Bulan, Sorsogon

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Map of Sorsogon with Bulan highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Bulan highlighted
Bulan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°40′N 123°53′E / 12.667°N 123.883°E / 12.667; 123.883Coordinates: 12°40′N 123°53′E / 12.667°N 123.883°E / 12.667; 123.883
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Sorsogon
Legislative district 2nd district of Sorsogon
Barangays 63
 • Mayor Romeo Gordola
 • Total 196.96 km2 (76.05 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 100,096
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4706
IDD:area code 56

Bulan is a first class municipality[2] in the south of Luzon island, Sorsogon Province, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population 100,076 inhabitants.[3] The municipality's name literally means "Moon", it was named after an ancient lunar deity worshiped by the precolonial settlers of the land.


The Municipality of Bulan is located at the south-westernmost tip of the Bicol Peninsula of the island of Luzon. It has an area of exactly 20,094 hectares and is the terminal and burgeoning center of trade and commerce of its neighboring towns. It comprises fifty-five (55) barangays and eight (8) zones and is populated by people of diversified origin.

This municipality is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Magallanes, on the east by the municipalities of Juban and Irosin, on the south by the Municipality of Matnog, and on the west by Ticao Pass. It has a distance of 667 kilometres (414 mi) from Manila, 63 kilometres (39 mi) from the province's capital Sorsogon City, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the town of Irosin and 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the town of Matnog.


Bulan is politically subdivided into 63 barangays.

  • A. Bonifacio (Tinurilan)
  • Abad Santos (Kambal)
  • Aguinaldo (Lipata Dako)
  • Antipolo
  • Aquino (Imelda)
  • Bical
  • Beguin
  • Bonga
  • Butag
  • Cadandanan
  • Calomagon
  • Calpi
  • Cocok-Cabitan
  • Daganas
  • Danao
  • Dolos
  • E. Quirino (Pinangomhan)
  • Fabrica
  • G. Del Pilar (Tanga)
  • Gate
  • Inararan
  • J. Gerona (Biton)
  • J.P. Laurel (Pon-od)
  • Jamorawon
  • Libertad (Calle Putol)
  • Lajong
  • Magsaysay (Bongog)
  • Managa-naga
  • Marinab
  • Nasuje
  • Montecalvario
  • N. Roque (Calayugan)
  • Namo
  • Obrero
  • Osmeña (Lipata Saday)
  • Otavi
  • Padre Diaz
  • Palale
  • Quezon (Cabarawan)[4]
  • R. Gerona
  • Recto
  • Roxas (Busay)
  • Sagrada
  • San Francisco (Polot)
  • San Isidro (Cabugaan)
  • San Juan Bag-o
  • San Juan Daan
  • San Rafael (Togbongon)
  • San Ramon
  • San Vicente
  • Sta. Remedios
  • Sta. Teresita (Trece)
  • Sigad
  • Somagongsong
  • Tarhan
  • Taromata
  • Zone 1 (Ilawod)
  • Zone 2 (Sabang)
  • Zone 3 (Central)
  • Zone 4 (Central Business District)
  • Zone 5 (Canipaan)
  • Zone 6 (Baybay)
  • Zone 7 (Iraya)
  • Zone 8 (Loyo)


Population census of Bulan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 13,431 —    
1918 19,268 +2.44%
1939 29,414 +2.03%
1948 37,231 +2.65%
1960 46,520 +1.87%
1970 54,180 +1.53%
1975 56,013 +0.67%
1980 60,911 +1.69%
1990 66,450 +0.87%
1995 74,219 +2.09%
2000 82,688 +2.34%
2007 91,730 +1.44%
2010 93,943 +0.87%
2015 100,076 +1.21%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[5][6][7][8]


Residents of Bulan are now looking forward to its cityhood because of its rapid-economic growth considering the fact that it is cited as the richest municipality in the province and 5th among the 1st class municipalities in Bicol Region with an average annual income of Php 58.8M. If it happens, Bulan will be the second city in the province and will be the 8th in the region.

Major exports of this town are from its coastal waters, agricultural lands produce rice, copra, abaca fiber.

Most of the revenues come from the fishing port of Bulan and businesses.

There is one commercial bank in Bulan, the Allied Bank (with 2 ATMs), a rural bank Rural Bank of San Jacinto, Masbate, and the Camalig Bank.

There are also lending institutions like Intertrade, GSAC, and PALFSI that are very popular to SMEs.


Bulan has fixed landline phones from Digitel and PLDT. Mobile or cellular networks are Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular Telecommunications Companies


Primary education

The Primary Education in Bulan is divided into two Districts, the Bulan North District comprising all the Barangays towards the north coastal Barangays, to the interior land locked northern Barangays. The Bulan South District comprises the southern Coastal Barangays.

Secondary education

Bulan has many secondary educational institutions. The largest public high school is Bulan National High School. Formerly, it was the Bulan High School/Bulan Vocational High School, before the former was converted into Sorsogon State College Bulan Campus. BNHS has satellite Campuses at Barangays Otavi, Beguin, J.P. Laurel, San Juan Bag-o. There is also a Secondary School in San Francisco, one of the biggest Barangay of Bulan. The San Franscisco National High School. On the coastal area, Quezon National High School,[9] is one and only coastal high school in the area. Where students from nearby barangays (Osmeña, Aguinaldo, Sagrada and even Coron-Coron & Sua - part of Municipality of Matnog, use to send their students. The only school to represent major national events as headed by Mrs. Adelia O. Gregorio (Principal), Mr. Renato B. Gallenito and their co-teachers (by: HBF).

There are various private secondary schools. The St. Louise De Marillac School (Formerly Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion) a Catholic school run by the Daughters of Charity religious congregation, Saint Bonaventure Academy of Butag, the Southern Luzon Institute-Kenerino Ramirez Asuncion Memorial School (SLI-KRAMS) were the oldest school in Bulan, Solis Institute of Technology, and A.G. Villaroya Technological Foundation Institute.

Tertiary education
  • Sorsogon State College - Bulan Campus
  • R.G. De Castro Colleges (formerly Quezon Academy)
  • Solis Institute of Technology
  • A.G. Villaroya (Post-Secondary courses only)
Alternative Learning System (non-formal education)

Aside from the formal education system, a parallel alternative learning system program is incorporated in the education system to provide a viable alternative to the existing formal education structure. It encompasses both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills such as those acquired at home, the church, media, environment or even the life itself and span the pre-literacy to higher skills continuum.

There are two major existing programs implemented.1) Basic Literacy Program 2)Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E). ALS implementers such as Mobile Teachers and District ALS Coordinators were the one administer the implementation of the programs. It is intended for Out-of-School Youth and Adults who are unschooled or school drop-out. For more inquiries look for Bulan South and Bulan North Districts ALS implementers.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Sorsogon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
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  5. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
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