Santa Maria, Romblon
|Municipality of Santa Maria|
Map of Romblon with Santa Maria highlighted
|Region||Mimaropa (Region IV-B)|
|Barangays||6 (see Barangays)|
|• Mayor||Lorilie "Bic-Bic" Fabon |
|• Vice Mayor||Dennis Corpin y Fortu |
|• Councilors||Nonoy Madrid (NP)|
May Manoy (NPC)
Tess Mangaya (NP)
Roland largueza (NPC)
Joy Astillo (NP)
Limuel Manago (NP)
Vivian Mendezabal (NPC)
Limuel Mijares (NPC)
|• Electorate||5,624 voters (2016)|
|• Total||36.20 km2 (13.98 sq mi)|
|• Density||240/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)42|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
|Income class||5th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||40.4 million (2016)|
|Native languages||Onhan language|
Santa Maria, officially the Municipality of Santa Maria, (formerly Imelda), is a 5th class municipality in the province of Romblon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,508 people.
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.
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.
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.
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). 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.
Santa Maria is politically subdivided into 6 barangays.
- Concepcion Norte (Poblacion)
- Concepcion Sur
- Santo Niño
- San Isidro
|Population census of Santa Maria|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,508 people. 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).
Pursuant to Chapter II, Title II, Book III of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, 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.
|Member (party)||Member (party)||Member (party)||Member (party)||Member (party)||Member (party)||Member (party)||Member (party)|
|2013||Lorilie "Bic-Bic" Fabon y Manito
|Alfredo Recto, Sr.
|Alfredo Recto, Sr.
|Generoso "Hener" Ibabao|
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