Urdaneta, Pangasinan

Urdaneta, officially the City of Urdaneta (Pangasinan: Siyudad na Urdaneta; Ilocano: Siyudad ti Urdaneta; Filipino: Lungsod ng Urdaneta), is a 2nd class component city in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 144,577 people. [3]

City of Urdaneta
Street of Urdaneta
Street of Urdaneta
Flag of Urdaneta
Official seal of Urdaneta
Deo servire populo sufficere
(It is enough for the people to serve God)
Map of Pangasinan with Urdaneta highlighted
Map of Pangasinan with Urdaneta highlighted
Urdaneta is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 15°58′34″N 120°34′16″E / 15.9761°N 120.5711°E / 15.9761; 120.5711Coordinates: 15°58′34″N 120°34′16″E / 15.9761°N 120.5711°E / 15.9761; 120.5711
RegionIlocos Region
District 5th district
CityhoodMarch 21, 1998
Barangays34 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorJulio F. Parayno III
 • Vice MayorJimmy D. Parayno
 • RepresentativeRamon V. Guico III
 • City Council
 • Electorate95,971 voters (2022)
 • Total100.26 km2 (38.71 sq mi)
50 m (160 ft)
Highest elevation
899 m (2,949 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total144,577
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
 • Households
 • Income class2nd city income class
 • Poverty incidence
% (2018)[4]
 • Revenue₱ 1,093 million (2020)
 • Assets₱ 2,417 million (2020)
 • Expenditure₱ 1,028 million (2020)
 • Liabilities₱ 286.4 million (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricityPangasinan 3 Electric Cooperative (PANELCO 3)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)75
Native languagesPangasinan


Urdaneta City was founded on January 8, 1858, by Pangasinenses and Ilocanos who sought greater ties and unity. The city was named after Father Andrés de Urdaneta, a famous aide of Magellan, who was a soldier, navigator, cosmographer, and evangelist. Father Urdaneta played a significant role in the colonization of the Philippines, as he helped establish the first Spanish settlement on the island of Cebu in 1565. He also helped establish the first trade route between Mexico and the Philippines, which was used for over two centuries.

By naming the city after Father Urdaneta, the people of Urdaneta City pay tribute to his legacy and contributions to the country. His name has become synonymous with exploration, adventure, and faith, all of which are qualities that are celebrated in Urdaneta City. Today, the city continues to honor Father Urdaneta through various events, monuments, and institutions, which serve as reminders of his enduring legacy.[5]


In 1998, the Philippine Congress passed R.A. 8480, which converted the Municipality of Urdaneta into a component city of the Province of Pangasinan. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Amadeo R. Perez Jr., a congressman representing the province.

The passage of the bill was followed by a plebiscite, which was held on March 21, 1998. The people of Urdaneta overwhelmingly ratified the legislative act, with 26,222 in favor and only 142 against. As a result, Urdaneta was officially proclaimed as a city.[6]


Urdaneta is 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Manila, 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Dagupan and is 59 kilometres (37 mi) from the provincial capital, Lingayen. It has a land area of 12,100 hectares.


Urdaneta is politically subdivided into 34 barangays. These barangays are headed by elected officials: Barangay Captain, Barangay Council, whose members are called Barangay Councilors. All are elected every three years.

  • Anonas
  • Bactad East
  • Bayaoas
  • Bolaoen
  • Cabaruan
  • Cabuloan
  • Camanang
  • Camantiles
  • Casantaan
  • Catablan
  • Cayambanan
  • Consolacion
  • Dilan-Paurido
  • Labit Proper
  • Labit West
  • Mabanogbog
  • Macalong
  • Nancalobasaan
  • Nancamaliran East
  • Nancamaliran West
  • Nancayasan
  • Oltama
  • Palina East
  • Palina West
  • Pedro T. Orata (Bactad Proper)
  • Pinmaludpod
  • Poblacion
  • San Jose
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Lucia
  • Santo Domingo
  • Sugcong
  • Tiposu
  • Tulong


Climate data for Urdaneta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 21
Average precipitation mm (inches) 127.5
Average rainy days 17 17 17 15 20 19 19 20 21 20 17 19 221
Source: World Weather Online[7]


Population census of Urdaneta
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 20,544—    
1918 24,536+1.19%
1939 29,120+0.82%
1948 35,811+2.32%
1960 44,744+1.87%
1970 58,690+2.75%
1975 65,392+2.19%
1980 71,796+1.89%
1990 90,694+2.36%
1995 100,263+1.90%
2000 111,582+2.32%
2007 120,785+1.10%
2010 125,451+1.39%
2015 132,940+1.11%
2020 144,577+1.66%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[8][9][10][11]


Roman CatholicismEdit

The Urdaneta Cathedral or the 1858 Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Urdaneta is part of the Vicariate of Our Lady. Its vicar foranes are Rev. Fr. Alberto T. Arenos and Father Elpidio F. Silva Jr. Its feast day is December 8. Its head is Bishop Jacinto Agcaoili Jose, JCL, DD. Founded on January 8, 1858, it is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Roman Catholic Diocese of Urdaneta.[12]

The diocese is led by Bishop Jacinto Jose (born on October 29, 1950, in Mangato, Laoag City. He serves as vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission of Social Communications and Mass Media and member of the Episcopal Commission on Youth.

Previous ordinaries were Bishop Jesus Castro Galang (December 7, 1991 – September 16, 2004) and Bishop Pedro G. Magugat, M.S.C. (April 22, 1985 – May 5, 1990). Other diocesan officials hold office at the Bishop's Residence and Chancery of Obispado de Urdaneta Building, Dr. Jose Aruego Street, Urdaneta, Pangasinan. The Vicar General is Msgr. Lazaro P. Hortaleza and Chancellor, Father Teofilo L. Calicdan.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Philippine Independent Church or Aglipayan ChurchEdit

The Aglipay Central Theological Seminary (ACTS) in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan is the regional seminary of the church dedicated to serve the North-Central and South-Central Luzon Dioceses. ACTS offers a Bachelor of Theology and Divinity Programs for those who aspire to enter the ordained ministry in the Church. It is a four-year study program with a curriculum focused on biblical, theological, historical and pastoral studies with reference to parish management and development and wider cultural and social context. Members of the Philippine Independent Church or Aglipayans has the second most members in the city.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsEdit

Urdaneta has been selected as the site of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple, the third temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be built in the Philippines (the other two being in Manila and Cebu City).[21]


As Gateway to Northern Philippines, the city's strategic location is on the central part of eastern Pangasinan. Urdaneta is among the most progressive cities in Northern Luzon in annual regular income beating all cities in Region 1. It is among the region's cleanest, greenest and most livable cities.

Urdaneta produces rice, vegetables and noodles. As a trading hub of Pangasinan, it has a “Bagsakan” (trading post), a drop-off point for fruits and vegetables.

SM Prime Holdings will put up an SM Supermall to be called SM City Urdaneta Central, currently under construction and scheduled to open second half of 2017. The largest cattle market in Northern Luzon is Urdaneta's Livestock Market. The city has numerous financial and banking institutions which make it among the most vibrant economies in Pangasinan and the whole Ilocos Region.


Attractions include Museo de Urdaneta, Cabaruan, Sugcong and Oltama Rolling Hills, inter alia. The Sanctuary I.T. Building (Barangay Nancaysan, MacArthur Highway, the only Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) proclaimed I.T. Building in Pangasinan) houses the first two call centers: FFG Telemarketing (a Filipino-Canadian outbound call center) and EIE Inc. (Filipino-owned website services marketing firm).


Urdaneta, belonging to the fifth congressional district of the province of Pangasinan, is governed by a mayor designated as its local chief executive and by a municipal council as its legislative body in accordance with the Local Government Code. The mayor, vice mayor, and the councilors are elected directly by the people through an election which is being held every three years.

Elected officialsEdit

Members of the Urdaneta City Council (2022–2025)[29]
Position Name
District Representative
(5th Legislative District the Province of Pangasinan)
Ramon N. Guico, Jr.
Chief Executive of the City of Urdaneta Mayor Julio F. Parayno III
Presiding Officer of the City Council of Urdaneta Vice-Mayor Jimmy D. Parayno
Councilors of the City of Urdaneta Franco Paolo S. del Prado
Warren DC. Andrada
Aurelio L. Agsalud, Sr.
Franklin V. Villanueva
Jhan Hero M. Sumera
Alfonso Miguel M. Del Prado
Rio Virgilio R. Esteves
Blesildo F. Sumera
Onofre C. Gorospe
Amado O. Veridiano



Urdaneta City celebrates Dumayo Festival annually March 18 – 31: Basbas ng Pag-iisang Dibdib (free mass wedding), bloodletting activity, tree planting for environment preservation, jobs fair and fun run for a cause.

The city celebrates fiesta every month of December. This is in remembrance of the city patron, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Festivities are held December 1–8. Activities include a parade, drum and lyre competition, teachers' night, balikbayan night, ABC-SK night, ballroom, Miss Urdaneta City coronation night and many more events. A carnival is put up every December as a part of the event.[30]

In the 2012 yearly City Fiesta celebration (December 1–15), Fifth District Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco formally (December 1) opened the agro-industrial fair where “bahay kubo” booths of the city's barangays showcased their products at the Urdaneta City Cultural and Sports Complex. Cojuangco was assisted by Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chair Amadeo R. Perez Jr., Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV and members of the Sangguniang Bayan led by Vice Mayor Onofre C. Gorospe.


Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Anonas East Elementary School
  • Anonas Elementary School
  • Bactad Community School
  • Bactad East Elementary School
  • Badipa Elementary School
  • Berean Academy of Urdaneta City, Inc.
  • Bolaoen Elementary School
  • Bright International Special School of Urdaneta, Inc.
  • Cabaruan Elementary School
  • Cabuloan Elementary School
  • Calegu Elementary School
  • Camanang Elementary School
  • Camantiles Elementary School
  • Casabula Elementary School
  • Cayambanan Elementary School
  • Consolacion Elementary School
  • Don Amadeo Perez Sr. Memorial Elementary Central School - Main
  • Don Amadeo Perez, Sr. Memorial Elementary Central School - East
  • Don Amadeo Perez, Sr. Memorial Elementary Central School - West
  • Don Andres G. Maiquez Memorial School
  • Don Clemente Blanco Memorial Elementary School
  • Don Felipe Maramba Elementary School
  • Don Valentin M. Ordonez Memorial School
  • Florentino B. Goce Community School
  • Froebel Academy of Pangasinan, Inc.
  • Holy Gem & Scepter Academy
  • Labit East Elementary School
  • Labit West Elementary School
  • Lananpin Elementary School
  • Lazaga Elementary School
  • Manan Elementary School
  • Michelli Marie's Special School
  • Nanbacuran Elementary School
  • Nancalobasaan Elementary School
  • Nancalobasaan Riverside Elementary School
  • Nancayasan Elementary School
  • Oltama Elementary School
  • Palina East Elementary School
  • Pinmaludpod Elementary School
  • San Jose Elementary School
  • Sta. Lucia Elementary School
  • Tabuyoc Elementary School
  • The North Woods Academy of Urdaneta Inc.
  • Tiposu Elementary School
  • Trinidad S. Perez Elementary School
  • Tulong Elementary School
  • Urdaneta City Academic Pathways, Inc.
  • Urdaneta City SPED Center
  • Urdaneta I Central School
  • Vicente Taaca Memorial School

Secondary schoolsEdit

  • Anonas National High School
  • Bactad East National High School
  • Badipa National High School
  • Berean Academy of Urdaneta City, Inc.
  • Cabaruan National High School
  • Cabuloan National High School
  • Calegu Integrated School
  • Camabu National High School
  • Camantiles National High School
  • Casabula National High School
  • Catablan Integrated School
  • Cayambanan National High School
  • Divine Grace Montessori and High School of Urdaneta, Inc
  • Don Alipio Fernandez, Sr. Integrated School
  • Don Antonio Bongolan Memorial High School
  • Immaculate Heart Learning Center
  • Labit National High School
  • Lananpin National High School
  • Lyceum Northern Luzon High School
  • Maranatha Christian Academy of Urdaneta, Inc.
  • Mariano Q. Umipig National High School
  • MAV School of Multiple Intelligence, Inc.
  • Merryland Montessori and High School, Inc.
  • Messiah Christian Academy Inc.
  • Mother Goose Special School System, Inc.
  • Nancalobasaan National High School
  • Our Lady of the Lilies Academy
  • Palina East National High School
  • Palina West National High School
  • Pedro T. Orata National High School
  • San Jose Leet Integrated School
  • St. Andrew Montessori and High School, Inc.
  • St. Francis Urdaneta, Inc.
  • Urdaneta City National High School

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Notable personalitiesEdit


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