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Esperanza, officially the Municipality of Esperanza, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 66,095 people.[3]

Municipality of Esperanza
Map of Sultan Kudarat with Esperanza highlighted
Map of Sultan Kudarat with Esperanza highlighted
Esperanza is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 6°43′00″N 124°31′00″E / 6.7167°N 124.5167°E / 6.7167; 124.5167Coordinates: 6°43′00″N 124°31′00″E / 6.7167°N 124.5167°E / 6.7167; 124.5167
Country Philippines
RegionSoccsksargen (Region XII)
ProvinceSultan Kudarat
District2nd District
FoundedJune 21, 1959
Barangays19 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorHelen Latog
 • Electorate30,983 voters (2016)
 • Total324.29 km2 (125.21 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total66,095
 • Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)64
Climate typeTropical climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)163.8 million  (2016)
Native languagesHiligaynon
Maguindanao language



"Esperanza" is a Spanish word meaning "hope". It is believed that the first baby born in the first settled area in the wildness of Dulawan was a baby girl whom the early settlers called Esperanza, with the anticipation that with the birth of child, the name alone could inspire the coming in of peace, unity and prosperity to the settlers.

In 1952, a group of Christian settlers established a settlement in Villamor within the then municipal district of Dulawan (presently known as barangay Villamor).

In 1953, motivated by the primary concern for the education of their children, the settlers petitioned the school authorities for a school at Barrio Villamor. And on the opening of that school year, the Villamor Primary School was opened. In the same year, purok leader Silverio Africa of Purok Esperanza initiated and requested a government survey for the proposed bario site of Esperanza with the expressed approval of Datu Into Saliao. The survey was officially known and identified as TS–310.

When the Cotabato–General Santos City National Highway was constructed. Esperanza became an independent barrio of Dulawan, Cotabato with Silverio Africa as the first "Barrio Lieutenant".

In 1956, Datu Into Saliao, a prominent Datu of the place has distributed lands to the people either by lease, share system and even donation to those close to him. By this philanthropic benevolence, people from all walks of life flocked to his barrio. Residential houses mushroomed around and that was the beginning of the programs of Esperanza.

Upon written petition of the residents, the municipality of Ampatuan was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 2509 which was enacted and approved into law without executive approval on June 21, 1959. Esperanza was created by virtue of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The place progressed rapidly because of its location and philanthropic act of prominent leader of the place named Datu Into Saliao who welcomed the immigrants to the area.

In 1995, Esperanza suffered losses in agricultural crops, implements, farm animals and houses other properties when Lake Maughan overflowed due to heavy rains.

The municipality of Esperanza was transferred from Cotabato Province to Province of Sultan Kudarat on November 22, l973 by presidential decree 341 of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.[4]


Esperanza is politically subdivided into 19 barangays.

  • Ala
  • Daladap
  • Dukay
  • Guiamalia
  • Ilian
  • Kangkong
  • Laguinding
  • Magsaysay
  • Margues
  • New Panay
  • Numo
  • Paitan
  • Pamantingan
  • Poblacion
  • Sagasa
  • Salabaca
  • Saliao
  • Salumping
  • Villamor


YearPop.±% p.a.
1975 18,711—    
1980 28,149+8.51%
1990 35,585+2.37%
1995 43,374+3.78%
2000 47,578+2.00%
2007 52,731+1.43%
2010 63,207+6.82%
2015 66,095+0.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

Hinabyog festivalEdit

The winning entry of NDEi (top) and one of the ENHS entries (bottom) at Hinabyog 2005, held in NDEi campus.

Esperanza celebrated the very first Hinabyog festival in November 2005. The word "Hinabyog" translates to the English word "swayed". This resembles to the idea of a "Bamboo swing" or more likely to be a hammock made in bamboo wood, which are very popular in the place.

Hinabyog festival was celebrated by showing different kinds of Bamboo swing/hammock and showing the importance of it. The celebration is likely to be started by a parade of "Drum and Lyre Corps" from schools all over Esperanza. Parades of hired Kings and Queens of the festival is also entered. And the most important part of the celebration is the Hinabyog Dance competition.

The participants for the competitions must be performed by students from schools around the municipality. The Hinabyog Dance Competition is themed by tribal music and dance steps. It is also being referenced to the Bamboo hammocks which mainly being used as props for the dance. Music comes from a group of drummers which must also come from the school.

Unfortunately, in the first Hinabyog Dance Competition, only two schools have entered. The Notre Dame of Esperanza Inc. (NDEi) and The Esperanza National Highschool (ENHS). ENHS have entered three entries for the competition, while NDEi have only given one. Although the stakes are high for the NDEi entry to win, they still managed to win the competition. The winner of the competition is automatically entered for the "Kalimudan Festival" or "The Festival of All Festivals" held in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, to represent Esperanza and to compete against other municipalities. Which luckily, they have managed to win from and beating the 12 other competitors.

Local Tourist SpotsEdit

Marguez Hot and Cold Spring

Location: Brgy. Marguez, Ezperanza, Sultan Kudarat

It has a hot and cold pool located near each other. The area is enclosed in lush vegetation and isolated from the busy activities of the town. One can enjoy the serenity of life and richness of its unspoiled nature.

Local GovernmentEdit

List of former mayors:

  • Esperidion Limson - 1971
  • Mariano Carumba - 1978
  • Romulo L. Latog, Sr. - 1982
  • Roberto E. Examen - 1986
  • Jose A. Dequito - 1987
  • Romulo L. Latog, Sr. - 1988
  • Fernando L. Ploteña - 1995
  • Romulo L. Latog, Jr. - 2001
  • Helen T. Latog - present


  • Notre Dame of Esperanza Inc.
  • Esperanza National High School
  • Esperanza Central School
  • Notre Dame of Dukay Inc.
  • Romulo Latog Sr. Elementary School
  • Paitan Elementary School
  • Sagasa Elementary School
  • New Panay National High School
  • New Panay Elementary School
  • Guiamalia Elementary School
  • Daladap Elementary School
  • Salabaca Elementary School
  • Salabaca National High School


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Sultan Kudarat". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 341, s. 1973 | GOVPH". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XII (Soccsksargen)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Sultan Kudarat". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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