Santa Margarita, Samar

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Santa Margarita
Map of Samar with Sta. Margarita highlighted
Map of Samar with Sta. Margarita highlighted
Santa Margarita is located in Philippines
Santa Margarita
Santa Margarita
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°02′N 124°40′E / 12.033°N 124.667°E / 12.033; 124.667Coordinates: 12°02′N 124°40′E / 12.033°N 124.667°E / 12.033; 124.667
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
District 1st district of Samar
Barangays 36
 • Mayor Gemma Zosa
 • Total 129.12 km2 (49.85 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 26,348
 • Density 200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6718
Dialing code +63 (0)55
Income class 4th municipal income class
PSGC 086016000
Electorate 15,696 voters as of 2016

Santa Margarita (Waray: Bungto san Magsohong) is a 4th class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 26,348 people.[3]

Formerly known as Magsohong, it is bounded to the north by the city of Calbayog and to the south by Gandara.


Santa Margarita is politically subdivided into 36 barangays.[2]

  • Agrupacion
  • Arapison
  • Avelino
  • Bahay
  • Balud
  • Bana-ao
  • Burabod
  • Cagsumje
  • Cautod (Pob.)
  • Camperito
  • Campeig
  • Can-ipulan
  • Canmoros
  • Cinco
  • Curry
  • Gajo
  • Hindang
  • Ilo
  • Imelda
  • Inoraguiao
  • Jolacao
  • Lambao
  • Mabuhay
  • Mahayag
  • Matayonas
  • Monbon (Pob.)
  • Nabulo
  • Napuro
  • Napuro II
  • Palale
  • Panabatan
  • Panaruan
  • Roxas
  • Salvacion
  • Solsogon
  • Sundara


The town used to be a barrio in Calbayog named Magsohong, but on June 29, 1878, the principalía of Magsohong, petitioned the Gobierno Superior to establish Magsohong as an independent pueblo. They argued that Magsohong was four hours away from Calbayog, it already had a casa real or a Juzgado de Paz of nipa,[4] a church with a techada (roof) of nipa; a convent; an escuela also made of wood and nipa; and had more than 300 tributos. The petition was endorsed by the cura parroco, the Gobernadorcillo as well as the principalía of Calbayog. Fourteen years later, Royal Decree No. 25 dated September 25, 1892 approved the establishment of the pueblo of Magsohong renamed Sta. Margarita. The new pueblo had three visitas: Balud, San Bernardo, and Londara.[5] However, it remained under the parish of Calbayog.


Population census of Santa Margarita
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 16,878 —    
1995 19,146 +2.39%
2000 21,740 +2.76%
2007 23,488 +1.07%
2010 24,850 +2.07%
2015 26,348 +1.12%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][6][7][8]

Natural attractions[edit]

  • Arapison Falls
  • Baluarte
  • Burabod Picnic Grove
  • Calvary Hill
  • The Oldest Bell
  • The Oldest Natural Spring Water[9]

Alimango Festival[edit]

July 25 (Alimango Festival) - this dance festival revolves around the courtship between the female alimango (mud crabs found in fishponds) Atabayi and the male Amamakhao. It also depicts the capture of the alimango with the use of the bobo[disambiguation needed] and giant bentol. Dancers, dressed as alimango, flex their hands as if to bite. Snare drums and talutang highlight the fast rhythm of the dance.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 14 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. ^ relics of the old Juzgado
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Region VIII (EASTERN VISAYAS)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  9. ^ 12°02′30″N 124°39′29″E / 12.04162°N 124.658186°E / 12.04162; 124.658186

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