Santa Maria, Romblon

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Santa Maria
Map of Romblon with Santa Maria highlighted
Map of Romblon with Santa Maria highlighted
Santa Maria is located in Philippines
Santa Maria
Santa Maria
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°27′N 122°06′E / 12.450°N 122.100°E / 12.450; 122.100Coordinates: 12°27′N 122°06′E / 12.450°N 122.100°E / 12.450; 122.100
Country Philippines
Region MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
Province Romblon
District Lone district
Founded 1982
Barangays 6
 • Mayor Artemio R. Madrid (NP)[1]
 • Vice Mayor Bic Bic Fabon (IND)[2]
 • Councilors[4] Marlin Mariño (NP)
Roland Largueza (NP)
Lilia Mindo (UNA)
Limuel Mijares (IND)
Juan Meran (NPC)
Alfredo Recto, Sr. (IND)
Vivian Mendezabal (IND)
Hener Ibabao (NPC)
 • Total 36.20 km2 (13.98 sq mi)
Population (2015)[6]
 • Total 8,508
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5502
IDD:area code 42

Santa Maria (formerly Imelda) is a fifth class municipality in the province of Romblon, Philippines.


Santa Maria was known in Spanish times as Cagbagacay, after a bamboo plant called "bagacay" in the local dialect, which was in abundance in the area. Back then it was still a barrio of Guintigui-an town. In 1910, barrio Cagbagacay was renamed Concepcion after its patron the Immaculada Concepcion.[7]

On 12 September 1982, barrio Concepcion (Norte) together with barrios Bonga and Concepcion Sur were organized and created into a new municipality by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 234, authored by Assemblyman Nemesio Ganan Jr. The new municipality was named "Imelda", in honor of then First Lady Imelda Marcos, as well as to distinguish the town from Concepcion municipality on Maestro de Campo Island, also in Romblon.[7][8]

After the People Power Revolution in 1986 which toppled the regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the town was renamed Santa Maria on 17 April 1988 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6651, again in honor of its patron the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Three new barangays were added to the municipality: San Isidro, Paroyhog, and Sto. Nino.[9]


Situated on the eastern side of Tablas Island, Santa Maria faces the Sibuyan Sea. It is bounded in the north by the municipality of San Agustin, in the south by the municipality of Alcantara, in the west by the municipality of Odiongan and in the east by Romblon Pass. Sta. Maria has a total land area of 3,620 hectares (8,900 acres).[5] It is generally mountainous with a limited portion of the plain area along the coast. The town is considered one of the most peaceful areas in the province.[10]


Santa Maria is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.[5]

  • Bonga
  • Concepcion Norte (Pob.)
  • Concepcion Sur
  • Paroyhog
  • Santo Niño
  • San Isidro


Population census of Santa Maria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 6,459 —    
1995 7,785 +3.56%
2000 7,324 −1.30%
2007 7,520 +0.36%
2010 7,683 +0.78%
2015 8,508 +1.96%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[11][12][13][14]

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,508 people.[6] Onhan, also known as Taga-onhan or Inunhan (Alcantaranhon style), is the native language of majority of its inhabitants, while Romblomanon or Ini is the native tongue in the two northern barangays of Bonga and Santo Niño (Bitaugan).

Local government[edit]

Pursuant to Chapter II, Title II, Book III of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991,[15] the municipal government is composed of a mayor (alkalde), a vice mayor (bise alkalde) and members (kagawad) of the legislative branch Sangguniang Bayan alongside a secretary to the said legislature, all of which are elected to a three-year term and are eligible to run for three consecutive terms.

Period Mayor Vice Mayor
30 June 2010 - 30 June 2013
Artemio R. Madrid (NP)[16]
Dennis Corpin y Fortu (Lakas–CMD)[17]
30 June 2013 – 30 June 2016
30 June 2016 - incumbent
Bic-Bic Fabon (IND)[18]

The incumbent mayor is Artemio R. Madrid while the incumbent vice mayor is Bib-Bic Fabon of Independent Party as of 2016.[19]

Sister city[edit]

Philippines Makati City: On 8 February 2008, Santa Maria Mayor Fred Hernandez and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay signed a sisterhood relationship agreement between the two local government units.[20]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
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  5. ^ a b c "Province: Romblon". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b About Santa Maria Wikimapia. Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  8. ^ "An Act Creating the Municipality of Imelda in the Province Of Romblon" Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  9. ^ "An Act Changing the name of the Municipality of Imelda in the Province Of Romblon to Municipality of Santa Maria" Chan Robles. Retrieved on 2012-04-16
  10. ^ Profile: Santa Maria Romblon Travel Guide. Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  11. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region IV-B (Mimaropa)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Province of Romblon". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "An Act Providing for a Local Government Code of 1991". 8th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
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  20. ^ Press Release. Makati City Portal. Retrieved on 2012-04-16.

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