Santiago, Ilocos Sur

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A beach in Ambucao
A beach in Ambucao
Official seal of Santiago
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Santiago
Map of Ilocos Sur showing the location of Santiago
Santiago is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°18′N 120°27′E / 17.300°N 120.450°E / 17.300; 120.450Coordinates: 17°18′N 120°27′E / 17.300°N 120.450°E / 17.300; 120.450
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 2nd District
Barangays 24
 • Mayor Josefino E. Miranda
 • Total 46.36 km2 (17.90 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 17,958
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2707
Dialing code 77
Income class 4th class

Santiago is a fourth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 17,958 people.[3]

Santiago Cove is dubbed as the "Boracay of Ilocos Sur" because of its white sands.[4]

Santiago is the headquarters of the Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO), which distributes electricity to the entire province.


Santiago is politically subdivided into 24 barangays.[2]

  • Al-aludig
  • Ambucao
  • San Jose (Baraoas)
  • Baybayabas
  • Bigbiga
  • Bulbulala
  • Busel-busel
  • Butol
  • Caburao
  • Dan-ar
  • Gabao
  • Guinabang
  • Imus
  • Lang-ayan
  • Mambug
  • Nalasin
  • Olo-olo Norte
  • Olo-olo Sur
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Sabangan
  • Salincub
  • San Roque
  • Ubbog


Before the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines, Moro raiders were in control, so one of the tasks of the Spanish was to pacify and clear the country of these pirates. Coastal communities (Northern Luzon, and, thus, Ilocos) were prone to piratical attacks. For these, watchtowers were erected all over the Ilocos coast.

The Spanish started patrols of sea lanes, stopping these pirates for a while, only for them to resurface in 1772. But in the place now known as Santiago, as the Spanish engaged the pirates, all church bells ringing and trumpets sounded (to signal their attacks), the Augustinians stationed in the place held a statue of Santiago (Saint James) facing the sea and with many natives praying the rosary for safety and victory. The Moros fled, never to return, thus sparing the pueblo. The place was since then named Santiago.

It was once a visita of Narvacan due to the lack of ministers at the time.


Population census of Santiago
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 14,427 —    
1995 14,843 +0.53%
2000 15,876 +1.45%
2007 16,806 +0.79%
2010 17,958 +2.44%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

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  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: ILOCOS SUR". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sunrise at Santiago". Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

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