San Sebastian, Samar

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San Sebastian
Municipality of 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 / 11.7°N 125.02°E / 11.7; 125.02Coordinates: 11°42′N 125°01′E / 11.7°N 125.02°E / 11.7; 125.02
Country Philippines
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
District2nd district of Samar
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorAntero M. Gaviola, Sr.
 • Electorate5,567 voters (2016)
 • Total39.07 km2 (15.09 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total8,057
 • Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)55
Climate typeTropical rainforest climate
Income class6th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)40.5 million  (2016)
Native languagesWaray

San Sebastian, officially the Municipality of 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.

  • 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
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 2,767—    
1960 3,645+0.48%
1970 4,267+1.59%
1975 4,441+0.80%
1980 4,606+0.73%
1990 5,732+2.21%
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. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "An act re-creating the municipality of San Sebastian, province of Samar". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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