Lupon, Davao Oriental

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Map of Davao Oriental with Lupon highlighted
Map of Davao Oriental with Lupon highlighted
Lupon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°54′N 126°00′E / 6.900°N 126.000°E / 6.900; 126.000Coordinates: 06°54′N 126°00′E / 6.900°N 126.000°E / 6.900; 126.000
Country Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao Oriental
District 2nd district of Davao Oriental
Founded August 8, 1948
Barangays 21
 • Mayor Domingo Lim
 • Total 886.39 km2 (342.24 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 65,785
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8207
IDD:area code +63 (0)87
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 112507000
Electorate 42,756 voters as of 2016

Lupon is a 1st class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 65,785 people.[3]

Lupon is said to have derived its name from the native word "naluponan", meaning a body of land accumulated at the mouth of a river resulting from years of continued accretion. The settlers shortened the word "naluponan" into what is called now "Lupon". This "naluponan" area was then applied to the mouth of the Sumlug river of Lupon municipality of today.


Lupon is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.

  • Bagumbayan
  • Cabadiangan
  • Calapagan
  • Cocornon
  • Corporacion
  • Don Mariano Marcos
  • Ilangay
  • Langka
  • Lantawan
  • Limbahan
  • Macangao
  • Magsaysay
  • Mahayahay
  • Maragatas
  • Marayag
  • New Visayas
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • Tagboa
  • Tagugpo


Lupon was primarily inhabited by the Mandaya and Mansaka in the hinterlands, and the native Kalagans in the shorelines of Lupon connected to Pantukan municipality and San Isidro municipality today. But, through a wave of migration [local immigrants from Luzon and the Visayas (Christians and Muslims alike)] and the coming of logging concessions, the population of Lupon has increased through the succeeding years.

The migrants from Luzon and Visayas took advantage of the natives' kindness and ignorance. They took their lands and were even proud to tell stories that the natives (Mandayas) changed their lands for sardines and tobacco.

The land grabbers and their descendants insult Mandayas on a daily basis. They treat them like they are lower life forms. They yell at them "Mandaya! Mandaya!" like being a Mandaya is a shameful thing. When a person behaves stupidly they will say "You are like a Mandaya." All of them does it including the educated ones.

Creation into a Municipal District[edit]

Lupon first became a regular barrio of Pantukan in 1919. Two years later Governor General Francis Burton Harrison issued an Executive Order No. 8, series of 1921, creating Lupon as a Municipal District comprising eight (8) barrios that include Poblacion Lupon, Sumlog, Cocornon, Tagugpo, Piso, Maputi, Langka, and Banaybanay.

For the meantime, Datu Commara Manuel was appointed as the municipal district president from 1921 to 1929. The American Occupation in the Philippine Islands was serious about pacifying inhabitants from rebellion against the American regime. What they did was to create Mindanao into a Moro Province, at the expense of the Christians both Catholic and Protestants also inhabiting the whole region. It was on this ground that Lupon was said to have been made into a sultanate with Datu Manuel as its sultan. But such an idea of Lupon becoming a sultanate was short-lived as Datu Manuel was replaced by the succeeding municipal district presidents.

These were the municipal district presidents after Datu Manuel: Alfredo Lindo (1929–1931); Luis Yabut (1931–1933); Teodoro Panuncialman (1933–1939); Carlos Badolato (1939 to the outbreak of World War II); Sixto Carreon (1940 onward to the Japanese Occupation); Cresencio Tuballa (1944–1945 time of the Philippine Commonwealth military and Recognized Guerrillas); Claudio Libre (1945–1946); Cresencio Tuballa (1946); and Carlos Badolato (1946–1947).

Creation into a regular municipality[edit]

Lupon was created into a regular municipality on August 8, 1948, by virtue of the Executive Order Series of 1948, issued by President Elpidio Quirino with Teodoro Panuncialman as the first appointed mayor of Lupon. But that appointment was cut short by another appointment of Crisanto Magno as mayor of Lupon from 1948 to 1950; however Panuncialman was re-appointed for 1950–1951.

At this time in 1951, a local election installed Crisanto Magno as the first elected mayor of Lupon from 1951 to 1955. Then the succeeding elected mayors were privileged to take responsibility of the unbroken mayoralty seat of Lupon. Oswaldo Barol (1955–67); Eulalio Angala Jr. (1967–79); Francisco M. dela Cruz (1979–86); then at the transition from the Marcos to the Aquino administration brought about by the February 1986 Edsa Revolution, Jose Lim was appointed Office In-Charge (1986–87); then Francisco dela Cruz was again re-elected (1988–98); Quiñones was elected in May (1998–2001); and Guiñez was elected in May 2001. But his untimely death brought the Vice Mayor Barabag to the mayoralty seat in 2002 to finish the term up until 2004. Quiñones was again elected to office during the 2004 elections and would serve the office until 2007. In 2007 Domingo Lim was first elected and served as mayor until 2016 after winning the 2010 and 2013 mayoralty elections respectively. He was replaced by this wife Erlinda Lim who won the 2016 election and became the first ever woman to serve as mayor of Lupon.


Population census of Lupon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1939 4,905 —    
1948 7,746 +5.21%
1960 26,149 +10.67%
1970 32,456 +2.18%
1975 35,497 +1.81%
1980 41,081 +2.96%
1990 47,946 +1.56%
1995 50,668 +1.04%
2000 57,092 +2.59%
2007 60,133 +0.72%
2010 61,723 +0.95%
2015 65,785 +1.22%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

Lupon, like many areas of Mindanao, is inhabited by the Mandaya, Mansaka, the native Kalagans, and the local immigrants from all points of the Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao. The immigrants brought with them their culture resulting in a mixture of beliefs and practices.

Mayors of Lupon[edit]

Here is the list of the Mayors of Lupon:

  • Sultan Comarra T. Manuel, Municipal District President (1921–1929)
  • Alfredo P. Lindo, Municipal District President (1929–1931)
  • Luis Yabut, Municipal District President (1931–1932)
  • Teodoro M. Panuncialman (1932–1933)
    • Appointed Mayor (1946–1947)
  • Carlos Badolato, Municipal District President (1933–1939)
    • Appointed Mayor (1946–1947)
  • Sixto Carreon, Municipal District President, Japanese Occupation (Wartime)
  • Cresencio Tuballa, Municipal District President (1942–1944) Guerilla Mayor
    • Appointed Mayor, (1946)
  • Emiliano Montos, Municipal District President (1944–1945)
  • Crisanto M. Magno, Appointed Mayor (1948–1950)
    • Elected Mayor (1951–1955)
  • Oswaldo P. Barol, Elected Mayor (1955–1967)
  • Romeo M. Bote Sr., OIC Mayor (1967)
  • Capistrano V. Roflo Sr., OIC Mayor (1967)
  • Eulalio A. Angala Jr., Elected Mayor (1967)
  • Francisco M. Dela Cruz, Elected Mayor (1981-1985 & 1988-1998)
  • Jose A. Lim, OIC Mayor (1986–1987)
  • Faustino T. Suzon Sr., OIC Mayor (1987)
  • Arfran L. Quinones, Elected Mayor (1998–2001 & 2004-2007)
  • Manuel B. Guinez, Elected Mayor (2001)
  • Hadji Bonso S. Barabag, Mayor By Succession (2001–2003)
  • Domingo A. Lim, Elected Mayor (2007–2016)
  • Erlinda D. Lim, Elected Mayor (2016-present)


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: DAVAO ORIENTAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Davao Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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