Burauen, Leyte

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Map of Leyte with Burauen highlighted
Map of Leyte with Burauen highlighted
Burauen is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°59′N 124°54′E / 10.983°N 124.900°E / 10.983; 124.900Coordinates: 10°59′N 124°54′E / 10.983°N 124.900°E / 10.983; 124.900
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Leyte
Congr. district 2nd district of Leyte
Barangays 77
 • Mayor Fe S. Renomeron
 • Total 265.33 km2 (102.44 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 52,732
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6516
Dialing code 53

Burauen is a first class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 52,732 people.[3]

It is located in the central part of Leyte Island, bounded to the north by Dagami and Tabon-tabon, on the east by Julita, south by Lapaz and on the west by Albuera and Ormoc.


The name "Burauen" evolved from the word “burabod” which means "spring". This is because Burauen is the fountainhead of several rivers: the big Daguitan and Marabong rivers, the Guinarona and Hibuga rivers that pass through several neighbouring towns, as well as several smaller ones. The legend behind the name speaks of a drought when several tributaries of these rivers dried up, forcing people to flock to a cluster of large springs in the town. The place was duly called “Buraburon” which according to Justice Norberto Lopez Romualdez Sr., is the “multiplicative construction of the word "haru” (spring), which indicates “abundance”. Over the years, the name “Buraburon” ("having many springs") evolved into “Burawon” and finally into “Burawen”.

Clandestine diggings conducted by antique hunters and verified by National Museum archaeologists yielded valuable artifacts consisting of chinaware and jars. Some of the discoveries were Stone Age artifacts and implements. These antiques and artifacts were found on the plateaus of both sides of the Kag-oloolo Brook of Barangay Patag and Villa Aurora, which were about 16 kilometers south-west of the poblacion of Burauen. Similar artifacts were found in Barangay Paghudlan which is 12 kilometers from the Kag-oloolo. Earlier diggings on the south-western portion of the poblacion, and those in Barangays Tambuco and Armasen, revealed several precious antiques. With the extensive presence of these artifacts over the said areas, the past locations of prehistoric settlements in Burauen during are indicated.


Burauen is politically subdivided into 77 barangays.[2]

  • Abuyogon
  • Anonang
  • Arado
  • Balao
  • Baletson
  • Balorinay
  • Bobon
  • Buenavista
  • Buri
  • Caanislagan
  • Cadahunan
  • Cagangon
  • Cali
  • Calsadahay
  • Candag-on
  • Cansiboy
  • Catagbacan
  • Poblacion District I
  • Poblacion District II
  • Poblacion District III
  • Poblacion District IV
  • Poblacion District V
  • Poblacion District VI
  • Poblacion District VII
  • Poblacion District VIII
  • Poblacion District IX
  • Dumalag
  • Ilihan
  • Esperansa
  • Gitabla
  • Hapunan
  • Hibonawan
  • Hugpa East
  • Hugpa West
  • Kalao
  • Kaparasanan
  • Laguiwan
  • Libas
  • Limburan
  • Logsongan
  • Maabab
  • Maghubas
  • Mahagnao ( Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park )
  • Malabca
  • Malaguinabot
  • Malaihao
  • Matin-ao
  • Moguing
  • Paghudlan
  • Paitan
  • Pangdan
  • Patag
  • Patong
  • Pawa
  • Roxas
  • Sambel
  • San Esteban
  • San Fernando
  • San Jose East
  • San Jose West
  • San Pablo
  • Tabuanon
  • Tagadtaran
  • Taghoyan
  • Takin
  • Tambis
  • Toloyao
  • Villa Aurora
  • Villa Corazon
  • Villa Patria
  • Villa Rosas
  • Kagbana
  • Damulo-an
  • Dina-ayan
  • Gamay
  • Kalipayan
  • Tambuko


Population census of Burauen
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 46,029 —    
1995 50,319 +1.68%
2000 47,180 −1.37%
2007 48,606 +0.41%
2010 48,853 +0.18%
Source: National Statistics Office[4]


Major economic activities of the people in this town include farming and trade/commerce. Palay and coconut are among its major crops.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Region VIII (EASTERN VISAYAS)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "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 June 2013. 

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