Santiago, Ilocos Sur

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Municipality of Santiago
A beach in Ambucao
A beach in Ambucao
Official seal of Santiago
Map of Ilocos Sur with Santiago highlighted
Map of Ilocos Sur with Santiago highlighted
Santiago is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°18′N 120°27′E / 17.3°N 120.45°E / 17.3; 120.45Coordinates: 17°18′N 120°27′E / 17.3°N 120.45°E / 17.3; 120.45
Country Philippines
RegionIlocos Region (Region I)
ProvinceIlocos Sur
District2nd District
Barangays24 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJosefino E. Miranda
 • Electorate11,481 voters (2016)
 • Total46.36 km2 (17.90 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total18,759
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code2707
IDD:area code+63 (0)77
Climate typeTropical monsoon climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)290,583,630.45 (2016)
Native languagesIlocano

Santiago, officially the Municipality of Santiago, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 18,759 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 358 kilometres (222 mi) from Metro Manila and 49 kilometres (30 mi) from Vigan City, the provincial capital.


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
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,760—    
1918 5,429+2.48%
1939 6,017+0.49%
1948 6,610+1.05%
1960 8,213+1.83%
1970 10,224+2.21%
1975 11,245+1.93%
1980 11,843+1.04%
1990 14,427+1.99%
1995 14,843+0.53%
2000 15,876+1.45%
2007 16,806+0.79%
2010 17,958+2.44%
2015 18,759+0.83%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Santiago, Ilocos Sur, was 18,759 people,[3] with a density of 400 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,000 inhabitants per square mile.

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  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Ilocos Sur". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Sunrise at Santiago". Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region I (Ilocos Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Ilocos Sur". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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