Baganga, Davao Oriental

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Map of Davao Oriental with Baganga highlighted
Map of Davao Oriental with Baganga highlighted
Baganga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°34′N 126°34′E / 7.567°N 126.567°E / 7.567; 126.567Coordinates: 07°34′N 126°34′E / 7.567°N 126.567°E / 7.567; 126.567
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Davao Oriental
District 1st district of Davao Oriental
Barangays 18
 • Mayor Arturo C. Monday
 • Vice Mayor Ramona B. Olea
 • Total 945.50 km2 (365.06 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 53,426
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8204
Dialing code 87
Income class 1st

Baganga is a first class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 53,426 people.[3]


Baganga got its name from a thorny bush having plum like fruits that were abundant during the Spanish arrival. Others say that it was referred to a big mouth of a river that traversed the central part of the town.

Brief History[edit]

The Mandaya tribes having a colourful presentation in giving receptions to the hungry Spaniards has encouraged the survivors to report to Spain how beautiful the town was. Thus, on the Villalobos expedition in August 7, 1543 it encourage the chronicler Garcia Descalante Alvarado to take note and make the necessary observation to King Philip.

At the start, Baganga was under the Spanish rule. A part of the Encomienda de Bislig together with Cateel. Caraga and Hina-tuan of Surigao under Sargent Mayor Juan Camacho dela Peña. It was a Christian village under the diocese of Cebu. In 1849 Baganga together with other municipalities have its first Spanis Priest Fr. Gilbert, a Jesuit.

Bibiano Dela Salde (descendant of Don Pedro Elizalde of Tago, Surigao del Sur) became the 8th Mayor of Baganga and came under the American Rule in 1901 and was created into a municipality under Organic Act of October 3, 1903 with 17 barangays namely: Mahan-ub, Dapnan, Lambajon, San Isidro, Mikit, Campawan, San Victor, Salingcomot, Saoquigue, Baculin, Bobonao, Batawan, Binondo, Ban-ao, Central and Kinablagan. Lucod was the 18th barangay created under Provincial Resolution No. 110.

The destruction made by the Japanese during the World War II in 1941 has created awareness among residents for new development. The restoration of local officials in 1949 opened venue of Agri-base development. Coconut, Abaca and fruit planting were in abundance followed by root crops of various species suitable to the soil.


Baganga is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.[2]

  • Baculin
  • Ban-ao
  • Batawan
  • Batiano
  • Binondo
  • Bobonao
  • Campawan
  • Central
  • Dapnan
  • Kinablangan
  • Lambajon
  • Lucod
  • Mahan-ub
  • Mikit
  • Salingcomot
  • San Isidro
  • San Victor
  • Saoquigue


This barangay is home to a lot of waterfalls, and one of the major attraction of "Campawan" is the so-called "Curtain Falls".


Dapnan is home to many white-sand beaches in Baganga like the famous Agawon Beach. The major industry of this small barangay is the coconut industry.



On October 18 Kinablanganion celebrate the Araw Ng Kinablangan (Day of Kinablangan) or the Niyogan Festival. The economic strength is agriculture and fishing.


  • Kinablangan Elementary School
  • Dr. Beato C. Macayra National High School
  • POO Elementary School

Tourist spots:

  • Mainit Hot Spring
  • Punta(POO)


It is subdivided into 9 puroks. In this barangay is lot of fish and coconut. Kalimasda festival (an acronym for kagang, liboo, manluhod and isda) is celebrated in this barangay. The counselors of Lucod are Robie Garcia, Dexter Dela Salde, Rr Razonable, Paeng Crave, William Crizaldo and the barangay Captain is Jesus Morales.


  • Lucod Elementary School

Day Care Center:

  • Halfmoon Lane Day Care Center
  • Lucod Day Care Center


Mahan-ub is derived its name from the river "mahan-ub". This Barangay is located in a remote area, and subdivided into 12 puroks (Olin, Catabuanan II, Banahao, Pagsingitan, Abuyuan, Coog, Mercedez, R. C., Kaputian, Kasunugan, Kati-han II, Bisaya). The present Barangay Chairman is Roy Aguilon Nazareno. Their economic strength is agruculture, producing rice, coconut, abaca, and logs. They celebrate the annual fiesta every June 13 in honor of the patron San Antonio de Padua. They celebrate the Araw ng Mahan-ub every June 11 the Carabao Festival.


  • R. C. Macayra Elementary School
  • Coog Elementary School

Tourist spots:

  • Katiquipan Falls

San Victor[edit]

San Victor is a small barangay located on San Victor Island. The major sources of income are subsistence farming and fishing. The barangay captain is Ike Fontillas.


  • San Victor Elementary School


Saoquigue is a remote barangay, subdivided into 8 purok's or wards. The present Barangay Chairman is Mr. Balug. The predominant source of income is agriculture (coconut) and fishing, with some shops and marketing businesses buying copra and charcoal from coconut shells.


  • Saoquigue Elementary School


Population census of Baganga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 37,719 —    
1995 39,750 +0.99%
2000 43,122 +1.76%
2007 48,355 +1.59%
2010 53,426 +3.70%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Baganga, as part of Davao Oriental, uses the Southern Kamayo dialect. The Southern Kamayo is quite different from the Kamayo language of Bislig, Surigao Del Sur. Southern Kamayo is also spoken in Southern Lingig, Surigao del Sur, in Cateel, Caraga and some parts of Davao Oriental. It is also related to Surigaonon and Butuanon.

Dialect variations are caused by mixed dialect communications between the Mandaya, Cebuano and other immigrants now living in the area. A prefix is added in most adjectives. Example: The word gamay in Cebuano (English: "small") is gamayay in Baganga. But you can't use the "ay" prefix often, like for instance the word dako (English; "big") is spoken as "bagas-AY" or "bagasay" instead of saying "dako-ay". dutayay (English: "very small")

Recent Event[edit]

The largest clan reunion in the history of the municipality of Baganga happened on November 29, 2015. The opening activity was a holy mass celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Parish and followed by a motorcade going to the venue in a private residence in Salingcomot. More than a thousand members of the Dela Salde clan all over Mindanao, from Cebu, Leyte and Manila attended the event.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: DAVAO ORIENTAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  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 16 April 2014. 

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