Villaverde is a 5th class municipality of Nueva Vizcaya Province in Cagayan Valley Region or Region 2 in northeastern Luzon, Philippines.
Profile of Villaverde Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Around 312 kilometers north of Manila (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Lamut in Ifugao Province (north); Bagabag (east); Solano (south); and Ambaguio (West)
Area –> 81.50 km2 (31.47 sq mi)
Population –> 18,507 (2015 Census)
Revenue (2016) –> 62,477,015.32
Terrain –> Mountainous
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ifugao, Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Legislative District –> Lone
The town of Villaverde was founded by a Dominican friar named Alejandro Vidal in 1767. At that time, it was called Ibung, a barrio of Solano municipality. On May 28, 1872, it was organized as a pueblo under the leadership of Father Juan Villaverde. When the Americans came, Ibung was demoted into a barrio of Solano.
On June 17, 1957, Ibung was elevated once into a municipality by virtue of Republic Act. No. 197, a law authored by Congressman Leonardo B. Perez. Antonio B. Aquino became its first mayor.
On June 21, 1959, Ibung was renamed Villaverde in honor of its founder as provided for in Republic Act. No. 2515 amending Republic Act. No. 197. Romualdo Ubando became the first mayor of the renamed municipality.
The main source of livelihood for the people of Villaverde is farming. Rice, corn, root crops and vegetables are the main products. A few skilled woodcarvers produce chairs, tables and other furniture.
Our Lady of Fatima Church
Grotto of Ibung
Watch the video below to see the Bubon Falls.
PadaYaman Festival – a portmanteau from the Ilocano word Padaya ken Panagyaman. It is celebrated in thanksgiving for a rich harvest and other blessings.