Minalabac, Camarines Sur

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Municipal hall of Minalabac
Municipal hall of Minalabac
Official seal of Minalabac
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Minalabac
Map of Camarines Sur showing the location of Minalabac
Minalabac is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 13°34′N 123°11′E / 13.57°N 123.18°E / 13.57; 123.18Coordinates: 13°34′N 123°11′E / 13.57°N 123.18°E / 13.57; 123.18
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Sur
District 2nd district
Barangays 25
 • Mayor Christopher "Jojo" Lizardo
 • Total 126.1 km2 (48.7 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 52,390
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4414
IDD:area code +63 (0)54
Income class 3rd class; partially urban

Minalabac is a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 52,390 people.[3]

It is known for the so-called "Tumatarok ni San Felipe-Santiago" dance festival where young boys aged 10 to 12 years old performed the dance ritual.


Minalabac is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.

  • Antipolo
  • Bagolatao
  • Bagongbong
  • Baliuag Nuevo
  • Baliuag Viejo…
  • Catanusan
  • Del Carmen-Del Rosario (Pob.)
  • Del Socorro
  • Hamoraon
  • Hobo
  • Irayang Solong
  • Magadap
  • Malitbog
  • Manapao
  • Mataoroc
  • Sagrada (Sagrada Familia)
  • Salingogon
  • San Antonio
  • San Felipe-Santiago (Pob.)
  • San Francisco (Pob.)
  • San Jose
  • San Juan-San Lorenzo (Pob.)
  • Taban
  • Tariric
  • Timbang


Population census of Minalabac
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,993 —    
1918 4,094 +0.17%
1939 9,620 +4.15%
1948 11,984 +2.47%
1960 19,654 +4.21%
1970 23,373 +1.75%
1975 27,089 +3.00%
1980 30,336 +2.29%
1990 35,922 +1.70%
1995 37,574 +0.85%
2000 41,734 +2.28%
2007 43,957 +0.72%
2010 48,162 +3.38%
2015 52,390 +1.62%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Minalabac was 52,390 people,[3] with a density of 420 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,100 inhabitants per square mile.

Tumatarok Festival[edit]

Considered as one of the most colorful and interesting fiestas in the Bikol region, the Tumatarok Festival is celebrated every 11 May which is done in honor of their two patron saints, Sts. Philip and James. Main highlights of the festive occasion include the evening tide fluvial procession where colorful floating pagodas crowd along the banks of the Bikol River ; the religious dancing of little boys who are called here as the Tumatarok ni San Felipe-San Tiago or the Rice Planters of Sts. Philip and James. These little boys, ages 8 to 11, sing the traditional Bikol hymn to the two saints. Likewise, after the celebration of the mass the next morning, the ten tumatarok once again performed another ritual, this time a sacred dance, in the sanctuary of the Church. It was said that their dance was a prayer to God, thanking Him for blessing upon the coming rice planting season which then and even now is the main source of income to many Minalabacueños.

The dance component of Bicol religious ritual was retained in colonial times. On the feast of San Felipe and Santiago in May, in Minalabac, Camarines Sur, men carry the saint's images and estandartes of bamboo towers, while the children in costumes that change annually, dance the tuatarok (literally, "rice planters"), clicking their castanets and singing verses of praise to the twin patron saints and imploring their help for the officials and members of the community. Among the secular dances, the engano, a graceful sway, and the waltz step are of Spanish origin. Boys and girls dance Albay's inkoy-inkoy to three-part music, sagurang being its oldest Bicol version. The jota Bicolana is lively as the Spanish jotas

The town is not just famous for the dance festival but is likewise considered as the refuge of many distinguished political figures with their families during the outbreak of the World War II.


Name of Parish Parish Priest
Saints Philip and James Parish (Mother Parish)
Rev. Fr. Nestor Parma
Our Lady of Salvation Parish (Coastal Barangays and Del Socorro)
Rev. Fr. Virgilio Fabi
Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Brgy. Antipolo)
Rev. Fr. Jonel Sibulo
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal (Mataoroc)
Rev. Fr. Rey Daet, SOLT
Other Sector Head
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC)-Brgy. Hobo
Rev. Min. Blanco Magtangol
Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry
Rev. Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda

BALIUAG VIEJO Miraculous Saints - Saint Anthony De Padua


white pebble beach in Bagolatao

Two main summer beach destinations include the pebble beach in Bagolatao and sand beach in Hamoraon. The growing number of resorts offers amenities such as cottages, videoke, rest house, etc.

Local government[edit]

Elected public officials (2010-2013):

  • Mayor: Leovegildo "Gil" Basmayor
  • Vice Mayor: Nestor Villegas
  • Members of Sangguniang Bayan (Legislative Body):
    • Ricardo Arevalo
    • Pedro Benamira
    • Miguel Bersabe
    • Nilo Cadores
    • Arnold Lipa
    • Cristopher Lizardo
    • Imelda Ocol
    • Lewis San Jose
    • Alejo Francis Sayson (Association of Barangay Captain President - ABC)
    • Nestor Villegas V (Sangguniang Kabataan president - SK)

Barangay captains[edit]

Name of Barangay Barangay Captain August as of 2010 Newly Elected Barangay Captain October 2010 2013 Sanggunian Kabataan Chairman October 2010 2013
Jose Lavandero
Balid, Rogelio
Labrador, Renan
Bagolatao (Coastal)
Amado Malvarosa
Lillo, Salvador
Pascua, Gerald
Romeo Ramos
Nevales, Alan
Azor, Jake
Baliuag Nuevo
Rogelio Nale
Nale, Rogelio
Notorio, Mark Senson
Baliuag Viejo
Marietta Alcala Abucar
Mayette A. Abucar
Arsenia Palmes
Flor Besa
Besa, Flor
Plantado. Dionelyn
Del Carmen-Del Rosario(Poblacion)
Alejo Francis Sayson (ABC President)
Sayson, Alejo Francis
Almazan, Michelle Ann
Del Socorro
Enrique Dubas Jr.
Dubas, Enrique Jr.
Dubas, Daniel
Hamoraon (Coastal)
Lauro Margallo
Margallo, Lauro Jr.
Mateo Vergara
Agravante, Ayna Perua
Bidania, Katrina
Irayang Solong
Nancy Bustinera
Valenzuela, Jessie
Balderama, Joerwin
Severino Alpe
Bello Susan
Serrano, Sheryl
Emanuel Botardo
Renta, Pablito
Gacer, Shella
Gaspar Valenzuela
Valenzuela, Gaspar
Lanuzo, Stephen Jr.
Ambrosio Decibar
Decibar, Ambrioso
Rabusa, Malex
Sagrad Familia
Cesar Frongozo
Frongoso, Cesar
Villegas, Jason
Salingogon (Coastal)
Ciriaco Antonio Almediere
Batalla, Jesus
Clarin, Hannah
San Antonio (Coastal)
Isidro Betito
Betito, Alvin
Bercasio, Mark Kenneth
San Felipe-Santiago(Poblacion)
Hector Daluro
Pangan, Juan Jr.
Delos Santos, Wilheim
San Francisco(Poblacion)
William Bislumbre
Bislumbre, William
Tocloy, Edson
San Jose
Mila Fabio
Fabio, Mila
Arcilla, Clara Lea
San Juan-San Lorenzo (Poblacion)
25 Don Patrick Salamat
Belches, Eugenio
Tocloy, Mark Anthony
Reynalda Trinio
Laynesa, Cresencia
Trinio, Jerome
Vicente Ricafort
Castillo, Nilo
Clarianes, Ryan
Jaunito Morales
Teves, Reynaldo
Teves, Levey


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: CAMARINES SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
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