Pilar, Capiz

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Map of Capiz with Pilar highlighted
Map of Capiz with Pilar highlighted
Pilar is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°29′N 123°00′E / 11.483°N 123.000°E / 11.483; 123.000Coordinates: 11°29′N 123°00′E / 11.483°N 123.000°E / 11.483; 123.000
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Capiz
Legislative district 1st district of Capiz
Barangays 24
 • Mayor Rita Lyn B. Patricio
 • Total 77.99 km2 (30.11 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 41,572
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5804
Dialing code 36
Website pilarnon.capisnon.org

Pilar is a third class municipality in the province of Capiz, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 41,572 people.[3]


Pilar is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.

  • Balogo
  • Binaobawan
  • Blasco
  • Casanayan
  • Cayus
  • Dayhagan
  • Dulangan
  • Monteflor
  • Natividad
  • Olalo
  • Poblacion
  • Rosario
  • San Antonio
  • San Blas
  • San Esteban
  • San Fernando
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pedro
  • San Ramon
  • San Silvestre
  • Sinamongan
  • Santa Fe
  • Tabun-acan
  • Yating


The coastal town sprang out from an Austronesian settlement in the early 16th century when indio natives managed to escape colonial tyranny from the Spaniards. The settlement was then known as Sibala, named after the river that ran through the coastal village. In 1570, however, the settlement was seized by Spanish colonial officials and the guardia civil took full control of the village. It later flourished into a bigger and prosperous town and was renamed after its designated patron saint La Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar). Several friars and missionaries were assigned to preach in the town since then until it later received its permanent parish priest.

There had been a famous resistance called the Battle of Balisong during the Philippine Revolution in the 19th century as an attempt to overthrow Spanish officials in the municipality led by local revolutionaries Juan Arce and Dalmacio Patricio.

In 1949, the sitios and barrios of Aranguel, Culilang, Pandan, Pinamihagan, Cadoulan, Quiajo, Sangcal, Pondol, Marita, Madulano, Jabuyana, Bo-ac, Cabugcabug, Goce Badiangon, Bayuyan, Agbobolo, Cubay, Ibaca, and the sitio of Lotudlotud which was converted into a barrio of Elizalde was separated from this town and formed into the separate town of President Roxas by virtue of Republic Act No. 374.[4]


Population census of Pilar
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 35,929 —    
1995 36,464 +0.28%
2000 38,903 +1.40%
2007 40,912 +0.70%
2010 41,572 +0.58%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

Most of the town's population are made up by Austronesian descendants, followed by Aetas and a few of Chinese and Spanish ancestry.


An iconic 12-foot landmark of the Virgin Mary is visible at a mountaintop in Brgy. Dulangan, built by an affluent Chinese-Filipino merchant in honor of the town's patron saint, which is also said to have conducted miraculous powers to its devotees several times.

The town celebrates its annual feast along with the coming of the sacred Santisima Trinidad (The Holy Trinity), an early 18th-century wooden figurine from Mexico found by local fishermen in the shores of the town during the British invasion of the Philippines in 1762. The figurine was said to be brought over to the Pacific by a Galleon trading ship from the port of Acapulco, Mexico which was destroyed by British warships during its route in Luzon and was washed off to the coast of Pilar. It is now still visible at the altar of the town's church, the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity.

The town is also known for its rich local heritage in mythology and folklore of legends and supernaturalism. The Legend of the Golden Shiptells the myth of a beautiful fairy that dwells in the caves of the town's mountainous forests and seduces young men every full moon wherein an illusionary lake appears inside the cave of Balisong and the mistress disappears with her victims in a golden ship along with the fading of the lake at sunrise.


Pilar has an income classification of third class. Development in basic infrastructure has been stagnant during the last decades. Annual income is low and poverty rates are said to be high, although the town has also seen greater years. The rural municipality is said to be rich in natural resources such as aquatic and mineral wealth. It used to be a very strong seafood producer in the province and once even possessed its own sugar and mining industry.

Major agricultural products of the town include fish, prawn, crab, rice, sugar, cattle and poultry. The town also has its own Baptist Church and Iglesia ni Kristo Parish as well as its own rural bank along the town market. Dulangan and Casanayan serve as satellite villages of the town.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Capiz". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 February 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 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act to create the municipality of President Roxas in the province of Capiz". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Province of Capiz". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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