Gigmoto, Catanduanes

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Gigmoto
Municipality
Municipality of Gigmoto
Poblacion
Poblacion
Map of Catanduanes with Gigmoto highlighted
Map of Catanduanes with Gigmoto highlighted
Gigmoto is located in Philippines
Gigmoto
Gigmoto
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°47′N 124°23′E / 13.78°N 124.38°E / 13.78; 124.38Coordinates: 13°47′N 124°23′E / 13.78°N 124.38°E / 13.78; 124.38
Country  Philippines
Region Bicol Region (Region V)
Province Catanduanes
District Lone district
Founded June 15, 1951
Barangays 9 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Armando Guerrero
 • Electorate 6,710 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 181.82 km2 (70.20 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 8,368
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4804
PSGC 052005000
IDD:area code +63 (0)52
Climate type tropical monsoon climate
Income class 5th municipal income class
Website www.gigmoto-catanduanes.gov.ph

Gigmoto, officially the Municipality of Gigmoto, is a 5th class municipality in the province of Catanduanes, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,368 people.[3]

Gigmoto

Barangays[edit]

Gigmoto is politically subdivided into 9 barangays.[2]

Barangay Pop. (2007) Pop. (2010)[4]
Biong
728
824
Dororian
1,169
1,253
Poblacion District I
699
821
Poblacion District II
1,662
1,694
Poblacion District III
769
794
San Pedro
442
486
San Vicente
444
451
Sicmil
939
954
Sioron
717
726

History[edit]

The name Gigmoto originated from the Bicol word himbot that means “just in time”. This is supposedly related to the romantic venture of a young man from Baras seeking to court a maiden from the town of Viga. Competing with several other suitors, the man traveled northbound to win the love of the maiden. He was overtaken by the night, so he slept in that place. In the morning he proceeded to Viga, arriving there just before nightfall. After staying for a period of time in Viga, the man from Baras won the heart of the woman. When the lovers were bound for Baras, they stayed overnight at Gigmoto – “just in time” for their first romantic night of being together.

As years went by Himbotan was changed to Higmoto. Years thereafter, believing that with the “H” Higmoto seemed to be a Japanese word, the “H” was changed to “G” – thus the name Gigmoto.

The first families to settle there were the Tanaels, followed by the Dayawons, both from Baras. The Tolledos, the Tatings and the Tatads came next. Other families from Baras, Bato and from the town of Virac had come and ultimately made Gigmoto the biggest barrio of the Municipality of Baras.

The town was created from the barrios of Sicmil and Sioron from Viga and the barrios of San Vicente, Gigmoto, Biong and Dororian from Baras.[5]

On June 15, 1951, the government officials for the newly created town were appointed by the then Congressman Severiano de Leon who authored the bill creating the municipality with the approval of President Elpidio Quirino. Mr. Juan Q. Sarmiento who happened to be the first public school teacher became the first mayor with Andres Dayawon as Vice Mayor. Messrs. Maximo Tapalla, Apolinar Tatad, Marcelino Dayawon and Apolinar Joson were then appointed municipal councilors. Mr. Candido Tuboro became the first municipal treasurer. Fr. Andres Tablizo was the parish priest and Mr. Serafin Rodulfo was the first principal.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Gigmoto
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1960 5,697 —    
1970 5,133 −1.04%
1975 5,950 +3.01%
1980 6,137 +0.62%
1990 6,487 +0.56%
1995 6,736 +0.71%
2000 7,055 +1.00%
2007 7,569 +0.97%
2010 8,003 +2.05%
2015 8,368 +0.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][6][7]


In the 2015 census, the population of Gigmoto was 8,368 people,[3] with a density of 46 inhabitants per square kilometre or 120 inhabitants per square mile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Catanduanes". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Gigmoto in the province of Catanduanes". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Province of Catanduanes". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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