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.
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.
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.