilagan

Fuyot Spring National Park
St. Ferdinand Cathedral
Butaka – the world’s largest Wooden Chair
Sierra Madre Forest
Provincial Capitol Compound
Isabela Provincial Museum
Pasa Dam


1. Aggaw na Ilagan or Ilagan Day – celebrated annually every May 4
2. Mammangui Festival – from the Ibanag word which means harvest or planting of corn
3. Cityhood Anniversary – Celebrated every 11th day of August.
4. Patronal Fiesta – in honor of San Fernando, celebrated every 30th of May
5. Balai na Ilagan Festival

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See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Map of City

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