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Map of Quezon showing the location of Jomalig
Map of Quezon showing the location of Jomalig
Jomalig is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°42′45″N 122°22′11″E / 14.71250°N 122.36972°E / 14.71250; 122.36972Coordinates: 14°42′45″N 122°22′11″E / 14.71250°N 122.36972°E / 14.71250; 122.36972
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Quezon
District 1st district of Quezon
Founded 1961
Barangays 5
 • Mayor Rodelo Torres Tena
 • Total 56.65 km2 (21.87 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 6,884
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4342
Dialing code 42
Income class 5th class; partially urban

Jomalig is a fifth class municipality on the namesake island in the province of Quezon, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 6,884 persons, making it the least populated municipality in the province.[3]


Jomalig Island is about 75 nautical miles (139 km) southeast of Polillo Islands. Mostly, the land of Jomalig is cultivated for agricultural land use. Most of the inhabitants of this island depend on coconut products, rice, fish and other root crops. Considered as one of the smallest and farthest island municipalities of Quezon Province, its land area is at 5,665 hectares (14,000 acres). Some of its land have been alienated and is dedicated mostly on coconut land which is at 3,104.0 hectares with 2,605 hectares which comprises forests, swamps and grassland.

The inhabitants of this municipality originates from different ethnic groups similar to those of from Eastern Samar, Bohol, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte and mostly from Quezon Province.


Jomalig is politically subdivided into 5 barangays.[2]

  • Bukal
  • Casuguran
  • Gango
  • Talisoy (Poblacion)
  • Apad


The history of Jomalig Island is one of the best love story legend in Quezon province. Although many old Jomaligins (its people) doesn't know or couldn't remember where Jomalig derives its name, there are few old residents who remember the wonderful legend from their ancestors. Based on the story, there was a Datu who lived on island and had a beautiful daughter. A young man from a neighboring island wanted to marry the princess but Datu challenged him. The Datu said that he will only give his daughter if the young man can roam the island in one day and successfully shoot three fishes in every pond on the island. The young man took the Datu's challenged but in the end failed. At this point, he asked the girl to come with him but they failed to leave. Hopeless, he requested the princess to kiss him. The people in island witnessed what happened and they shouted “humalik”, and she kissed the young man. From that time on, the people on island named the island “Humalik”. Many years passed and the Humalik become Jomalig. Many old residents said that the Americans changed it when they conquered Philippines.

Due to the geographical location of Jomalig, the district found it difficult to be recognized and established which further contributed to its slow development. It was only in the year 1952 when Jomalig, Quezon was subdivided for agricultural and residential lots sponsored by Mayor Mamerto P. Azarias and the Municipal Council.

Only through the inauguration by the late Congressman Manuel S. Enverga did the civic leaders geared towards self-reliance. It instigated them towards development in agriculture and with this, many people from the Bicol Region migrated for a richer pastures and uplifted livelihood.

Jomalig Island was a former barrio of Polillo, but on January 22, 1961, with the enactment of Republic Act. No. 3372, Jomalig Island was separated from the municipal district of Polillo, Quezon.


Population census of Jomalig
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 4,542 —    
1995 4,371 −0.72%
2000 5,817 +6.32%
2007 6,111 +0.68%
2010 6,884 +4.43%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Tourist attractions =[edit]

The Kanaway beach features a wide rippled golden sand at low tide exposing Pulo Islet which is open for a short trek.

While walking at beaches, you may feel like you’re walking in foreign island. It’s a kind of Pine tree that grows in tropical place or beaches.


The island has golden and of course white sand. While traveling at the sea and reaching the place, you might seen the snow-like beaches. The Jomalig compared to the famous Boracay Island because of their white sand. It’s like desert paradise in the middle of ocean.


Sand that is much larger than white sand, that shines as gold. Always has its low tide, it remains beautiful view of sand forming like farming area.


The most exciting activities in Island is traveling in a traditional fishing boat.


Some tourists bring their own materials for diving. Many coral and sea creatures can be seen in the deep area of the sea.

  • DRIFTWOOD along the beaches

Driftwood is the result of flashflood in Real, Quezon and it bring by the wave. Driftwood is not only beautiful, but has a purpose as a place to sit on while you’re in the beach.


Pollilo Islands, especially Jomalig offers a vast array of exotic sea food including ifferent types of fish, lobster, shrimp and crab that are plentiful, very fresh and larger than you have possibly ever seen before.


The reefs can be viewed over a large part of the ocean. The long beach offers exciting tours by walking at the pine tree covered white sand.


The Bakawan which grow in rows, provides warmth to the air on land. You can also ride by a boat in the mud river to view these trees.


An isle that forms of two separated rocks, it is only reachable by boat unlike other isles which can be accessee by walking. This is the most famous Isle in Jomalig and shelters many wild birds. Most exciting in these isles is that ine part of Manlanat is home to white birds and the other side is inhabited by black birds. It always sinks when it is low tide so people think it is magical and mysterious.


An old historical fish cage which stands as bridge that is considered very dangerous. However, today, it serves as tourist attraction.


Originally the only airport was in Polillo Island (now, there is a mini airport in Balesin). It has beautiful meadow which can be for your jogging, running and exhilarating walking enjoyment,


A delicious kind of fruit that mostly found at Polillo Island.


This famous fish is considered by Jomalig citizens as the most delicious fish in the world.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: QUEZON". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 27 November 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 27 November 2013. 

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