Baganga, Davao Oriental

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Municipality of Baganga
Map of Davao Oriental with Baganga highlighted
Map of Davao Oriental with Baganga highlighted
Baganga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°34′N 126°34′E / 7.57°N 126.57°E / 7.57; 126.57Coordinates: 7°34′N 126°34′E / 7.57°N 126.57°E / 7.57; 126.57
Country  Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao Oriental
District 1st District
Barangays 18 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Arturo C. Monday
 • Vice Mayor Ramona B. Olea
 • Electorate 30,985 voters (2016)
 • Total 945.50 km2 (365.06 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 56,241
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8204
PSGC 112501000
IDD:area code +63 (0)87
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class

Baganga, officially the Municipality of Baganga, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 56,241 people.[3]

It is the largest among the municipalities and city in the province in terms of land area.


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.


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 on August 7, 1543 it encouraged 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.

Don 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 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.

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


  • Carolina lake
  • Pilot view beach resort
  • mangrove area under rahabilation of DENR
  • Philippines army (67IB Aguila)


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. Tourist spots:

  • Sunrise Boulevard


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:

  • Floating Cottage
  • Mainit Hot Spring
  • Punta(POO)


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

Creation of an 18th Barangay[edit]


One of the most "Alluring Gateways" to Baganga and the Eastcost, Lucod is a barangay bursting with life and color marked with majestic shores and fertile valleys. Lucod is home to a fantastic array of mangroves that contributes to the blossoming of nature.

Lucod is blessed in the diversity of the people which have embraced this barangay as their home. The ethnic tribes of Mandayas, Manobos and Mansakas lived together side by side. And despite their seeming differences in Culture and Religion, these people have managed to live together in peace and harmony.

It is this rich texture of history, culture and tradition which makes Lucod a most enchanting destination. It is here where one can spot Manobos and Madayas in full regalia or beautiful Moslem ladies in their colorful malongs.

Lucod's History[edit]

Make no mistake however, Lucod is also a barangay of growth. It is then the reigning as the newest Barangay since 1986, due to its population and financial activities, it was carved out as a separate Barangay from Barangay Central under the SB Resolution No. 35-84. With a total land Area of 420 ha. bustling the vast resources, it easily propel the barangay to hyper growth.

Originally Subdivided into 4 puroks namely; Langka, Bay-bay, Halfmoonlane, and Bauyan. It was then in 2007 when it was renamed and sub-divided into 7, Langka was renamed Purok Durantha and Bauyan to San Francisco, Halfmoonlane was then renamed to Purok Angels Trumpet, BayBay was divided into 2 with new names, Purok Aster and Santan. Mangga as well with Purok Adelfa and Bougainvillea. In 2008, Purok Fortune was added due to its population, it was carved out from its origin Purok Adelfa. In the same year, another resolution was submitted, dividing purok Santan into two and naming it as Purok Yellowbell, but it was not approved since Santan wasn't able to meet the specific numbers of household required.

On the same year, some household near the border of Halfmoonlane and BayBay was also moved to Purok Angels Trumpet for the equal division of population since Aster has the most number of Household in the Barangay.

The KALIMASDA Festival[edit]

Known for a unique culture, Lucod created its own festival that best reflects the diversity, solidarity and prosperity, capturing the essence of what comprises a true Lucodanon.

Lucod's KALIMASDA Festival [Derived from, Kagang (Crab), Libo-o (Clam Shells), Manluhod (Lobster) and Isda (fish)] which falls every 12–20 May, was created on the year 2007 as an annual thanks giving celebration commemorating the foundation of Lucod, showcasing the fusion of rich culture and progress. Thus Lucod has known to be the first barangay to Create its own thanks giving festival.

KALIMASDA festival takes pride of its week-long, multi-themed, joyful and colorful affair of the barangay's rich harvest, abundant resources, governance's feast, trade and tourism fair and showcase of the people's talent and festivity is crammed with a different events and competitions;

it all starts on the first day of the week with


(Opening Day) all perked up as people fill the streets in the traditional parade commencing both, Araw ng Lucod and Kalimasda Festival. Join the crowd during the Parade Competition and see the participants battling it out in a wide display of skills on drums and lyre, with their eye catching banners, flag lets, costumes and props, you will be amazed with the dancers' skillful exhibition and rendition of dance moves that will have everyone gasp with surprise and awe. On the same day is the Cultural Show, participating group showcase their choreographed numbers showing vibrancy of the culture in dizzying heights that will surely fill the air with music from the indigenous instrument coupled with traditional dance moves in the Cultural Dance Competition. See the creations of local designer as they rush the stage with their artistic works of festival attires for the Festival Queen Competition or Mr. And Ms. Kalimasda festival.


(Nightly Program Competition) is a Variety show of Talents for all ages. each competing cluster creates its own unique theme and concept for the variety show on each assigned dates.

  • "KASADYAHAN SANG DALAN" (Street Dancing Competition) which falls on the 7th day of Kalimasda is one traditional event that should not be missed. See for yourself the unique blend of People's customs and traditions amidst the enchanting display of tribal colors, the rhythmic beats of drums, gongs, bamboos and kumintang as each group clad in their attires that bring Kalimasda in grandeur parade in the streets.
  • "Sayaw-Hataw Competition"

(Open Category Dance Battle) Pulsating with energy and glaring with the beat of life this is the dancing groups in this dance battle can be described. This is a great show where dancers flaunt their best moves and display their talent and agility to rise among the rest and be the dancing champ. Be captivated with the extraordinary steps and graceful move of the performers at the beat in the different genre of music. Dance enthusiast will definitely love this show.

  • "Mutya Ng Lucod" (Miss Lucod Pageant)

Have a glimpse of beauties in full regalia donning creations of designers in their creative festival attire that best describe the Festival. Feel the heat as the candidates in the swimsuit attire showing off their best form on stage, elegance in the evening gown and wit in the Question and Answer portion. Cheer for your choice and watch out for the prettiest among the candidates vying for the coveted crown.

  • "PANINDA SANG KARSADA" (Street Trade Fair)

Look for the best buy along the array of displayed goodies, ukay-ukay and other items on the streets offering big sales!

  • "Clean and Green Competition"

The Barangay Council of Lucod strictly implements this program with overriding objective: to stabilize health awareness and food security. it is a strict ordinance that the residents should always have a clean and green surroundings and each house should have its own Comfort Room and Garden of fruits, flowers and vegetables. A forth month inspection and Symposiums is conducted with the Barangay Health Worker to discuss the importance of this program, to manually check the cleanliness of the house and its surroundings, if the garbage are well-segregated at the garbage bins provided and the backyard gardening as well. An Annual inspection with the health sanitary officers and the local government is also done to check which household/ area failed to do the same program, will be given assistance from the local government, thus Lucod has received various of recognitions from both local and provincial government, and has been the role model to other barangays to promote the same program. Through this, Lucod has marked for being one of the cleanest Barangay.

  • Other events are:

Concerts, Live Bands, Sport Fest, Motocross and flat track competition, "LUMBA-BANKA" (Boat racing challenge) Beach Volleyball, and Basketball League.

We likewise celebrate years of unity, stronger than ever. With the way we celebrate, we were once named as the little Las Vegas. Lucodanons are people as proud of their rich history as they are of the abundant future that the solid present has promised. With boast of smile and the way on how the Kalimasda festival were celebrated makes one wonder how life in this Barangay is catching up with fast-changing trends. Today, Lucod is proud of its statue as the Baganga's Queen Barangay of the South.

Take a close look at this Barangay and experience Kalimasda Festival, see this place we call our haven - Lucod.

A Glimpse of Lucod[edit]


  • Climb up the Bauyan.

Virtually unexplored, Mt. Bauyan provides a variety of nature's spectacular landscape. From forest green and sulfur pillars to majestic view of Baganga Bay untamed water springs and mystical beauty of flora and fauna. Mt. Bauyan lies in the boundaries of Barangay Central and Binondo.

  • Into the deep.

Explore the marvelous underwater horizon of Honasan Gulf. Dive deep at Libtong Rock, Daguit Island, Lucod Bay, Flores Beach and Alaska Beach. These Dive sites are only 45 to 90 minutes away from the Municipal proper.

  • Wining and Dining.

The diversity of people living in Lucod translates into an exciting culinary adventure. Finding a new or exotic type of cuisine is no problem here. Hop to Lucod Mangrove Place and sample the traditional Kinilaw, Or Kagang (Crabs), Manluhod (lobster) and Liboo (Clam shells) skewed over hot coals then dipped in a mixture of soy sauce and lemons. There are also grilled pawns, squid, and other seafoods, just drop by at the CB Oriental Fudz and CMER Diners where delicious oriental flavors are served, located at the heart of Lucod visit street grillers for other exciting food adventure that will surely hit, your taste buds.

  • Island Adventure.

For some fun in the sun visit Flores beach and Alaska beach. A pristine island with coves of white sand, Daguit Island offers a perfect view of coral reef formations, fishes and more! Enjoy snorkeling opportunities with its lively underwater menagerie.

  • Travel Smarts.

Getting There: From Davao City, you can take direct travel, of Bus or Van. Travel time is approximately six hours and 30 minutes from the City.

  • Staying In.

Its not hard to find comfortable lodgings in the area. There's the fully air conditioned 9 rooms two storey Morales Hostel Lounge at purok Santan that has a marvelous view of Baganga bay. The Lyra's Stay Inn is located at the heart of the Barangay. For one who wants a quite place to take a nap visit the Villa Jaoquina at sitio Manguak. The Baganga Lodge and Janice Lodging House are some place you can stay in, strategically located at the Municipality's Business District at the Barangay Central. For bigger group of people you can also take your rest at Let's Inn, located at Purok Fortune, approximately 3–5 minutes from the Baranggay proper. Smaller, more homely accommodations are also available.

  • Getting Around.

It is advisable to travel light. apart from the fabled Motorcycle, Tricycle are plenty as well. One can also avail of numerous rent-a-cars. Inquire from the hotel concierge.


  • Lucod Elementary School
  • The Baganga National High School

Day Care Center:

  • Halfmoone Lane Day Care Center
  • Lucod Day Care Center


  • DPWH First Engineering District
  • Baganga Water District
  • King Cooperative
  • Lucod Mangrove Cooperative


  • Petron Gasoline Station
  • Phoenix Gas Station
  • SYM Motorcycle Services
  • Arecas Printing Shoppe
  • Jules Grocery


  • Immas Bread
  • Skyla's Breadshoppe


  • Tourism Council of Barangay Lucod
  • Mutya ng Lucod Organization
  1. ChooseLucod



Population census of Baganga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 2,985 —    
1918 6,175 +4.97%
1939 8,737 +1.67%
1948 10,002 +1.51%
1960 17,993 +5.01%
1970 27,678 +4.40%
1975 32,670 +3.38%
1980 40,039 +4.15%
1990 37,719 −0.60%
1995 39,750 +0.99%
2000 43,122 +1.76%
2007 48,355 +1.59%
2010 53,426 +3.70%
2015 56,241 +0.98%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]


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. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Davao Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Davao Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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