Camiling, Tarlac
Camiling is a 1st class urban municipality of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines
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. According to the latest census, it has a population of 79,941 people in 15,324 households. The density is 1035.75 people per km2.Camiling is an urban municipality and one of the fastest-growing towns of Tarlac when it comes to income and economy. It is one of the progressive town of the province.

Camiling is the major north-western municipality in Tarlac.
Camiling is a 1st class urban municipality of the province of Tarlac in the Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. According to the latest census, it has a population of 79,941 people in 15,324 households. The density is 1035.75 people per km2.Camiling is an urban municipality and one of the fastest-growing towns of Tarlac when it comes to income and economy. It is one of the progressive town of the province.

Camiling is the major north-western municipality in Tarlac. It is also about 150 kilometers north-northwest of Manila
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, and about 50 kilometers south-southwest of Dagupan City
Dagupan City
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 in Pangasinan
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. It is the commercial center of an area composed of about 8 towns, and borders the province of Pangasinan. It is the gateway to central and western Pangasinan through the Romulo Highway (formerly Highway 13). It borders San Clemente on the west, Bayambang from the north, Sta. Ignacia and Mayantoc to the south and Paniqui and Moncada by the east. It is also known for its famous "Chicharon" and its green native rice cake called "Iniruban".


Early in the 18th century, the community was a sitio
A sitio in the Philippines is a territorial enclave that forms part of a barangay, the location of which may be distant from the center of the barangay itself....

 of Paniqui
Paniqui, Tarlac
Paniqui is a first class municipality in the province of Tarlac, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 83,311 people in 16,828 households....

; before and after, Paniqui was also part of Bayambang, Pangasinan
Bayambang, Pangasinan
Bayambang is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 103,145 people in 17,897 households.-Etymology:...

. The town's name is derived from a tree called kamiring
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 which grew abundantly in the wilderness and subsequently changed to Camiling.

The community was originally a vast area of Cogon growth interposed with thick forestalls areas stretching into the Zambales
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 mountain ranges. A wide river cut through it. The early inhabitants of the place were the Aeta
The Aeta , Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured...

s who make a living by gathering fruit from fruit trees, hunting, and fishing. With the coming of the Pangasinenses and Ilocanos from the north, the Aetas who used to roam freely in the wilderness obliged themselves to move in to the interior. The new settlers first occupied the swampy land, now known as "Cacamilingan" on the opposite side of the river. With the passage of time, these settlers moved to the opposite shore in view of the fact that most often disastrous floods are visiting the present site. To this new location, the residents therein built a little church with the villagers taking Saint Michael as the Patron Saint.

As this settlement progressed, Camiling became a District Commission from 1834 to 1837. It was founded by Don Francisco Soriano, a barangay leader who became the town's first District Commissioner. In 1838, Camiling became an independent town, formally separated from the mother town of Paniqui and with Don Vicente Galsim, the first Governadorcillo. Thirty-eight others followed him. Don Buenaventura Torres, the last to serve under the Spanish regime and the first Presidente Municipal under the Revolutionary Government by Aguinaldo.

Camiling was a First-Class municipality during the 1970s but was reclassified when the Local Government Code went into effect in the early 1990s. It became again a First-Class municipality again on November 20, 2001, by virtue of the Latest Income Class Classification (L.I.C.C.) initiated by the Department of Finance; the Local Government Unit of Camiling was reclassified from a second class municipality to a first class municipality having attained an annual income of 50,942,508.51 Pesos. In the year 2008 Camiling's income is more than 72,463,893,00 pesos with average growth of more than 3.285% per year (2001–2008).

Geographical Structure

  • Plain. Some part is hilly to mountainous. It has rivers , ponds and small lakes.


  • Tarlac College of Agriculture - Founded since 1945, the second largest college in the province of Tarlac that offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees and curriculum based on agriculture and now offers industry-based courses. It's the largest college in Tarlac in terms of area. It has also the highest standard of all of the college schools in Tarlac next to the three university in the city of Tarlac.

  • Tarlac College of Agriculture (Laboratory School) - TCA-LS is one of the best secondary schools in Tarlac. It is an epitome of success and excellence. Its world-class students possess great abilities in the field of Science, Mathematics, Literature, and Research Making (Thesis). This secondary school is often praised for their education curriculum. Graduates are catapulted to various universities like UP (Manila, Baguio and or Diliman), Ateneo De Manila University, University of Sto.Tomas, De La Salle University, Saint Louis University, etc.

  • United school of Science and Technology or USST. - The first university in Tarlac. It is a branch of United school of Science and Technology of the city of Tarlac.

  • Saint Paul College of Technology – A Christian college serving central Luzon, particularly in Camiling. It is famous for its great contribution in vocational courses particularly HRM or Hotel Resource Management. It is located at Quezon Avenue, Camiling.

  • Camiling Colleges - Founded by Gilberto Romulo since 1945, the brother of the UN President Carlos P. Romulo. It has several professional courses such as Education, Information Taechnology, Computer Programming etc. It is also known for its vocational courses such as Office Management, Practical Electricity, Nursing Aide, Practical Electricity and Nursing.

  • Camiling Catholic School (former St. Michael Academy ) - Founded in 1964. A catholic school offering pre-primary, primary and secondary courses. It has a clean environment and a high standard of education. It is the only academy which promotes catechism in the town of Camiling. It also has a unique and very good tourist spots cause it BOAST three historical church which the only academy of CamCs have in the whole province of Tarlac. It is also have a great number of students which maintains the ABOVE standard and Gospel of the Lord. It promotes the teaching of the Lord that makes every students become children of God.

  • BESTCAP Career College, Inc.-Founded in 1998,It is a high standard exclusive institution that promotes the growth of ingenuity among its students.

  • Camiling Secondary Institute- One of the oldest school in Camiling. It is founded by one of the greatest writer in literature Gregorio Brillantes in the 1930's.

  • Asian Lexcon School
  • Camiling School For Home Industries
  • Marawi High School
  • Bilad High School
  • Camiling Adventist School

Tourist attractions

Camiling is known for its architectural antiquity seen from the old San Miguel Church but was burned in 1997.

Catholic Church of Camiling
A historical building built around 18th century, the Catholic Church of Camiling was destroyed and rebuilt in the 1880s after a surge of major earthquake. The centuries-old Roman Catholic Church and Convent have been declared historical sites by the National Historical Commission in 1994. The Church was the death place of General Pedro Pedroche and his men in the hands of Francisco Makabulos. The current church had been transferred to the then Camiling Catholic School's Gymnasium before the construction of a new Camiling church were constructed beside the old ruins. The old church was planned to be transformed into a museum. This is the oldest church ever built in the province of Tarlac. But the worst thing is many citizens of Camiling believes that the Cojuancos'were responsible for the big destruction in the heritage church of the municipality. They wanted to gather all of the golds, diamonds,rubies and other treasures that buried inside the place to become more superior to other people when it comes to richness and power.

Maria Clara Iglesias Independiente

Had been built after the Philippine revolution by the revolutionaries attempt to "Filipinize" the Church. This is the second church built by Gregorio Aglipay, the first one being in Paniqui.

Maria Clara Museum
A part of a house where Leonor Rivera dwells. Several priceless artifacts belonging to her, immortalized by Noli Me Tangere as Maria Clara and even her late admirer, the national hero Jose Rizal
José Rizal
José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda , was a Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is regarded as the foremost Filipino patriot and is listed as one of the national heroes of the Philippines by...

 had been exhibited on glass.

Maria Clara Town Plaza
A wide plaza complex that features various sports fields, a park, a playground, an auditorium and a wide grassy field. It currently hosts one of the two temporary Camiling Public Markets as it is under construction for the moment. Maria Clara Town Plaza is the second widest park plaza in the province which composed of four hectares of lands suitable for some activities celebrated by the municipality and some schools of Camiling.

New man made attraction
The New St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church
Thus, the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Church of Camiling was built. With a total floor area of 2,200 square meters, the church features a plethora of intricately designed stained glass windows depicting, aside from Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the angels. It is located besides the Camiling Catholic School. It is also the most baeutiful church in the whole province. The Camiling Catholic School and the Camiling Catholic Church ruins are under in this Parish church.

Hotels and Restaurants

Camiling boost a world class hotel called Camiling Royal Hotel and other high facilities inn like the Havanna Hotel and Camiling Royal Suites. It has also Camiling Hotel. All over the province it has the largest and the widest branch of Jolibee and Cindy's Bakery and Restaurant.

Chicharon Iniruban capital of the Philippines (Festivals)

Camiling's one town one product the famous crispy delicious Chicharon or Bagnet by the Ilocanos of Ilocos Sur and the sweet green native cakes called Iniruban or Dirimin use terms in the universal history of Tarlac Camiling is the 1st class municipality of the provinc to produce a one town one even beat the capital which is Tarlac city and the other 1st class municipalities like Concepcion, Paniqui, Capas or even Victoria, Anao and all of the smaller towns of the province. So they open up this celebration. More than those products the municipality of Camiling is also known for other native cakes such as Tupig and Patupat which the Ilocanos have been preserved for centuries up to present.

Camiling currently hosts Iniruban and Chicharon Festival. Held every last week of October (October 26) , it is coupled with colorful and artistic presentations and street dances by different schools in Camiling. It is the only 1st class town of Tarlac with such a unique product. As we know Camiling, Tarlac is the Chicharon and Iniruban capital of the Philippines not only in the country but even the whole world The festival was born on 2000 in this town which it is said to be the oldest festival in Tarlac in terms of the "One Town, One Product" policy. The street dancing competition are held annually to showcase Camiling's products and cultural heritage. Camiling also want to prove that their One town One product of Camiling is the famous and the most describe product of the province which open the Camilineos to superiority. The municipality also want to prove that with the street dancing competition of the festival which show as the most highlights of the celebration that that is the pride of every Camileneos which they can not be beaten by the other towns of Tarlac not only the 1st class and other small classes but even the capital of Tarlac.noted that you can't see any Iniruban or Dirimin in the Philippines or even in the world but hare in Camiling and Pangasinan. But majority of the tourist said that Iniruban of Camiling is better than that of Pangasinan.

The festival is the first one to open up a street dancing competition on all of the towns of the province when it comes to One town One Product. It is also the first one to introduce the greatest OTOP of Tarlac. The street dancing of the festivities were also amazing and it is one of the most beautiful street dancing activities in the province.

Hospitals and Health Service

In present Camiling has 3 hospitals and a health center in the town hall. The health center service serves the poor people by giving them free medicines and other health service. All over the Poblacion can found Clinic and other Health service.


Ilocano is predominantly understood and spoken in Camiling by majority of the population because most of the people are Ilocano migrants from the Ilocos Region. The town's districts are named after towns of Ilocos where the people originally came from. Hence, Caviganan for Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Cacabugaoan (now Cayaoan) for Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Cabatacan for Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Capaoayan for Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Casarratan for Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.

Pangasinense is spoken specially on the eastern banks of Camiling river and the northern parts of the town. Camilenos of Pangasinense origin are prevalent in the northern and western part but also some adopted Ilocano as their second language.

Filipino (Tagalog) is widely understood and spoken. There are also traces of Pampango, Visayan and Moro settlers especially on BARYO DAPO area.

Haunted Place

Baro nga Kalsada (Anoling 2nd) - Restless spirits sometimes roam in the long road with unfinish business. Spirits also roam in the 17th century burned church of the St. Michael Parish Church.

Municipal Officials Of The Local Government Unit Of Camiling, Tarlac

  • Honorable Neil T. Agustin - Municipal Mayor
  • Honorable Erlon C. Agustin - Municipal Vice Mayor

  • Honorable Wrancudo P. Felix
  • Honorable Antonio Felix L. Gorospe
  • Honorable Editha L. Rosete
  • Honorable Kristine Anne S. Legaspi
  • Honorable Ricarte D. Andres
  • Honorable Excaltation P. Manuel
  • Honorable Julio F. Caoagdan
  • Honorable James T. Castillo
  • Honorable John Patrick R. Agustin - ABC President
  • Honorable Dulce Feliz F. Toralba - SK Federation President


Camiling is politically subdivided into 61 barangay
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s. Camiling has the most barangays in all of the municipalities of Tarlac. It is next to the city of Tarlac with a number of 76 barangays.
  • Anoling 1st
  • Anoling 2nd
  • Anoling 3rd
  • Bacabac
  • Bacsay
  • Bancay 2nd
  • Bilad
  • Birbira
  • Bobon 1st
  • Bobon 2nd
  • Bobon Caarosipan
  • Cabanabaan
  • Cacamilingan Norte (with Kipping village)
  • Cacamilingan Sur
  • Caniag
  • Carael
  • Cayaoan
  • Cayasan
  • Florida
  • Lasong
  • Libueg
  • Malacampa
  • Manaquem
  • Manupeg
  • Marawi
  • Matubog
  • Nagrambacan
  • Nagserialan
  • Palimbo Proper
  • Palimbo-Caarosipan
  • Pao 1st
  • Pao 2nd
  • Pao 3rd
  • Papaac
  • Pindangan 1st
  • Pindangan 2nd
  • Pob. A
  • Pob. B
  • Pob. C
  • Pob. D
  • Pob. E
  • Pob. F
  • Pob. G
  • Pob. H

    • Pob. I
  • Pob. J
  • San Isidro (Bancay 1st)
  • Santa Maria
  • Sawat
  • Sinilian 1st (with Sitio Cabaluangan and Nangalisan)
  • Sinilian 2nd (with Sitio Barikir)
  • Sinilian 3rd
  • Sinilian Cacalibosuan
  • Sinulatan 1st
  • Sinulatan 2nd
  • Surgui 1st
  • Surgui 2nd
  • Surgui 3rd
  • Tambugan
  • Telbang
  • Tuec

  • Notable Persons of Camiling

    • Alberto Romulo
      Alberto Romulo
      Alberto Gatmaitan Rómulo is a politician in the Philippines. He served as Foreign Secretary before and during the beginning of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III....

       - Foreign Secretary, Former Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, Executive Secretary of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Nephew of Carlos P. Romulo.
    • Carlos P. Romulo
      Carlos P. Rómulo
      Carlos Peña Rómulo was a Filipino diplomat, politician, soldier, journalist and author. He was a reporter at 16, a newspaper editor by the age of 20, and a publisher at 32...

       - Former UN President and Foreign Affairs Secretary.
    • Cesar Bengzon
      Cesar Bengzon
      César Bengzon was the Chief Justice of the Philippines from April 28, 1961 until May 29, 1966. In November 1966, a few months after his retirement, he became the first Filipino to be appointed to the International Court of Justice.-Judicial career:Bengzon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from...

       - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and first Filipino Justice of the International Court of Justice.
    • Gregorio C. Brillantes
      Gregorio C. Brillantes
      Gregorio C. Brillantes, a Palanca Award Hall of Famer and a multi-awarded fiction writer, is one of the Philippines' most popular writers in English....

       - A multi-awarded fiction-writer.
    • Jing Abalos
      Jing Abalos
      Jing Abalos is a Filipino actor. Abalos is a member of the S.O.S. Daredevils and has also worked a stunt instructor. He was born in Bayambang, Pangasinan and raised in Camiling, Tarlac....

       - An actor during the 1960s.
    • Leonor Rivera
      Leonor Rivera
      Leonor Rivera–Kipping was the childhood sweetheart, first cousin, and “lover by correspondence” of Philippine national hero José Rizal. Rivera was the “greatest influence” in preventing Rizal from falling in love with other women while Rizal was traveling outside the Philippines...

       - Jose Rizal's love which is related to his famous book Noli Me Tangere
      Noli Me Tangere (novel)
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       and El filibusterismo
      El filibusterismo
      El filibusterismo , also known by its English alternate title The Reign of Greed, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal. It is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere and like the first book, was written in Spanish. It was first published in 1891 in Ghent, Belgium...

      . Leonor is also his second cousin. Married Charles Henry Kipping, the Englishman who paved the foundation of the Manila-Dagupan railways
    • Onofre Corpuz - Former President of the University of the Philippines, & former Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports.
    • Gen. Paulino Santos - Founder of Penal Colonies and Chief of Staff of The Philippine Army.
    • Carlos Romulo Kipping, Jr. - A General Surgeon by profession and former Governor of Tarlac Province during Pres Cory Aquino's time. Former member of the Medical Board of Examiners PRC, former President of Camiling Colleges. Nephew of Carlos P. Romulo and first cousin of Alberto Romulo.
    • Pilar Pilapil - (born 12 October 1950 in Camiling, Tarlac) was the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1967. A beauty queen and a movie star at the age of 17, she was prominent in the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980's. Her acting career spanned for three decades, winning two major acting awards. [Deleted some details lacking of reference, factual note and grammar]
    • Julian Carpio - colonial lawyer, teacher and member of La Liga Filipina, he later served as legal advisor to the Katipunan. His tenacious ability in argumentative reasoning earned him the nickname "demente viejo" among the colonial Principalía. In spite of being devout Catholic, Carpio, like other Filipino revolutionaries, was a member of the Freemasons before the formation of the Katipunan. In Manila, Julian ran a private law school which many of his personal socio-political ideals succeeded to his students. Notable Katipuneros under his tutelage was Gregorio Aglipay
      Gregorio Aglipay
      Gregorio Labayan Aglipay was the first Filipino Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church.-Early life:...

       and Miguel Malvar y Carpio. In September 15, 1898 Julian was elected to be the first representative delegate of Tarlac within the Malolos Congress.

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