Bucay, Abra

Bucay, officially the Municipality of Bucay (Ilocano: Ili ti Bucay; Tagalog: Bayan ng Bucay), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Abra, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 17,115 people. [3]

Bucay
Municipality of Bucay
Casa Real arch
Casa Real arch
Official seal of Bucay
Seal
Map of Abra with Bucay highlighted
Map of Abra with Bucay highlighted
OpenStreetMap
Bucay is located in Philippines
Bucay
Bucay
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°32′N 120°43′E / 17.54°N 120.72°E / 17.54; 120.72Coordinates: 17°32′N 120°43′E / 17.54°N 120.72°E / 17.54; 120.72
Country Philippines
RegionCordillera Administrative Region
ProvinceAbra
DistrictLone District
Barangays21 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorVictorino B. Baroña Jr.
 • Vice MayorLudevina G. Co
 • RepresentativeJoseph Santo Niño B. Bernos
 • Electorate12,861 voters (2019)
Area
[2]
 • Total102.16 km2 (39.44 sq mi)
Elevation
172 m (564 ft)
Population
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total17,115
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
 • Households
3,813
Economy
 • Income class5th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence15.83% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱70,818,040.82 (2016)
Service provider
 • ElectricityAbra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
2805
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)74
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesItneg
Ilocano
Tagalog

HistoryEdit

Bucay was established on October 29, 1846 and the first settlers were Itnegs. It became the first provincial capital of Abra when the military form of government was set up in May 1847. At the back of the present municipal hall is the centuries-old façade of the ruined Casa Real (Provincial Capitol Building). Across the town plaza, stand the centuries-old Catholic church, convent and learning school, Spanish structure house owned by then Don Teodoro Arias who served as Gobernadorcillo of Bucay in 1862, and the old American structure house which was built in 1908 and owned by then US Corporal Ernest D. Smith who served the Spanish–American War and the Filipino-American war from 1896 to 1901. Prior to the invasion of the Spaniards, the place had become footfalls of invading headhunters from the dense jungles of the Cordillera range.

There are two versions on how this town got its name as "Bucay". Some residents say that there was a tribe leader by the name of Bucay. When this leader was still young, while patrolling, he found a pretty young lass lying on the way which prompted him to extend assistance, and brought her home. After a period of time, he developed his love with the young lass and took her as his wife. In several occasions, the girl suddenly disappeared. At some instances, Bucay used to see her at the corner of his bamboo hut sitting alone with her bowed head which prompted him to approach and touch her, but always disappeared.

GeographyEdit

Among the twenty-seven (27) towns of Abra, Bucay is the most centrally located, situated at 17°32′N 120°43′E / 17.54°N 120.72°E / 17.54; 120.72. It is bounded on the north by the towns of Tayum and Lagangilang, on the south by Manabo, on the east by Licuan-Baay and Sallapadan, and on the west by Peñarrubia, Bangued and Villaviciosa.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 102.16 square kilometres (39.44 sq mi)[2] constituting 2.45% of the 4,165.25-square-kilometre- (1,608.21 sq mi) total area of Abra.

BarangaysEdit

Bucay is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.[5]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[6]
140103001 Abang 4.4% 752 820 −1.63%
140103002 Bangbangcag 6.3% 1,082 1,088 −0.11%
140103003 Bangcagan 3.7% 639 616 0.70%
140103004 Banglolao 3.3% 570 598 −0.91%
140103005 Bugbog 4.3% 742 698 1.17%
140103006 Calao 4.6% 788 721 1.71%
140103007 Dugong 8.9% 1,520 1,532 −0.15%
140103008 Labon 3.9% 669 632 1.09%
140103009 Layugan 5.4% 917 1,002 −1.67%
140103010 Madalipay 2.3% 397 369 1.40%
140103016 North Poblacion 5.7% 983 1,123 −2.50%
140103011 Pagala 6.7% 1,145 1,262 −1.84%
140103013 Pakiling 4.7% 809 708 2.57%
140103012 Palaquio 6.1% 1,042 994 0.90%
140103014 Patoc 4.4% 759 787 −0.69%
140103018 Quimloong 3.0% 505 526 −0.77%
140103019 Salnec 2.2% 376 370 0.31%
140103020 San Miguel 4.3% 733 653 2.22%
140103021 Siblong 5.7% 972 972 0.00%
140103017 South Poblacion 3.5% 592 579 0.42%
140103022 Tabiog 6.6% 1,123 1,076 0.82%
Total 17,115 17,126 −0.01%

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Bucay, Abra
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(81)
28
(82)
30
(86)
32
(90)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
38
(100)
27
(81)
30
(87)
Average low °C (°F) 19
(66)
19
(66)
20
(68)
22
(72)
24
(75)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
22
(72)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 24
(0.9)
26
(1.0)
25
(1.0)
43
(1.7)
159
(6.3)
180
(7.1)
204
(8.0)
207
(8.1)
183
(7.2)
185
(7.3)
91
(3.6)
67
(2.6)
1,394
(54.8)
Average rainy days 4.6 4.0 6.2 9.1 19.5 23.2 24.0 22.5 21.5 15.2 10.5 6.0 166.3
Source: Meteoblue [7]

DemographicsEdit

Population census of Bucay
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 4,483—    
1918 5,653+1.56%
1939 5,570−0.07%
1948 6,215+1.22%
1960 7,473+1.55%
1970 9,937+2.89%
1975 11,337+2.68%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 12,375+1.77%
1990 13,346+0.76%
1995 14,499+1.56%
2000 14,881+0.56%
2007 16,266+1.23%
2010 17,126+1.89%
2015 17,115−0.01%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Bucay had a population of 17,115. [3] The population density was 170 inhabitants per square kilometre (440/sq mi).

AttractionsEdit

  • Borikibok Mini Park and Cave
  • Roces Cave
  • Casa Real
  • Mini Park along boundary Bucay & Peñarrubia
  • Nagsangalan falls

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipality of Bucay | (DILG)
  2. ^ a b "Province: Abra". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved October 12, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Municipal: Bucay, Abra". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "Bucay: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved April 25, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Abra". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved December 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Bucay, Abra at Wikimedia Commons