Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro

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Municipality of Mansalay
Downtown area
Downtown area
Map of Oriental Mindoro with Mansalay highlighted
Map of Oriental Mindoro with Mansalay highlighted
Mansalay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°31′N 121°26′E / 12.52°N 121.43°E / 12.52; 121.43Coordinates: 12°31′N 121°26′E / 12.52°N 121.43°E / 12.52; 121.43
Country  Philippines
Region Mimaropa (Region IV-B)
Province Oriental Mindoro
District 2nd District
Barangays 17 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Jose Ildefonso M. Maliwanag
 • Electorate 24,134 voters (2016)
 • Total 446.62 km2 (172.44 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 54,533
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 5213
PSGC 175207000
IDD:area code +63 (0)43
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 2nd municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 154,936,645.66 (2016)
Native languages Buhid
Hanunó'o language

Mansalay, officially the Municipality of Mansalay, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 54,533 people.[3]

This town is notable for its indigenous Mangyan population. The municipal hall is located on the upper land of Mansalay Town proper, in front of a Medical Care Hospital. Nearby is the church and the only Catholic School, Mansalay Catholic High School. Sta. Catalina is the town's patron saint.

The town also has a wide ammonite formation area discovered in the 1940s. Since then, thousands of ammonite fossils have been discovered. Due to the complexity and vastness of the collection found in the area, the town has been called the Ammonite Capital of the Philippines. Various local and international scientific institutions have conducted research on the ammonite formations of Mansalay. Scholars have argued that due to the natural significance of the area to Southeast Asian pre-history, the site has a big chance of being declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site or a UNESCO Geopark Reserve.[4][5] It is 144 kilometres (89 mi) from Calapan.


Mansalay is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.

Barangay Population (2016)
B. Del Mundo 8,208
Balugo 2,663
Bonbon 1,955
Budburan 1,370
Cabalwa 1,192
Don Pedro 3,077
Maliwanag 1,731
Manaul 3,321
Panaytayan 10,592
Poblacion 4,201
Roma 1,993
Santa Brigida 2,083
Santa Maria 1,980
Villa Celestial 1,649
Wasig 2,323
Santa Teresita 4,711
Waygan 1,484
Total 54,533


In 1957, the sitios of Sta. Brigida, Sta. Maria, Roma, Budburan, and Mahabangsapa were constituted into barrios.[6]


Population census of Mansalay
YearPop.±% p.a.
1939 7,003—    
1948 11,223+5.38%
1960 14,669+2.26%
1970 18,395+2.29%
1975 19,544+1.22%
1980 23,548+3.80%
1990 27,515+1.57%
1995 29,765+1.48%
2000 39,041+5.99%
2007 43,974+1.65%
2010 51,705+6.07%
2015 54,533+1.02%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]


Its people relies heavily on fishing and farming to survive and earn a living. Because of meager income opportunities, Mansalay has produced a large number of overseas Filipino workers who send remittance back.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Oriental Mindoro". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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  6. ^ "An Act Creating Certain Barrios in the Municipality of Mansalay, Province of Oriental Mindoro". Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  7. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Oriental Mindoro". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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