Alegria, Surigao del Norte

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Bayan ng Alegria
Official seal of Alegria
Map of Surigao del Norte with Alegria highlighted
Map of Surigao del Norte with Alegria highlighted
Alegria is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°28′N 125°35′E / 9.467°N 125.583°E / 9.467; 125.583Coordinates: 09°28′N 125°35′E / 9.467°N 125.583°E / 9.467; 125.583
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Norte
Congr. district 2nd district of Surigao del Norte
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Dominador G. Esma Jr. (2007-present)
 • Vice Mayor Uldarico S. Uriarte Jr. (2010-present)
 • Congress Guillermo A. Romarate Jr. (2007-present)
 • Total 65.28 km2 (25.20 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 14,539
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8425
Dialing code 86
Patron Saint San Isidro Labrador the Farmer
Income class 5th class

Alegria is a fifth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 14,539 people.[3]


Alegria is politically subdivided into 12 barangays.[2]


Alegria was created by Republic Act No. 5239. It was originally the sitio of Anahaw founded by immigrants from the municipality of Bacuag. Sitio Anahaw was situated near Lake Mainit, and would often be flooded due to heavy rains. During rainy seasons, the local families transferred to a place now called Alegria.

The name Alegria was derived from the Spanish word which means "lively". Its name was given by Judge Sixto Olga who happened to spend a night in the place. The people offered him a party dance. Because their affair was lively he told the people to change the name Anahaw to Alegria.[4]

Alegria became a barrio in 1927. It was formerly one of the biggest barrios in the municipality of Mainit. The municipality extends from the boundary of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, to Pungtod and Dayano that is the boundary of the mother municipality of Mainit.


Population census of Alegria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 9,715 —    
1995 11,764 +3.65%
2000 12,923 +2.03%
2007 13,369 +0.47%
2010 14,539 +3.10%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

The Surigaonon language is the common local language, while Cebuano, Filipino, and English are also spoken.


The following are schools in the center of Alegria:


Railway station (proposed)[edit]

There are plans for a Mindanao railway network with a railway station in Alegria which would be an intermediate station on a branch line between Surigao and Davao[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Surigao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 August 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 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Municipality of Alegria (2008-03-19). "History of Alegria". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Province of Surigao Del Norte". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^

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