San Esteban, Ilocos Sur

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San Esteban
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Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of San Esteban
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of San Esteban
San Esteban is located in Philippines
San Esteban
San Esteban
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°20′N 120°27′E / 17.33°N 120.45°E / 17.33; 120.45Coordinates: 17°20′N 120°27′E / 17.33°N 120.45°E / 17.33; 120.45
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Ray A. Elaydo
 • Total 19.62 km2 (7.58 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 8,349
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2706
IDD:area code +63 (0)77
Income class 5th class

San Esteban is a fifth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,349 people.[3]


San Esteban is politically subdivided into 10 barangays.[2]

  • Ansad
  • Apatot
  • Bateria
  • Cabaroan
  • Cappa-Cappa
  • Poblacion
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pablo
  • San Rafael
  • Villa Quirino


The Spaniards named the pueblo (the equivalent of a municipality in present-day terms) San Esteban (formerly known as Cabagbagototan) because they have received reports of a vagabond named Iban having been stoned to death and beheaded by hostile natives in the place called "Naglawlawayan," which is an early place of worship by the natives, and currently the site of the municipal cemetery. "Iban" is the Ilocano equivalent of "Stephen," hence the pueblo being named San Esteban.

San Esteban was founded by Agustinian friars in 1625, but was always attached to Nueva Coveta (present-day Burgos) and to the municipality of Santiago until 1911. It was once a visita of Narvacan because of a shortage of ministers.


Population census of San Esteban
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 6,327 —    
1995 6,508 +0.53%
2000 7,174 +2.11%
2007 7,779 +1.12%
2010 8,072 +1.35%
2015 8,349 +0.64%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5]

In the 2015 census, the population of San Esteban, Ilocos Sur, was 8,349 people,[3] with a density of 430 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,100 inhabitants per square mile.


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Ilocos Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

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