Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
Barangays of Zumarraga, in the Province of Samar, Philippines
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List of Municipalities in the Western Samar Province of the Philippines
Almagro | Basey | Calbiga | Daram | Gandara | Hinabangan | Jiabong | Marabut | Matuguinao | Motiong | Pagsanghan | Paranas | Pinabacdao | San Jorge | San Jose De Buan | San Sebastian | Santa Margarita | Santa Rita | Santo Niño | Tagapul-An | Talalora | Tarangnan | Villareal | Zumarraga
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
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Zumarraga is an island town in the Province of Samar. 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
- Zumarraga Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census) = 16,743
- Zumarraga Registered Voters (2009 COMELEC) = 11,156
Elected Government Officials of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
- Elected Government officials of Zumarraga for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor Myrna Ojeda Tan
- Vice-Mayor Manuel Isanan Versoza II
- ABC President: Carlos M. Ojeda
- SK President: Janille V. Villaflor
Businesses in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
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- 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
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Schools in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
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Economy of Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
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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
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
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Your Story about Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
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The oldest man or woman in Zumarraga, Samar, Philippines
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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
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
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