Abucay is a third-class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 37,719 people.. The mainly agricultural and fishing town is located on the eastern part of the Bataan Peninsula, along Manila Bay, with a total land area of 7,972 hectares (19,700 acres). Its westernmost elevated section is located within the Bataan Natural Park.
The municipality is about 113 kilometres (70 mi) from Manila. It is accessible via the Bataan Provincial Expressway, off Exit 25, or the parallel National Road in Bataan.
Balen ning Abukay Municipality
Abucay Town Hall
The first printing press in the Archipelago was found in this town. Tomas Pinpin, the first Filipino printer, learned the art from Fray Francisco Blanca de San Jose and Juan de Vera, a Chinese printer at the University of Santo Tomas.
On June 23, 1647, a fierce battle was fought between the Dutch invaders and the Pampango defenders in the near the Abucay church area. Nearly 200 Pampangos were put to death and 40 others together with Pampanga’s Spanish alcalde mayor (town mayor) Don Antonio de Cabrera together with Dominican priests Father Geronimo Sotomayor and Father Tomas Ramos were taken to Batavia.
One of the oldest in the Philippines, the first Abucay Church was established in 1587 and was administered by the Dominicans in 1588. The present church was built sometime in the early 1600s, the exact year is still unknown. The Church was badly damaged by the earthquake of September 16, 1852 and again by a fire in 1870. Father Jose Diego Pelaez rebuilt the church.
The church still houses the bells donated in 1839 and 1859. The five bells of the Abucay Church were restored on January 17, 1978 by U.S. Naval Base Facility in Subic Bay, Zambales province according to a historical marker in the church.
The Parish of St. Dominic de Guzman has a population of 19,501 Catholics. Its patron saint is Saint Dominic de Guzman and the town's feast day is August 8. The present parish priest is Msgr. Victor C. Ocampo succeeding Father Antonio Quintos in 2011. The church belongs to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Balanga under the Vicariate of St. Dominic de Guzman.
Abucay is still a developing town. Tourism wise, the famous landmarks, include the following: