Morong, Bataan

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Official seal of Morong
Map of Bataan showing the location of Morong
Location within Bataan province
Morong is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°41′N 120°16′E / 14.68°N 120.27°E / 14.68; 120.27Coordinates: 14°41′N 120°16′E / 14.68°N 120.27°E / 14.68; 120.27
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bataan
District 1st District of Bataan
Barangays 5 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Cynthia L. Estanislao (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Bienvenido V. Vicedo Jr. (Liberal)
 • Total 219.20 km2 (84.63 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 29,901
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 18,795
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2105
IDD:area code +63 (0)47
Income class 3rd class
PSGC 030808000

Morong, officially the Municipality of Morong (Filipino: Bayan ng Morong; Kapampangan: Balen ning Morong), is a municipality in the province of Bataan in the Central Luzon (Region III) of the Philippines. The population was 29,901 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 18,795 registered voters.[4]

The municipality is home to the Subic Bay International Airport, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, and the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Morong was formerly known as Moron.[5] It is accessible via the Bataan Provincial Expressway, off Exit 65.


Morong, originally called Bayandati, was a small settlement located in Barrio Nagbalayong. Due to the scarcity of land available for cultivation, the early inhabitants migrated to adjacent areas where wider lands can be discovered. They found Poblacion, the present site where the Spaniards met the natives of Moron.

Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church

The name Moron was given during the 16th century. A group of Spaniards arrived and inquired from the natives the name of their place. The natives thought that the Spaniards were asking about the Moros who retreated after a severe fighting, so they replied, Mga Moro umuurong hence the place was called Moron. Moros was a reference to the first inhabitants who bartered their products in the 16th century. In 1578, it became part of Corrigimento de Mariveles together with Bagac and Maragondon, Cavite. But it was only in 1607 that Moron was officially founded as an ecclesiastical parish and as a pueblo including the Coral Stone Church by the Recollects and was officially founded by Fr. Rodrigo de San Miguel who placed it under the protection of the Our Lady of the Pillar. The Our Lady of the Pillar Parish of Morong, erected in 1607 (one of the oldest seats of Catholic faith in the Philippines) originally orchestrated from the elements of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque sources. It culminated its 400th Year foundation anniversary on October 12, 2007.[6]

On 16 January 1942, Imperial Japanese Army and an Allied coalition of Filipino-American forces both raced to capture Morong. They reached the town around the same time, but the Allies had detected the Japanese first. Taking the opportunity for a surprise attack, Lieutenant Edwin P. Ramsey of the 26th Cavalry Regiment ordered his troops to charge; the 27 heavily outnumbered Filipino and American cavalrymen charged and scattered the surprised Japanese. It was the last charge of American cavalry.[7]

Further information: Battle of Bataan


Morong is located at 14°41′N 120°16′E / 14.68°N 120.27°E / 14.68; 120.27.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 219.20 square kilometres (84.63 sq mi)[2] constituting 15.97% of the 1,372.98-square-kilometre- (530.11 sq mi) total area of Bataan.


Morong is politically subdivided into 5 barangays.[8]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[9]
030808001 Binaritan 20.0% 5,966 5,273 2.38%
030808002 Mabayo 16.0% 4,771 4,275 2.11%
030808003 Nagbalayong 20.8% 6,207 5,680 1.70%
030808004 Poblacion 18.4% 5,511 5,105 1.47%
030808005 Sabang 24.9% 7,446 5,838 4.74%
Total 29,901 26,171 2.57%


Population census of Morong
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 17,155 —    
1995 18,731 +1.66%
2000 21,273 +2.77%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 27,119 +3.41%
2010 26,171 −1.29%
2015 29,901 +2.57%

In the 2015 census, Morong had a population of 29,901.[3] The population density was 140 inhabitants per square kilometre (360/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 18,795 registered voters.[4]



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Bataan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Region III (CENTRAL LUZON)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 1249; An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Moron, Province of Bataan, to Morong". Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "History of Morong, Bataan". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Steve Shaw (4 September 2008). "The Last U.S. Cavalry Charge". Parting Shot. Western Shooting Horse Magazine. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Municipal: Morong, Bataan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Region III (CENTRAL LUZON)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Province of Bataan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Region III (CENTRAL LUZON)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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