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Tabango, officially the Municipality of Tabango, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 34,195 people.[3]

Municipality of Tabango
Map of Leyte with Tabango highlighted
Map of Leyte with Tabango highlighted
Tabango is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°19′N 124°22′E / 11.32°N 124.37°E / 11.32; 124.37Coordinates: 11°19′N 124°22′E / 11.32°N 124.37°E / 11.32; 124.37
Country Philippines
RegionEastern Visayas (Region VIII)
District3rd district of Leyte
Barangays13 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorBernard Jonathan "Benjo" M. Remandaban
 • Vice MayorRoslie D. Omega
 • CongressmanVicente Sofronio E. Veloso III
 • Electorate20,654 voters (2016)
 • Total96.62 km2 (37.31 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total34,195
 • Density350/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)53
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)83.8 million  (2016)
Native languagesCebuano

Tabango, with annual income of P 34 million, has 13 barangays (villages), with 26 elementary schools, 4 high schools and one satellite school, the Palompon Institute of Technology.


Tabango is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.[2]

  • Butason I
  • Butason II
  • Campokpok
  • Catmon
  • Gimarco
  • Gibacungan
  • Inangatan
  • Manlawaan
  • Omaganhan
  • Poblacion
  • Santa Rosa
  • Tabing
  • Tugas


In 1957 the sitios of Gibacungan, Catmon and Manlawa-an were converted into barrios.[4]

On January 17, 2008, Tabango Mayor Bernard Jonathan Remandaban opened (soft) the almost complete P 5.8 million modern, fully air-conditioned library: “It took us 6 years to construct our municipal library.” The library can accommodate 20,000 books, has 5 computer units with Internet access and a flat television set that only carries the National Geographic and Discovery Channels. Students can use the computers for 10 hours monthly, free of charge.[5]

Tabango was a barrio of San Isidro, Leyte. Its early settlers came from the islands of Cebu and Bohol and from the towns of Villaba and Palompon. Later as the transportation improved same personage from the eastern side of Leyte Province found fortune in the place. These people were responsible in molding its culture.

During the Second World War, the Barrio of Tabango was made as the seat of the Civil Government of the Municipality of San Isidro, Leyte, the civil authorities returned the seat of the Local Government to the Poblacion of San Isidro, Leyte

In 1948, prominent residents of Tabango, took the opportunity offered by the late Jose L. Alvarez to work out in Manila thru Senate President Mariano Jesus Cuenco, the establishment of a new political unit. Documentation were initiated with the assistance of the Late Rosendo Homerez of Tacloban City, whose wife was native of Tugas, now a barangay of Tabango. Eventually, Executive Order No. 284 was signed by His Excellency President Elpidio Quirino on October 15, 1949 creating the Municipality of Tabango, Leyte. The first set of officials were appointed and sworn to office on January 16, 1950, to wit: Francisco Pastor (Municipal Mayor); Felomino Ocubillo (Municipal Vice Mayor); Adolfo Alvarez, Honofre Damayo, Potenciano Pijo, Mauricio Sevilles, Mateo Pastor (Councilmen).

The doctrine in the case of Pelaez vs. the Auditor General, G.R. No. L-23825 promulgated on December 24, 1965, placed the Municipality of Tabango in a great dilemma. It was in this case that the Supreme Court ruled and declared certain orders creating municipalities unconstitutional on the ground that the creation of municipalities is an exercise of the legislative power. On this premise, creation and exercise of the Municipality of Tabango, Leyte was illegal. However, the cloud that darkened the juridical personality of Tabango as a municipal corporation disappeared with the introduction of House Bill No. 2042 during the seventh congress by the Congressman Marcelino R. Veloso, Representative of the 3rd District of Leyte. The bill proposed to create the municipalities of Almeria, Cabucgayan, Tabango and Culaba, with retroactive effect in order to validate the existence of the aforementioned municipal corporations. The bill was finally approved into law on June 17, 1972 as Republic Act 6488 retroactive on October 15, 1949..[6]

Origin of TabangoEdit

Tabango was originally a barrio named Tandaya. Most of its inhabitants lived near the seashore. One day, a man living in the barrio went to catch some crabs as swamps surrounded the place and crabs were abundant. Although he was an expert in catching crabs, he was accidentally bitten by a big one. A Spanish soldier happened to be near the place where the man was, so he came near and asked for the name of the place. The man bitten by the crab looked up and saw the soldier. Feeling the pain caused by the biting of the crab, he cried, “ Tabang mo,” which means help me. The soldier, thinking it was the name of then place, said, “ Ah, Tabango. “ The soldier repeated the word Tabango to his superiors and from that time on, the settlement was called Tabango. When the barrio was created a municipality, it retained its name.[7]


Tabango has 26 elementary schools, 4 high schools and one satellite school, the Palompon Institute of Technology.[8]

Elementary SchoolsEdit

  • Butason I Elementary School
  • Butason II Primary School
  • Campokpok CS
  • Caramcam Primary School
  • Catmon Elementary School
  • Colonia Elementary School
  • Don Bernardo Elementary School
  • Gibacungan Elementary School
  • Gimarco Elementary School
  • Inangatan Primary School
  • Kawayan Primary School
  • Leon-ito Primary School
  • Leoncio Erejer MPS
  • Manlawaan Elementary School
  • Omaganhan Elementary School
  • Pining Paglingap Elementary School
  • Sambulawan Elementary School
  • Sta. Rosa Elementary School
  • Tabango North CS
  • Tabayla Elementary School
  • Tabing Elementary School
  • Tahad Primary School
  • Tugas Elementary School
  • Ybanez Elementary School

Secondary SchoolEdit

  • Gibacungan National High School
  • Marcelino R. Veloso NHS (Marcelino R. Veloso NHS)
  • Pastor Salazar National High School
  • Tabango National High School


  • Palompon Institute of Technology


Among sites that is visited by tourist are:

  • Boho Beach & Bat Cave - A stretch of white sand, quaint native cottages, and a fresh water spring; marvel at thousands of fruit-eating bats in an out of the way bat cave where folklore says that the cave tunnel connects with another cave entrance in the San Vincente Ferrer Pilgrimage Site.[9]
  • Ocean Pearl Cove Resort - Belt out a song at any of the three Videoke Bars, jet ski to the sunset, experience the thrill of the banana boat ride, speedboat or pedal boat to an adjacent island, loll out on floating cottages, frolic in the swimming pool, relax in luxurious digs, and enjoy sumptuous meals and exotic drinks from the restaurant and the bar.[11]
  • Dawahon Isle - A rocky promontory of secluded alcoves, tiny white beaches and crystal clear waters teeming with spectacular and colorful marine life.[12]
  • Sunset Canturaw - Highest peak hereabouts, landmark for fishermen at sea, with a 500-step climb to the site of the Tabango Observatory Point Summit (TOPS).[13]


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,537—    
1960 22,999+3.34%
1970 25,383+0.99%
1975 25,917+0.42%
1980 29,384+2.54%
1990 29,743+0.12%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1995 31,837+1.28%
2000 31,433−0.27%
2007 30,503−0.41%
2010 31,932+1.68%
2015 34,195+1.31%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority [3][14][15][16]

In the 2015 census, the population of Tabango was 34,195 people,[3] with a density of 350 inhabitants per square kilometre or 910 inhabitants per square mile.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Leyte". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "An Act Creating Certain Barrios in the Municipality of Tabango, Province of Leyte". Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  5. ^, Poor town has modern library
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "History of Tabango". Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Education". Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tourism". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tourism". Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Tourism". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Tourism". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Tourism". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  15. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  16. ^ "Province of Leyte". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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