Allen, Northern Samar

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Municipality of Allen
Port of Allen
Port of Allen
Gateway to Eastern Visayas
Map of Northern Samar with Allen highlighted
Map of Northern Samar with Allen highlighted
Allen is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°30′05″N 124°16′55″E / 12.50125°N 124.28205°E / 12.50125; 124.28205Coordinates: 12°30′05″N 124°16′55″E / 12.50125°N 124.28205°E / 12.50125; 124.28205
Country Philippines
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
ProvinceNorthern Samar
District1st District
FoundedDecember 1, 1863
Barangays20 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJoey Suan
 • Vice MayorArturo T. Dubongco Jr.
 • CongressmanPaul R. Daza
 • Electorate20,653 voters (2019)
 • Total47.60 km2 (18.38 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total25,469
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
 • Income class5th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence33.39% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)71,109,322.93 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)55
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesWaray

Allen, officially the Municipality of Allen, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Northern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,469 people.[3]

It is located on the northwestern tip of the province, bordering the municipality of Victoria to the south, the municipality of Lavezares to the east, and the strategic San Bernardino Strait to both the north and west.

Allen is known for being an important port for inter-island transport, specifically between the island of Samar and the island of Luzon.


Before the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines, the original Malayan name of the town was Minapa-a. During the Spanish colonisation period, the name of the town was changed to La Granja. The name Allen was given by the Americans in honor of the American General Henry Tureman Allen,the military governor of the Visayas after the victory of the Americans over the Spaniards in the Spanish–American War. During the Japanese occupation, the town's name was changed to Tanaman, in accordance with Executive Order No. 110 signed in December 1942, to be "in line with the objective of the Greater East Asia War of eradicating all traces of Anglo-Saxon influence in East Asia."


Allen is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.

  • Alejandro Village (Santiago)
  • Bonifacio
  • Cabacungan
  • Calarayan
  • Frederic
  • Guin-arawayan
  • Imelda
  • Jubasan
  • Kinabranan Zone I (Poblacion)
  • Kinabranan Zone II (Poblacion)
  • Kinaguitman
  • Lagundi
  • Lipata
  • Londres
  • Lo-oc
  • Sabang Zone I (Poblacion)
  • Sabang Zone II (Poblacion)
  • Santa Rita
  • Tasvilla
  • Victoria


Allen is part of Northern Samar which is according to Australian studies, a part of the Philippines which is the homeland of the polynesians. Otley Bayer said that there are already people in the Philippines 250,000 years ago and this was confirmed by a French study which says that the Philippines has been populated by men as early as 700,000 years ago. Some old Filipino historians still have the mindset of "Filipinos are savage and it has to be discovered and cultured by anything foreign". These historians refuses to mention that there is a civilization of viking – like people based in the Lakanate of Lawan in Northern Samar (Samar was derived from Samaria). The Samar civilization was once headed by Datu Iberein as written by historian Henry Scott, and take note of the name, very Hebrew, consistent with jewish Samar from Samaria. These people have siday (native epic) in which one of them is Bingi of Lawan, as mentioned by historian Alcina. They have Almuraya which is now an ancient ruins and they have royal burial jars -- all evidences would point that this civilization could be the Ophir, the homeland of the polynesians and viking – like people who sent people to different parts of the Philippines and islands in the pacific ocean, including the people of Taiwan.The area of present-day Allen was originally populated by natives of Malay stock from the western and central portions of the island of Samar, particularly Catbalogan and Calbayog. Successive migrations to Allen from other islands that are near Allen were characterised by several waves. Malays from the neighbouring Bicol Peninsula in what is now Sorsogon crossed what is now the San Bernardino Strait using small sailing barges, trading with the locals before settling in, and inter-marrying with the local Malays many years after. Simultaneously, Malays of southern stock from Bohol through the islands of Capul and San Antonio crossed the strait and settled in the area.

The heavy waves of migration from Bicol to Allen in Samar in the course of the centuries is attested by the fact that almost 70% of the peoples of Allen trace their ancestries to the families in Bicol, from the province of Sorsogon.

The first recorded persons to have their names officially entered into a Spanish census in Allen were that of Cosmenia Cajandab and Mariano Cabacang; both surnames originated from the island of Capul.[5]


Population census of Allen
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 4,903—    
1918 8,497+3.73%
1939 14,734+2.66%
1948 20,760+3.88%
1960 15,275−2.52%
1970 13,474−1.25%
1975 15,668+3.07%
1980 15,166−0.65%
1990 15,404+0.16%
1995 17,972+2.93%
2000 20,066+2.39%
2007 22,334+1.49%
2010 23,738+2.24%
2015 25,469+1.35%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


Climate data for Allen, Northern Samar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
Average low °C (°F) 22
Average precipitation mm (inches) 84
Average rainy days 18.1 13.6 15.8 16.1 21.7 25.5 26.6 25.1 24.8 25.8 22.7 20.1 255.9
Source: Meteoblue [9]


Roll-on/roll-off ferry boats at Allen

Allen serves as an important transit point, connecting Samar and other islands with Luzon. It is opposite the Luzon transit point in the municipality of Matnog, Sorsogon. The primary modes of transport are the inter-island bus route via the Maharlika Highway, and the ferry crossing the San Bernardino Strait. Its location as a transit point makes it a future 'transitropolitan' area in the country.

Ferry Service[edit]

Ferries cross the strategically important Strait of San Bernardino, transporting passengers and vehicles to and from Allen in Samar and Matnog in Luzon. Travel time ranges between one hour to 2 hours depending on the speed of the ferry.


Buses from the various provinces of the Visayas and Mindanao bound for various destinations in Luzon pass through Allen, riding the ferry services of Allen to Matnog, and vice versa.

The bus terminals servicing the numerous passengers crossing the San Bernardino Strait are located at the piers and ports that are operational in Allen. Booking offices for buses that ply the route are also located at these terminals.


A number of relatively low-priced hotels and inns within the town serve most of the transit passengers for overnight stay, specially during bad weather when some stranded passengers take refuge in the small hotels and inns. During bad weather conditions, ferries cannot cross the San Bernardino Strait due to high waves.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Northern Samar". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2012-11-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Northern Samar". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Allen, Northern Samar : Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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