San Sebastian, Samar

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San Sebastian
Official seal of San Sebastian
Map of Samar with San Sebastian highlighted
Map of Samar with San Sebastian highlighted
San Sebastian is located in Philippines
San Sebastian
San Sebastian
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°42′N 125°01′E / 11.700°N 125.017°E / 11.700; 125.017Coordinates: 11°42′N 125°01′E / 11.700°N 125.017°E / 11.700; 125.017
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
District 2nd district of Samar
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Antero M. Gaviola, Sr.
 • Total 39.07 km2 (15.09 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 8,057
 • Density 210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6709
IDD:area code +63 (0)55
Income class 6th municipal income class
PSGC 086015000
Electorate 5,567 voters as of 2016

San Sebastian is a 6th class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,057 people.[3]

San Sebastian was absorbed into the town of Wright (Paranas) during the American occupation. In 1950, the neighborhoods of San Sebastian, Jitaasan, Dolores, Camanjagay, Bontod, Campidasa, Campiyak, Maslog, Balogo, Maropangpang, Binongtoan, and Bolwan were combined and re-established as a single town.[4]


The town of San Sebastian was known before as "Balugo," (the original and ancient name) considering that it was situated at the mouth of Balugo River. Balugo was a visita and it was annexed to Paranas. It was later renamed San Sebastian by Fray Domingo Ruiz, O.F.M. after his birthplace (a coastal city in Spain) who was then assigned in Balugo. Fr. Ruiz made initial efforts and recommendations that San Sebastian from its status as visita should be elevated and made into pueblo under the spiritual care of the cura paroco of Catbalogan.

Between 1894-1895, San Sebastian was given the status as pueblo and an independent parish separated from its mother town, Paranas. During the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, San Sebastian was again affixed as a barrio of Paranas. Later with the enactment of Republic Act No. 543 by the Philippine Congress once again San Sebastian became an independent municipality.


San Sebastian is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.[2]

  • Poblacion Barangay 1
  • Poblacion Barangay 2
  • Poblacion Barangay 3
  • Poblacion Barangay 4
  • Balogo
  • Bontod
  • Camanhagay
  • Campiyak
  • Dolores
  • Hita-asan I
  • Inobongan
  • Cabaywa
  • Canduyucan
  • Hita-asan II


Population census of San Sebastian
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 5,732 —    
1995 6,381 +2.03%
2000 6,779 +1.31%
2007 7,365 +1.15%
2010 7,708 +1.67%
2015 8,057 +0.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "An act re-creating the municipality of San Sebastian, province of Samar". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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