Vinzons, Camarines Norte

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Map of Camarines Norte with Vinzons highlighted
Map of Camarines Norte with Vinzons highlighted
Vinzons is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°11′N 122°54′E / 14.18°N 122.9°E / 14.18; 122.9Coordinates: 14°11′N 122°54′E / 14.18°N 122.9°E / 14.18; 122.9
Country Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Camarines Norte
District 2nd district
Founded 1581
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Dra. Eleonor Ferrer (LP)
 • Vice Mayor Ligaya Heraldo (LP)
 • Total 141.43 km2 (54.61 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 43,485
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4603
IDD:area code +63 (0)54
Income class 4th class

Vinzons is a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 43,485 people.[3] The Calaguas Islands are part of Vinzons.

The very first recorded name of Vinzons was Tacboan and was later changed to Indan at which time the Mayor was Pedro Barbin.[4] The town was then renamed "Vinzons" in honor of Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, then Governor of the province.[4] He was the youngest delegate to the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1935, and a guerrilla leader martyred by the Japanese during World War II.


Vinzons is politically subdivided into 19 barangays,[2] listed here with their current Barangay Captains.

  • Aguit-It - Pedro Alan De Panes
  • Banocboc - Jumer Avellano
  • Cagbalogo - Melchor Canaria
  • Calangcawan Norte - Roberto Cada
  • Calangcawan Sur - Ma. Theresa Oco
  • Guinacutan - Henry Racelis
  • Mangcayo - Erwie Ramos
  • Mangcawayan - Boboy Era
  • Manlucugan - Dario Nano
  • Matango - Ramon A. Magana
  • Napilihan - Remberto Rogacion
  • Pinagtigasan - Gabriel Cereno III
  • Barangay I (Pob.)- Gracia Villafranca Moneda
  • Barangay II (Pob.) - Jonah Valeros
  • Barangay III (Pob.) - Neil A. Obusan
  • Sabang - Jose T. Segundo "ABC President"
  • Santo Domingo - Manuel Obusan
  • Singi - Efren Villafranca
  • Sula - Corazon Saenz


The town was established in 1581 by the Franciscan Priests without a patron saint and without a church. In 1611, Fr. Juan de Losar, OFM built a church named after Saint Peter. Fr. Losar was the first Parish Priest of the church. In 1624, the whole town of Tacboan was relocated and it was called Indan where a new church was built with the same Patron Saint, St. Peter the Apostle. Vinzons is known for the religiosity of its inhabitants, contributing priests and nuns to the Catholic Church more than any other town in the province. Curiously, the town has always been known as the town of politicians, having had more provincial elective officials than in any other town in the province. There was a time, in fact, when all three candidates for governor hailed from Vinzons as when Dominador Asis, Fernando V. Pajarillo, and Wenceslao G. Vinzons, Jr. ran for governor in the elections of 1964. Before that, majority of the provincial governors came from Vinzons: Carlos Balce (1928-1931) Wenceslao Q. Vinzons (1937-1940), Carlos Ascutia (1944-1946), Regino Z. Guinto (1946-1947), Cayetano Vinzons (1958), Dominador Asis (1959-1963), Wenceslao G. Vinzons, Jr. (1964-1968), Fernando V. Pajarillo,(who died while in office). Education is likewise valued by the inhabitants in that every family would attempt to send their children to study in Manila despite the prohibitive costs of lodging and tuition. It is the only town where in a single year, four lawyers passed the Bar examinations in 1978: Oscar G. Raro, Fernando Saludes, Dominador Ferrer, Jr., and Joseph Balce. On the political side only one Mayor in this town has accomplished to finish the three (3) terms. he is Buding Segundo. Buding Segundo is actually Jose Tacalan Segundo, is also the only Municipal Mayor in this town who is actually from a rural Barangay, which is Barangay Sabang. Another prominent mayor who served for two terms is Cesar Asis Cereno, who pushed for massive agricultural development in the countryside, particularly seaweeds production, which uplifted the living conditions of constituents in most fishing villages and island barangays. Agnes Mago Diezmo Ang (2010-2016) is the first lady mayor in the municipality.


Population census of Vinzons
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 6,665 —    
1918 9,072 +2.08%
1939 11,249 +1.03%
1948 14,455 +2.83%
1960 18,196 +1.94%
1970 22,804 +2.28%
1975 24,361 +1.33%
1980 26,158 +1.43%
1990 31,774 +1.96%
1995 33,182 +0.82%
2000 37,893 +2.89%
2007 39,653 +0.63%
2010 41,915 +2.04%
2015 43,485 +0.70%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]
Calaguas Island

In the 2015 census, the population of Vinzons, Camarines Norte, was 43,485 people,[3] with a density of 310 inhabitants per square kilometre or 800 inhabitants per square mile.

Local government[edit]

Municipal officials:

  • Municipal Mayor: Dr. Eleanor Ferrer Segundo.
  • Vice Mayor: Ligaya Heraldo
  • Councilors:
    • Alexis Bardon
    • Raul Elep
    • Biboy Valeros
    • Edwin Pajarillo
    • Augorio Guinto
    • Joaquin Emmanuel G. Pimentel
  • Ex Officio (Liga ng mga Barangay): Jose T. Segundo


Public secondary schools:

  • Vinzons Pilot High School (Main Campus)
  • DQ Liwag National High School
  • Matango National High School
  • Sabang National High School
  • E Quintela High School
  • Sarah Jane Ferrer High School

Public elementary schools:

  • Vinzons Pilot Elementary School (Main Campus)
  • Mangcayo Elementary School
  • Calangacawan Norte Elementary School
  • Calangacawan Sur Elementary School
  • P.Barbin Elementary School
  • Guinacutan Elementary School
  • Banocboc Elementary School
  • Juanita Balon Elementary School
  • Santo Domingo Elementary School
  • Pinagtigasan Elementary School
  • Magcawayan Elementary School
  • Aguit-it Elementary School
  • Sula Elementary School
  • Sabang Elementary School
  • Matango Elementary School

Private elementary schools:

  • St Peter Kiddie School
  • Vinzons Christian School


  • St. Peter the Apostle Church - Fire destroyed the St. Peter the Apostle Church on 26 December 2012 at around 0130 hours which started from the old convent. The 400-year-old church was one of the oldest churches in Bicol and erected during the Spanish Colony in 1600.[8]
  • St. Paul The Apostle Quasi Parish in Sabang
  • Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage Parish in Calaguas
  • Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Mangcauayan
  • Sto. Domingo in Sto. Domingo
  • St. Augustine in Matango

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAMARINES NORTE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b World News , Vinzons, Camarines Norte, November 19, 2013
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Camarines Norte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fire destroys 400-year-old church in Bicol". GMA News. GMA Network Inc. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 

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