Monuments, parks and buildings are scattered across the four barangays that comprise the Poblacion, or the urban center. Faced with the problem of preserving the few remaining historical landmarks amidst a growing urban center, the city is determined to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. The construction and maintenance of public parks are the priority of then City Mayor Grace G. Singson. The city even won in 1998 in the search for Centennial Trees in Region 1 with the preservation of century-old acacia trees that still line the National Highway from the public Market to the City Hall.
Monuments and parks can be found in front of the Catholic Church. The City Plaza is renamed as Candon City Heroes’ Park with monuments of the late hero Don Isabelo Abaya and the martyred priest Father Jose Burgos of the famed GOMBURZA. One other park dedicated to Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, is the Plaza Waya-waya (Freedom Park) located on the northern side of the Catholic Church.
Finally, we have about 21 to 22 old Spanish houses built and decorated in the old colonial style. These houses are maintained and preserved by the surviving generations of Candon’s prominent families since the Spanish Colonial Times.