Ligao

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Ligao
Component City
Ligao City Hall
Ligao City Hall
Official seal of Ligao
Seal
Nickname(s): The Sunflower Capital of the Philippines
Map of Albay showing the location of Ligao City
Map of Albay showing the location of Ligao City
Ligao is located in Philippines
Ligao
Ligao
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°13′N 123°31′E / 13.22°N 123.52°E / 13.22; 123.52Coordinates: 13°13′N 123°31′E / 13.22°N 123.52°E / 13.22; 123.52
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Albay
District 3rd district
Founded 1608 (as the village of Cavasi)
Cityhood 2001
Barangays 55
Government[1]
 • Mayor Patty G. Alsua Liberal Party
Area[2]
 • Total 246.75 km2 (95.27 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 111,399
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4504
IDD:area code +63 (0)52
Income class 4th class; partially urban
Website ligaocity.org

Ligao, often referred to as Ligao City, (Central Bikol: Ciudad kan Ligao; Filipino: Lungsod ng Ligao) is a fourth class city in the province of Albay, Philippines, 500 kilometres (310 mi) south-east of Manila. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 111,399 people.[3]

History[edit]

The name Ligao is derived from the local word "ticao", once an abundant tree whose poisonous leaves were used to catch fish in rivers or creeks. Most Ligaoeños, however, believe that the name Ligao was originally "licau" which means to take the long way around or to turn away from the ordinary or usual route.

Ligao started as a small settlement known as 'Cavasi' in the 16th century. It grew in population as it attracted natives from nearby settlements. Eventually, power struggles among ambitious and aggressive leaders caused trouble as they created divisions among the settlement. There arose five divisions led by maginoos (chieftains): Pagkilatan, Maaban, Sampoñgan, Makabongay and Hokoman. Peace was only restored when Chieftain Pagkilatan was appointed supreme leader over the entire settlement with the approval of the other chieftains.

The town was founded as a barrio of Polangui in 1606, being ceded to Oas in 1665, and finally becoming an independent municipality in 1666. It gained city status on March 24, 2001, after a plebiscite with an overwhelming Yes vote of 17,753 as against 1,387 No votes.

Barangays[edit]

Ligao City is politically subdivided into 55 barangays.[2] There are 11 urban and 44 rural barangays, of which 3 are coastal barangays.

  • Abella
  • Allang
  • Amtic
  • Bacong
  • Bagumbayan (Pob.)
  • Balanac
  • Baligang
  • Barayong
  • Basag
  • Batang
  • Bay
  • Binanowan
  • Binatagan (Pob.)
  • Bobonsuran
  • Bonga
  • Busac
  • Busay
  • Cabarian
  • Calzada (Pob.)
  • Catburawan
  • Cavasi (Pob.)
  • Culliat
  • Dunao (Pob.)
  • Francia
  • Guilid (Pob.)
  • Herrera(Pob.)
  • Layon
  • Macalidong
  • Mahaba
  • Malama
  • Maonon
  • Nasisi
  • Nabonton
  • Oma-Oma
  • Palapas
  • Pandan
  • Paulba
  • Paulog
  • Pinamaniquian
  • Pinit
  • Ranao-Ranao
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz (Pob.)
  • Tagpo (Pob.)
  • Tambo
  • Tandarora
  • Tastas
  • Tinago (Pob.)
  • Tinampo
  • Tiongson
  • Tomolin (Pob.)
  • Tuburan (Pob.)
  • Tula-Tula Grande
  • Tula-Tula Pequeño
  • Tupas

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Ligao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 72,560 —    
1995 80,861 +2.05%
2000 90,603 +2.47%
2007 101,179 +1.53%
2010 104,914 +1.33%
2015 111,399 +1.15%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Albay". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Region V (Bicol Region)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region V (Bicol Region)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Province of Albay". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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