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Ili ti Aparri
Bayan ng Aparri
|— Municipality —|
|Municipality of Aparri|
|Region||Cagayan Valley (Region II)|
|• Mayor||Jerwin Olivas|
|• Total||286.64 km2 (110.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 ( 550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
|Population Census of Aparri|
Aparri was then a Japanese trading post established on 1405 because of its location at the northern tip of Luzon. But it was established as one of the major ports of the Galleon Trade on May 11, 1680 because it is located at the mouth of the mighty Cagayan River towards the flourishing city of then Nueva Segovia. The original inhabitants of this town were the Ybanags/Ibanags. Later, as the Spaniards settled and with its strategic location, Ilocanos and Chinese people settled in the area.
The valley is one of the largest tobacco-producing sections in the Philippines; and the town has a considerable coastwise trade.
It has a meteorological station located at Punta where the Cagayan River meets the Babuyan Channel.
In 2006, work was started to build a port, after the old pier deteriorated due to the rising level of water, the common storms, and poor construction (ruins of it are now seen washed up on the beach).
Aparri is one of the most famous towns in Cagayan, rivaling that of Tuguegarao, the capital city. It is also famous for its foods such as the "bulung-unas", or Ribbon Fish (aka Belt Fish), which are in abundance during January and early February. Good for frying, grilling or "Tinunu." Of course, you can also try the "Kilawin naguilas-asan", fillet of smaller "bulung-unas" which are leftover baits, soaked in Ilocos vinegar, seasoned with salt and pepper, finely cut onions and ginger. The "Ludong", a variety of Pacific salmon, is the Philippines' most expensive fish, ranging from 4,000 pesos to 5,000 per kilo. Because of its price and its distinct taste and smell, it is also nicknamed "President Fish". Caught only in the Aparri delta when, after a heavy rainfall, these fish are washed down by the fast raging water from the south, down to the mouth of the Cagayan River where it meets the Babuyan Sea. Fresh water fish by nature, the salt water contributes to their super delicious taste. "Ludong," is available only in the rainy months of October and early November. During months of summer – April through June – the beach is the place to be. From early morning, beachgoers enjoy the serene demeanor of the sea. Listen to the muted sound of the tide as it rushes to the shore. Gives you the sense and feeling of tranquility while you bath yourself by the gentle ray of the morning sun. Soak yourself in the 70 degrees or so water. Swim like a fish then roll yourself in the warm, fine and magnetite filled sand. As the day progresses, you can watch the "Daclis" (Fishermen) people do their work. Listen to their happy chanting as they pull their net out of the water, revealing the catch of the day. Likewise, you may not want to miss the town Fiesta. May 1st to 12th of every year, to celebrate the patron saint San Pedro Gonzales of Thelmo. The nightly festivities at the auditorium, crowning of Miss Aparri beauty pageant and my favorite, the "Comparza." These are most things that the locals or Aparri born citizens miss when they leave to live in other corners of the world, for personal reasons other than looking for greener pastures.
The town is also known for its many educational superstitions.
It is home to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and the Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, two of the most beautiful present-day churches in the province. Speaking of which, Holy Week is also a good time to be in Aparri. The observance of Holy Thursday and Good Friday in the town church is unique and unforgettable. Attending and watching the religious rites inside the church, listening to the profound interpretations of Jesus' 7 last words, makes a Catholic feels very holy and provides the opportunity for someone to reflect on his or her beliefs of the Christian faith. Then on the early hours of Easter Sunday, experience the "Domingo Sabet" celebrating the meeting of Jesus and the Holy Mother after the resurrection. Listen to the singing of young girls as they throw petals of flowers to the crowd.
Aparri is politically subdivided into 42 barangays.
Mayor: Jerwin Olivas
Vice Mayor: Rommel G. Alameda
- Shalimar D. Tumaru, M.D.
- Ireneo R. Chan
- Cesar F. Mabbagu
- Norman N. Ignacio
- Atty. Windell C. Urdas
- Jimmy U. Siriban
- Norman B. Peneyra, Jr.
- Rodolfo L. Cartagena
Ex-Officio Municipal Councilors:
- Primitivo P. Eslabon, Jr. - LNB President
- Princess Mae C. Tumaru - SKF President
- Romarico T. Panaga - Municipal Treasurer
- Julius U.S.R. Catral - Municipal Assessor
- Ezetiel R. Membrot, CPA, MBA - Municipal Accountant
- Ronald M. Villon, CPA - Municipal Budget Officer
- Rosario G. Gaspar - Civil Registrar
- Percival P. Arce - Secretary to the Sanggunian
- Dr. Viceroy Elmer G. Sangalang - Municipal Health Officer West District
- Corazon Cabauatan, RSW - Municipal Social Development Officer
- Alice C. Sebastian - Municipal Agriculturist
- Engr. Rolando A. Liberato - Municipal Engineer
- Norma F. Ragonjan - Municipal Planning & Development Coordinator
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Aparri.|
- Official Website of the Municipality of Aparri
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- 2007 Philippine Census Information