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Candaba, officially the Municipality of Candaba, (Kapampangan: Balen ning Candaba; formerly Candawe), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 111,586 people.[3]

Municipality of Candaba
Downtown area
Downtown area
Official seal of Candaba
Etymology: Vizal Sto. Cristo Candaba
Map of Pampanga with Candaba highlighted
Map of Pampanga with Candaba highlighted
Candaba is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°05′36″N 120°49′42″E / 15.09333°N 120.82833°E / 15.09333; 120.82833Coordinates: 15°05′36″N 120°49′42″E / 15.09333°N 120.82833°E / 15.09333; 120.82833
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon (Region III)
District4th District
Barangays33 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRene Maglanque
 • Electorate62,718 voters (2016)
 • Total176.40 km2 (68.11 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total111,586
 • Density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)45
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)196 million  (2016)
Native languagesKapampangan



Candaba represents the lowest point in Central Luzon Region of Luzon Island. The neighboring municipality of San Miguel (San Miguel de Mayumo) in Bulacan province used to be part of Candaba until San Miguel became a municipality itself.

Candaba's municipal boundaries are: Municipality of Arayat, Pampanga, and Municipality of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, to the north; Municipality of San Miguel, Bulacan, and Municipality of San Ildefonso, Bulacan, to the east; Municipality of Baliuag, Bulacan, to the south; Municipality of San Luis, Pampanga, and Municipality of Santa Ana, Pampanga, to the west.

Candaba is also divided to 3 regions, the Tagalog Region comprising the southern part of Candaba which was a boundary between it and Baliuag and San Ildefonso, next is the Poblacion Region to the west which boundaries with Sta Ana, and next is the Kapampangan Region to the east which boundaries San Miguel.


Candaba is politically subdivided into 33 barangays.

  • Bahay Pare
  • Bambang
  • Barangca
  • Barit
  • Buas (Poblacion)
  • Cuayang Bugtong
  • Dalayap
  • Dulong Ilog
  • Gulap
  • Lanang
  • Lourdes
  • Magumbali
  • Mandasig
  • Mandili
  • Mangga
  • Mapaniqui
  • Paligui
  • Pangclara
  • Pansinao
  • Paralaya (Poblacion)
  • Pasig
  • Pescadores (Poblacion)
  • Pulong Gubat
  • Pulong Palazan
  • Salapungan
  • San Agustin (Poblacion)
  • Santo Rosario
  • Tagulod
  • Talang
  • Tenejero
  • Vizal San Pablo
  • Vizal Santo Cristo
  • Vizal Santo Niño


Like rest of the area in Central Luzon, there are two seasons in the area, the wet season and dry season. The wet season occurs during the months of May to October, and the dry season the rest of the year.

Climate data for Candaba, Pampanga, Philippines
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 20
Average precipitation cm (inches) 1.7


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 14,434—    
1918 19,956+2.18%
1939 16,036−1.04%
1948 28,811+6.73%
1960 41,512+3.09%
1970 48,458+1.56%
1975 52,945+1.79%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 68,145+5.18%
1990 68,145+0.00%
1995 77,546+2.45%
2000 86,066+2.26%
2007 96,589+1.60%
2010 102,399+2.15%
2015 111,586+1.65%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Candaba, Pampanga, was 111,586 people,[3] with a density of 630 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,600 inhabitants per square mile.


St. Andrew Parish Church

Roman Catholic 60%, Members Church of God International 3.5%, Iglesia ni Cristo 3%, Evangelicals 32%, others (includes Islam, Buddhism and other religions) 1.5%. The Saint Andrew church serves as one of the Roman Catholic parish churches inside the municipality.

The most popular religious site in Candaba is in the barangay "Pulong Gubat". It pulls many pilgrims who believe that Nuestra Señor dela Pacencia will cure their illness or grant their wishes.[citation needed]

Local governmentEdit

Town hall

Mayor of Candaba is Baylon Danilo, and vice mayor is Michael V. Sagum, replacing Rene Maglanque and Babes Evangelista respectively after the 2016 mayoral elections.


Candaba market

The Candaba Swamp (Pinac, Pinak) absorbs most of the flood waters that flow from the western slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. During the rainy season, the Pampanga River overflows and the swamp is submerged. But it is relatively dry during the dry Season, hence making the land suitable for a variety agricultural production.

Candaba is noted for its production watermelon, that are sold worldwide.[citation needed] The swamps are communal fishing grounds encompassing some 430 km2 of highly arable farmlands. Candaba swamps are very fertile due to its sustained deposits of humus and decaying plant residues. Migrant wild ducks and various wildlife bird from Siberia, New Zealand, Mongolia and other parts of Asia use Candaba as their yearly sanctuary.[citation needed]


Drainage System

Candaba-San Miguel road is known for being flooded when a typhoon hits Candaba. The drainage system or rip-rap, which is a part of Mayor Jerry Pelayo's road cementing project, was built on both sides of every cemented roads made so the rainwater from other parts of Pampanga will just flow on it and not on the road.


Public transport is mainly done by means of jeepneys and tricycles. Jeepneys have their routes as an itinerary route for various places. Candaba-San Miguel road or pinak was fully cemented by 2014.

Telecommunication facilitiesEdit

Candabas telecommunication facilities and telephone services are provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), PSE.DGTL, Datelcom, Evangelista Telephone Company and the Pampanga Telecom Company.

Water and power utilitiesEdit


Candaba will soon have modern waterworks, following the start of a 24 million Peso water supply development project of the Candaba Water District (CWD) with the financial and technical assistance of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).[citation needed] Other means to get drinking water are water wells.

Electric power

The municipality receives it electric power in from the Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (PELCO 1) and from Manila Electric Company (MERALCO).[7][8]

PSGC Barangay Electric Utility Acronym
35405001 Bahay Pare Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405002 Bambang Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405003 Barangca Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405004 Barit Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405005 Buas (Poblacion) Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405008 Cuayang Bugtong Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405009 Dalayap Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405010 Dulong Ilog Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405011 Gulap Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405012 Lanang Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405013 Lourdes Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405014 Magumbali Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405015 Mandasig Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405016 Mandili Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405017 Mangga Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405018 Mapaniqui Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405020 Paligui Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405021 Pangclara Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405022 Pansinao Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405023 Paralaya (Poblacion) Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405024 Pasig Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405025 Pescadores (Poblacion) Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405026 Pulong Gubat Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405027 Pulong Palazan Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405028 Salapungan Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405029 San Agustin (Poblacion) Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405031 Santo Rosario Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405032 Tagulod Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405033 Talang Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative PELCO 1
35405034 Tenejero Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405035 Vizal San Pablo Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405036 Vizal Santo Cristo Manila Electric Company MERALCO
35405037 Vizal Santo Niño Manila Electric Company MERALCO

Bird sanctuaryEdit

Eastern marsh harrier (Circus spilonotus), Candaba Marsh

On January 2008, a Philippine record of 17,000 birds (in the 24-hour count) visited the 32,000-hectare Candaba Swamp, sanctuary for migratory birds. Michael Lu, president of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), stated that 80 species of migratory birds were sighted at the 100-hectare fishpond of Mayor Jerry Pelayo in Barangay Doña Simang and in Barangay Paralaya. The rare birds spotted were: the Shrenck’s bittern, great bittern, gadwall, coot, Philippine mallard or ducks, and Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia). Robert S. Kennedy’s book A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines lists endemic and migratory birds which visit the Philippines. Pelayo organized the Ibon-Ebon Festival (“birds and eggs”) on February 1–2. The WBCP recorded three rare species in Candaba swamp: the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), Chinese pond heron (Ardeola bacchus) and the black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax).[9]


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  2. ^ "Province: Pampanga". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
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  9. ^ ", 17,000 birds sighted in Candaba swamp". Archived from the original on 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-01-14.


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