Maddela Profile: History, Tourist Spots, Festival, Officials

Maddela is a 1st class municipality of Quirino Province in Cagayan Valley Region, Philippines.

Profile of Maddela Municipality (Geography)
Location –> 385 kilometers northeast of Manila (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Aglipay (north), Dilasag and Casiguran in Aurora Province (east), Nagtipunan (south), Kasibu in Nueva Vizcaya (west)
Area –> 918.57 km2 (354.66 sq mi)
Population –> 38,499 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Mountainous with wide river valley
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Corn, Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Ilongot, Ifugao, Tagalog, English
Barangays: 32
Revenue (2016) –> 204,299,488.70
Legislative District –> Lone
Government Officials
Congressman –> Junie E. Cua
Mayor –> Rimel “Lippuok” C. Tolentino
Predecessor –> Florante Ruiz
Vice Mayor –> Junard N. Ramos

History of Maddela

Maddela was formerly called Pinappagan which was formerly a territory of Nueva Vizcaya Province. It was first settled by the Ilongot tribes. In 1919, several Ilocanos headed by a certain Vicente Velasco explored the area and formed settlement villages.

Around 1922, Lt. Quintin Alcantara organized a military government and built a trail connecting Nueva Vizcaya and southern Isabela. In 1928, Pinappagan was created as a municipal district town of Bagabag, Nueva, Vizcaya with Eusebio Martin as the first municipal president (mayor).

On November 11, 1950, Maddela was officially created as an independent municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 364 signed by President Elpidio Quirino. It was named after former Nueva Vizcaya Governor Tomas Maddela. Jose Ancheta became the first municipal mayor of the newly created town.

Economy of Maddela

Although Maddela is considered the commercial center of southern Quirino, it remains an agricultural town where corn and rice are the primary products. Tourism is being promoted by the local and provincial government as an alternative source of income.

Tourist Spot

Governor’s Rapid and Cave

Governor's Rapid in Maddela
Governor’s Rapid in Maddela (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Busibus Caves at Barangay San Pedro and Burubor Caves at Barangay Cabaruan
Diginis Water Falls at Barangay Villa Gracia and Villa Agullana Water Falls at Barangay Villa Agullana
Maddela Waterfalls and Forest Resort
Maddela Eco-Park


Panagsasalog Festival – Celebrated every second week of July to give honor to the local farmers and to promote the people’s culture

Map of Maddela Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Florante Ruiz, Governor Dakila Carlo Cua

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