Villaverde Nueva Vizcaya History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Villaverde is a 5th class municipality of Nueva Vizcaya Province in Cagayan Valley Region, Philippines.

Casa Villaverde in Nueva Vizcaya
Casa Villaverde in Nueva Vizcaya (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Villaverde Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Around 312 kilometers north of Manila (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Lamut, Ifugao (north); Bagabag (east); Solano (south); and Ambaguio (West)
Area –> 81.50 km2 (31.47 sq mi)
Population –> 18,507 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ifugao, Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Mayor –> William Tugangui
Vice Mayor –> Ronelie D. Ubando-Valtoribio
Barangays: 9
Legislative District –> Lone
Congressman –> Luisa Cuaresma

History

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.

Economy

The main source of livelihood for the people of Villaverde is farming.Rice, corn and vegetables are the main products. A few skilled woodcarvers produce chairs, tables and other furniture.

Tourist Spot

Our Lady of Fatima Church
Grotto of Ibung
Bubun Falls

Watch the video below to see the Bubon Falls.

Nagbitin Falls

Saludares Falls
Toktok Cave

Festivals

PadaYaman Festival – a portmanteau from the Ilocano word Padaya ken Panagyaman. It is celebrated in thanksgiving for a rich harvest and other blessings.

Map of Villaverde Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor William Tugangui, Governor Carlos Padilla

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