Aparri History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Aparri is a 1st class coastal municipality of Cagayan Province in northeastern Luzon, Philippines.

Aparri Welcome Arch
Aparri Welcome Arch (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Aparri Municipality (Geography)
Location –> 587 kilometers north of Manila (See map below)
* The town sits at the mouth of the Cagayan River which bisects it into east and west. Cagayan River is the longest river in the country.
Neighboring Towns –> Buguey (east), Camalaniugan and Allacapan (south), and Ballesteros (west).
* Aparri is bounded on the north by the Babuyan Channel.
Area –> 286.64 km2 (110.67 sq mi)
* The island of Fuga is a territory of Aparri.
Population –> 68,839 (2020 Census)
Revenue (2016) –> 171,923,111.22
Barangays –> 42
Terrain –> Lowland
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Fish, Tobacco, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Ilocano, Ibanag, Tagalog, English
Legislative District –> 1st

Government Officials
Go here to see the elected municipal officials of Aparri.

History of Aparri

The strategic location of Aparri on the mouth of the Cagayan River has made it an important trading post for Chinese and Japanese traders even before the coming of the Spaniards. In 1582, the vicinity of the mouth of the river was the scene of an on-and-off battle between the Spanish invaders and Japanese pirates.

Aparri was formally organized as a pueblo in 1605. On May 11, 1680, it was made a major stopover of Galleon Trade ships that ply the Manila-Acapulco trade route.

During the Second World War, Aparri was one of the first Philippine landing areas of the Japanese forces. It was however liberated in 1945 together with the rest of the country.

In 1903, the population of Aparri was 18,252. This number went up to 26,409 in 1939. After the war, it went down to 24,974. In 2020, the population stood at 68,839 with a voting population of 38,402.

On February 19, 2023, Vice Mayor Rommel Alameda was ambushed in Nueva Vizcaya by unknown assilants.

Economy of Aparri

Aparri is an agricultural town. Most of the people are employed as farmers and fishermen. Rice, fish, and tobacco are the most important products.

Trading plays a considerable part in the local economy. In the town center are the usual grocery and hardware stores which also function as wholesalers to nearby municipalities.

Fuga has been planned to be developed as an economic zone for many years but until now, there is very little economic activity in the island.

Tourist Spots in Aparri, Cagayan

Aparri Park

Punta Beach

Fuga Island

Shrine of the Holy Rosary

St. Peter Thelmo Parish Church


Aramang Festival

Map of Aparri Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Bryan Dale Chan, Governor Manuel Mamba

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