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Monreal, officially the Municipality of Monreal, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Masbate, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 26,614 people.[3]

Municipality of Monreal
Map of Masbate with Monreal highlighted
Map of Masbate with Monreal highlighted
Monreal is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 12°38′N 123°40′E / 12.63°N 123.67°E / 12.63; 123.67Coordinates: 12°38′N 123°40′E / 12.63°N 123.67°E / 12.63; 123.67
Country Philippines
RegionBicol Region (Region V)
District1st district
Barangays11 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorWyett M. Espiloy
 • Vice MayorBen G. Espiloy
 • CongressmanNarciso R. Bravo Jr.
 • Electorate14,120 voters (2016)
 • Total128.67 km2 (49.68 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total26,614
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)56
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)76.1 million  (2016)
Native languagesMasbateño language

It is located on the northern part of Ticao Island.


Monreal is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.[2]

  • Cantorna
  • Famosa
  • Macarthur
  • Maglambong
  • Morocborocan
  • Poblacion
  • Guinhadap
  • Real
  • Rizal
  • Sto. Niño
  • Togoron


YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 18,796—    
1995 18,775−0.02%
2000 19,832+1.18%
2007 21,693+1.24%
2010 25,366+5.86%
2015 26,614+0.92%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Monreal, Masbate, was 26,614 people,[3] with a density of 210 inhabitants per square kilometre or 540 inhabitants per square mile.


Monreal's local economy is based on fishing. A local conservation effort to protect the environment lead to the development of tourism industry in the municipality. The Halea Island Retreat and Nature Park is the number one attraction for tourists both local and foreign, creating employment opportunities for the local folks and generating revenues for the local government in terms of taxes.

Archaeological and Ecological Landscape and Seascape of TicaoEdit

The municipality is part of Ticao island, which is known as an archaeological landscape, possessing thousands of pre-colonial artifacts such as the Baybayin-inscribed Rizal Stone, Ticao gold spike teeth, Burial jars of varrying designs and sizes, jade beads, human face rock statues, and the Ticao petrographs.Much of the homes in Ticao island use these archaeological finds to design their interiors. The island is also an ecological frontier for the conservation of manta rays. The island also possesses a 'rare subspecies' of Visayan warty pig that is almost near extinction.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Masbate". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region V (Bicol Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Province of Masbate". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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