Balangiga, Eastern Samar

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Map of Eastern Samar with Balangiga highlighted
Map of Eastern Samar with Balangiga highlighted
Balangiga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°07′N 125°23′E / 11.117°N 125.383°E / 11.117; 125.383Coordinates: 11°07′N 125°23′E / 11.117°N 125.383°E / 11.117; 125.383
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Eastern Samar
Congr. district Lone district of E. Samar
Barangays 13
 • Mayor Viscuso S. de Lira
 • Total 190.05 km2 (73.38 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 12,756
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6812
Dialing code 55

Balangiga is a fourth class municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 12,756 people.[3]

Balangiga is the site of the Balangiga massacre in 1901, which remains one of the longest-running and most controversial issues of the Philippine–American War.


Balangiga is located on the southern coast of the island of Samar facing Leyte Gulf, and sits at the mouth of the Balangiga River. To the west lies the municipality of Lawaan, to the north is Llorente, and to the east are the municipalities of Quinapondan and Giporlos.


Balangiga is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Bacjao
  • Cag-olango
  • Cansumangcay
  • Guinmaayohan
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Poblacion IV
  • Poblacion V
  • Poblacion VI
  • San Miguel
  • Sta. Rosa
  • Maybunga


Balangiga has 9 public elementary schools, namely:

  • Balangiga Central Elementary School
  • Bacjao Elementary School
  • Bangon Elementary School
  • Cag-olango Elementary School
  • Cansumangkay Elementary School
  • Guinmaayohan Elementary School
  • Maybunga Elementary School
  • San Miguel Elementary School
  • Santa Rosa Elementary School

Has 1 public secondary school:

  • Southern Samar National Comprehensive High School

Has 1 private secondary school:

  • MSH Sisters Academy Balangiga

Daughter Towns[edit]

The municipalities of Lawaan, Giporlos, and Quinapondan were former barangays of the municipality of Balangiga.


Balangiga can be reached through public utility vans and buses from Tacloban City. Pedicabs, tricycles, and habal-habal by the means of inner town transportation.


Population census of Balangiga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 9,565 —    
1995 11,100 +2.83%
2000 10,662 −0.86%
2007 12,428 +2.14%
2010 12,756 +0.95%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Eastern Samar". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 April 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 24 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Eastern Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 

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