Santa Ana Cagayan Profile: History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Santa Ana is a municipality of Cagayan Province in northeastern part of Luzon Island, Philippines.

Profile of Santa Ana Municipality (Geography)
Location –> 629 kilometers north of Manila and 155 kilometers northeast of Tuguegarao City, the provincial capital (See map below)
Neighboring Town –> Gonzaga in the southwest
Area –> 441.30 km2 (170.39 sq mi)
Population –> 32,906 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> mountainous with coastal plain and rolling hills
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism, Offshore Gaming Operations
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, fish, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Ibanag, Tagalog, English
Mayor –> Nelson Robinion
Vice Mayor –> Gaylord Robinson B. Ibus
Barangays: 16
Legislative District –> 1st
Congressman –> Ramon C. Nolasco Jr.

Santa Ana Cagayan Municipal Hall
Santa Ana Municipal Hall

History

The town of Santa Ana was first settled by the Negritoes and Aetas. Later, settlers from the neighboring town of Gonzaga arrived then followed by groups of settlers from Ilocos and Aparri. The area was then called Palawig. Some of the famous people to lead the local residents include Felipe Agarpao, Briccio Campañano, and Don Julian Astigarraga.

On October 21, 1949, the municipality of Santa Ana was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 289 signed by President Elpidio Quirino. Through the efforts of then Governor Nicasio Arranz; and Provincial Board members Federico Navarro and Roberto Avena, several barrios including Palawig, were taken from the municipality of Gonzaga to form the new town. Some people point to the initials of the three officials as the origin of the town’s name, ANA. Then they included the word “Santa” in order to look hispanized.

During the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Port Irene became the center of national interest due to alleged smuggling of second-hand vehicles.

Economy

Santa Ana is the seat of Cagayan Economic Zone (CEZ) which, if fully operational, will make the town a hub for trading, shipping, tourism and manufacturing industries. Port Irene is a free port but it is yet to be fully operational. The presence of gambling houses especially online operation have become controversial.

Despite the operation of the economic zone, agriculture is still the dominant economic activity of the town. Rice and fish are the primary products. Other farmers produce corn and root crops while others raise hogs, poultry, and cattle to supplement their income.

Natural resources of Santa Ana include limestone deposits at Bawac Mountain, coal at Carbon Mountain in Santa Clara and guano deposit at Kapannikian Cave.

Tourism is a sunshine industry and several resorts are operating in the town.

Santa Ana Cagayan Sky View
Sky View of Santa Ana, Cagayan

Tourist Spot

St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church
San Vicente – site of the annual game fishing competition
Cape Engano lighthouse at Palaui Island

Santa Ana Cagayan Cape Engano
Cape Engano in Santa Ana Cagayan

Gotan Point Mangroves and Rock Formation
Anguib Beach

Nangaramoan Beach
Pozorobo Beach
Siwangag Cove – site of Survivor 27 and 28
Buacag Falls at Santa Clara, Padlas Falls at Casambalangan, and Lamesa Falls at Casagan
Dumasag River at Rapuli
Kapannikian Cave

Learn more about Santa Ana, Cagayan by watching the video below:

Festivals

Viray Festival – celebrated to preserve the town’s culture and history. Viray was the name of the boat used by early settlers to arrive in the town.
Partakan Festival in Anguib Beach
CEZA Music Festival – first celebrated in 2019

Map of Santa Ana Municipality in Cagayan Province

See also: Profile of Mayor Nelson Robinion, Governor Manuel Mamba

Note: All photos are screenshots of Norway and Jesus Earth youtube video.

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