Tuguegarao City

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City of Tuguegarao
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Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Cagayan
Mayor Delfin Telan Ting (LKS-CMD)
Barangays 49
Physical characteristics
Area 113.95 km²
Total (2000) 120645
Density 1,059/km²

The City of Tuguegarao is a 1st class city in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. It is the capital city of Cagayan & the regional capital of Region 2. It is located on the Cagayan River, near the southern border of the province, at 17°37′N, 121°43′E.

According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 129,539.

Languages commonly spoken are Itawes language|Ytawes, Ybanag and Ilokano.

The highest recorded temperature in the Philippines and of the Western Pacific Region was in Tuguegarao on April 29, 1912 at 42.2°C (108°F)[1]. Average temperature during March and April is 38°C, one of the highest in the country for years. The Former Senator Eulogio Balao is a native of this city.



Tuguegarao City is politically subdivided into 49 barangays.

  • Annafunan East
  • Annafunan West
  • Atulayan Norte
  • Atulayan Sur
  • Bagay
  • Buntun
  • Caggay
  • Capatan
  • Carig Norte (Reyes)
  • Carig Sur (Carig)
  • Caritan Centro
  • Caritan Norte
  • Caritan Sur
  • Cataggaman Nuevo
  • Cataggaman Pardo
  • Cataggaman Viejo
  • Centro 1 (Bagumbayan)
  • Centro 2 (Poblacion)
  • Centro 3 (Poblacion)
  • Centro 4 (Poblacion)
  • Centro 5 (Bagumbayan)
  • Centro 6 (Poblacion)
  • Centro 7 (Poblacion)
  • Centro 8 (Poblacion)
  • Centro 9 (Bagumbayan)
  • Centro 10 (Riverside)
  • Centro 11 (Balzain East)
  • Centro 12 (Balzain West)
  • Dadda
  • Gosi Norte
  • Gosi Sur
  • Larion Alto
  • Larion Bajo
  • Leonarda
  • Libag Norte
  • Libag Sur
  • Linao East
  • Linao Norte
  • Linao West
  • Namabbalan Norte
  • Namabbalan Sur
  • Pallua Norte
  • Pallua Sur
  • Pengue-Ruyu
  • San Gabriel
  • Tagga
  • Tanza
  • Ugac Norte
  • Ugac Sur

Pav-vurulun Festival

Pav-vurulun Festival is celebrated from August 10–16. Pav-vurulun is an Ibanag word which means get-together or a sense of belongingness. It is in this context that Tuguegarao City annually celebrates its patronal fiesta. It gathers Tuguegaraoeños to a weeklong festivities culminating with a mass and procession of the patron saint on August 16. The patronal fiesta is in honor of St. Hyacinth, the city's patron saint.

The week-long celebration is dubbed as a festival of activities. It is marked by parades, beauty contest, pancit eating contest, street dancing contest from the different schools of the city, music festival, sports fest, and trade fairs among others.

Universities and Colleges

There are several universities and colleges that reside in the city. Majority of the universities and colleges of the Province of Cagayan are in Tuguegarao. Hence, because of the presence of many universities that are situated in the city, Tuguegarao City is considered to be the University Belt of Region 02. The following are the universities and colleges:

Soon to open:

  • University of Saint Louis - New Site Campus
  • Global Reformed University
  • Central Colleges of the North - New Site Campus

Hence, there are numerous technological institutes and vocational institutes that are in the city. The TESDA offers short-term courses to all Cagayanos.

High Schools

There are many public and private schools here in Tuguegarao.

  • Cagayan National High School
  • Cataggaman National High School
  • Florencio L. Vargas College High School Department
  • Gosi National High School
  • John Wesley College High School Department
  • Linao National High School
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Montessori School (High School)
  • St. Paul University Philippines High School Department
  • Tuguegarao City Science High School
  • University of Cagayan Valley High School Department
  • University of St. Louis High School Department


  • Annafunan Elementary School
  • Arnulfo Interior and Carol Doctolero Montessori
  • Atulayan Elementary School
  • Bagay Elementary School
  • Buntun Elementary School
  • Capatan Elementary School
  • Carig Elementary School
  • Carig Norte Primary School
  • Caritan Norte Elementary School
  • Cataggaman Elementary School
  • Cataggaman Nuevo Primary School
  • Dadda Primary School
  • Fatima Montessori
  • Florencio L. Vargas College Grade School Department
  • Gosi Elementary School
  • Kebing School
  • Larion Alto Elementary School
  • Larion Bajo Elementary School
  • Leonarda-Pengue-Ruyu Elementary School
  • Libag Elementary School
  • Linao Elementary School
  • Methodist Christian School
  • Montessori de Cagayan
  • Namabbalan Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Montessori School (Grade School)
  • Pallua Elementary School
  • Pardo Elementary School (Cataggaman Pardo)
  • San Gabriel Elementary School
  • Tagga-Dadda Elementary School
  • St. Clare Montessori School
  • St. Paul University Philippines Grade School Department
  • Tuguegarao Central School
  • Tuguegarao East Central School
  • Tuguegarao North madaya Central School
  • Tuguegarao Northeast Central School
  • Tuguegarao West Central School
  • Ugac Sur Elementary School
  • University of Cagayan Valley Grade School Department
  • University of St. Louis Grade School Department

Daycare Centers

Tuguegarao City has 63 Barangay Daycare Centers. Currently, there are about 3,000 Daycare Pupils who are under the program. Moreover, there are also several privately operated daycare centers that are scattered in the city.

Specialized Education

Far East Christian Deaf Academy provides education from pre-school to middle school operated and funded by the Church of the Living God at Sharon Village, Barangay Cataggaman Nuevo. The University of Saint Louis of Tuguegarao also has an elementary school program for the hearing impaired.<ref>Directory of Schools for the Deaf in the Philippines - MCCID College Official Website</ref>

International Students

Students from China, Congo, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Korea have come to study at St. Paul University Philippines and Cagayan State University. Most of the international students have come to study degrees such as Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Secondary Education and Doctor of Medicine.<ref>Tuguegarao City Government</ref>


The origin of the city's name is unclear. Possibilities include "tuggui gari yao" (this was cleared by fire), "garao" (swift river current), or "taraw" (a species of palm). The first recorded settlement was a mission pueblo established May 9, 1604. The city developed gradually, then more rapidly after the provincial capital was transferred from Lallo, in 1839. It was occupied by American troops on 12 December 1899.

During World War II, the city was captured by the Japanese on 8 December 1941, and its airfield was of some significance; the city and airfield were bombed by the US regularly between January and May 1945. The Japanese had left by the time Filipino guerillas came in early June; the town was officially liberated on June 25, 1945.

Tuguegarao was once the only first class municipality in the province of Cagayan. It has served as the provincial capital of Cagayan since 1893 because of the notable socio-economic progress of the town. In 1975, having adequate facilities and amenities aside from being the region's geographic center and having capabilities of serving as the administrative seat of government for the region, Tuguegarao was declared the regional capital of Region II (Cagayan Valley).

Tuguegarao as a component city was affirmed in a plebiscite held on December 18, 1999, with Randolph Ting as the first city mayor.

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