Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 2nd District
No. of Barangays: 25
Land Area: 17,515.74 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 110,570
Registered Voters (COMELEC, November 16, 2015): 63,545
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
One of the premier towns in Quezon Province, Candelaria is also known as the “Desiccated Coconut Capital of the World”. It is the second largest industrial center of the province, after Lucena City.It has the most desiccated coconut factories and oil refineries, such as Peter Paul Philippine Corporation, Primex, Coco Products Inc., Superstar Corporation, Pacific Royal Basic Foods, and others which provide employment to numerous people from Candelaria and even from other municipalities. The municipality of Candelaria is in the cusp of progress and development. In Quezon Province, it is one of the most progressive municipalities. Rapid development of the municipality in the 1990s has caused major changes and improvement in Candelaria. All potential inputs in terms of all possible resources—natural and human—are present in this inland town. Hazards commonly faces by majority of Philippine towns are next to non-existent in Candelaria.
Prior to 1885, the pioneering barangays of Candelaria in its Western part notably, Taguan, Kinatihan and Masin were parts of the Municipality of Tiaong, while Malabanban, Mangilag and Sta. Catalina in the East were under the jurisdiction of the town of Sariaya. It was on December 26, 1878, that a permit was granted by the Governor General of the Philippine Islands for the establishment of an independent government over these barangays. Its boundaries were fixed by means of a treaty signed by the notable leaders of Tiaong, Sariaya and the founding families of Candelaria.
The King of Spain, His Majesty Alfonso XII, finally approved the establishment of Candelaria as an independent town on August 5, 1879. In 1902, after the cessation of the general hostilities against the Americans, Candelaria was obligated to seek the folds of her bigger sister, the town of Sariaya. But the pioneering spirit of its founders was not extinguished in the battlefield of those wars, so that in 1908, after almost seven years of dependent existence, Candelaria was again able to stand on its own feet. It was then a fourth class municipality. During the American Regime, the town has progressed by leaps and bounds. Many houses and public edifices were constructed, commerce and industries grew and everybody was contented, until the Japanese invasion turned everything into ashes again.
June 6, 1946 is the liberation day of Candelaria against the Japanese Imperial Army by the Americans, a time to start anew.
The Municipality of Candelaria is within the province of Quezon. It is located in the CALABARZON region, bordered by the province of Aurora in the north; the provinces of Rizal and Laguna in the west; Batangas in the southwest; Lamon Bay in the east and by Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur in the southeast. It is located in the southwestern portion of Quezon province, lying within coordinates 13°50’27.51”-14°04’01”N and 121°22’11.99”-121°28’35.85”E. It is bounded by Mount Banahaw on the north; by the Municipality of San Juan, Batangas on the South; by the Municipalities of Tiaong and Dolores, Quezon on the west and by the Municipality of Sariaya, Quezon on the east. It is southeast of Metro Manila and 23 kilometers from Lucena City, the Capital of Quezon Province.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Manufacturing, Services
Tourist Destinations: Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church of Taguan,San Pedro Bautista Parish Church of Candelaria, Quezon Premier Hotel and Resort, Casa Patricia Hotel and Resort, Balai Gethsemane Prayer Garden Farm, Palay Palace Resort, Tore de Candelaria, Mount Mayabobo, Mount Malasiña, Bukal Resort, Dapian Resort, Magic Valley Resort, Tilarog Resort
Special Events/Festivals: Candle Festival, Candelaria Day
Address: Rizal St. Brgy. Poblacion, Municipal Building, Candelaria, Quezon
Phone: (042) 585-4390
Fax: (042) 585-3928