Minalabac, officially the Municipality of Minalabac (Central Bicolano: Banwaan kan Minalabac; Tagalog: Bayan ng Minalabac), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 52,390 people. 
|Municipality of Minalabac|
White pebble beach in Bagolatao
Map of Camarines Sur with Minalabac highlighted
|Barangays||25 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Christopher "Jojo" R. Lizardo|
|• Vice Mayor||Pedro M. Benamira|
|• Representative||Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte Jr.|
|• Electorate||30,894 voters (2019)|
|• Total||126.10 km2 (48.69 sq mi)|
|Elevation||7.0 m (23.0 ft)|
(2015 census) 
|• Density||420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|• Income class||3rd municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||45.38% (2015)|
|• Revenue||₱111,635,906.11 (2016)|
|• Electricity||Camarines Sur 2 Electric Cooperative (CASURECO 2)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)54|
|Climate type||tropical rainforest climate|
|Native languages||Central Bikol|
It is known for the so-called "Tumatarok ni San Felipe-Santiago" dance festival where young boys aged 10 to 12 years old performed the dance ritual.
Minalabac is politically subdivided into 25 barangays.
- Baliuag Nuevo
- Baliuag Viejo…
- Del Carmen-Del Rosario (Poblacion)
- Del Socorro
- Irayang Solong
- Sagrada (Sagrada Familia)
- San Antonio
- San Felipe-Santiago (Poblacion)
- San Francisco (Poblacion)
- San Jose
- San Juan-San Lorenzo (Poblacion)
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority   |
In the 2015 census, the population of Minalabac was 52,390 people,  with a density of 420 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,100 inhabitants per square mile.
Considered as one of the most colorful and interesting fiestas in the Bikol region, the Tumatarok Festival is celebrated every 11 May which is done in honor of their two patron saints, Sts. Philip and James. Main highlights of the festive occasion include the evening tide fluvial procession where colorful floating pagodas crowd along the banks of the Bikol River ; the religious dancing of little boys who are called here as the Tumatarok ni San Felipe-San Tiago or the Rice Planters of Sts. Philip and James. These little boys, ages 8 to 11, sing the traditional Bikol hymn to the two saints. Likewise, after the celebration of the mass the next morning, the ten tumatarok once again performed another ritual, this time a sacred dance, in the sanctuary of the Church. It was said that their dance was a prayer to God, thanking Him for blessing upon the coming rice planting season which then and even now is the main source of income to many Minalabacueños.
The dance component of Bicol religious ritual was retained in colonial times. On the feast of San Felipe and Santiago in May, in Minalabac, Camarines Sur, men carry the saint's images and estandartes of bamboo towers, while the children in costumes that change annually, dance the tuatarok (literally, "rice planters"), clicking their castanets and singing verses of praise to the twin patron saints and imploring their help for the officials and members of the community. Among the secular dances, the engano, a graceful sway, and the waltz step are of Spanish origin. Boys and girls dance Albay's inkoy-inkoy to three-part music, sagurang being its oldest Bicol version. The jota Bicolana is lively as the Spanish jotas
The town is not just famous for the dance festival but is likewise considered as the refuge of many distinguished political figures with their families during the outbreak of the World War II.
|Climate data for Minalabac, Camarines Sur|
|Average high °C (°F)||33
|Average low °C (°F)||27
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||36.66
|Average rainy days||18||23||16||17||25||28||31||26||27||29||24||29||293|
|Source: World Weather Online|
|Name of Parish||Parish Priest|
|Saints Philip and James Parish (Mother Parish)|
|Our Lady of Salvation Parish (Coastal Barangays and Del Socorro)|
|Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Barangay Antipolo)|
|Our Lady of Miraculous Medal (Mataoroc)|
|Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC)-Barangay Hobo|
|Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry|
BALIUAG VIEJO Miraculous Saints - Saint Anthony De Padua
Two main summer beach destinations include the pebble beach in Bagolatao and sand beach in Hamoraon. The growing number of resorts offers amenities such as cottages, videoke, rest house, etc.
Elected public officials (2020-2022):
- Mayor: Christopher R. Lizardo
- Vice Mayor: Pedro M. Benamira
- Members of Sangguniang Bayan (Legislative Body):
- Miguel S. Bersabe
- Renato A. Barcinas
- Noe G. Lavandero
- Louieley S. Barrameda
- Alejo Francis R. Sayson
- Pedro S. Balid
- Alex L. Nacor
- Arcel B. Bas
- Edumundo S. Fabay (Association of Barangay Captain President - ABC)
- Wenefredo D. Aspilla Jr. (Sangguniang Kabataan president - SK)
|Name of Barangay||Barangay Captain August as of 2010||Newly Elected Barangay Captain October 2010 2013||Sanggunian Kabataan Chairman October 2010 2013|
|Del Carmen-Del Rosario(Poblacion)|
|San Antonio (Coastal)|
|San Juan-San Lorenzo (Poblacion)|
- Municipality of Minalabac | (DILG)
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