Pilar, Sorsogon

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Mayon Volcano as seen from Pilar
Mayon Volcano as seen from Pilar
Official seal of Pilar
Map of Sorsogon with Pilar highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Pilar highlighted
Pilar is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°56′N 123°41′E / 12.933°N 123.683°E / 12.933; 123.683Coordinates: 12°56′N 123°41′E / 12.933°N 123.683°E / 12.933; 123.683
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Sorsogon
Legislative district 1st district of Sorsogon
Barangays 49
 • Mayor Carolyn Sy-Reyes
 • Total 248.00 km2 (95.75 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 74,564
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pilarnon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4714
IDD:area code 56
Website www.pilarsorsogon.gov.ph

Pilar is a first class municipality in the province of Sorsogon, Philippines located at the south of Luzon island. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 74,564 people.[3]


Pilar is subdivided into 49 barangays.[2] In 1957 the sitios of Naspi and Calaguitan were separated from the barrio of Putiao and converted into the barrio of Naspi.[4]

  • Abas
  • Abucay
  • Bantayan
  • Banuyo (Pob.)
  • Bayasong
  • Bayawas
  • Binanuahan (Pob.)
  • Cabiguan
  • Cagdongon
  • Calongay
  • Calpi
  • Catamlangan
  • Comapo-capo
  • Danlog
  • Dao (Pob.)
  • Dapdap
  • Del Rosario (Bual[5])
  • Esmerada
  • Esperanza
  • Guiron
  • Ginablan
  • Inang
  • Inapugan
  • Lubiano
  • Leona
  • Lipason
  • Lourdes
  • Lungib
  • Lumbang
  • Mabanate
  • Malbog
  • Marifosque (Pob.)
  • Mercedes
  • Migabod
  • Naspi
  • Palanas
  • Pangpang
  • Pinagsalog
  • Pineda
  • Poctol
  • Pudo
  • Putiao
  • Sacnangan
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio (Millabas)
  • San Antonio (Sapa)
  • San Jose
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Fe


Population census of Pilar
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 46,268 —    
1995 51,318 +1.96%
2000 57,898 +2.62%
2007 63,539 +1.29%
2010 68,245 +2.63%
2015 74,564 +1.70%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][6]


Though whale sharks are more associated with the town of Donsol, whale sharks can also be seen in Pilar Bay near San Antonio. Interaction with the whale sharks is regulated by the local department office. With the help of WWF, strict guidelines were developed to protect the sharks. These include limiting the number of swimmers per boat, no scuba divers and staying further than three meters away from the sharks. In practise this rule is almost never applied. As many as 14 boats at a time may 'mob' a shark, with up to 30 or 40 swimmers following the shark on the surface. In recent years the number of male sharks have out-numbered female sharks by 20:1. The females that are seen are generally large mature adults in the 7m ~ 9m range. Increasing numbers of sharks show propellor marks on their backs. Anecdotal evidence from local fishermen suggests that prop strikes are from fishing boats in the off-season, rather than from tourist boats in the main January–May tourist season.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Sorsogon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 19 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 19 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "An Act Creating the Barrio of Naspi in the Municipality of Pilar, Province of Sorsogon". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Bual in the Municipality of Pilar, Province of Sorsogon, to Del Rosario". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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