Dagupan City
The City of Dagupan is a 1st class city in the Philippines
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. It is an independent component city of the province of Pangasinan
Pangasinan is a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central and peripheral area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf, with the total land area being 5,368.82 square kilometers . According to the latest census,...

. According to the latest census, Dagupan City has a population of 149,554 people in 25,921 households. Located on Lingayen Gulf on the island of Luzon, Dagupan is the commercial and financial center
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 north of Manila
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. Also, Dagupan is the center of medical services, media and communication in Northern Luzon. The city is known as the bangus (milkfish
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) capital of the Philippines because of its abundance of fresh bangus. The city's name is derived from pandaragupan in the local Pangasinan language
Pangasinan language
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 meaning 'gathering place' as the city has been a regional market center
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 for centuries.


Dagupan City covers a total land area of 40,079,278.93 square meters or 4,008 hectares. However, the digitized cadastral maps reveal that the sum of the lands within Dagupan's boundaries is 4,446 hectares, 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. Land use is primarily for Agriculture with 35.98% of the total land area, fishpond, cropland, residential with 22.88%; others are for commercial, industrial, institutional, government private, parks, and roads.

Spanish occupation

The area that is now known as Dagupan was described as marshland thickly covered with mangrove and nipa palm trees. The natives lived along the shoreline and riverbanks of Calmay, Pantal, and Bonuan. But there were also communities in Malued, Lasip, Pogo, and Bacayao. The natives called the area Bacnotan which would later be incorporated into the encomienda
The encomienda was a system that was employed mainly by the Spanish crown during the colonization of the Americas to regulate Native American labor....

 of Lingayen that was established in 1583.

The foreign traders would come to the Lingayen coast to trade gold that was brought down to the area by tribesmen in the Cordillera Mountains
Cordillera Mountains
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. Aside from traders, Filipinos also had experience with pirates from Japan and China. One of the Chinese corsairs was Lim Feng (in Fukienese, Lim A-hong), who would be known in Philippine history as Limahong.

Limahong sailed down the Ilocos coast with 62 ships and attacked Manila on November 30, 1574. The Spanish, however, repulsed Limahong's two attacks. The Chinese corsair repaired to Pangasinan to establish a colony at Bacnotan on December 2, 1574. But the Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo
Juan de Salcedo
Juan de Salcedo was a Spanish conquistador. He was born in Mexico in 1549 and he was the grandson of Miguel López de Legazpi and brother of Felipe de Salcedo. Salcedo was one of the soldiers who accompanied the Spanish colonization of the Philippines in 1565...

 laid siege on his fortress for eight months by blocking the river outlets. Limahong purportedly broke through the siege by digging a channel from the Agno River through the Bacnotan marshes to Lingayen Gulf

In 1661, a big fire hit Bacnotan during the Malong Revolt, led by Andres Malong of Binalatongan, against the forced labor and mandatory sale of local goods imposed by the Spanish colonial government. The fire broke out after Malong sent 3,000 supporters, most of whom were Zambal tribesmen, to Ilocos
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 and Cagayan
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 to fight the Spaniards. The people of Bacnotan, many of whom joined the Spanish forces in repelling the Zambal marauders, rebuilt the town and renamed it Nandaragupan, meaning where once stood the commercial center, indicating its early importance as a trade, commercial and political center in the region. In 1720, Nandaragupan was chartered as a town but its name was simplified to Dagupan. Malong was eventually beheaded in the city's Pantal bridge in 1661 by Spanish authorities.

Dagupan was also the birthplace of a ladino named Caragay who led another uprising in 1719 against the provincial governor (alcalde mayor, in Spanish) who had him flogged for what appeared to be a false accusation of smuggling. Governor Antonio del Valle had Caragay arrested in the village of Nantagalan, northeast of San Jacinto and Mangaldan and flogged. Vowing vengeance, Caragay organized a band of men who hounded the governor until they were able to kill him. Historians view Caragay as a "model" of the revolts of Palaris and Diego Silang
Diego Silang
Diego Silang y Andaya was a revolutionary leader who conspired with British forces to overthrow Spanish rule in the northern Philippines and establish an independent Ilocano nation...

. In 1762, Dagupan would be one of the first towns to join the Palaris Revolt
Palaris Revolt
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 against Spain.

In 1780, Pantal, originally named Pantalan (port), became a trading center and docking station for merchant ships. At about the same time, the bangus industry thrived and mangrove swamps were converted into fishponds, starting the land conversions that would later have an impact on flooding and earthquake damage in the province. The opening of the Pantalan dock eased the transportation of goods from Pangasinan to other parts of the country, spurring the cultivation of idle lands in the eastern part and the development of fishponds in the western part of the province. The new dock also eased communications between the colonial government, its soldiers and the missionaries, who were tasked to colonize the natives in the Cordillera Mountains
Cordillera Mountains
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 and the Cagayan Valley
Cagayan Valley
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 region and exploit its gold deposits.

In July 1787, the Spaniards began to build a road to connect Pangasinan and the Cagayan Valley, the home of several head-hunting tribesmen who refused to submit to Spanish rule. Although it took several years to complete, the road would play a vital role in the colonization of the Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Mountains.

The Palaris and Silang revolts, which occurred simultaneously with the British Invasion of the Philippines demonstrated to the Spaniards the importance of ports in Pangasinan and Ilocos to the security of the entire island of Luzon
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. They thus became centers of Spanish governance and acculturation in the 19th century. When the port of Manila was opened to foreign trade in 1830, tobacco from Pangasinan and Cagayan Valley were shipped to the colonial capital via Dagupan and Lingayen. Foreign trading agents also began to make appearances in the two towns, starting a new era of prosperity, especially for the provincial gentry.

The Filipino scholar Maximo Kalaw found the description of the American writer David Barrows as appropriate:

The Filipino had now become embarked upon a new current of intellectual experience—a course of enlightenment which has been so full of unexpected development. Throughout the islands a class was rapidly growing up to which the new industries had brought wealth. Their means enabled them to build spacious and splendid homes of the fine hardwoods of the Philippines, and to surround themselves with such luxuries as the life of the islands permitted. This class was rapidly gaining education.

This was also true of the Dagupan gentry. Trade enriched many families and allowed them to send their scions to study overseas. These young men returned to the Philippines not only with technical knowledge in their chosen fields but also with the intellectual currents of the time, including constitutional republicanism which swept Spain in 1810.

News from the colonial government in Manila also reached Dagupan at a faster pace with the completion of the Manila-Dagupan Railway in 1891. The railway would play a significant role not only in the economic development of Pangasinan but also in the success of the Philippine Revolution
Philippine Revolution
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Under the First Philippine Republic

Not much is known of Dagupeños involvement in the Katipunan
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 and the first and second parts of the Philippine Revolution. But on March 7, 1898, the Dagupeños unveiled a coordinated attack on Spanish forces that appears to have been planned months in advance. It is now known as the Battle of Dagupan (1898)

The Dagupeño leaders of the attack were Juan Solis Galvan, Teodoro Villamil, Pedro de Venecia, Macario Meneses and Daniel Maramba. They were under the overall command of Francisco Macabulos
Francisco Macabulos
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, who had just liberated the provinces of Pampanga
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 and Tarlac
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. He was assisted by Ramon Manalang, who was based in Alaminos. Communications between Macabulos and Manalang was coordinated by Macario Meneses of Bonuan.

The Spanish forces were commanded by Federico Caballos, who had troops garrisoned at all the towns of Pangasinan. In Dagupan, he had men at the Colegio de San Alberto Magno, which guarded the western approach to the town; at the foot of Quintos Bridge, which guarded the east; and his main force at the Catholic Church.

Although the revolutionary forces were ill-equipped (most of them armed only with bolos and lances), they attacked the Spaniards with an ingenious rolling trench. The "trenches" were made of several banana tree trunks, wrapped in sheets of dried nipa palm leaves. The trenches were seven feet in diameter and the revolutionists would roll them toward Spanish positions so they could fight them in close-quarter combat with their bolos and lances.

Galvan led the back at the Colegio de San Alberto Magno while Villamil and De Venecia swooped down on the enemies at Quintos Bridge. The Tagalog forces from Nueva Ecija, who were better armed, joined the Dagupeños who attacked the Spanish position at the church. The Dagupeños held the Spanish troops at bay in Dagupan while other revolutionists liberated other towns in the province. Maramba later joined the battle after fighting in Sta. Barbara and Mangaldan.

By July 21, after four months and 16 days, Macabulos unleashed a concerted attack. Spanish and Filipino troops exchanged fire for two nights and a day before Caballos surrendered on July 23, 1898, six weeks after the Declaration of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.

After the town returned to normal, President Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader. He played an instrumental role during the Philippines' revolution against Spain, and the subsequent Philippine-American War or War of Philippine Independence that resisted American occupation...

 named Galvan president of the municipal council. Galvan was a ranking officer of the Katipunan. Galvan Street along which the public market was built was named after him.

American and Filipino liberation

On January 8–January 9, 1945, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
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 landed his amphibious liberation force in the city's "Blue Beach" section along the Lingayen Gulf
Lingayen Gulf
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. From his beachhead in Dagupan, along with those in neighboring towns Lingayen, Binmaley and San Fabian, MacArthur's forces under General Walter Krueger
Walter Krueger
Walter Krueger was an American soldier of German descent and General in the first half of the 20th century. He is best known for his command of the Sixth United States Army in the South West Pacific Area during World War II...

 together with the Philippine Commonwealth troops were able to penetrate Japanese defenses in Luzon island and liberate Filipino and allied prisoners of war near Cabanatuan in the province of Nueva Ecija, and in Manila's University of Sto. Tomas, among others.

Dagupan's cityhood

Dagupan became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 170, authored by Speaker Eugenio Perez
Eugenio Perez
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. It was signed into law by President Manuel Roxas
Manuel Roxas
Manuel Acuña Roxas was the first president of the independent Third Republic of the Philippines and fifth president overall. He served as president from the granting of independence in 1946 until his abrupt death in 1948...

 on June 20, 1947.

On October 15, 1947, President Roxas issued Executive Order No. 96 fixing the city limits to include the towns of San Fabian
San Fabián
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, Pangasinan
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 and Calasiao, Pangasinan
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 but the residents of Calasiao rejected inclusion into the new city, causing controversy over the election that was held on November 10, 1947.

The dispute was brought before the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Supreme Court of the Philippines
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 which subsequently validated the election and ruled that Dagupan became a city on June 20, 1947, when Roxas signed the charter into law.

Despite the controversy attending Dagupan's rise as a city, the new city mayor, Angel B. Fernandez, embarked on an infrastructure program that would develop erswhile idle swamplands toward the south and west.

In 1948, he built a road from barrio Mayombo to barrio Tapuac, passing through the edge of barrio Pogo Chico. The road, built mostly on reclaimed swampland, was named Perez Boulevard, in honor of the House speaker who sponsored the city charter. The road was needed because of the increasing number of commercial establishments on Torres Bugallon Avenue and the growing number of residents at the southern limits of the city. In 1946, the Dagupan City High School was transferred from Torres Bugallon Avenue. Perez Boulevard expanded the commercial area south especially after Fernandez built a new public market at the bank of the river.

Later, Fernandez's successor Teofilo Guadiz, who served from 1954–1957 and 1958–1959, would also contribute to the city's expansion by extending Rizal Street, which was only then from Torres Bugallon to Rivera Street, up to the Iglesia ni Cristo
Iglesia ni Cristo
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 compound. Also, he extended Galvan Street, which was then up to Gomez Street only, up to Perez Boulevard. He also secured funds from Senator Cipriano P. Primicias Sr., a native of Pangasinan, to build a two-story semi-permanent building for the city high school. Guadiz also replaced the Bailey bridge on Perez Boulevard with a concrete one.

The westward expansion of the city went as far as Lucao which was also swampland. Local historian Restituto Basa surmised that the name Lucao may have been derived from the shellfish called lukan that used to abound in the swampy area.

In June 1962, Dagupan was shaken by a series of strong earthquakes which occurred at irregular intervals for about three weeks. The quakes toppled the belfry of the Roman Catholic Church. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Calmay, where real estate values dropped after the temblors. Many people from Calmay, Carael and island barrios evacuated to other towns.

In 1968, the national government agencies opened offices in Dagupan and other key cities across the country. The daytime population increased substantially, causing congestion in the city that began to see the appearance of public utility tricycles.

On July 16, 1990, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck northern Luzon. The worst hit cities were Cabanatuan, Baguio and Dagupan.

Many public and private structures were destroyed or damaged when river banks slid into the Pantal River and dry land into the swampy areas. Streets were ruptured and the ground subsided, causing buildings to sink by as much as two meters. Other buildings tilted severely, especially along Perez Boulevard. One building tilted by as much as 19 degrees, but generally, the magnitude of tilt was within 2 to 5 degrees.

There were sand boils in several areas in the city and drainage systems were clogged by the accumulated sand causing temporary flooding of the city's main thoroughfares. Some houses remained underwater by 30–50 cm. for several months. The whole stretch of Don Jose Calimlim Street and swampy areas and fishpond communities, such as Barangay Lasip Grande, remained underwater even during low tide conditions.

At the height of the earthquake, an eyewitness told experts of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology that he saw rolling during the earthquake and a jeep parked along the road vanished from his sight.

Scientists blamed the destruction on the liquefaction of land that was had not compacted enough since it was reclaimed from the swamp or marsh. It was also blamed on the active shifting of Pantal River, which left abandoned meanders on which people built structures. Varying degrees of damage were sustained in the different affected areas of Dagupan City. Phivolcs said a study of the damage during the earthquake indicate that susceptibility to liquefaction in different parts of Dagupan City can be related to the relative ages of the geologic features and the deposits underlying them.

The degree of destruction along A.B. Fernandez Avenue, which largely lies on reclaimed swampland, was generally less than that in the Perez Blvd. area except near its intersection with Rizal Street. The great degree of liquefaction along a 100 m stretch of A.B. Fernandez Ave. can be traced to changes in the channel of Pantal River. Prior to north eastward expansion of Dagupan City, Pantal River used to meander around the area now partly occupied by A.B. Fernandez Ave. and Rizal St. before running parallel to Pantal Road.

City of Dagupan Official Seal

The City Seal first appeared on the cover of the 1948 Dagupan City Fiesta and Fair souvenir program.

Red for fortified, victory, boldness, sublimity and wile.

Gold for nobility, magnanimity, wealth, ability, light, certainty and wisdom.

Wings for speed, care, omnipresence, progress and ambition.

Magnet for attraction and core.

The seal was submitted and approved by the Philippine Heraldry Committee in 1948. Railroad and highway were added to emphasize the city’s geographic location and to stress the strategic role it played to establish Dagupan as the trading post of the North.


Dagupan City is politically subdivided into 31 barangay
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Barangay Population(2007)
Bacayao Norte 2176
Bacayao Sur 2011
Barangay I 741
Barangay II 2158
Barangay IV 985
Bolosan 3187
Bonuan Binloc 7507
Bonuan Boquig 10852
Bonuan Gueset 20335
Calmay 5386
Carael 4368
Caranglaan 7848
Herrero-Perez East 2241
Lasip Chico 774
Lasip Grande 2705
Lomboy 1304
Lucao 7974
Malued 9798
Mamalingling 1280
Mangin 3611
Mayombo 6566
Pantal 16835
Poblacion Oeste 4231
Pogo Chico 4852
Pogo Grande 2243
Pugaro Suit 4063
Salapingao 2466
Salisay 2191
Tambac 2064
Tapuac 4166
Tebeng 2636


Dagupan has a high concentration of 57 banks and 44 financial institutions that support its status as the major trading and commercial center in North Luzon. It has several malls, supermarkets and multi-national food chains.

Dagupan was identified in 2008 as one of the country's most competitive small-sized cities for doing business in an annual survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Management
Asian Institute of Management
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 (AIM) Policy Center. It was ranked based on its respective costs of doing business; the dynamism of the local economies; human resources and training; infrastructure; the responsiveness of the local government units to business’ needs; and the quality of life of its inhabitants. The annual survey is a research undertaking of the AIM Policy Center that seeks to identify the best cities in the country in which to live, work and operate a business.

Dagupan have been named as one the most competitive cities outside Metro Manila in the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2009 (PCCRP) of the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center. The study, which was launched Monday in Pasay City, used six criteria in ranking the 29 cities: dynamism of local economy, responsiveness of the LGUs to business, infrastructure, quality of life, and cost of doing business and human resource and training.Dagupan City is the most competitive among the emergent cities. It bested the cities of Angeles, Butuan, Cotabato, Lucena, Naga, Legaspi, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Iligan, Tagum, and San Fernando in La Union, Surigao, Tuguegarao, Tacloban and Santiago.


Since the Spanish
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 time, Dagupan has always been the center of education in Ilocos Region
Ilocos Region
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 (Region 1). The private sector-driven centers of education University of Pangasinan
University of Pangasinan
It is located in the province of Pangasinan. It is a member of the PHINMA Education Network.The University of Pangasinan is located in the City of Dagupan which is the commercial center of the province of Pangasinan . The university is a member of the PHINMA Education Network. It offers ...

, University of Luzon
University of Luzon
The University of Luzon is a private university located in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines.-History:After the ruins of World War II, Dagupan City rose to become one of the major economic, political and socio - cultural centers of Northern Luzon...

 and Lyceum-Northwestern University
Lyceum-Northwestern University
Lyceum-Northwestern University is a medical college located in Dagupan City, Philippines founded by Dr. Francisco Quimson Duque and Mrs...

 lead, 14 colleges and 18 vocational schools and 3 technical learning centers, 19 secondary schools and 53 elementary schools both in public and private.

Colleges and Universities

  • Asiacareer College Foundation
  • Aie College - Dagupan Campus
  • AMA Computer College - Dagupan Campus
  • Colegio de Dagupan
    Colegio de Dagupan
    Colegio de Dagupan is a private non-sectarian college located in Dagupan City, Philippines.-Computronix College:* December 22, 1992 - the school obtained college status registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and began offering Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.* 1993 -...

  • Dagupan Colleges Foundation
  • Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette
    Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette
    Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette, also known as La Salette La Salle, is a private educational institution located in Dagupan City, Philippines.-History:...

  • Kingfisher School of Business and Finance
  • Lyceum-Northwestern University
    Lyceum-Northwestern University
    Lyceum-Northwestern University is a medical college located in Dagupan City, Philippines founded by Dr. Francisco Quimson Duque and Mrs...

  • Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy
  • Pimsat Colleges
  • STI College - Dagupan Campus
  • University of Luzon
    University of Luzon
    The University of Luzon is a private university located in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines.-History:After the ruins of World War II, Dagupan City rose to become one of the major economic, political and socio - cultural centers of Northern Luzon...

  • University of Pangasinan
    University of Pangasinan
    It is located in the province of Pangasinan. It is a member of the PHINMA Education Network.The University of Pangasinan is located in the City of Dagupan which is the commercial center of the province of Pangasinan . The university is a member of the PHINMA Education Network. It offers ...

Public Secondary Schools

  • Dagupan City National High School
    • Special Science High School
    • Special Program in the Arts
    • General High School
  • Bonuan Boquig National High School
  • Judge Jose de Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School
  • Carael National High School
  • Salapingao National High School

Private Primary and Secondary Schools

  • College of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Clifford Interactive Learning School
  • Divine Word Academy of Dagupan
    Divine Word Academy of Dagupan
    The Divine Word Academy of Dagupan is a Catholic, private, secondary school run by the Society of the Divine Word or SVD in Dagupan City, Pangasinan in the Philippines...

  • Dominican School
  • Ednas School
  • Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette
  • Harvent School
  • Hilkan Montessori
  • JCCMI Christian Academy
    JCCMI Christian Academy
    JCCMI Christian Academy Inc. is a private school located in the city of Dagupan, Philippines. It was known as Jesus Christian Community Ministry International with an education program called Children's Care and Learning Center . The school primary offers pre-elementary, elementary, and secondary...

  • La Marea Academy
  • Living Lights Academy Foundation
  • Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation Special Science High School
  • Lyceum-Northwestern University General High School
  • Mother Goose Playskool and Gradeschool
    Mother Goose Playskool and Gradeschool
    The Mother Goose Playskool and Gradeschool are of several schools that are part of the Mother Goose Special Schools System in the Philippines....

  • Mother Goose Special Science High School
  • Pangasinan Universal Institute
  • St. Albert the Great School
  • St. John's Cathedral School
  • University of Pangasinan
  • University of Luzon
  • Wonderland School

Health services

Medical and health service centers abound in Dagupan. Out of 51 hospitals in Pangasinan, 12 are located in the city. The largest of these is the Region I Medical Center with hospital bed capacity of 300.

Hospitals and medical centers

  • Luzon Medical Center
  • Cuison Family Clinic and Hospital
  • Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital
  • Dagupan Orthopedic Center
  • Decena Hospital
  • Medical Centrum Dagupan
  • Nazareth General Hospital
  • Pangasinan Center for Family Medicine
  • Pangasinan Medical Center
  • Region I Medical Center
  • Specialist Group Hospital & Trauma Center


Charged with the existing aroma of various cuisines, the city cradles a variety of restaurants and fast foods joints, an evidence of people’s passion for food. In Bonuan-Tondaligan area alone, there are about 30 seafood diners, which serve the famed Dagupan Bangus any way one wants it: inihaw (roasted/broiled), sinigang, kilawen and daing. For those with adventurous palate, they can try the local favorites “pigar-pigar” in Galvan Street and “kaleskes” in Herrero-Perez.


Every night enthralls as people far and wide from a beeline to the city’s disco houses, clubs, music bars, video lounge and concert halls where tired and weary souls who unwind are treated to a diverse genre of recreation from pop entertainment to cultural shows.

Bangus Festival

The longest barbecue
Barbecue or barbeque , used chiefly in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia is a method and apparatus for cooking meat, poultry and occasionally fish with the heat and hot smoke of a fire, smoking wood, or hot coals of...

 measured 1,007.56 m (3,305.64 ft) —it was created by the people of Dagupan City on May 3, 2003 as part of the city’s Bangus Festival. Dagupan City broke Canchia, Peru
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's 613 meters long record set in November 1999. Dagupeños grilled Bonuan bangus at the "Kalutan ed Dagupan" street party.

Communication and mass media

Dagupan City is home to regional television stations of GMA Network, TV5 and ABS-CBN, sixteen radio broadcasting stations, at least seventeen local newspapers and three cable television companies. There are also four internet service providers and more than 30 cyber cafes now operating in the city.

The city government of Dagupan is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to apply the Electronic Commerce Law. Thus, business transactions with the city hall can be made via internet.

Television networks

  • ABS-CBN: Channel 2, Channel 32
  • TV5
    Associated Broadcasting Company
    The Associated Broadcasting Company, Inc is a television network in the Philippines, with main broadcast facilities and transmitter located at 762 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. The network was previously known as the , Associated Broadcasting Company remains the legal...

    : Channel 28
  • GMA-7
    GMA Network
    GMA Network is a major commercial television & radio network in the Philippines. GMA Network is owned by GMA Network, Inc. a publicly listed company...

    : Channel 10
  • Studio 23
    Studio 23
    Studio 23 is a Filipino television network owned by the ABS-CBN Corporation. The network is named for its flagship station in Metro Manila, DWAC-TV, which is carried on UHF channel 23...

    : Channel 30
  • Q-11: Channel 22
  • NBC
    Nation Broadcasting Corporation
    Nation Broadcasting Corporation is a pioneer radio and TV network operating in the Philippines since 1963. NBC is currently a subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, Inc.. This station offices and studios are located at 762 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City...

    : Channel 34
  • RPN-9(ETC)
    Radio Philippines Network
    Radio Philippines Network, Inc. is a broadcast television network in the Philippines co-owned by the Government Communications Group, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Far East Managers and Investors Inc., and private sectors. This station studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol...

    : Channel 12

FM radio stations

AM radio stations

  • DWCM - 1161 Aksyon Radyo
  • DZWN - 1125 Bombo Radyo
    Bombo Radyo Dagupan is an AM commercial radio station owned and managed by Consolidated Broadcasting System Inc., under Bombo Radyo Philippines . The station's studio and transmitter are located at Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center, Maramba Bankers Village, Bonuan Catacdang, Dagupan City, Philippines...

  • DWPR - 1296 Power Radio
    DWPR, branded as Poweradio 1296, is an AM radio station owned and operated by Multipoint Network Management in the Philippines. The station's studio is located at Barrio Bolosan, Dagupan City.-History:...

  • DZRD - 981 Sonshine Radio
  • DZSD - 1548 Super Radyo (Relay Station only)
  • DWIN - DWIN|DZEC Radyo Agila (Relay Station only)
  • DZMQ - Radyo ng Bayan

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