• Cabagan Isabela

    Cabagan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Isabela. According to the 2011 census, it had a population of 48,350 people in 9,404 households and 11,535 families.Cabagan had been the business center of three nearby towns (Santa Maria, San Pablo and Santo Tomas) before they had their own market. It is locally famous for its pancit Cabagan. Its people are called Ybanags. Nowadays, Ybanags are well educated and the source of the province's top politicians, professionals and a world class athlete.During Christmas, the Cabagan Square Park could be seen flashing brightly with many Christmas lights and lanterns. Cabagan's top schools are Cabagan Science Elementary School and Isabela State University Science and Technology High School.The Malasi lake is a sanctuary for migratory birds located in barangay San Antonio and has been hailed by the DENR. The Taguinod Cattle Ranch in Sitio Carumay is an ecofriendly farm where you can find different crops, the world-famous Carabao mango and also a place to find purebred American Brahman cattle. The biggest Gymnasium in Isabela and in the whole Region 2 is located in this town and the beautiful century-old Well that was built by the Spaniards, located at St. Ferdinand College, Cabagan Campus.Alex Pagulayan, the 2004 world champion in billiards hails from San Juan, a remote barrio of Cabagan. Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay's mother is a Cabaguena. New York's Grace Gollayan Baldisseri,a poet, published author and stage director, one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States (2007) is a beloved daughter of Cabagan.

  • History

    Etymologically, the name Cabagan could come from the native word bag or bajaque, not because G-string were used here or made in Cabagan, but most probably because there were stores in the village that sold such kind of clothing. Cabagan should also have been derived from the word cabbagang, meaning pilgrim, stranger. Based on the fact that Cabagan at the time was in constant contact with the strangers especially the pagan tribes from Diffun, namely southern Isabela as well as with the kalingas of the neighboring Cordillera mountains.

  • Various Cabagan

    The Cabagan was existed from 1646 to 1877 was simply called Cabagan. In 1877 the Spaniards decided to transfer Cabagan to a new site, abandoning the old Cabagan lock, stock and barrel. In 1888 the Spaniards resurredted the abandoned Cabagan into a new town. With this development there were now two Cabagans. The Spaniards solved the predicament by naming the first Cabagan as Cabagan Viejo, and the second Cabagan as Cabagan Nuevo or the new Cabagan. Apparently the name was not to the liking of the Americans. When the Americans came to rule the Philippines after the Spaniards, they renamed Cabagan Nuevo as simply CABAGAN, and the old as San Pablo.