Paracelis, officially the Municipality of Paracelis is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 28,121 people.
|Municipality of Paracelis|
Map of Mountain Province with Paracelis highlighted
|Region||Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)|
|Barangays||9 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Marcos G. Ayangwa|
|• Vice Mayor||Lister M. Carlos|
|• Congressman||Maximo Y. Dalog Jr.|
|• Electorate||17,654 voters (2019)|
|• Total||570.16 km2 (220.14 sq mi)|
|• Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|• Income class||2nd municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||30.55% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||132,616,220.79 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)74|
|Climate type||tropical rainforest climate|
Paracelis' population distribution is 37 percent urban and 63 percent rural. Urban settlement is on the west side of the town, a basin of low-level hilly-to-flat lands surrounded by mountains.
Due to hilly terrain, Paracelis has numerous zigzag roads in most parts, including access roads that connect the municipality to other border towns. On both sides of its zigzag roads, travelers can view the vast cornfield plantations alongside.
Paracelis is a border town of Mountain Province where it shares borders with Kalinga, Isabela and Ifugao provinces. In the north, its borders with the city of Tabuk and the town of Tanudan. In the south, it is bordered by Alfonso Lista. In the north-east, it shares a border with Quezon, in the east with Mallig and Roxas in Isabela. In the west, it borders with Natonin.
Paracelis is politically subdivided into 9 barangays:
Paracelis was first settled by the Ga'dang (Gaddang) ethnic group, who were migrants from Cagayan Valley mountain range. They are the ascendants of the present Baliwon tribe living in the periphery of the mountains of Paracelis. Through the years, Paracelis has become the main entry point to the rest of Mountain Province.
The name Paracelis came into existence as early as the 1900s as part of the territorial barangays of Natonin within the District of Kalao. Paracelis used to be part of Natonin and it became a regular town named Paracales with the enactment of Republic Act 3488  on June 16, 1962. The town was renamed Paracelis on June 18, 1966  under Republic Act 4738. The first appointed mayor was Benito Rafael.
The first official site of the civil government was at Nattalongan, now currently within Barangay Bantay. The pre-World War II government was short-lived and administration lasted under three local managements from 1917-1921. There is a historical gap from this decade up to post-World War II.
In 1962, the government center at Nattalongan was transferred to Anangka within the Rafael compound. The site was again transferred to a lot in Marat donated by the Gawan family. In 1991, the official of the municipal government transferred the government center to its present site in Poblacion. The government used to occupy a 1-hectare lot that housed all the units.
Today, Paracelis has become a melting pot of migrants from different areas, such as the Balangao, Madukayans, Kalinga, and Ifugao tribes including Ilokanos. This migration has been instrumental on the fast rising urbanization of Paracelis in the last two decades. The town's current administration is introducing urbanization plan for the municipality.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The town of Paracelis is home to two indigenous languages, the Balangaw language and the Ga'dang language (completely different from the Gaddang language found in Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, and Aurora). The Balangaw language is found in most towns in Mountain Province, while the Ga'dang language is found only in a small section of Paracelis, making it an endangered language. Both languages are vital to the culture and arts of the town. Ilocano is also spoken as the regional dialect.
The municipality of Paracelis depends on agriculture as its main engine of growth with vast plantation of corn. The town also produces vegetables, oranges and timber. Trade activities include the commerce of basic consumer goods.
The municipal government is planning to pursue real estate development and tourism as its next engines of growth. The town is pursuing tourism since it possesses scenic terrains of hills and slopes ideal for nature lovers and hikers. Its vast low terrains is ideal for real estate development.
Potential economic activities of the town in manufacturing is canning and feed mill production due to availability of basic raw material from its vast cornfields. Its location at the crossroad makes Paracelis a future trading hub in the Eastern Cordillera Growth Corridor, a primary growth center of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The only mode of transportation to and from Paracelis are buses and jeepneys plying to Santiago, Baguio City, Tabuk City, Alfonso Lista and Natonin. Going south, it takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach Alfonso Lista and 3 hours to Santiago City from Paracelis. Going north, it takes approximately 2 hours to reach Tabuk City. Going west to Natonin town proper, it takes less than an hour. Currently, there is no road access from the town proper going to Mallig in the east but there is road from its border Barangay Buringal to Mallig. as of 2017 there is concreting of the national highway from Butigue, Palitud, Anonat going to Roxas, Isabela
Despite being mandated to host the College of Agriculture of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College  in the northern Barangay Bacarri, the campus is still unrealized due to funding difficulties from the national government. The Paracelis campus of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College was made through the conversion of Bacarri Agricultural High School, a rural high school in Barangay Bacarri.
- Secondary education
8 out of 9 Barangays in Paracelis have their respective secondary institution. Annex campus of major high schools in different Barangays were converted into a regular and independent high schools. The list of secondary schools are as follows:
- Bacarri National Trade and Agricultural School - Barangay Bacarri (for the people of Bacarri and Bunot )
- Paracelis Technical and Vocational High School - Sitio Labay, Barangay Bantay
- Anonat National Agricultural and Vocation High School( Formerly Bacarri National Trade and Agricultural School- Anonat Annex) - Barangay Anonat
- Buringal National High School - Barangay Buringal
- Butigue National High School - Barangay Butigue
- Palitod National High School - Barangay Palitod
- San Rafael National High School  - Sitio San Rafael, Barangay Bananao
- Paracelis National High School - Barangay Poblacion
A district hospital serves the people of Paracelis. Recently, the municipal mayor, Avelino C. Amangyen signed a memorandum of agreement at the Japan Embassy in Manila with Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA representatives for the construction of the rural health unit building.
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