Santa Catalina, Ilocos Sur

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Santa Catalina
Official seal of Santa Catalina
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Sta. Catalina
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Sta. Catalina
Santa Catalina is located in Philippines
Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°36′N 120°22′E / 17.600°N 120.367°E / 17.600; 120.367Coordinates: 17°36′N 120°22′E / 17.600°N 120.367°E / 17.600; 120.367
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 1st District
Barangays 9
 • Mayor Carlos R. Asuncion
 • Total 9.68 km2 (3.74 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 13,597
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2701
Dialing code 77
Income class 5th class

Santa Catalina is a fifth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the latest 2010 census, it has a population of 13,597 people.[3]

With an area of 968 hectares (2,390 acres) it is the smallest municipality in the province and the only municipality in Ilocos Sur which has an urban status for all its barangays based on National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).[2]

The feast of the town is celebrated every 25th day of November to celebrate the feast day of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (town's patron saint).


When the Augustinians were busy with the Christianization of the Ilocos Region, a group of missionaries sailed westward through the river known as "El Mestizo" to the place now called Santa Catalina. They were also looking for fresh water, since the area where he landed yielded only salty water. When they finally found a fresh water spring up north, and were busy quenching their thirst, some of them saw an image of a beautiful lady near the place where he drank, which disappeared after a few minutes. One of them recognized the image as that of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The Augustinians returned to Villa Fernandina (Vigan) and reported this matter to their superiors. This resulted in the construction of a church in the town with Saint Catherine of Alexandria as the patron saint. It was also declared that Santa Catalina be the name of the town.

A replica of the cross once planted by Salcedo and his party—to signify that the Spanish has conquered the area—stands near the entrance to the municipality.


Santa Catalina is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[2]

  • Cabaroan
  • Cabittaogan
  • Cabuloan
  • Pangada
  • Paratong
  • Poblacion
  • Sinabaan
  • Subec
  • Tamorong

It has 3 sitios, namely:

  • Calawaan ( Tamorong )
  • Mindanao, formerly Sabangan ( Paratong )
  • Punta ( Cabittaogan )


Population census of Sta. Catalina
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,388 —    
1995 11,228 −0.26%
2000 12,537 +2.39%
2007 13,284 +0.80%
2010 13,597 +0.85%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


The main source of income for the locals include Organic District Farming, Fishing And Tricycle Driving. Since This Is a 5th class municipality, Its Economic Growth Is very Slow. But There Are Also Many Beautiful Rich Houses That Can Be Found Here Thanks To Many OFW locals that had gone abroad to give better financial support to their family.


It has 7 elementary schools, namely:

  • Santa Catalina Central
  • Bernardo P. Ragasa Elementary
  • Cabittaogan Elementary
  • Paratong Elementary
  • Pangada-Cabaroan Elementary
  • Calawaan Elementary
  • Cabuloan Elementary

It has two high schools, namely:

  • Cabittaogan High School and
  • Santa Catalina High School (formerly known as Benito Soliven Institute).


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: ILOCOS SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 September 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 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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