Santo Niño, Samar

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Santo Niño
Limbancauayan
Municipality
Map of Samar with Santo Niño highlighted
Map of Samar with Santo Niño highlighted
Santo Niño is located in Philippines
Santo Niño
Santo Niño
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°56′20″N 124°25′10″E / 11.93889°N 124.41944°E / 11.93889; 124.41944Coordinates: 11°56′20″N 124°25′10″E / 11.93889°N 124.41944°E / 11.93889; 124.41944
Country Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
District 1st district of Samar
Barangays 13
Government[1]
 • Mayor Lilia A. Coñejos
Area[2]
 • Total 29.53 km2 (11.40 sq mi)
Highest elevation 470 m (1,540 ft)
Lowest elevation 429 m (1,407 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 12,863
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6712
Dialing code +63 (0)55
Income class 5th municipal income class
PSGC 086018000
Electorate 9,791 voters as of 2016

Santo Niño is a 5th class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 12,863 people.[3]

The town consists of the northern island of Camandag and the larger Santo Niño Island about 3.1 kilometers (1.9 mi) to the south. In between those two islands is the smaller Pilar Island.[4] The municipality's poblacion (town center) is located in Santo Niño Island.

Geography[edit]

The islands are located in Samar Sea about 24 kilometers (15 mi) south-west of Calbayog City in the main island of Samar.

Santo Niño Island[edit]

The larger Santo Niño Island is about 18 kilometers (11 mi) north-west of Maripipi, Biliran province with an area of about 19.4 square kilometers (7.5 sq mi). Both islands are volcanic in origin with Santo Niño having the highest elevation in the municipality at 470 meters (1,540 ft).[5] [6]

Camandag Island[edit]

The circular Camandag Island is located north of Santo Niño Island, about 3.1 kilometers (1.9 mi) shore to shore. It has area of about 9.8 square kilometers (3.8 sq mi) with an elevation of 429 meters (1,407 ft).[5][7]

Pilar Island[edit]

The smallest island of the municipality is located 2.3 kilometers (1.4 mi) off north-west of Santo Niño Island and about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) south-west of Camandag Island. Pilar Island has an elevation of 145 feet (44 m).[8]

Political subdivision[edit]

Santo Niño is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

Camandag Island[edit]

  • Balatguti
  • Corocawayan
  • Lobelobe
  • Pinanangnan (JMBere Coco+Cacao Farms)
  • Sevilla
  • Villahermosa

Santa[edit]

  • Baras
  • Basud (Pob.)
  • Buenavista
  • Cabunga-an
  • Ilijan
  • Ilo (Pob.)
  • Takut

Town History[edit]

This town has an ancient Bisayan name Limbankawayan which derived from the word limba meaning red and kawayan means bamboo thus a red colored bamboo (phyllostachys iridescens) which is abundant during those days.

It was separated from Calbayog and made a pueblo and a parish by a Royal Decree of September 29, 1898. The Bishop of Cebu had recommended in 1895 that it achieve parish status, though final approval and confirmation was not relayed from Madrid through Manila until the year 1897.

Population history[edit]

Population census of Santo Niño
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,743 —    
1995 12,761 +1.57%
2000 12,545 −0.37%
2007 12,777 +0.25%
2010 13,504 +2.03%
2015 12,863 −0.92%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][9][10][11]

Accessibility[edit]

There are no airports on the islands of Santo Niño and Camandag. The islands are reached by boats from the Port of Calbayog City.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pilar Island, Santo Niño, Philippines". Google Maps. Retrieved on 2013-11-10.
  5. ^ a b U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (1954). "Bogo (topographical map)". University of Austin Library. Retrieved on 2013-11-11.
  6. ^ a b Fabian, Galwin (2013-09-21). "Santo Niño Island in Samar". Intrepid Wanderer. Retrieved on 2013-11-11.
  7. ^ Fabian, Galwin (2013-09-19). "Camandag Island in Samar". Intrepid Wanderer. Retrieved on 2013-11-11.
  8. ^ U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (1919). "United States Coast Pilot, Philippine Islands, Part 1", pg. 205. Government Printing Office, Washington.
  9. ^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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