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Alicia, officially the Municipality of Alicia, (formerly known as Angadanan Viejo) is a 1st class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 71,504 people.[3]


Angadanan Viejo
Municipality of Alicia
Our Lady of Atocha Church
Our Lady of Atocha Church
Official seal of Alicia
Map of Isabela with Alicia highlighted
Map of Isabela with Alicia highlighted
Alicia is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 16°47′N 121°42′E / 16.78°N 121.7°E / 16.78; 121.7Coordinates: 16°47′N 121°42′E / 16.78°N 121.7°E / 16.78; 121.7
Country Philippines
RegionCagayan Valley (Region II)
District3rd District of Isabela
FoundedSeptember 28, 1949
Barangays34 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJoel Amos Alejandro
 • Vice MayorAndy Bon Velasco
 • Electorate39,016 voters (2016)
 • Total154.10 km2 (59.50 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total71,504
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)78
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)163.7 million  (2016)
Poverty incidence15.19 (2012)[4]
Native languagesIlocano

The municipality is located in an area of predominantly flat and fertile land in the Cagayan Valley that surrounded by the Caraballo Mountains to the south, the Great Sierra Madre to the east and the Cordillera Mountain Range to the west. It is the largest rice producer in the entire Cagayan Valley and has the largest irrigated rice field in the whole Region II of the Philippines.

Alicia, the old town of Angadanan, is known for the Pagay Festival and its famous historical landmark, the Our Lady of Atocha Church completed and inaugurated in 1849 which was officially declared by the Philippine Department of Tourism as a national religious tourist destination in the Philippines.



Alicia has a total land area of 15, 410 hectares and 64, 339 total population as of 2009. 71% of the total land area is an agricultural land which makes Alicia primarily an agricultural municipality best suited for the intensive production of rice and corn. Farming is its major livelihood and rice its major product and resource.

Alicia is politically subdivided into 34 barangays:[2]

  • Amistad
  • Antonino (Poblacion)
  • Apanay
  • Aurora
  • Bagnos
  • Bagong Sikat
  • Bantug-Petines
  • Bonifacio
  • Burgos
  • Calaocan (Poblacion)
  • Callao
  • Dagupan
  • Inanama
  • Linglingay
  • M.H. del Pilar
  • Mabini
  • Magsaysay (Poblacion)
  • Mataas na Kahoy
  • Paddad
  • Rizal
  • Rizaluna
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio (Poblacion)
  • San Fernando
  • San Francisco
  • San Juan
  • San Pablo
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Tomas
  • Victoria
  • Zamora


Alicia was once called "Angadanan Viejo" (which means "Old Angadanan") when the new Angadanan was relocated in 1776 to its current location near the Angadanan Creek.[5]

The old Angadanan town was part of the Cagayan Valley province. The entire Cagayan Valley was one large province which the Spaniards called La Provincia del Valle de Cagayan, but divided into two new provinces in 1839 by the Spanish conquistadors. One retained the old name Cagayan which comprised all towns from Aparri to Tumauini; while a new province of Nueva Vizcaya was created composed of all towns from Ilagan City to the Caraballo del Sur including Catalangan, Angadanan (now Alicia), and Palanan, with Camarag (Echague) as its capital.[6]

A Royal Decree was created on 1 May 1856 creating Isabela de Luzon to distinguish it from other Isabelas in the Philippines. It comprised the town of Carig (now Santiago City), Camarag (now Echague), Angadanan (now Alicia), Cauayan, Calanusian (now Reina Mercedes), Gamu, and Ilagan City, all detached from Nueva Vizcaya; while Tumauini and Cabagan were taken from the Cagayan province. It was placed under the jurisdiction of a governor with the capital seat at Ilagan City, where it remains at the present.[6]

When then Philippine President Elpidio Quirino signed Executive Order No. 268 on 28 September 1949, the Old Angadanan was renamed and created the municipality of Alicia in honor of then Quirino's wife, Dona Alicia Syquia Quirino, who was murdered by the Japanese during the Japanese occupation.[7]


YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 14,281—    
1970 24,220+5.42%
1975 28,904+3.61%
1980 36,634+4.85%
1990 47,674+2.67%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1995 52,666+1.88%
2000 57,178+1.78%
2007 61,447+1.00%
2010 64,687+1.89%
2015 71,504+1.93%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][8][9][10]

In the 2015 census, the population of Alicia, Isabela, was 71,504 people,[3] with a density of 460 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,200 inhabitants per square mile.


The population is a combination of different ethnic group dominated by Ilocano speaking people which make Ilocano the common language used in the municipality.


Climate data for Alicia, Isabela
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 19
Average precipitation mm (inches) 31.2
Average rainy days 10 6 5 5 13 12 15 15 15 17 16 15 144
Source: World Weather Online[11]


Alicia, as a suburb of a progressive city, Cauayan, Isabela, is also showing signs of progress. Various banking institutions like Landbank of the Philippines, Security Bank,[12] etc. are already present in Alicia. In 2013, popular fast food chain Jollibee has opened[13] its first branch in Alicia which includes Drive Thru service.


Our Lady of Atocha ChurchEdit

The Our Lady of Atocha Church in Alicia is known for having an old Spanish church architecture. It is one of the best churches to visit for a pilgrimage in the Philippines during the Holy Week.[14] The church was declared by the Philippine Department of Tourism as one of the national religious tourist attractions in the Philippines.[15]

The structure of the church was original built by the Spaniards in the 18th century, but not finished. Passing by Angadanan town on 12 February 1805, Fr. Manuel Mora, OP wrote that "Angadanan has a convent of bricks, though not totally finished. Its church is timber, wood, and bamboo. The number of inhabitants is 791." The church and convent as seen today in the town of Alicia, beautiful and antique, was built by Fr. Tomas Calderon, OP and inaugurated in 1849, with Fr. Francisco Gainza, OP, then vicar of Carig (now Santiago City). The church was dedicated to the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, more popularly known today as Our Lady of Atocha. The church is known for its antique Castilian architectural design and can be found along the Maharlika Highway and is accessible by land transport.[6][16][17]

The Catholic churches in Alicia, Gamu, and Cauayan City, are examples of what is called as the "Cagayan Style" of Spanish churches that was inspired by the Tuguegarao church.

List of mayorsEdit

The first mayor (municipality leader) of Alicia was Glicerio Acosta who was appointed to office by the President of the Philippines upon the creation of Alicia as a municipality in 1949. The mayor is restricted to three consecutive terms, totaling nine years, although a mayor can be elected again after an interruption of one term.

The following is the chronological list of current and past mayors of Alicia:

Number Name Tenure 3. Marcelino Dacanay
2. Celedonio B. Magbaleta
1. Glicerio Acosta

Educational institutionsEdit

Alicia has two universities that cater to the people of the municipality and other neighboring municipalities and provinces. Alicia is also noted for having the most high-tech school in the region.

College and UniversityEdit

High schoolsEdit



  • Alicia National High School
  • Alicia Vocational School
  • Palayan Region High School
  • Rizal Region National High School, Alicia, Isabela

Elementary schoolsEdit



  • Alicia South Central School
  • Alicia North Central School
  • Alicia West Central School
  • Amistad Elementary School
  • Apanay Public School
  • Aurora Elementary School
  • Bagnos Elementary School
  • Bagong Sikat Elementary School
  • Bantug Petines Elementary School
  • Bonifacio Elementary School
  • Burgos Elementary School
  • Callao Elementary School
  • Dagupan Elementary School
  • Inanama Elementary School
  • Linglingay Elementary School
  • Mabini Elementary School
  • Mataas na Kahoy Elementary School
  • MH del Pilar Elementary School
  • Paddad Elementary School
  • Rizal Elementary School
  • Rizaluna Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • San Fernando Elementary School
  • San Francisco Elementary School
  • San Juan Elementary School
  • San Pablo Elementary School
  • San Pedro Elementary School
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School
  • Sta. Maria Elementary School
  • Sto. Domingo Elementary School
  • Sto. Tomas Elementary School
  • Victoria Elementary School
  • Zamora Elementary School


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  2. ^ a b "Province: Isabela". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA Releases the 2012 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
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  8. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  10. ^ "Province of Isabela". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Alicia, Isabela: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  12. ^ December 26, 2013 "Security Bank Branches in Northern Luzon". [1]
  13. ^ December 26, 2013 "Jollibee Alicia Photos".
  14. ^ Martinez-Clemente, Jo (23 April 2011). "Relic of Christ's cross a must for Visita Iglesia". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  15. ^ Reyes-Estrope, Carmela (26 March 2013). "Churches to visit north of Manila". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  16. ^ Rumpon, Danijay. "Province of Isabela Tourists Attractions and Destinations". Cagayan Valley Region. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  17. ^ "Tourists Attractions". The Ultimate Travel Guide for Tourists. Department of Tourism (Philippines). Retrieved 17 June 2011.

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