San Miguel, Surigao del Sur

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San Miguel
Map of Surigao del Sur with San Miguel highlighted
Map of Surigao del Sur with San Miguel highlighted
San Miguel is located in Philippines
San Miguel
San Miguel
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°53′N 126°00′E / 8.883°N 126.000°E / 8.883; 126.000Coordinates: 08°53′N 126°00′E / 8.883°N 126.000°E / 8.883; 126.000
Country Philippines
Region Caraga (Region XIII)
Province Surigao del Sur
District 1st district of Surigao del Sur
Barangays 18
 • Mayor Alvaro S. Elizalde
 • Total 558.00 km2 (215.45 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 36,287
 • Density 65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8301
Dialing code +63 (0)86
Income class 1st

San Miguel is a first class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 36,287 people.[3] With an area of 55,800 hectares (138,000 acres), it is the largest municipality in the province.[2]

Antique gold discoveries[edit]

In 1981, Edilberto "Berto" Morales, a farmer employed as a bulldozer operator in an irrigation project accidentally unearthed a hoard of authentic gold artifacts and jewelries weighing up to 30 kg in Barangay Magroyong which includes masks, figurines, bowls, daggers, trinkets, belts, and all sorts of body ornaments. Through a support of several historical accounts, archaeologists and historians believed that the gold items were associated between 10th to 13th century used by pre-colonial Filipinos, years before Spaniards came to the country. Some of the golden artifacts, jewelries and ornaments, dubbed as the "Surigao Treasures", were then sold to and currently exhibited at the Ayala Museum in the city of Makati, Philippines and some pieces at the Central Bank of the Philippines. Morales' discoveries were then considered one of the first proofs that gold was an important link between the early people of pre-colonial Philippines and the neighboring Southeast Asian countries.[4][5][6][7]


San Miguel is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.[2]

  • Bagyang
  • Baras
  • Bitaugan
  • Bolhoon
  • Calatngan
  • Carromata
  • Castillo
  • Libas Gua
  • Libas Sud
  • Magroyong
  • Mahayag (Maitum)
  • Patong
  • Poblacion
  • Sagbayan
  • San Roque
  • Siagao
  • Tina
  • Umalag


Population census of San Miguel
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 21,671 —    
1995 24,006 +1.94%
2000 27,883 +3.26%
2007 32,737 +2.24%
2010 36,287 +3.82%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province: SURIGAO DEL SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  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 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Camposano, Jerni May (28 July 2015). "Global audience to see previously unknown Surigao gold hoard". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Carballo, Bibsy M. (4 March 2013). "The country's treasures for worldwide appreciation". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Nelson, RN (12 April 2009). "the surigao archaeological golds". A Dose A Day (Digital Catharsis). Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Santos, Mariano (30 April 2013). ""The Fire Beneath": Mining a Gold Find". Pinoy News Magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 

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