Carigara, Leyte

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Map of Leyte with Carigara highlighted
Map of Leyte with Carigara highlighted
Carigara is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°18′N 124°41′E / 11.300°N 124.683°E / 11.300; 124.683Coordinates: 11°18′N 124°41′E / 11.300°N 124.683°E / 11.300; 124.683
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Leyte
Congr. district 2nd district of Leyte
Barangays 49
 • Mayor Eduardo Ong
 • Total 117.86 km2 (45.51 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 47,444
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6529
Dialing code 53

Carigara is a second class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 47,444 people.[3] It is a town in northern Leyte located right on the shore of Carigara Bay, and surrounded by wide rice fields fanning out towards the mountains in the distance. Last November 8, the town of Carigara suffered the destructive force of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) but the destruction is only minor with 2 recorded deaths.


Carigara is politically subdivided into 49 barangays.[2]

  • Balilit
  • Barayong
  • Barugohay Central
  • Barugohay Norte
  • Barugohay Sur
  • Baybay (Pob.)
  • Binibihan
  • Bislig
  • Caghalo
  • Camansi
  • Canal
  • Candigahub
  • Canlampay
  • Cogon
  • Cutay
  • East Visoria
  • Guindapunan East
  • Guindapunan West
  • Hiluctogan
  • Jugaban (Pob.)
  • Libo
  • Lower Hiraan
  • Lower Sogod
  • Macalpi
  • Manloy
  • Nauguisan
  • Pangna
  • Parag-um
  • Parina
  • Piloro
  • Ponong (Pob.)
  • Sagkahan
  • San Mateo (Pob.)
  • Santa Fe
  • Sawang (Pob.)
  • Tagak
  • Tangnan
  • Tigbao
  • Tinaguban
  • Upper Hiraan
  • Upper Sogod
  • Uyawan
  • West Visoria
  • Paglaum
  • San Juan
  • Bagong Lipunan
  • Canfabi
  • Rizal (Tagak East)
  • San Isidro


Carigara was originally called Kangara, meaning "that of Gara" or simply "Gara's". Gara was said to have come from Borneo, one of the unnamed companions of the ten datus who landed in Panay and purchased that island from the Ati (or Aeta) chief Marikudo. Later, for phonetic convenience, Kangara became Kalgara and when the Spaniards came, they called the place Carigara; hence its present name.

Carigara has a history unique from its neighboring towns. It is the first town established in Eastern Visayas. Its town fiesta which is celebrated every 16 July, commemorates the day of the first coming of the Spaniards dated July 16, 1569. The fiesta that is celebrated almost the entire month of July was dubbed as the Fiesta of the Holy Cross.


Population census of Carigara
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 38,863 —    
1995 42,302 +1.60%
2000 43,455 +0.58%
2007 45,696 +0.70%
2010 47,444 +1.38%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 19 June 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 19 June 2013. 

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