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Dagupan City - World's Bangus Capital


Dagupan City is an independent component city located in Pangasinan. Crisscrossed by seven rivers and 14 creeks, Dagupan is known for its pond-raised bangus (milkfish), which is said to be the world's tastiest and juiciest, making it the "World's Bangus Capital."

Dagupan City was originally named Bacnotan by the Augustinian missionaries a few years after the establishment of the Spanish encomienda in Pangasinan in 1583.  In 1660, Andres Malong, a local chieftain, led a revolt against the Spaniards for imposing forced labor.  After the revolt, the people rebuilt the town. To commemorate the gathering forces under Malong, the place was renamed to "Nandaragupan" which means "where people meet".  In 1780, the name of the town was simplified to Dagupan, followed by the end of Spanish rule in July 23, 1898 when the Spanish troops surrendered to the Katipunan leader, General Francisco Makabulos.

To date, the city remains the commercial, educational and health center of the province because of its malls and other business establishments, universities and hospitals that continue to attract people from other parts of the province.

Quick facts



POPULATION:171,271 (As of 2015)

GEOGRAPHY: Dagupan City covers a total land area of 40,079,278.93 square meters or about 4,008 hectares (as per City Assessor's Record).  However, the digitized cadastral maps reveal that the sum of the lands within Dagupan's boundaries is 4,447.10 hectares.  It is bounded by the Lingayen Gulf in the north, San Fabian in the northeast, Mangaldan in the east, Calasiao in the south and Binmaley in the west. 

BARANGAYS: 31 (Bacayao Norte, Bacayao Sur, Barangay I (T. Bugallon), Barangay II (Nueva), Barangay IV (Zamora) , Bolosan, Bonuan Binloc, Bonuan Boquig, Bonuan Gueset, Calmay , Carael , Caranglaan, Herrero, Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Lomboy, Lucao, Malued, Mamalingling, Mangin, Mayombo, Pantal, Poblacion Oeste, Pogo Chico. Pogo Grande, Pugaro Suit, Salapingao, Salisay, Tambac, Tapuac, Tebeng)

LANGUAGE: Pangasinan, Ilocano, Tagalog

CLIAMTE: The city belongs to climate Type I characterized by two seasons: the dry and the wet. Dry season starts in November and ends in May while wet season starts in June and ends in October. Heavy rainfall is usually experienced during the months of July and August. The coldest month is January.

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