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Barcelona, officially the Municipality of Barcelona, (Bisakol: Banwaan sa Barcelona); Tagalog: Bayan ng Barcelona), is a 5th class municipality in the province of Sorsogon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 20,990 people.[3]

Barcelona
Municipality of Barcelona
Official seal of Barcelona
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Catalonia of Asia
Map of Sorsogon with Barcelona highlighted
Map of Sorsogon with Barcelona highlighted
Barcelona is located in Philippines
Barcelona
Barcelona
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°52′N 124°08′E / 12.87°N 124.13°E / 12.87; 124.13Coordinates: 12°52′N 124°08′E / 12.87°N 124.13°E / 12.87; 124.13
Country Philippines
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
ProvinceSorsogon
District2nd district of Sorsogon
FoundedApril 16, 1886
Named forBarcelona, Catalonia
Barangays25 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorManuel L. Fortes Jr.
 • Electorate13,553 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total61.18 km2 (23.62 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total20,990
 • Density340/km2 (890/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
4712
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)56
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class5th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)62.6 million  (2016)
Native languagesSorsoganon
Tagalog
Websitewww.barcelona.gov.ph

It is bounded by Gubat in the north, Bulusan in the south, Casiguran in the west and Philippine Sea in the east.

The site of Barcelona was originally part of Gubat and Bulusan. The town's name was known as Danlog, taken from the name of a local river. The change of name to Barcelona was recommended by a Spanish official who saw some similarities with Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). On April 16, 1886, it became a pueblo civil. Until 1868, it was part of the parish of St. James the Great of Bulusan. After 1868, it took St. Joseph as its patron saint and celebrates their town fiesta on May 19.[4]

For most of the Fourth and Fifth Republics, it was governed by Mayors Rustico Estopace and Salvador Estuye.

Barcelona is best known for its abundant supply of coconuts, copra, and root crops such as sweet potato & cassava.

BarangaysEdit

Barcelona is politically subdivided into 25 barangays. In 1957, the name of barrio Paghabulan was changed to Peña Francia.[5]

  • Alegria
  • Bagacay
  • Bangate
  • Bugtong
  • Cagang
  • Fabrica
  • Jibong
  • Lago
  • Layog
  • Luneta
  • Macabari
  • Mapapac
  • Olandia
  • Paghaluban
  • Poblacion Central
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Putiao
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Ramon (Tan-awan)
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Lourdes
  • Tagdon

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 6,001—    
1918 9,044+2.77%
1939 8,968−0.04%
1948 9,287+0.39%
1960 14,478+3.77%
1970 13,845−0.45%
1975 14,406+0.80%
1980 16,063+2.20%
1990 16,251+0.12%
1995 18,405+2.36%
2000 19,041+0.73%
2007 19,428+0.28%
2010 20,340+1.68%
2015 20,990+0.60%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Barcelona, Sorsogon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 65
(2.6)
44
(1.7)
42
(1.7)
39
(1.5)
87
(3.4)
150
(5.9)
184
(7.2)
153
(6.0)
163
(6.4)
154
(6.1)
127
(5.0)
100
(3.9)
1,308
(51.4)
Average rainy days 13.9 9.2 11.0 12.5 19.6 24.3 26.5 25.0 25.5 24.4 19.4 15.1 226.4
Source: Meteoblue [9]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Sorsogon". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Page 407 (Cristina D. Jose, Facts about Sorogon [mimeographed]), Philippines: A History of the Bikol Region, Jaime T. Malanyaon, 1991
  5. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of Barrio Paghaluban, Municipality of Barcelona, Province of Sorsogon, to Peña Francia". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  6. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  8. ^ "Province of Sorsogon". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Barcelona, Sorsogon : Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 29 December 2018.

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