Paranas, Samar

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Map of Samar with Paranas highlighted
Map of Samar with Paranas highlighted
Paranas is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°51′N 125°07′E / 11.850°N 125.117°E / 11.850; 125.117Coordinates: 11°51′N 125°07′E / 11.850°N 125.117°E / 11.850; 125.117
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
Congr. district 2nd district of Samar
Barangays 44
 • Mayor Felix T. Babalcon Jr.
 • Total 556.12 km2 (214.72 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 29,327
 • Density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6703
Dialing code 55

Paranas (also known as Wright) is a second class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,327 people.[3]

Many of the townsfolk work or attend school in nearby Catbalogan City. Trade is also prevalent with Calbayog City farther north.

A part of Paranas is devoted to a nature reserve watershed designated as such by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


Paranas is politically subdivided into 44 barangays.[2]

  • Anagasi
  • Apolonia
  • Bagsa
  • Balbagan
  • Bato
  • Buray (Binogho)
  • Cantaguic
  • Cantao-an
  • Cantato (Canturab)
  • Casandig I
  • Concepcion
  • Jose Roño
  • Cawayan
  • Lawaan I
  • Lipata
  • Lokilokon
  • Mangcal
  • Maylobe
  • Minarog
  • Nawi
  • Pabanog
  • Paco
  • Pagsa-ogan
  • Pagsanjan (Pagsan-an)
  • Patag
  • Pequit
  • Poblacion 1
  • Poblacion 2
  • Poblacion 3
  • Poblacion 4
  • Poblacion 5
  • Poblacion 6
  • Salay
  • San Isidro
  • Santo Niño
  • Sulopan
  • Tabucan
  • Tapul
  • Tenani
  • Tigbawon
  • Tula
  • Tutubigan
  • Casandig II
  • Lawaan II


During the American period, Paranas was renamed by the new administrators to Wright, in honour of General Wright. However, locals retained and still use the name Paranas. It absorbed the former town of San Sebastian. In 1950, the barrios of San Sebastian, Jitaasan, Dolores, Camanjagay, Bontod, Campidasa, Campiyak, Maslog, Balogo, Maropangpang, Binongtoan, and Bolwan was re-created as a town.[4]

In 1955 the sitio of Madalanot was converted into a barrio.[5]


Population census of Paranas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 22,702 —    
1995 24,235 +1.23%
2000 27,926 +3.09%
2007 27,820 −0.05%
2010 29,327 +1.94%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][6]


The Pan-Philippine Highway traverses Paranas.

Domestic air travelers prefer to return to Paranas via dominant Tacloban's Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport due to the length of the runway and the accessibility of land transportation. Other options include the improved Calbayog Airport and the less utilized Catbalogan Airport (which is only ideal for smaller aircraft). International air travelers may also reach Paranas via Manila, Cebu or Davao en route to Tacloban. In the next few months, Tacloban's airport is being readied for direct international flights.

Local Beliefs[edit]

Townspeople living off the coast of Paranas believe turtles that come to die ashore are omens of danger, harbingers of typhoons and ocean-related accidents. The old fisherfolk dare not touch nor disturb these docile creatures because of this superstition. Green sea turtles and Loggerhead turtles frequent some coves off Samar to lay eggs or wade near the shallow areas to explore. Gigantic Loggerhead turtles are especially rare visitors even in the yesteryears. When they come ashore and do not lay eggs, tears flow from their eyes like humans. They would then die as the blazing sun rises and their bodies are scorched. Afterwards, fishermen go missing at sea, typhoons arrive, bancas capsize or cargo ships sink. Residents attest turtles came to die on their shores when M/V Dona Paz sank causing thousands of people to drown to their deaths.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act re-creating the municipality of San Sebastian, province of Samar". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "An Act Creating the Barrio of Madalanot, in the Municipality of Wright, Province of Samar". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Province of Western Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

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