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Lala, officially the Municipality of Lala (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Lala; Filipino: Bayan ng Lala), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 67,727 people.[3] The town is famous for its specialized crab dishes and its Alimango festival, which is dedicated to its crab produce.[4]

Municipality of Lala
Barangay Maranding in Lala
Barangay Maranding in Lala
Official seal of Lala
Map of Lanao del Norte with Lala highlighted
Map of Lanao del Norte with Lala highlighted
Lala is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°58′N 123°45′E / 7.97°N 123.75°E / 7.97; 123.75Coordinates: 7°58′N 123°45′E / 7.97°N 123.75°E / 7.97; 123.75
Country Philippines
RegionNorthern Mindanao (Region X)
ProvinceLanao del Norte
District2nd District
FoundedMarch 22, 1949
Barangays27 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorAngel L. Yap
 • Vice MayorCesar Q. Yap Jr
 • CongressmanAbdullah D. Dimaporo
 • Electorate40,522 voters (2016)
 • Total140.25 km2 (54.15 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total67,727
 • Density480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)63
Climate typetropical climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)165.1 million  (2016)
Native languagesMaranao



The Municipality of Lala is geographically situated in a vast plain within the Kapatagan Valley, with the area of 140.25 square kilometres (54.15 sq mi) along the coast of Panguil Bay. It is located about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from the municipality of Tubod, the seat of the provincial government, and 67.5 kilometres (41.9 mi) south-west of Iligan City, the commercial center of the province. It is geographically bounded on the north-west by Panguil Bay, on the north-east by the municipality of Baroy, on the south by the municipality of Kapatagan and on the east by the municipality of Salvador.


Lala is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.

  • Abaga
  • Andil
  • Cabasagan
  • Camalan
  • Darumawang Bucana
  • Darumawang Ilaya
  • El Salvador
  • Gumagamot
  • Lala Proper
  • Lanipao
  • Magpatao
  • Maranding
  • Matampay Bucana
  • Matampay Ilaya
  • Pacita
  • Pendolonan
  • Pinoyak
  • Raw-an
  • Rebe
  • San Isidro Lower
  • San Isidro Upper
  • San Manuel
  • Santa Cruz Lower
  • Santa Cruz Upper
  • Simpak
  • Tenazas
  • Tuna-an


YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 30,468—    
1970 22,544−2.96%
1975 26,083+2.97%
1980 35,115+6.13%
1990 50,100+3.62%
1995 55,888+2.07%
2000 56,447+0.21%
2007 58,395+0.47%
2010 65,355+4.18%
2015 67,727+0.68%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


The economy in Lala is based mostly on agriculture and fishery-based type. Its main crops are rice, corn, coconut, and kalamansi (Philippine Lime). It likewise produces fishery products from marine fishing and fishpond operation in the coastal barangays along the Panguil Bay area.

Most of the commercial and educational establishments are located in Barangay Maranding, which is now becoming the growing center of trade, commerce, and education in the western portion of Lanao del Norte. It is also the highest income-generating municipality in the province.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Lanao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Lanao del Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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