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Santiago City- The Queen City OF The North


The City of Santiago is an independent city located southwestern part of Isabela in northern Luzon island of the Philippines. It is the gateway to the vast lands of Cagayan Valley.

Santiago was formely called Carig. The origin of Santiago City can be drawn from the first native settlement discovered by the early Spanish missionaries at the bank of the old Carig River (now Diadi River) from which its original name, Carig, was derived.

Santiago City is Cagayan Valley's pioneer city. Its cityhood motivated other towns to grasp for more progress and to uplift the people's standard of living. Santiago City has highly equipped facilities in health, education and security making it a first choice in terms of settlement. Home of several business enterprises, banking institutions, educational entities, as well as manufacturing companies, the City of Santiago is considered the Commercial and Industrial Center of Cagayan Valley.

Quick facts


Vice Mayor: ALVIN N. ABAYA

POPULATION:134,320 (As of 2015)

GEOGRAPHY: Santiago is situated in the province of Isabela some 79 kilometers south of Ilagan (provincial capital town) and about 326 kilometers North from Metro Manila. The city sits on a vast area of predominantly flat and fertile land in the Cagayan Valley, surrounded by the Caraballo Mountains to the south, the Great Sierra Madre to the east and the Cordillera Mountain Range to the west.  It is bounded on the northwestern part by the municipality of Ramon; on the east, by the municipalities of San Isidro and Echague; on the west, by the municipality of Cordon; and on the south, the territories of Quirino Province.

BARANGAYS: 37 (Abra, Ambalatungan, Balintocatoc (Dariuk), Baluarte, Bannawag Norte, Batal, Buenavista (Sitio Carubucod), Cabulay, Calao East (Poblacion), Calao West (Poblacion), Calaocan (Talab), Villa Gonzaga (Caralet), Centro East (Poblacion), Centro West (Poblacion), Divisoria (Lantaran), Dubinan East, Dubinan West, Luna (Palasian), Mabini, Malvar, Nabbuan, Naggasican, Patul, Plaridel (Dullit), Rizal, Rosario (Pakret), Sagana (Kaminurian), Salvador (Kapayakan), San Andres, San Isidro, San Jose (Matunga-tungao), Sinili (Casilihan), Sinsayon, Santa Rosa (Marubo-rubo), Victory Norte, Victory Sur, Villasis)

LANGUAGE: Majority of the population speaks Tagalog and Ilocano.  Both English and Filipino languages are used as medium of instruction in the different schools and institutions.

RELIGION: The dominant religion in the city is Roman Catholic. However, other Christian sects are also present in Santiago such as Iglesia ni Cristo, United Methodist Church, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being a hurried district full of different cultures, such as Hindu, Muslim, and Chinese, several religious groups have also opened their places of worship to the public, such as Chinese temple, the Muslim mosque and the Hindu temples.

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