San Jorge, Samar

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San Jorge
Municipality of San Jorge
Blanca Aurora Falls of San Jorge.
Blanca Aurora Falls of San Jorge.
Map of Samar with San Jorge highlighted
Map of Samar with San Jorge highlighted
San Jorge is located in Philippines
San Jorge
San Jorge
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°59′N 124°49′E / 11.983°N 124.817°E / 11.983; 124.817Coordinates: 11°59′N 124°49′E / 11.983°N 124.817°E / 11.983; 124.817
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
Congr. district 1st district of Samar
Barangays 41
 • Mayor Nancy B. Grey
 • Total 241.20 km2 (93.13 sq mi)
Population (2010),[3] Its Inauguration is every 10th of October of every Year. In December 6, 1978, San Jorge was created as a new municipality out of Gandara.
 • Total 16,340
 • Density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6707
Dialing code 55

San Jorge is a fourth class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2010 Philippine census, it has a population of 16,340 people.[3] The town is famous for its Blanca Aurora Falls near Barangay Blanca Aurora along the Blanca Aurora river. On December 6, 1978, Pagsanghan and San Jorge were created as a new municipalities out of Gandara. An inauguration is held every 10 October since 1979.

San Jorge is a Saint called Saint George with a carabao or a bull on its side. Due to farming abundancy here in San Jorge they proclaimed Saint George as their Patron Saint


The community is one of the oldest barangay of Gandara. It’s history could be traced back to the American regime. Even its name San Jorge was honor of an American soldier by the name of George Curn who happened to own and donate the site where the old barangay was formerly located. The present location is the second site of the barangay. Its old site was located across the Sapinit River where the San Jorge Elementary School is presently nestled. When heavy rains and typhoon occur, the Sapinit river overflow it’s bank and the community is over flooded. And so, the inhabitants find inconvenience of the place and coupled with opening and construction of the national road passing just across the said river, its inhabitants transferred and established a new settlement along the national road-the place where it is presently situated. Due to its fertile valley and the agricultural lands along the Gandara-Blanca Aurora River which often times overflow its banks, the fertility of the soil was maintained and agricultural crops boomed. People from other places were lured to settle in this said barangay for farming ventures. While others are attracted for business purposes. This continuous influx of people caused the barangay to grow and progress. Because of economic and social progress of the inhabitants and the political needs which could no longer be attempted to by the municipal administration of Gandara, the leaders of the barangay came to think of forming a group charged with a propaganda movement for township. The movement was spearheaded by the late Eng. Celso de Leon Mancol, a geodetic engineer by profession, residing at an adjacent barangay of Erenas. Due to the natural course of events and man’s life racing against time, this pioneering man died without seeing the fruits of his endeavor. The work did not stop at his death. The leadership was succeeded by an equally qualified man in the person of Cesar G.Samantela, a born leader and a teacher by profession, together with the leaders of the different sectors of the community and barangay leaders. The members and followers of the group did not pull out instead they become more cohesive and aggressive in the pursuit of their objective. As the years passed, the movement was increasingly gaining headway despite opposition of the leaders of the mother town. And until finally at last on October 10,1979, the new municipality, together with its set of town officials was inaugurated through the help of MLGCD Minister Jose A. Rono and IBP member Hon. Fernando Veloso by passing Batas Pambansa Blg.11.


San Jorge is divided into 41 barangays.[2]

  • Aurora
  • Blanca Aurora
  • Buenavista I
  • Bulao
  • Bungliw
  • Cogtoto-og
  • Calundan
  • Cantaguic
  • Canyaki
  • Erenas
  • Guadalupe
  • Hernandez
  • Himay
  • Janipon
  • Là Paz
  • Libertad
  • Lincoro
  • Matalud
  • Mobo-ob
  • Quezon
  • Ranera
  • Rosalim
  • San Isidro
  • San Jorge I (Pob.)
  • Sapinit
  • Sinit-an
  • Tomogbong
  • Gayondato
  • Puhagan
  • Anquiana (Angkiana)
  • Bay-ang
  • Buenavista II
  • Cabugao
  • Cag-olo-olo
  • Guindapunan
  • Mabuhay
  • Mancol (Pob.)
  • Mombon
  • Rawis
  • San Jorge II (Pob.)
  • San Juan


Population census of San Jorge
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 10,111 —    
1995 11,935 +3.16%
2000 13,376 +2.47%
2007 14,134 +0.76%
2010 16,340 +5.42%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Western Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

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