Motiong, Samar

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Sadukan Festival of the Municipality of Motiong
Sadukan Festival of the Municipality of Motiong
Map of Samar with Motiong highlighted
Map of Samar with Motiong highlighted
Motiong is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°47′N 125°00′E / 11.783°N 125.000°E / 11.783; 125.000Coordinates: 11°47′N 125°00′E / 11.783°N 125.000°E / 11.783; 125.000
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
Congr. district 2nd district of Samar
Established 1948
Barangays 30
 • Mayor Francisco M. Langi Sr.
 • Total 174.40 km2 (67.34 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 14,829
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6702
Dialing code 55

Motiong is a fourth class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 14,829 people.[3]


Motiong is politically subdivided into 30 barangays namely as follows:[2]

  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion I-A
  • Angyap
  • Barayong
  • Bayog
  • Beri
  • Bonga
  • Calantawan
  • Calapi
  • Caluyahan
  • Canatuan
  • Candomacol
  • Canvais
  • Capaysagan
  • Caranas
  • Caulayanan
  • Hinica-an
  • Inalad
  • Linonoban
  • Malobago
  • Malonoy
  • Mararangsi
  • Maypange
  • New Minarog
  • Oyandic
  • Pamamasan
  • San Andres
  • Santo Niño
  • Sarao
  • Pusongan


Long before the coming of the Americans, there were already local folks inhabited in Motiong, wherein the place was unnamed at that time.

Some of these people went on sea diving to gather oyster for their daily consumption and the rest barter goods such as rice, corn, cassava, taro, yam tubers, sea foods and abaca fibers to other neighboring barrios and municipalities. There were only few local caravans who are traveling in groups aided in defense against bandits as well as helped to improve economies of scale in trade although, only few people have the means to buy commodities.

One man tried to open one oyster and with great astonishment, he found a lustrous pearl where he called “Mutya”. Believing that the place was full of treasure, the settlers started to name the place “Mutya” which to means “Land of Treasure”.

Mariano Sapetin, Valentin Conge, Simon Tingzon Sr., Claudio Tingzon and Antonio Abalos were few people who persuaded to make Motiong an independent town. The reward of their effort was the House Bill No. 1844 by Congressman Tito V. Tizon which was approved as Republic Act No. 290 on June 16, 1948. It separated into another town the barrios of Motiong, Bayog, Uyandic, Calantawan, Sinampigan, Calape, Bonga, Hinicaan, Caluyahan, Malolobog, and Maypangi, formerly part of the town of Wright.[4] Mariano Sapetin and Antonio Uy were appointed as first mayor and vice-mayor respectively.


Population census of Motiong
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,115 —    
1995 13,177 +1.59%
2000 13,147 −0.05%
2007 13,549 +0.42%
2010 14,829 +3.34%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Motiong, province of Samar". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Province of Western Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

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