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  • Zumarraga is an island town in the Samar province. Samar is within Region VIII – Eastern Visayas

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List of (24) Municipalities in the Western Samar province within Region VIII in the Republic of The Philippines
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Cities in the Province of Samar: Calbayog City | Catbalogan City (Capital)
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Geography of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

Zumarraga Land Area (as of 2007, in hectares)= 3,855

Location of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

  • Zumarraga is in the Samar province.
  • Samar is within Region VIII – Eastern Visayas
How to get here

Zumarraga is a municipality in Bagatao Island in the Province of Samar. The entire island of Bagatao comprises the municipality of Zumarraga. There are two (2) motorized bancas regularly plying from and to Catbalogan Samar namely, the RCV and Leopard’s. They leave Zumarraga daily at 5am and 6am as scheduled and arrives at Catbalogan after an hour. ETD at Catbalogan going home is 10:30am and 11:30 am.

History of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

Waydown in the western coast of Samar Island is Zumarraga, just a speck of an island in the province that boasts a teeming aquatic resources and wonderful greeneries richly endowed by Mother Nature. A municipality peopled by about 15,423 hardworking inhabitants, the town has a history that extends back to the Spanish era.

The tale of early settlement started with a few villagers who came with their families from Leyte. They discovered the place while they were on their fishing trips and were overtaken by a storm. They anchored and took refuge on the place now known as Rawis. To their amazement, they found the place naturally pleasing due to the presence of bamboos. When they returned to settle, they named the place Kawayan. Historical accounts say that the early settlers were seasoned people who had the greatest feats of strength and endurance. They counted on the island’s resources which carried them along, gradually increasing the value of living. How Zumarraga grew is an interesting story which proves once again that everything happens in due time.

The promise of an abundant life soon attracted more people to settle in the village. People frantically tried their best to live their own frugal way against all odds. They stood firmly on the ground and protected the island from the Moro pirates who hotly ruined the aquatic life in the area. They hedged against difficult times by building a fortress, the Campanario and a little later, Sta. Barbara, to shield them from the feared attacks by the enemies. These fortresses are presently lodestones where Zumarraganhons dwell in bittersweet memories.

No one could tell the exact date when the Spaniards came to the island. But in 1848, a Spanish friar set foot on the place. But even before the Spanish friars, the natives were found to have organized a local governing body and obeyed the rules in the village. The name of the place was BUAD, derived from the local dialect, Binuwaran, a term used to mean the diggings made by wild pigs. Zumarraga got its name from the birthplace of the Spanish priest in the town, Rev. Fr. Martin Yepes, who was born in Zumarraga, Spain. For years, the villagers lived noble and courageous lives, nevertheless, striving to be the best of whatever they did. They generated enough momentum to propel themselves for brighter days ahead.

The town, on March 13, 1863 became an independent parish by virtue of a decree from the King of Spain. Consequently, a Diocesan decree was issued on October 12, 1865 confirming the town as a parish under the Diocese. The parish priest had jurisdiction over neighboring islands of Buad, Daram and Parasan.

Zumarraga remained a descent place to live in. Environment was nurtured. The hilly terrain became rolling plains. People aspired for proper education, lived peaceful Christian lives and continually struggled for genuine happiness and dignity in life through fishing and farming.

Soon the town became densely populated. Families from other places decided to be part and parcel of Zumarraga. Among these settlers were the Astorgas and De Guias from Barugo, Leyte; the Dazas, Magas and Narios from Catbalogan, Samar; and the Carcellars, Castillos, Costos, Versozas and Zosas from different localities.

Untiring efforts of able leaders, who had the knack of leadership, grew in many prosperous ways. The town eventually developed under a more organized political leadership. Local town officials were appointed by the Gobernadorcillo, duly anointed by the Parish Priest. Archival facts showed that Zumarraga had the following Capitanes in order of succession: Tenorio Ferrer (Capitan Toyang); Nepomuceno Zeta (Capitan Simoy); Nicolas Custodio (Capitan Colas); Salvador Zeta (Capitan Badong); Tomas Bello, Hilario Villaflor and Agustin Astorga.

The coming of the Americans provided the people with a taste of democracy as elections are introduced. The chief executive of the town became to be known as Presidente. Accordingly, the following were elected to the town’s highest seat to row the oars of Zumarraga: Mariano Maga (1910), Luis Villaflor (1911), Lucio Mijares (1913), Leodegario Carcellar (1914), Enrique Nario (1916) and Rodrigo Daza (1931). Emilio Zeta was elected to the Mayor’s seat in 1936. Francisco Zosa served as Mayor during the Japanese occupation.

The immigration of people from neighboring places led to the growth of the population, ushering progress in industry and business. It was during this rapid development the wharf and part of the sea wall were constructed. Significant efforts for pushing the limits of progress were spearheaded by Zumarraga’s most illustrious son, the Honorable Pedro R. Arteche, who served in different capacities: Congressman, Delegate to the 1934 Constitutional Convention and Governor of Samar at the war’s outburst.

Past Mayors who served the town with dedication and quantum boost from the post-was period to the present are: Canuto Lim, Sr. (1947); Dominador Bolok (1951); Francisco Castillo ((1956); Francisco Amoyo (1964); Primo Nario (1968); Canuto “Cesar” Lim, Jr. (1972-1979; 1986-November 4, 1994); Bibiano Letaba (1979-1986); Romulo Dosal (November 5, 1994-June 30, 1995); Casilda Lim (1995-2001); Neliptha M. Figueroa (2001-2007); Neil Edwin M. Figueroa (2007-2010) and concurrently, Myrna M. Ojeda-Tan (July 1, 2010 to 2013).

Zumarraga’s patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua has showered blessings and guidance to his people, who in turn keep that sincere devotion. The town has relentlessly moved forward and hopes to have more and more successful sons and daughters who can nourish the link of the perhaps future. Zumarraganhons who are out of the country are pulling together and collectively working out for a more distinctive charm of their beautiful Zumarraga. Indeed, they always wish that this town maintains its sweet and enthralling ambience of country living

  • Source: LGU of Zumarraga

Founded in 1863, Zumarraga, an island municipality in Samar, is now turning a new page in its history as it celebrate its 148th founding anniversary this coming March 13, 2011. Spearheaded by their vibrant and active newly-elected Mayor, Hon. Myrna Ojeda-Tan, a weeklong schedule of activities is laid down for this grand celebration.

Carrying the theme " Bangon Zumarraganhon Sa Pagkakaisa at Pag-unlad", the celebration will start with the opening of an Agro-Trade Fair on March 7, 2011 at the Municipal Market where all barangays will showcase their local products and services. It will be followed by the Senior Citizens' Day and Mass Civil Wedding on March 8 and 9 respectively.

People of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

  • Population (as of Mat 1, 2010 Census): 16,936
  • Zumarraga Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census) = 16,743
  • Zumarraga Registered Voters (2009 COMELEC) = 11,156

Elected Government Officials of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.

They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.

  • Elected Government officials of Zumarraga for the term of 2013-2016
  • Councilors of Zumarraga:

Businesses in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.

  • DOST - Website
  • UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
  • DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website

Take a picture of your Business (from a Sari-Sari Store to a Mega Mall). Upload that picture here in and that picture can immediately be your business webpage. It is that easy. Here are two examples of how a picture becomes the webpage of the business: Twins Fried Chicken Restaurant and ABC Shopping Center

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Possible Businesses
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  • Banks, Lending Firms, Pawnshops, and Financial Institutions
  • Clinics, Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals
  • Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Agri-Vets
  • Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores, Sari-Sari Stores, Internet-Cafes
  • Department Stores and Appliance Stores
  • Supermarket, wet market, Fish Markets
  • Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses, Boarding houses and Resorts
  • Repair Shops: Shoe repair, Cellphone, Bikes (bicycles), motorcycles etc...
  • Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops, and Bakeries (Bakeshops)
  • Salons, Spas, Beauty Shops and Barber Shops
  • Gas Stations, Water Stations, Propane Stations

The Fermented Rock Oyster of Zumarraga Sisi Producers Association (ZUSI).

With a steady annual rock oyster production, ZUSI's sisi processing complies with the food regulatory requirements of Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) while its packaging and design is aided by the Product Research and Development Center of DOST (PRDCP-DOST) Head Office

Real Estate for Sale or lease in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

The name of your church, mosque, or place of worship can be listed here. Take a picture of the facade of your church or place of worship and it can be posted here. We can even provide you with a free webpage. You can enter the data (story about your place of worship) here yourself, email the information to or send it via our Facebook account.

Schools in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

School year 2015-2016 starts Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, April 1, 2016, for public elementary and secondary schools. The SY will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and activities, including the number of school days per quarter, are contained in Enclosure No. 1. Source: Department of Education

The name of your school in Zumarraga can be listed here. You can list it like this:

  • Name of School. Private or Public. It can be an elementary school, high school, college.
    • Address of your school
    • Telephone Number
    • Principal of the school

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Economy of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

  • If you have an article that talks about the improvement of the economy of Zumarraga you can post that article here. If you come across any news items that talk about the economy of Zumarraga, you may post it here. Of course you have to reference the writer of the article. Any improvement to transportation, power and service usually improves the economy of the community, so go ahead and report that too.

Natural Resources of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!

Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More

We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

Every city has some sort of a festival or tradition that is celebrated every year. In the Philippines almost all barangays that are predominantly populated by Christians celebrate fiesta. Tell us about the festivals, fiestas and traditions of Zumarraga.

Your Story about Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

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If you want the tittle to be more generic then do this: "Philippines by Your name". You can insert your picture of anywhere in the Philippines in this page. This will be your personal WIKI social media page.

You can talk about your personal experiences, your advocacies, the environmental conditions of your barangay, municipality, city or province.

The oldest man or woman in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines

Do you know who the oldest man or woman is in your community of Zumarraga? is starting this inquiry in order to honor the older generation of the Philippines. Please provide the full name and date of birth of the elder living in Zumarraga. We will then post your entry in the Oldest Man or Woman in the Philippines page.

Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling

Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In

Your cycling activity can be posted here and it will be shown in all the Provincial, City, Municipal and Barangay pages. Your 2015 Cycling Race or Activity can be Posted here.

  • ILOILO CITY, April 27-May 2, 2015 (PNA) – Some 5,000 bikers are expected to join the second Iloilo Bike Festival slated April 27-May 2, 2015 as the city continues to aspire to become a bike-able walkable metropolis. The activity that supported by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) and Megaworld Iloilo aims to promote Iloilo as a safe and bike friendly city, promote the share-a-road movement encourage Ilonggos to commute via biking and raise Ilonggos awareness on the benefits of biking on health, safety and environment concerns. Read More....
  • CYCLING Le Tour de Filipinas 2015 set as country celebrates 60 years of top-caliber cycling Feb 1 to Feb 4 2015 - View the result of the race: A four stage race. Stage 1 starts in Balanga and back to Balanga for a 126K race Feb 1, 2015 (Sunday); stage 2 starts in Balanga, Bataan to Iba, Zambales for a 154.7 K race Feb 2, 2015 (Monday); stage 3 starts in Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan for a 150.1K race Feb 3, 2015 (Tuesday); stage 4 starts in Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City, Benguet for a 101.7K race Feb 4, 2015 (Wednesday). For a total distance of 532.5 Kms. Read More >>>
  • Ronda Pilipinas: Feb 8 - 27 2015:>> Discovering young riders for the national team will be the main objective of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2015 when the country’s premiere cycling race hits the road on Feb. 8 in Butuan City. Ronda Pilipinas executive project director Moe Chulani said the international multistage bikathon, which ends on Feb. 27, will have two qualifying legs of four stages each in Mindanao and the Visayas where the top riders will advance to face a tough foreign challenge in the six-stage Luzon finale. Read More>>>

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