Casiguran is a 2nd class municipality of Aurora Province in Central Luzon Region, Philippines.
Profile of Casiguran Municipality in Aurora (Geography)
Location –> 358.7 Kilometers northeast of Manila and 109 kilometers from the capital town of Baler (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Dilasag (north), Maddela in Quirino (west), Dinalungan (southwest)
Area –> 715.43 km2 (276.23 sq mi)
Population –> 24,313 (2015 Census)
Revenue (2016) –> 147,934,866.49
Legislative District –> Lone
Terrain –> Mountainous with narrow coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Fish, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Congressman –> Rommel Rico Angara
Mayor –> Ricardo Bitong
Vice Mayor –> Roynald S. Soriano
Long before the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines, the area now occupied by Casiguran was settled by Dumagats and Aetas. On June 23, 1609, Franciscan missionaries headed by Fr. Blas Palomino arrived and planted the first seeds of Christianity.
On June 14, 1951, Casiguran became a component town of the newly created sub-province of Aurora by virtue of Republic Act 648.
On August 2, 1968, the 7.6 magnitude 1968 Casiguran earthquake struck near Casiguran.
Casiguran was made the seat of an economic zone by virtue of Republic Act No. 9490 as approved by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on June 29, 2007.
The law, also known as Aurora Economic Zone Act of 2007, provides for the establishment of Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (APECO).
Although the town of Casiguran was designated as a special economic zone in 2007, it is still predominantly agricultural. In fact, not a single factory has been built even after more than ten years since the approval of Republic Act No. 9490 or Aurora Economic Zone Act.
The main product of Casiguran are rice, corn, fish and vegetables.
The town has many tourist attractions and visitors are slowly discovering them.
St. Anthony De Padua Church
Map of Casiguran Municipality in Aurora Province