Casiguran, Sorsogon

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Map of Sorsogon with Casiguran highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Casiguran highlighted
Casiguran is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°52′N 124°01′E / 12.867°N 124.017°E / 12.867; 124.017Coordinates: 12°52′N 124°01′E / 12.867°N 124.017°E / 12.867; 124.017
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Sorsogon
Legislative district 1st district of Sorsogon
Founded October 7, 1600
Barangays 25
 • Mayor Edwin Hamor
 • Total 87.13 km2 (33.64 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 30,995
 • Density 360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4702
IDD:area code 56

Casiguran is a fourth class municipality in Sorsogon Province, Philippines, at the south of Luzon island. This town is on the coast of Sorsogon Bay, making it a suburb of neighboring Sorsogon City. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,995 people.[3]


Casiguran is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.[2]

  • Adovis (Pob.)
  • Boton
  • Burgos
  • Casay
  • Cawit
  • Central (Pob.)
  • Colambis
  • Escuela
  • Ponong
  • Inlagadean
  • Lungib
  • Mabini
  • Ponong
  • Rizal
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Juan
  • San Pascual
  • Sta. Cruz
  • Somal-ot (Pob.)
  • Gogon
  • Tigbao
  • Timbayog (Pob.)
  • Tiris
  • Trece Martires
  • Tulay (Pob.)


Established in the year 1600, Casiguran was the first missionary parish of Sorsogon. When the Spaniards first set foot in this part of Luzon in the 1570s, Casiguran was considered as their center of Kabikolan.

In 1583, the Franciscan missionaries took over the evangilization work started by the Augustinians.

The name Casiguran is believed to come from the Bicol phrase kasi gurang, meaning, mostly old, pointing to the fact that it was the first parish and therefore to be considered to be populated by senior inhabitants.

It is also believed that the town was named Casiguran because, during the Spanish times, all the young men and ladies were kept hidden and only old people can be seen in the town. The reason of the townspeople for this is that the young people are being abused by the Spaniards, thus, kept them in hiding. One day, Americans set foot in the soil of the town and asked for its name. The people did not understand their language. Thinking that the Americans were asking why there are no young people, the people answered, "kasi gurang" (because only old people live there). The Americans thought that "Kasi gurang" was the name of the town. They left repeating the words "kasi gurang" as not to forget them, until it came to be called as "Casiguran."


Population census of Casiguran
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 22,277 —    
1995 25,804 +2.79%
2000 28,057 +1.81%
2007 30,165 +1.00%
2010 30,995 +0.99%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


  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. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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