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Talisay, officially the Municipality of Talisay, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,841 people.

The fertile soil, gentle topography (averaging about 10 metres (33 ft) above sea-level) and suitable climate are the main reasons why agriculture is the economic backbone of the town. Rice and coconut farming are the major agricultural activities for most of the barangays and fishing is the second thriving industry particularly in the coastal barangays.

Talisayons have a deep concern for education. A family no matter how poor, sends their children to school. Talisay has a very long list of successful professionals in various fields such as medicine, law, engineering, architecture, education, law enforcement and military service, banking, business, sports, entertainment, marketing and many more. The incumbent mayor is Ronnie Magana and vice mayor Juancho Zantua Ramores.

Talisayons are fond of arts and music. The municipality holds singing and dance competitions throughout the year usually held at the public plaza.


History indicates that long before the coming of the Spaniards there are already existed a village in the place where the municipality now stands. The settlement was characterized by a few isolated nipa huts surrounded by rice paddles and kaingins. Its dwellers were a group of sturdy, freedom-loving people of the Malayan stock.

In the later part of the 16th century, a group of Spaniards from Naga believed that the early settlers to be headed by the Conquistador Juan de Salcedo, toured the place in search of gold. While they were resting beneath the cool shade of the trees that grew abundantly along the river banks, they saw some people around. With the aid of the hand movements the soldiers asked in Spanish what the name of the place was. The natives who did not understand the language thought that the strangers were interested in the name of the trees so they readily answered “Talisay”. The soldiers recorded the word in their logbook as the name of the place. Since then the village has been called Talisay.

When the Americans came to this part of Bicol Peninsula in 1901 Talisay was reverted to its barrio status because of its very limited population and its inability to support its own government. This time, however, it was made a part of Indan, now Vinzons. It was only in 1908 that Talisay regained its identity as a distinct municipality.


Talisay is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.

  • Binanuaan
  • Caawigan
  • Cahabaan
  • Calintaan
  • Del Carmen
  • Gabon
  • Itomang
  • Poblacion
  • San Francisco
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Nicolas
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Elena
  • Santo Niño


Population census of Talisay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,684 —    
1918 5,222 +2.35%
1939 5,671 +0.39%
1948 6,843 +2.11%
1960 8,539 +1.86%
1970 12,042 +3.49%
1975 13,328 +2.06%
1980 13,869 +0.80%
1990 16,896 +1.99%
1995 17,841 +1.02%
2000 21,509 +4.09%
2007 22,942 +0.89%
2010 23,905 +1.51%
2015 25,841 +1.49%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

In the 2015 census, the population of Talisay, Camarines Norte, was 25,841 people, with a density of 840 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,200 inhabitants per square mile.


SOURCE: Camarines Norte Museum Archived Shrine and Curation Division

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