Santo Niño, Samar

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Santo Niño
Municipality of Santo Niño
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°54′N 124°26′E / 11.9°N 124.43°E / 11.9; 124.43Coordinates: 11°54′N 124°26′E / 11.9°N 124.43°E / 11.9; 124.43
Country  Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
District 1st district of Samar
Barangays 13 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Lilia A. Coñejos
 • Electorate 9,791 voters (2016)
 • Total 29.53 km2 (11.40 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 12,863
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6712
PSGC 086018000
IDD:area code +63 (0)55
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
Income class 5th municipal income class

Santo Niño, officially the Municipality of 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]

Formerly known as Limbancauayan, it 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.


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.

Camandag Island[edit]

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


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 census of Santo Niño
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 3,372 —    
1918 3,833 +0.86%
1939 4,926 +1.20%
1948 6,003 +2.22%
1960 8,304 +2.74%
1970 9,086 +0.90%
1975 11,124 +4.14%
1980 11,132 +0.01%
1990 11,743 +0.54%
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]


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]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. 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. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. 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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