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About Dagupan City

The City of Dagupan (PangasinanCiudad na Dagupan) is an independent component city in the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines. According to the census of May 1, 2010, Dagupan City has a population of 163,676 people with an income classification of second class.[4][5]

Located on the Lingayen Gulf on the island of Luzon, Dagupan is a major commercial and financial center north of Manila. Also, Dagupan is one of the centers of modern medical services, media and communication in Northern Luzon. Dagupan is located in the fertile Agno River Valley.

Dagupan is among the top producers of milkfish in the province. From 2001-2003, Dagupan's milkfish production totaled to 35,560.1 metric tons (MT), contributing 16.8 percent to the total provincial production. Of its total production in the past three years, 78.5 percent grew in fish pens/cages while the rest grew in brackishwater fishpond.[6]

Tourism and culture

Dagupan City Museum
Crab building Dagupan

Dagupan's interesting points, attractions, events and heritage sites include:

  • Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista - altar where Leonor Rivera, Dr. José Rizal's lost love, married Henry Kipping, a British engineer who set up the first Dagupan railway system.
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist - the Katipuneros defeated the Spaniards within these 2 church grounds on July 21, 1898.
  • Dagupan railway station - Spanish Railroad Station (Las Estaciones Ferrocarril Manila-Dagupan)
  • Dawel River Cruise *Bonuan Blue Beach or Tondaligan Beach
  • MacArthur's Landing Site Marker, Bonuan Blue Beach
  • Tondaligan People's Park, 72 hectare foreshore
  • Gen. Arthur Macarthur's Dagupan Headquarters in Dagupan - Home Economics Building of the West Central Elementary School 1909, the Gabaldon Building.
  • Ruins of Franklin Bridge
  • Century-old Water Tower
  • City Museum has the masterpieces of National Artist Victorio Edades
  • Senior Citizen's Park, José Rizal, Children's Park and Andrés Bonifacio monument
  • Region I Medical Center[9]


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