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|Motto: Gubat is for Life|
Map of Sorsogon showing the location of Gubat
|Region||Bicol (Region V)|
|District||2nd District of Sorsogon|
|• Vice Mayor||Dan Pura|
|• Total||134.51 km2 (51.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
Gubat (Bikol: Municipalidad nin Gubat; Filipino: Bayan ng Gubat), is a first-class Urban Municipality in Sorsogon, Philippines. As of the 2010 census, the town has a population of 57,327 persons. Gubat is divided into 2 districts: the North District and South District. Gubat is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.The people who live here speak the Gubat language which is also a mix of tagalog and waray-waray, a Southern Sorsoganon sub-language and they were called Gubatnons.
Gubat is in the south-eastern part of Luzon Island, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean on the Bicol Peninsula. It is the third largest town in the province of Sorsogon. This town's white-sand beaches to the east that faces the Pacific Ocean are well known in surrounding towns and cities.One famous beach resort here is the Rizal Beach Resort which hosts the PhilHobie Challenge. Also lots of tourists come here locally or internationally.
Gubat was in the news in November 2006 when it became the site of a scientific expedition by astronomers Dr. Armando Lee, Bamm Gabriana, and Rochelle Derilo to observe the rare Mercury transit. Gubat was the best town in Luzon to observe the event.
- Balud Del Norte (Pob.)
- Balud Del Sur (Pob.)
- Cota Na Daco (Pob.)
- Dita (Estillero Origin)
- Jupi (Estillero Origin)
- Luna-Candol (Pob.)
- Manook (Pob.)
- Panganiban (Pob.)
- Paradijon (Pob.)
- Pinontingan (Pob.)
- San Ignacio
- Santa Ana
Gubat was originally a big barrio of Bulusan, inhabited by a few Tagalogs, Visayans and Albayanons who travelled on foot to hunt wild animals. These people built their homes close to the shore and called their location Buri, which today is the barrio of Buenavista. In 1764, Gubat finally became a town with Don Pedro Manook, the first Teniente del Barrio, also becoming the first gobernadorcillo.
The word "gúbat" means forest in Tagalog. However, the name applied to the town is derived from the verb "guinobat", a term used by the natives which means "raided". In the early days when Christians and Muslims were constantly at odds, Muslim pirates would come in from the southern seas to raid the town. Because of the frequent raids, the town was referred to as "guinobat" which eventually became "Gubat". Legend has it that during one of those raids, the pastor along with the townspeople held up a statue of St. Anthony to ward off the attack, praying for a miracle. In one account, it was said that the child Jesus in St. Anthony's arms drove back the pirates. St. Anthony of Padua became the town's patron saint and his feast day is lavishly celebrated as an official parish and town holiday every13 June.
The town settlers had to move a number of times before finally deciding to settle at a place they considered safe and peaceful. Eventually, they began to expand, laying out permanent streets, the first of which are what we now know as Luna and Calderon Streets.
The main parish church itself has an interesting history. In 1768, the people decided to build a church. The locals, being poor, urged the town captain, Don Juan Bonifacio, to require all men to contribute one cubic meter of "talaksan" (coral stone) apiece. It took ten years of preparation and it was not until 1778 that construction finally started.
Although it has since undergone several renovations, the church foundation is still the original one built in 1778. The rectory is the oldest and one of the only two remaining rectories dating back that far in the entire Bicol region.
|Population census of Gubat|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The main livelihoods of the people, then and now, are agriculture and fishing. Harvest times for rice crops are from April to May, and December. Fishing is year-round.
Gubat can be reached mostly through land transport from Manila by bus, taking about 12 hours. There are several bus companies that operates daily from Manila to Gubat and vice versa: Alps The Bus Inc., JVH Transport/Pamar, Elavil Tours Phils. Inc., Raymond Transportation, St.Jude Transit, CUL Transport, DLTBCo., Penafrancia Tours/RSL/Isarog and Philtranco.
There are also jeepneys that provide transportation to Sorsogon City, Bulusan, Barcelona, Prieto-Diaz, Casiguran, Irosin and local barangays like Tigkiw,Bentuco and Benguet. Local tricycles travels to the innermost barangays like Union,Bulacao,Rizal,Cabigaan and Sangat.
The town has modern and efficient communications facilities including cellular mobile phone (Sun Cellular, Globe 3G and Smart 3G),Cable facility like AHH and Signal HD,Telephone Company PLDT,Digitel,internet cafes and internet service providers. Cable TV is also available ANH Cable TV, & DCTV Cable With Broadband. There is also a Radio station within the downtown area named DWPS FM 91.1 mHz "Rainbow Radio" The First Fm Radio in Town and Padaba(Gubat)105.1 mHz
Gubat is slowly being recognized as the only beginner friendly surfing spot in the province of Sorsogon. The sand bottom beach breaks of Barangays Ariman and Buenavista (Dangkalan and Rizal Beach) produce 2 to 5 feet waves from September to May. With the formation of Gubat Bay Surfers by Bidge Villarroya and surfboards donated by the Local Government Unit under Mayor Ding Ramos, surfing is more accessible to the local population and tourists alike. The new group of Gubat Sorsogon Surfer's Association, still under Bidge Villarroya is now performing well in the National Surf Competition Scene, winning 3 national surf championships and numerous finalist positions. Gubat is the Top 1 in Ngo Sport Airsoft Society by the NGO Bicol Sorsogon Chapter.
The town celebrates its Ginubat Festival annually every 13 June in honor of its patron, St. Anthony of Padua. It is also the foundation of the town.
Although the dominant religion of the majority is Roman Catholicism,there are some:
- Iglesia ni Cristo
- Islam (some traders and residents)
- Buddhism (Chinese traders and residents)
- Members Church of God International
- Gubat North Central School
- Gubat South Central School
- Aguinaldo Elementary School
- Bagacay Elementary School
- Benguet Elementary School
- Bentuco Elementary School
- Beriran Elementary School
- Bonifacio Elementary School
- Buenavista Elementary School
- Bulacao Elementary School
- Cabigaan Elementary School
- Cabiguhan Elementary School
- Carriedo Elementary School
- Casili Elementary School
- Cogon Elementary School
- Dita Elementary School
- Jupi Elementary School
- Landmark Baptist Academy
- Lapinig Elementary School
- Manapao Elementary School
- Naagtan Elementary School
- Nato Elementary School
- Nazareno Elementary School
- Ogao Elementary School
- Paco Elementary School
- Patag Elementary School
- Payawin Elementary School
- Rizal Elementary School
- San Ignacio Elementary School
- Sangat Elementary School
- Santa Ana Elementary School
- Tabi Elementary School
- Tagaytay Elementary School
- Tigkiw Elementary School
- Tiris Elementary School
- Togawe Elementary School
- Union Elementary School
- St. Anthony Academy (St. Louise De Marillac School System)
- Gubat National High School
- Landmark Baptist Academy
- Bagacay National High School
- Bentuco National High School
- Bulacao National High School
- Jupi National High School
- Rizal National High School
- Bicol University (Gubat Campus)
- Data Base Technology Computer School
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- Gubatnons of Northern California