Gigmoto, Catanduanes

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Gigmoto
Municipality
Gigmoto catanduanes.jpg
Map of Catanduanes with Gigmoto highlighted
Map of Catanduanes with Gigmoto highlighted
Gigmoto is located in Philippines
Gigmoto
Gigmoto
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°47′N 124°23′E / 13.783°N 124.383°E / 13.783; 124.383Coordinates: 13°47′N 124°23′E / 13.783°N 124.383°E / 13.783; 124.383
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Catanduanes
District Lone district
Founded June 15, 1951
Barangays 9
Government[1]
 • Mayor Edgar M. Tayam
Area[2]
 • Total 181.82 km2 (70.20 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 8,003
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 4804
Dialing code 52

Gigmoto is a fifth class municipality in the province of Catanduanes, Philippines. It is an eastern coastal town of Catanduanes with a good harbor, located between Viga and Baras. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 8,003 people.[3]

Barangays[edit]

Gigmoto is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[2]

Barangay Pop. (2007) Pop. (2010)[3]
Biong
728
824
Dororian
1,169
1,253
Poblacion District I
699
821
Poblacion District II
1,662
1,694
Poblacion District III
769
794
San Pedro
442
486
San Vicente
444
451
Sicmil
939
954
Sioron
717
726

History[edit]

The name Gigmoto originated from the Bicol word himbot that means “just in time”. This is supposedly related to an event that happened because of a romantic venture of a young man from Baras seeking to court a maiden from the town of Viga. Competing with several other suitors, the Baraseño traveled northbound to win the love of the maiden. He was overtaken by the night, so he slept in that place. In the morning he proceeded to Viga arriving there almost at night. After staying for quite a period of time in Viga, the man from Baras won the hearth of the Viganon. When the lovers were bound for Baras, they stayed overnight at Gigmoto – “just on time” for their first romantic night of being together.

As years went by Himbotan was changed to Higmoto. Years thereafter, believing that with the “H” Higmoto seemed to be a Japanese word, the “H” was changed to “G” – thus the name Gigmoto.

The first families to settle there were the Tanaels, followed by the Dayawons, both from Baras. The Tolledos, the Tatings and the Tatads came next. Other families from Baras, Bato and from the town of Virac had come and ultimately made Gigmoto the biggest barrio of the Municipality of Baras.

The town was created from the barrios of Sicmil and Sioron from Viga and the barrios of San Vicente, Gigmoto, Biong and Dororian from Baras.[4]

On June 15, 1951, the government officials for the newly created town were appointed by the then Congressman Severiano de Leon who authored the bill creating the municipality with the approval of President Elpidio Quirino. Mr. Juan Q. Sarmiento who happened to be the first public school teacher became the first mayor with Andres Dayawon as vice-mayor. Messrs. Maximo Tapalla, Apolinar Tatad, Marcelino Dayawon and Apolinar Joson were then appointed municipal councilors. Mr. Candido Tuboro became the first municipal treasurer. Fr. Andres Tablizo was the parish priest and Mr. Serafin Rodulfo was the first principal.

Demographics[edit]

Poblacion
Population census of Gigmoto
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 6,487 —    
1995 6,736 +0.71%
2000 7,055 +1.00%
2007 7,569 +0.97%
2010 8,003 +2.05%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Catanduanes". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Gigmoto in the province of Catanduanes". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Province of Catanduanes". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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