Santa Maria, Davao Occidental

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Santa Maria
Official seal of Santa Maria
Map of Davao Occidental with Santa Maria highlighted
Map of Davao Occidental with Santa Maria highlighted
Santa Maria is located in Philippines
Santa Maria
Santa Maria
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 06°33′N 125°28′E / 6.550°N 125.467°E / 6.550; 125.467Coordinates: 06°33′N 125°28′E / 6.550°N 125.467°E / 6.550; 125.467
Country Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Province Davao Occidental
District Lone District of Davao Occidental
Barangays 22
 • Mayor Rudy Mariscal
 • Total 175.00 km2 (67.57 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 53,671
 • Density 310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8011
Dialing code +63 (0)82
Income class 2nd municipal income class
PSGC 118604000
Electorate 30,036 voters as of 2016

Santa Maria is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Davao Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 53,671 people.[3]

The municipality, located on Mindanao Island, is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-west of province capital municipality of Malita and about 1,023 kilometres (636 mi) south-south-east of Philippine main capital Manila. The noted features of Santa Maria is the Mt. Cuiawa, standing about more than a hundred-meter above sea level. And at the foot of this mountain, the Municipal Hall where it is located.


Santa Maria is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.[2]

  • Basiawan
  • Buca
  • Cadaatan
  • Kidadan
  • Kisulad
  • Malalag Tubig
  • Mamacao
  • Ogpao
  • Poblacion
  • Pongpong
  • San Agustin
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Juan
  • San Pedro
  • San Roque
  • Tanglad
  • Santo Niño
  • Santo Rosario
  • Datu Daligasao
  • Datu Intan
  • Kinilidan


Population census of Santa Maria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 40,036 —    
1995 41,919 +0.86%
2000 45,571 +1.81%
2007 48,362 +0.82%
2010 49,349 +0.74%
2015 53,671 +1.61%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][4][5][6]

Language and dialects[edit]

Culture and customs[edit]

Taga-Caulo Tribe has a rich culture, but some of them were common to the other tribes, like Bagobo, Kalagan, B'laan and Mandaya.

Caulos spend their time to farming and hunting. Female enjoys much in grooming each others hair, removing all kinds of lice (kuto) and it's egg (lusa). When females reached at age of thirteen years, they are subject now for rituals, particularly on blackening their teeth by the used of burned iron semi fluid taken from the axe now and then until all their teeth is blacked. And also, it is the time that they are ready for marriage. Betrothed is the form of their marriage. groom give the dowry to the bride's parents, usually agong, kamagi(necklace) fighting horse and farming animals.

Ancient Caulo use upland rice, crops like kamote, dangay (cassava), and lűbok(banana), and leafy vegetables. They make their own coffee and sugar. Pangot is a process of catching a fresh water shrimps (Ongkok or Ulabang)and paitan (fish) using alawa (a net).

The native dance is Ǜdol (ao-deal) that uses a stick as the source of sounds and beats.

Timanum ( tee - mah - noom ) is the name of their god, the creator, the giver of life and good harvest.

Local government[edit]

Municipal officials 2013-2016:[1]

  • Mayor: Rudy P. Mariscal, Sr.
  • Vice-Mayor: George P. Mariscal
  • Councilors:
    • Lino Solo
    • Benjamin Wong
    • Max Monsad
    • Veronica Tubat-Alvarez
    • Neil Abe
    • Annalie Lumain
    • Charles Dupitas
    • Carloman Cabanero


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Davao Occidental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Region XI (Davao Region)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Region XI (Davao Region)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Region XI (Davao Region)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Province of Davao del Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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