Padre Burgos is named after the priest Padre Jose Burgos of the Gomburza priest martyrs. The town being surrounded by Sogod Bay in the East, Padre Burgos was once called "Tamulayag", a vernacular slang which means "Let's go fishing". Thus, the town's main livelihood is fishing.
The town is famous for its white sand beaches like the Tangkaan Beach, from where you can see the island of Limasawa; the Likay-Likay Beach, where you can go fishing and snorkeling; the Bukana which is like a small swam of water and serve as a home of many fishes in Buenavista, the floating Balsa of Bas. And the beaches in Brgy. Lungsodaan. Padre Burgos is also famous to diving enthusiasts, the underwater beauty boasts of many colorful clusters of corals. With the Local Government's cooperation, Coral Cay, a foreign non-profit organization established its offices in Brgy. Tangkaan whose main purpose is to provide help among local people to maintain fish sanctuaries, awareness programs on ocean-life preservation, and clean-up activities on the shorelines of Padre Burgos.
Padre Burgos is also known for its "budbod" (suman), a sticky rice which is very sweet.
Majority of the population is Philippine Independent church (IFI), while others belong to Roman Catholic, Hosanna Assembly of God, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Iglesia ni Cristo, UCCP, among others.
List of Churches:
Roman Catholic Church, Poblacion. Holy Mass every day. Monday & Friday 5:30 pm; Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 am. Sunday 5:30 am.
Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Brgy. Sta. Sofia
Hosanna Chapel Philippines (AG), Brgy. Poblacion
United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Brgy. Poblacion
Philippine Independent Church, Brgy. Poblacion
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Brgy. Cantutang