Buenavista, Marinduque

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Municipality of Buenavista
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Buenavista
Nickname(s): Malindig Country
Map of Marinduque with Buenavista highlighted
Map of Marinduque with Buenavista highlighted
Buenavista is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°15′N 121°57′E / 13.25°N 121.95°E / 13.25; 121.95Coordinates: 13°15′N 121°57′E / 13.25°N 121.95°E / 13.25; 121.95
Country  Philippines
Region Mimaropa (Region IV-B)
Province Marinduque
District Lone district of Marinduque
Founded November 9, 1918
Barangays 15 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Russel Madrigal
 • Electorate 13,257 voters (2016)
 • Total 81.25 km2 (31.37 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 23,988
 • Density 300/km2 (760/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4904
PSGC 174002000
IDD:area code +63 (0)42
Climate type tropical climate
Income class 4th municipal income class

Buenavista, officially the Municipality of Buenavista, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Marinduque, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,988 people.[3]


Buenavista is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.[2]

  • Bagacay
  • Bagtingon
  • Bicas-bicas
  • Caigangan
  • Daykitin
  • Libas
  • Malbog
  • Sihi
  • Timbo (Sanggulong)
  • Tungib-Lipata
  • Yook
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)


The town was named "Buenavista" by Don Cornelio Sadiua, due to its "good view." Its former name was Sabang, which is the river that runs through it. The majority of Buenavistans trace their ancestry to the Don Cornelio Sadiua family.

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in Buenavista at Patay Ilog before making their way to the capital. Due to its rugged terrain, relative isolation, and fierce pro-American sentiment, Buenavista was the headquarters for the resistance movement. Japanese forces and the Resistance and guerrillas frequently engaged in skirmishes within the town borders. Occupying Japanese forces burned the school and municipal building, after holding captives composed a member from each Buenavista family. Guerrilla forces eventually re-captured the town.

The 'Libas Ambush, known locally as Pinag Labanan, was a joint guerrilla-Buenavistan effort in which Filipino guerrillas and Buenavistans ambushed and killed a troop of Japanese soldiers. After which the Japanese commandant issued a proclamation that for 1 Japanese soldier killed by the Filipinos in Buenavista, 10 Filipinos will die within a 5-mile radius.

In spite of the Japanese threats the Buenavistans continued their fight against Japanese occupation throughout the war, including rescuing and hiding several the combined Filipino and American military personnel during the war. One such rescue occurred shortly after the fall of Bataan, when the lighthouse keeper found an American seaman hiding among the shoreline rocks. These rescued Filipinos and Americans were clothed, fed and hidden by the Buenavistans, even though they risked execution if the Japanese found out about it.

In 1945, the combined U.S. and Allied Philippine Commonwealth military forces landed at Caigangan beach in Buenavista and attacked from the Japanese Imperial forces in the Battle of Marinduque. The Buenavista Campaign was the first major offensive fought during the Battle of Marinduque. It culminated in a bloody firefight between the Japanese and a joint Allied- Filipino guerrilla offensive. The Japanese, who were headquartered in the Municipal building and elementary school, were soundly defeated.

Buenavista was chosen as the headquarters of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the U.S. Army Signal Corps due to their record of anti-Japanese actions during the war. The U.S. Army Signal Corps and the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army were quartered in Pablo Pe's bodega in the town.

The longest serving Mayor was Recaredo Sarmiento. His term was interrupted during World War II. The first Chinese-Filipino Mayor was Wilfredo Sadiua Pe.


Population census of Buenavista
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1939 4,354 —    
1948 5,040 +1.64%
1960 7,303 +3.14%
1970 10,463 +3.66%
1975 11,787 +2.42%
1980 13,025 +2.02%
1990 15,495 +1.75%
1995 17,358 +2.15%
2000 19,271 +2.27%
2007 21,018 +1.20%
2010 23,111 +3.51%
2015 23,988 +0.71%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Buenavista, Marinduque, was 23,988 people,[3] with a density of 300 inhabitants per square kilometre or 780 inhabitants per square mile.


Locally crafted products include:

  • Kalamay-hati: A type of coconut jam made from coconut cream and sugar or molasses
  • Maja blanca: A type of coconut pudding
  • Suman: A dessert/snack made of sticky rice and coconut steamed in leaves.
  • Puto: A steamed rice cake.
  • Bagoong: A traditional fish paste made using fresh local/sustainable ingredients.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Buenavista Town Park
  • The Palengke Seaside Cultural Arts and Entertainment Pavilion: A local gathering place for Buenavista events, parties, and exhibitions.
  • Malbog Hot Springs: Located in the Malbog district. These are hot sulfur springs, heated by the volcanic Mount Malindig. They reputedly have therapeutic and healing properties.
  • Elephant Island (previously Isla Perro): Located off the coast of Buenavista in the shadow of Malindig. In the 1970s the island was for sale at a price of 3000 pesos. In 2009, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa opened in this island.
  • Inuman Bato (Drinking Rock): Located in Suk'an district. It is a tidal pool on the beach that is submerged in the sea during high tide. At low tide, the pool is filled with drinkable, fresh water. It was reportedly featured in the popular "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" newspaper serial during the 1950s.
  • Pablo Pe's Bodega: Located on Don Cornelio Street, next to the Pe House. This humble structure served as the headquarters of the United States Army Signal Corps during the Liberation.


  • Santo Nino Festival: A four-day festival of food, fun and family-friendly activities and events. It is held annually in January.
  • Flores de Mayo: This celebration is held yearly from May 1 through May 31. It is in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The children of Buenavista give gifts of bouquets and wreaths of native flowers to the Blessed Virgin.

Educational institutions[edit]


  • Marinduque Victorians College


  • Buenavista National High School
  • Buenavista National High School - Bagacay Annex
  • Buenavista National High School - Daykitin Annex
  • Buenavista National High School - Lipata-Tungib Annex
  • Buenavista National High School - Sihi Annex
  • Yook National High School


  • Bagacay Elementary School
  • Bagtingon Elementary School
  • Bancuro Public School
  • Bicas-Bicas Elementary School
  • Binunga Public School
  • Buenavista Central School
  • Caigangan Elementary School
  • Daat Public School
  • Daykitin Elementary School
  • Libas Elementary School
  • Lipata Elementary School
  • Malbog Elementary School
  • Pag-Asa Elementary School
  • Sihi Elementary School
  • Timbo Elementary School
  • Tungib Elementary School
  • Yook Elementary School


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

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