Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte

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Map of Surigao del Norte with Gigaquit highlighted
Map of Surigao del Norte with Gigaquit highlighted
Gigaquit is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°35′N 125°42′E / 9.583°N 125.700°E / 9.583; 125.700Coordinates: 09°35′N 125°42′E / 9.583°N 125.700°E / 9.583; 125.700
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Norte
Congr. district 2nd district of Surigao del Norte
Established 1850
Barangays 13
 • Mayor Carlos Manongas Egay
 • Total 138.11 km2 (53.32 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 18,784
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8409
Dialing code 86

Gigaquit is a fourth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2010 Census, it has a population of 18,784.[3]

The name is derived from the words gigad (meaning "shore") and gakit (meaning "bamboo raft") and refers to the means of transportation that the early settlers used to travel from the inland to the shore.[4]


Gigaquit is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Alambique (Pob.)
  • Anibongan
  • Cam-boayon
  • Camam-onan
  • Ipil (Pob.)
  • Lahi
  • Mahanub
  • Poniente
  • San Antonio (Bonot)
  • San Isidro (Parang)
  • Sico-sico
  • Villaflor
  • Villafranca


Gigaquit was established in 1850 by Cero, a native who fortified the place to make it safe from Moro raiders. During this period, the local population was Christianized by priests from religious orders who made Saint Augustine their patron saint.[4]

Bacuag and Claver, which had been part of Gigaquit, became separate municipalities in 1918 and 1955 under Executive Order Nos. 61 and 126 respectively.[4]


Population census of Gigaquit
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 13,715 —    
1995 15,261 +2.16%
2000 16,155 +1.15%
2007 18,870 +2.24%
2010 18,784 −0.15%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Surigao del Norte". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 August 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 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Historical Background". Gigaquit. Province of Surigao Del Norte. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Province of Surigao Del Norte". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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