San Andres, Romblon

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San Andres
Municipal beach of San Andres
Municipal beach of San Andres
Official seal of San Andres
Map of Romblon with San Andres highlighted
Map of Romblon with San Andres highlighted
San Andres is located in Philippines
San Andres
San Andres
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°31′N 122°01′E / 12.517°N 122.017°E / 12.517; 122.017Coordinates: 12°31′N 122°01′E / 12.517°N 122.017°E / 12.517; 122.017
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Romblon
District Lone district
Barangays 13
 • Mayor Geminiano G. Galicia Jr.
 • Vice Mayor Alvin Kyle G. Amar
 • Total 112.00 km2 (43.24 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 15,023
 • Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5504
Dialing code 42

San Andres (formerly Parpagoja, Salado and Despujols) is a fifth class municipality in the province of Romblon, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 15,023 people.[3]


San Andres is a coastal town on the northwest portion of Tablas Island. It is bounded on the north by the Calatrava, on the south by Odiongan, on the east by San Agustin and on the west by the Tablas Strait. San Andres has a land area of 11,200 hectares (28,000 acres).[2] It has mountainous and stony areas.


San Andres is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Agpudlos
  • Calunacon
  • Doña Trinidad
  • Linawan
  • Mabini
  • Marigondon Norte
  • Marigondon Sur
  • Matutuna
  • Pag-Alad
  • Poblacion
  • Tan-Agan
  • Victoria
  • Juncarlo


San Andres was originally a barangay of Odiongan which became a municipality on 1920. During the pre-Spanish era, it was a native settlement of nipa huts known as "Parpagoja", named after a rare large bird that had its nest among the thicket along the river where settlement was located. Among the first Spaniards to reach Parpaguha during the later half of the 19th century was Don Jose de Tiran, a military commander of Romblon who set out an inspection trip of the surrounding villages. On reaching the place he ordered a civil guard to fetch a glass of water from nearby well. The water turned out to be salty and the Spaniard yelled "salado!", issuing an official order to that effect. Thus, Parpaguha came to be known as "Salado".[4]

In 1882, a prominent resident of Salado named Rufino Leano was accused of a crime by an influential Spaniard, Don Barcelo. He succeeded in having Leano imprisoned without trial in the provincial jail of Capiz, to which Romblon then belonged to as a sub-province. Years later, the Spanish Governor-General Eulogio Despujol (1891-1893) visited Capiz, and Leano successfully sought an audience with him. Governor Despujol found Leano innocent and set him free. On reaching his hometown, he successfully petitioned the provincial governor to change the name of Salado to "Despujols" in honor of the Governor-General.[4]

On 18 June 1961, during the late years of President Carlos P. Garcia's administration, the third change of name for the town came through the enactment of Republic Act No. 3358. The town was renamed "San Andres" in honor of the town's patron, Saint Andrew, patron of fishermen, since most of the people of San Andres are fisherfolk.[5]


Population census of San Andres
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1995 13,204 —    
2000 13,460 +0.41%
2007 14,120 +0.66%
2010 15,028 +2.29%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]
Mablaran Falls in Brgy. Linawan, San Andres

Local government[edit]

The following are the duly elected officials of San Andres for the term 2010–2013:

  • Mayor: Geminiano G. Galicia, Jr.
  • Vice-Mayor: Arsenio G. Gadon
  • Councilors:
    • Nilda B. Aquino
    • Armando C. Fainsan
    • Bodit M. Fronda
    • Pepito G. Galus
    • German A. Deoso
    • Laureto F. Guro
    • Joel G. Ibañez
    • Reynaldo O. Perlas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: Romblon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 31 January 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 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Profile: San Andres Romblon Travel Guide. Retrieved on 2012-04-16.

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