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Polangui, Albay

Banwaan nin Polangui
Bayan ng Polangui
Municipality of Polangui
Nickname(s): Bayan ni Pulang Angui
Motto: "Next Level...Progress" (2010-present)

Map of Albay showing the location of Polangui
Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 13°17′32″N 123°29′08″E / 13.29222°N 123.48556°E / 13.29222; 123.48556Coordinates: 13°17′32″N 123°29′08″E / 13.29222°N 123.48556°E / 13.29222; 123.48556

Country  Philippines
Region Bicol (Region V)
Province Albay
District 3rd district
Municipality 1584
Barangays 44
 • Mayor Cherilie M. Sampal (Liberal Party)
 • Vice Mayor Jesus S. Salceda, Jr.
 • Total 145.30 km2 (56.10 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 82,307
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym Polangueño
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 4506
Dialing code 52
Income class 1st class; partially urban

Polangui is a first class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is now a thriving, progressive first-class growth center, considered as the most promising and potential economic destination of the flourishing trade and commercial activities of the Third District of Albay. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 82,307 people,[3] a labor force of 37,247 and 46,586 voting population.[4]


The origin of the name Polangui has many versions. The foremost and seems more accepted version is, “that of a giant robust tree which existed majestically in the early municipal settlement”. The natives of the settlement called the “Oyangue”, which also served as the early landmark of the area whereby new settlers looked upon in their wandering. Similarly, the early Spanish frontier settlers found this tree and it became their famous settlement landmark. The settlement was then called “Binanuaan” but often referred to as “Oyangue” by nearby settlers. As more settlers came to dwell and engage in various trade endeavors with the indigenous dwellers, the more was the settlement known in distant areas by the name “Oyangue” referring to the tree landmark which was more widely accepted than “Binanuaan”. The passing of generations corrupted the word “Oyangue” into several acronyms. Most acceptable and widely used before was “Polangue” and later “Polangui” which has remained today.

Another legend is about the story of a maiden named "Pulang Angui" which means "Red Maria" (Angui is the nickname for Maria) who loved red colors for dress and whose beautiful body, face and red lips became the object of affection by the males to the point of adoration. She was modest in her ways, talented for possessing various skills, with happy disposition, showing love of arts and religion. She would lead the tribe in festivities. When the Spaniards came, the soldiers who first set foot in Polangui asked for the name of the place. The native thought the foreigners was asking for the name of "Pulang Angui" and said so. The Spaniards recorded the name of the place as Pulangui, a concoction of the name which was later on, as years went by, was converted to Polangui.


Polangui is located in the northeastern quadrant of the third district of Albay, having a total land area of 14,530 hectares (35,900 acres). It is bounded on the north by the municipalities of Buhi and Iriga City of Camarines Sur province, on the southern part of the municipalities of Libon, Oas and City of Ligao; and on the west by the City of Tabaco and municipality of Malinao. It is about 43 kilometers north of the regional center of the Bicol Region, Legazpi City; 56 kilometers northeast of Naga City and 136 kilometers south of Daet, Camarines Norte.


The municipality of Polangui has a general climate characterized by dry season with a very pronounced maximum rainfall from November to December. Prevailing wind is in the general direction from northeast to southwest.


Polangui has 44 barangays and is politically subdivided into three divisions:

  • Urban Barangays- 13 member barangays
  • Rinconada Area Development Council (RADC)- 11 member barangays
  • Upland Area Development Council (UADC)- 20 member barangays
Barangay Land Area

(as of May 1, 2010)[4]

Class SK Chairman Barangay Head
Agos 298.8375 3,356 Rural Gerard T. Aurellano Ricardo Miqui
Alnay 214.8713 2,194 Urban Louisa Lenydia S. Matza Emilia C. Durante
Alomon 154.1867 1,167 Urban Alvin B. Roncesvalles Domingo E. Reforsado
Amoguis 147.1277 518 Rural Editha B. Carosa Marites G. Miralpis
Anopol 200.3163 1,085 Rural Kimberly Belgrado Ignacio C. Consuegra
Apad 455.7606 1,323 Rural Donna Marie T. Papa Dexter P. Salinel
Balaba 510.3960 1,355 Rural Analiza P. Recto Armando A. Base
Balangibang 269.9548 1,600 Urban Jane Pearl S. Camata Elmer A. Pesebre
Balinad 727.6543 3,032 Rural Benjamin S. Salcedo Nestor R. Awayan
Basud 116.3428 3,408 Urban John Agapito C. Camoral Joaquin S. Sarte, Jr.
Buyo 220.1116 990 Rural Jhoana Mae Samper Bayani S. Portem
Centro Occidental (Poblacion) 191.8234 3,384 Urban Jimar Paul Barquez Edgar M. Barquez
Centro Oriental (Poblacion) 29.1172 2,264 Urban Raymund Adrian E. Salceda Remgildo C. Gonzales, Jr.
Cepres 263.3539 1,414 Rural Marven B. Rapirap Rogelio M. Castillo
Cotmon 485.3046 529 Rural Sarah Jane C. Ripo Joel O. Bagacina
Cotnogan 231.1284 1,405 Rural Gerald G. Baria Isidro N. Oliva
Danao 383.5032 879 Rural Rodel Canuel Joseph C. Payno
Gabon 88.6686 3,223 Urban Mary Anne Cleo S. Borja William H. Buendia, Sr.
Gamot 345.1717 1,395 Rural Eden S. Orlain Yolanda S. Operario
Itaran 312.0854 1,740 Rural Bernie C. Cepe Noli Samblero
Kinale 176.3907 2,204 Urban Lara Jane B. Cedo Reuben L. Salopaso
Kinuartelan 341.2733 587 Rural Jessa P. Marilag Lucio S. Verzuela
La Medalla 368.2747 841 Rural Oliva O. Salcedo
Lanigay 313.0602 3,592 Rural Diana S. Dolz Joseph T. Noriega
La Purisima 493.0158 613 Rural Jealyn N. Gonzales Warren Tabarangao
Lidong 121.2557 1,355 Rural Ma. Haifa R. Ante Efren B. Ante
Lourdes 348.7119 594 Rural Jeloirt T. Alcoy Wilfredo P. Tandaan, Jr.
Magpanambo 251.8729 1,361 Rural Michelle T. General Benjamin C. Moit
Magurang 115.2231 3,846 Urban James Coledge S. Flores Regiel R. Sapo
Matacon 317.6426 4,148 Urban Rommel D. Villar Ma. Teresa L. Cerillo
Maynaga 262.3906 1,361 Rural Willyne L. Bechayda Joel S. Loyola
Maysua 430.1545 891 Rural Amielyn Bobis Herminio Sandagon
Mendez 165.8987 991 Rural Jessela Emie A. Abundo Mamerto C. Zuñiga
Napo 361.8530 3,113 Rural Annecelle Joy L. Samar Rodolfo C. Tuanqui
Pinagdapugan 190.9056 888 Rural Nickson B. Bejeno Arnulfo S. Musa
Pintor (Binangbangan) 182.9405 918 Rural Rizza S. Villaflores Raul Orbase
Ponso 317.9140 4,927 Urban Patricia Anne R. Magistrado Ma. Belen M. Sablaon with cases in Ombudsman
Salvacion 175.9903 1,088 Rural Leomar M. Cabañez Antonio D. Abaño
San Roque 301.3161 1,533 Rural Arjay A. Largo Rebecca V. Demetriou
Santicon 393.3786 2,744 Rural Noli Boy C. Mariscotes Arnulfo B. Penetrante
Sta. Cruz 280.5097 652 Rural Darwin B. Bombuhay Abelardo S. Bombuhay
Sta. Teresita 285.1347 927 Rural Jaypee C. Viñas Marilyn S. Ibarreta
Sugcad 372.8545 3,637 Urban John Paul V. Refama Salvador C. Solomon, Jr.
Ubaliw 221.4372 3,235 Urban Mara Grace S. Zamora Jose A. Zamora


Pre-Colonial Period

Pre-colonial Polangui was a fertile valley cradled by the virgin forests of Mt. Masaraga, when Juan de Salcedo established the Villa de Santiago de Libon in 1575. In 1584, Fr. Baltazar de Magdalena left Ambos Camarines, and established a ranch located on the west of Mt. Masaraga. In the same year, he founded a settlement within the fertile valley ranch site which he called “Binanuaan” with a few natives. Thus, according to old manuscripts available in the National Archives in Manila, Polangui was formally established in the later part of 1584 and is considered as one of the oldest municipalities in the Philippines. The first three barangays established by de la Magdalena were Ponso, Balinad and Lanigay. Ponso was the center of trade and commerce since it is located on a trail leading to the municipalities of Tabaco and Malinao. It is also the biggest barangay in Polangui in terms of area and population. Lanigay was the seat of religion. However, since Lanigay is located in a lowland area, it was fequently flooded, the church was transferred to where it stands today.

Spanish Regime

By 1654, the original settlement became considerably bigger. Hence, led by Fr. Alonzo de San Juan as “Encargado”, the settlement was expanded reaching the present barangay sites in Lanigay, Ponso and Balinad. The town proper was established in Lanigay where a church made of wood was erected adjacent to about 280 wooden dwellings and more than 1,000 nipa huts. Unfortunately, this church together with the dwelling units was razed by a fire to the ground.

With the coming of another missionary, Fr. Juan Bautista Marza, a new church made of bricks and stones was completed in 1664. This church stood on a new elevated site and still stands to this day. Under the leadership of Fr. Marza, roads and bridges were also initiated and schools were introduced simultaneously with the Christian Doctrine and Spanish culture.

Growth of the settlement was so fast that it became a Poblacion and finally recognized as a Pueblo ion 1674. Owing to its steady growth, a link with nearby Libon and Oas became a necessity. Hence, Fr. Jose Arnaiz, parish priest and encargado during 1832 directed the construction of roads and bridges which today keeps the wheels of progress on the go.

During Spanish regime, a significant highlight is the construction of its parish church which took 10 years to be completed starting in 1654 by Father Alonzo de San Juan and completed in 1664 by Father Juan Bautista Marza. Martyr, Camilo Jacob, who is a photographer, was executed in January 4, 1897 with other Bicolanos. A year later, the Spanish rule in Bicol ended with the mutiny of Guardia Civil in Naga led by Don Elias Angeles.

American Period

Sometime during the Philippine-American War, Polangui became the seat of the Provincial Government of Albay for a brief period of time under then Provincial Governor Domingo Samson. When the Americans conquered Polangui in 1890 without firing a single shot, the form of government went through transition from military to civil government then Commonwealth system. The seat of the municipal government was in Ponso with Don Clemented Sarte as the acting Chief Executive. A few months later, the seat of the municipal government was transferred to Centro Occidental and still remains up to this day.

Japanese Occupation

When the Japanese forces occupied Polangui on December 13, 1941, Cipriano Saunar, then Vice Mayor of the defunct Commonwealth government was appointed Mayor by the Japanese military administration. A secret civil government was established simultaneously headed by Julian Saunar which was supported by the people. Cipriano Saunar’s successor was Manuel Samson Sr and in turn was succeeded by Jesus Salalima who ruled from 1947 to 1960.

It was the people of Polangui’s common-traits-residency and flexibility that spared the town from destructive fury of the Spanish, American and Japanese occupying forces including its share of the national misfortunes such as strong typhoon of 1891 and strong flood of 1873 and also the raging fire of 1876.

Now 428 years from the formal founding in 1584, Polangui has grown to be a 1st class, progressive town covering 44 barangays within the Third District of Albay.

Formation of Sts. Peter and Paul Parishes

During the early period of the Spanish regime in about 1584, it was believed that trees called "Oyangui" abound all over the land. A priest, Fr. Baltazar dela Magdalena came to this place, thus called it "Polangui". It was also then inhabited by approximately 500 people. The Parish was founded by the baptism of 25 elderly citizens. The early church was built in "Binanuaan", a low level area prone to floods. Later, the church was transferred to a higher place, where the present church now exists. The church construction was started in 1654 by Fr. Alonzo de San Juan. At that time, the church and the state were governed as one. The priest enacted both as a mayor and pastor. The construction was finished in 1664 under the management of Fr. Juan Bautista Marza.

The first administrator of the town was Fr. Isidro Pons. From that time on until the early part of 1800, there was no record of priests who were assigned; neither was there records of what happened to the Parish.

It was then in the early 1800 when significant people and events were recorded. In 1823, Fr. Francisco Armengol was the priest assigned. Five years later, in 1828, Fr. Pedro Regino became in-charge. In the same year, Fr. Santiago de Jesus replaced him. Then Fr. Esteban del Castillo was assigned in the town until 1831.

In 1832, Fr. Jose Arnau became the parish priest until 1852. It was during his administration when roads and bridges were constructed adjoining the town to its neighboring places. Fr. Basilio Castillet was assigned from 1852 to 1855. He was succeeded by Fr. Vicente del Rosario for a short period. Another priest took over- Fr. Francisco Cabrera, who, although stayed only for a short period yet was able to have the first cemetery built. The following parish priests were assigned until the end of the Spanish era and American rule, respectively:

  • Fr. Juan Toledo - 1857-1858
  • Fr. Isidro Ponce - 1858-1867
  • Fr. Manuel Carispol - 1857-1870
  • Fr. Roman Santiago - 1870-1872
  • Fr. Julian Gutieres - 1872-1873
  • Fr. Florencio Cariño - 1880-1884
  • Fr. Damaso Martinez - 1884
  • Fr. Mariano Montesa - 1884-1885
  • Fr. Eusebio Platero - 1886-1888
  • Fr. Vicente Sagrado - 1888-1890
  • Fr. Mateo Atienza - 1890-1894
  • Fr. Andres Prieto - 1894-1898
  • Fr. Julian Calleja - 1898-1899
  • Fr. Tomas Cariño - 1899-1905
  • Fr. Juan Ravalo - 1905-1911
  • Fr. Remigio Rey - 1911-1915
  • Fr. Leoncio Ballener - 1915-1922
  • Fr. Leoncio Arejola - 1922-1925
  • Fr. Luis de Marumba - 1925-1932
  • Fr. Leofoldo Ragos - 1933-1966

After the liberation in 1945, Fr. Vidal Rempis became the parish priest. It was during his term when a Catholic school, St. Peter's Academy, was put up inside the church premises in the early 1950s. He was conferred later as "Domestic Prelate" in the early 1960s. Due to the fast growth of parishioners, the barangays of Alnay, Ponso and others was organized as a separate parish (St. Anthony of Padua Parish). With the passing of Fr. Rempis, Msgr. Teodolo Borrero replaced him and served from 1968 to 1974.

The first Polangueño parish priest, Fr. Felix Basquiñez, was installed in 1974. This time, the physical structure of the church needs repair. Also, the Catholic school was closed due to lack of support of the parishioners. Fr. Basquiñez then was instrumental in having the annex on the western part of the church. Much attention was also given to the expansion of the Catholic cemetery. Again, due to the fast population growth in the area, the parish was reduced further with the organization of the barangays Matacon, Santicon and others as a separate parish (St. Dominic of Guzman Parish). Upon his retirement, Msgr. Ernesto Alberto became parish priest from 1985 to 1992. This time, the physical structure of the church was totally renovated as an offering to celebrate the 400 years as community of God.

Upon the retirement of Msgr. Alberto, Fr. Armando Red was assigned pastor from 1993 to 1999. During his term, additional physical structures such as the function hall, rectory, additional priest quarter, mess hall, driveway, toilet, parks, office and others were materialized. For the third time, the area of jurisdiction of tha parish was reduced further upon the organization of the Parish of Lidong (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish).

From 1999 to 2002, Fr. Cecille Nuñez served as the parish priest. The parish is continuously the center of religious activities. Physical church renovation was done and the construction of the Parish Pastoral Center took place.

Fr. Roberto Crisol succeeded as the parish pastor from 2002 to 2007. During his term, the church had the complete makeup- repainting of the church, refurbishing of the church pews, construction of the side wing of the church, installation of the gallery of saints, construction of the parish patio, and medical-dental mission every month in different barangays of the Parish.

Due to reassignment of Fr. Crisol, Msgr. Crispin Bernarte, Jr. replaced him as parish priest from 2007 to 2010. During his term, the Parish Pastoral Center reached completion. The chapels in both sides of the church, as well as the main altar, was face-lifted by putting a "retablo". It was also during his term when the parish church was named as a "Church of Pilgrimage" in 2009, as part of the worldwide celebration of the Pauline Year (Jubilee Year of St. Paul). Spiritual development of the parishioners was the main thrust of his administration.

From 2010-2012, Fr. Bienvenido Realuyo, Jr. became parish priest. Minor physical renovations were made. The parish started to embrace technology with its improved sound system, as well as the installation of a white screen and LCD projector that serves as guide for the parishioners during mass. The re-structuring of the Catholic cemetery at Barangay Sugcad also took place. The Parish Ossuary was also moved to an acquired lot beside the church, and is still being developed until now.

At present, the parish is under the management of Fr. JC Omar Socrates Vita II. A comprehensive development plan was already laid out and aims to improve the church facade as well as the further development of the Parish Ossuary, with the proposed construction of a pavilion that will serve as a place for gathering during special ecclesiastical events. Improvement of church facilities such as comfort rooms and the church patio was also included.


As of the May 1, 2010, census, Polangui has a total population of 82,307. It has a projected population density of 570 per km2, a labor force of 37,247 and 46,586 voting population.[4]

Language / Dialect

Bikol Polangueño[5] is the main dialect in Polangui. The majority of the population speak/can speak Tagalog and English. Other languages/dialects spoken are Bicolano Viejo and Bikol Rinconada (Agos-Matacon Area)


Christianity is the predominant religion with Roman Catholicism with the biggest practitioners. There are four (4) Catholic parishes in the municipality: Sts. Peter and Paul Parish at Barangay Centro Occidental (main parish), St. Dominic Guzman Parish at Barangay Matacon, St. Anthony of Padua Parish at Barangay Ponso and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at Barangay Lidong.

Other Christian denominations are also present in the municipality like Protestants, Baptist, United Pentecostal Church, and Iglesia ni Cristo. Islam and Buddhism also have followers in the municipality.

All of the barangays have their respective patron saints, feast days, and chapels.


Polangui is classified as a first class municipality, having an annual income of at least 55 million or more.[6]


Its economy is still heavily dependent on agriculture. Major crops include rice, corn, cacao, pili, root crops, vegetables, coconuts and abacá. Poultry and livestock raising are also very much alive.


Banks in Polangui started to grow like mushrooms, same as internet cafes and variety stores. The Philippine National Bank and Legazpi Savings Bank (has a new bank office in front of LCC Mall Polangui), which are the only banks in the town before which are still existing, suddenly found competitors. New banks include the Producers Bank, Banco de Oro (BDO), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Banco Santiago de Libon (BSDL).

Shopping Centers

The town's economic activity is further given boost by the opening and existence of major business commercial establishments like a mall- the Liberty Commercial Center (LCC)- Bicol's largest mall chain; and the Novo Asia Jeans and Shirts. Other establishments include Tri-Star Commercial and V5 General Merchandise.

LCC recently opened its Expressmart at the site of the old Caltex station, in front of Polangui Mini Mart (PMM).


With the progressive development in the area of transportation and communication, the municipality is the crossroad of major land road transportation routes and almost all areas.


Roads are good in Polangui and they are classified as follows:

  • National roads - 20 kilometres (12 mi)
  • Provincial roads - 48.47 kilometres (30.12 mi)
  • Municipal roads - 10.7855 kilometres (6.7018 mi)
  • Barangay roads - 74.826 kilometres (46.495 mi)


The nearest airport is in Legazpi City - Legazpi Airport - about 39.1 kilometres (24.3 mi) from Polangui. Cebu Pacific and PAL Express operate in the airport. The construction of the future Polangui Domestic Airport at Barangay Balangibang is still under negotiation.


Polangui is a landlocked municipality, entirely enclosed by land. The nearest ports available are the Tabaco International Seaport, Legazpi Seaport and Pantao Port in Libon.


There are regular transportation to and from Manila and to the other main cities in the Bicol Region. Some bus companies with stations in Polangui are:

  • Cagsawa Travel & Tours
  • Gold Line Tours, Inc.
  • Philtranco
  • Raymond Transportation
  • RSL Bus Transport Corporation
  • Alps
  • DLTB Co.
  • Peñafrancia Tours
  • Antonina Lines
  • Executive Carriers

Other forms of transportation

  • There are motorized tricycles with routes to different barangays and neighboring municipalities.
  • There are some pedicabs for transportation within the poblacion.
  • There are several jeepney routes around the city or to anywhere in the province.
  • As of March 2012, The 10 1/2-hour Mayon Limited started traveling between Manila and Ligao, about 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Legazpi. The Mayon Limited serves this place.

Places of interest

Polangui provides a good view of Mount Mayon. The town hosts various historical and cultural tourism spots and other tourism-oriented recreation centers. Among these are:

Spring Resorts

  • Highlanders Watering Hole Resort is a "back-to-nature" vacation spot, located at Barangay Maynaga. It is 10 kilometers away from the business district of Polangui.
  • Danny's Spring Resort at Barangay Balinad
  • Kathleen's Paradise Resort at Barangay Agos
  • Laka Fuerte Resort (formerly La Oping Swimming Pool and Resort) at Barangay Gabon
  • 7 Hills Farm and Resort at Barangay Balinad

Public Parks

  • Sabido Park
  • Parish Patio
  • Kiwanis Children's Park

Nature Parks

  • Lake Danao Natural Park in Barangay Danao is a small, scenic crater lake, located 15 kilometers from the town proper. It is nestled between Mt. Malinao and Mt. Masaraga. The rare tabios or sinarapan (Mystichtys luzonensis), the world’s smallest fish, is also cultured here. The lake is a 30-minute hike through carabao trails and abaca plantations. Better bring a guide.
  • St. Expeditus Eco-Park is part of the Zepeda Leisure Estates, located at Barangay Agos. It's the best place in town to have a close encounter with nature, with its primary activities such as nature trailing, birdwatching, horseback riding and camping, among others.
  • Bastian Wildlife Center

Leisure and Sports Parks

  • Zepeda Leisure Estates is Polangui's hidden haven. Situated at Barangay Agos, this leisure park offers a variety of amenities and facilities such as the Albay's first golf course, a driving range, a spring resort, camping grounds, lodge cabin, a restaurant, picnic area and a nature trail. Aside from playing golf and throwing in a picnic, available activities also includes pitch and putt, birdwatching and horseback riding.
  • Polangui Tennis Club at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • JGL Gamefarm at Barangay Ubaliw
  • Salceda Sports Complex at Barangay Centro Oriental
  • Polangui Oval at Barangay Centro Oriental (for renovation)

Religious Landmarks

  • The Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church is located at Barangay Centro Occidental. It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the Philippines, which took 10 years to finish. The church construction was started in 1654 by Fr. Alonzo de San Juan and was finished in 1664 under the management of Fr. Juan Bautista Marza.
  • Sto. Entierro Shrine
  • Angustia / La Pieta Shrine


  • The Pedro Sabido Monument was constructed also as a dedication to former Philippine Senator, Pedro Sabido. He was born in Polangui, Albay on October 19, 1894 to Don Juan D. Sabido and Doña Maximina Ribaya. His monument is located at the Sabido Park, beside the Office of the Sangguniang Bayan. A provincial road, the Pedro Sabido Road, was also dedicated in his honor. It serves as a major transport road which connects the municipality of Polangui to the municipalities of Oas, the City of Ligao and the First District of Albay.
  • The Veterans' Memorial was constructed as a dedication to the fallen sons of Polangui who died and shed their blood during the Japanese military occupation in World War II. The memorial is located in front of the Polangui Tennis Club.
  • Cristo Rey

Convention Facilities

  • LCC Mall Polangui Event Center
  • Polangui Social Pavilion
  • Polangui Pastoral Center
  • Bicol University Polangui Campus (BUPC) Gymnasium
  • Polangui General Comprehensive High School (PGCHS) Students' Pavilion
  • Highlanders Watering Hole Resort Function Hall

Accommodation Facilities

  • JFJ Apartelle at Barangay Magurang
  • Nee-Nee's Apartelle at Barangay Magurang
  • Highlanders Watering Hole Resort Accommodation Rooms at Barangay Maynaga
  • Villa Sarion at Barangay Centro Oriental
  • Seaoil Travelodge at Barangay Kinale

Festivals and Events

Polangui Town Fiesta

The Polangui Town Fiesta, started as "Oyangui Festival" in 2003 and later became "Pulang Angui Festival", is an annual celebration of Polangueños during the whole month of June. During this time, a flood of tourists visit the town as Polangueños optimistically await and generously prepare for the month-long celebration as the festivities feature various religious, cultural, social and sports activities that captures the delight, excitement and imagination of the people and visitors during the occasion.

But as the dates June 28 and 29 comes, Polangueños temporarily change the happy to a more serious mood to commemorate the solemnity of the parish patrons, Sts. Peter and Paul through a concelebrated mass. Some elders often prefer to gather at the chapels to lead Novena Masses.


Year (Edition) Official Name Festival Theme Parochial Theme Remarks
Beyond 2003 Polangui Town Fiesta
2003 (419th) Oyangui Festival 2003 Introduced as Oyangui Festival
2004 (420th) Oyangui Kaugman 2004
2005 (421st) Oyangui Kaogman '05 "Giving Children a Chance" "The Eucharist: Light & Life of the Church"
2006 (422nd) Oyangui Kaogman '06 "Polangui in the Threshold of Progressive Change" "Building a Civilization of Love"
2007 (423rd) Oyangui Kaogman 2007
2008 (424th) Pulang Angui Festival 2008 "Polangui: Apple's Eye of Bicol Regional Growth" "Pagsunod ki Jesus sa Tabang ni San Pedro asin San Pablo"

("Following Jesus with Peter and Paul")

Festival name was changed to "Pulang Angui Festival"
2009 (425th) Pulang-Angui 2009 "Growth for Service" "An Tataramon nin Dios, Buhay asin Misyon kan Simbahan...Sosog sa mga Katokdoan asin Paarog ni San Pedro asin San Pablo" Excluded "Festival" in the title
2010 (426th) Pulang Angui Festival 2010 "Working Together, Next Level...Progress" "Kapadean asin Layko: Sarabay sa Pagbabago kan Simbahan"
2011 (427th) Pulang Angui Festival 2011 "Polangui: Bicol's New Cradle of Sustainable Development"
2012 (428th) Pulang Angui Festival 2012 "Building our Legacy through Service, Next Level...Progress"
2013 (429th) Pulang Angui Festival 2013 "Journeying Together in Faith with Sts. Peter and Paul"

Pulang Angui Festival: Albay's Best Street Dancing Contingent

Tourism and cultural related programs and projects is marked with colors and distinction as the town's "Pulang Angui Festival" garnered 2nd place in Street Dancing and 2nd place in Festival Legend Showdown during the 2008 Magayon Festival of Festivals Showdown. Even though adjudged as the 2nd place winner, the "Pulang Angui Festival" Street Dance contingent was endorsed by the Department of Tourism Regional Office V and the Provincial Government of Albay as one of the official delegates of the Bicol Region to the "Aliwan Fiesta 2009" in Manila where it participated to 3 events namely: Street Dance Parade, Float Parade and Reyna ng Aliwan.

The following year, in 2010, the "Pulang Angui Festival" remained victorious in the Magayon Festival Legend Showdown as they brought home the Championship. The same contingent competed in 2010 Tinagba 8th Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown at Iriga City, Camarines Sur, where it bagged the 3rd place after competing with other 9 contingents from various places in the entire Bicolandia. The Polangui contingent was composed of students from the Polangui General Comprehensive High School, trained by some talented and experienced faculty members of the school.

In 2011, "Pulang Angui Festival" emerged again as the Champion in the Magayon Festival Legend Showdown, composed of students from the Bicol University Polangui Campus.

The same feat was done in the 2012 Magayon Festival Legend Showdown, as the "Pulang Angui Festival" bagged the Championship for the third consecutive year. They were also adjudged as the Best in Moving Choreography and Best Festival Queens. This time, it was composed of students from Bicol University Polangui Campus and Polangui General Comprehensive High School.

And in 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, "Pulang Angui Festival" still emerged as the Champion in the Daragang Magayon Festival Legend Showdown. The contingent was composed of students from Bicol University Polangui Campus and Polangui General Comprehensive High School.

Summary of Accomplishments

Competing Year Rank and/or Awards Festival/Event Delegates Trainers Remarks
2008 2nd Best in Street Dancing, 2nd Best in Festival Legend Showdown Magayon Festival of Festivals Showdown Polangui General Comprehensive High School Lalaine Reodique, Cherissa Rosa Sampal, Mary Grace Sabareza, Minviluz Sampal The competition was held on April 26 and showcased different festivals in the Bicol Region. The Street Dancing Competition and the Festival Legend Showdown was judged and awarded separately. Masbate City's Lapay Bantigue Festival was declared Champion, with Pulang Angui Festival close behind at Second Place.
2009 (did not place) Aliwan Fiesta 2009 / Street Dance Parade, Float Parade and Reyna ng Aliwan. Bicol University Polangui Campus / Ashley Ann Himor for Reyna ng Aliwan Carina Sales, Mary Joy Catangui, Dexter Sarte Did not compete in the Magayon Festival of Festivals Showdown
2010 3rd Place 2010 Tinagba 8th Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown Polangui General Comprehensive High School Lalaine Reodique, Cherissa Rosa Sampal, Mary Grace Sabareza, Marites Saberola, Rosa de los Angeles, Marilou Vega The competition was held on February 11 at Iriga City, Camarines Sur and was open to all Bicol festivals. Of all 10 competing contingents, Masbate City's Lapay Bantigue Festival emerged as the Champion and Sorsogon City's Sosogon Festival in Second Place.
2010 Champion Magayon Festival Legend Showdown Polangui General Comprehensive High School Lalaine Reodique, Cherissa Rosa Sampal, Mary Grace Sabareza, Marites Saberola The competition was held on April 29 and was limited to Albay festivals only.
2011 Champion, Best in Moving Choreography Magayon Festival Legend Showdown Bicol University Polangui Campus Mary Joy Catangui et al. Albay festivals competed in the Legend Showdown on April 1, while festivals outside Albay competed in the 9th Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals sa Magayon on April 29.
2011 (did not place) 9th Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals sa Magayon Polangui General Comprehensive High School Lalaine Reodique, Cherissa Rosa Sampal, Mary Grace Sabareza, Marites Saberola, Rosa de los Angeles, Marilou Vega The competition was held on April 29 and was open to all Bicol festivals, including Pulang Angui Festival. Of all 11 competing contingents, the Tribu Himag-Ulaw of Placer, Masbate emerged as the Champion.
2012 Champion, Best in Moving Choreography, Best Festival Queens Magayon Festival Legend Showdown Bicol University Polangui Campus and Polangui General Comprehensive High School Mary Joy Catangui, Christian Ante et al. The competition was held on April 29 and is limited to Albay festivals only. This year, all 11 contingents are required to enact the Sayaw kan Tulong Bulod (Dance of the Three Mountains).
2013 Champion Daragang Magayon Festival Legend Showdown Bicol University Polangui Campus and Polangui General Comprehensive High School Christian Ante et al. Magayon Festival was changed to Daragang Magayon Festival. The competition was held on April 28 and was limited to Albay festivals only. Again, all 5 contingents are required to enact the Sayaw kan Tulong Bulod (Dance of the Three Mountains).

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

It is one of the most awaited religious celebrations in Polangui because of its deep religious fervor. The procession of pasos (Holy images) during Viernes Santo (Good Friday) has attracted devotees and local tourist alike because of the colorful and grandiose life-sized rebultos (statues) depicting the Passion of Christ and His resurrection installed on top of ornately decorated and lighter carrozas or cars. Many of the images and sculpture are of great antiquity and of magnificent artistry. Some of them are even centuries-old, like the image of St. Peter which dates back to 1857 as an heirloom piece. Undoubtedly, this is one of Tabaco's most sought after and attended tradition whether to continue a family tradition or as an intense personal devotion.[7][8]

Karangahan sa Polangui

It is Polangui's adaptation of the month-long celebration of the province's Karangahan sa Pasko: Albay Green Christmas, usually starting during the last week of November throughout December. Karangahan originated from the Bicolano term, ranga, which pertains to a higher level of joy and contentment; a term of endearment.

The festival is aimed at the safety of both families and environment by means of an environment-friendly celebration which can be achieved through continued propagation and adherence to its original campaign which is the “plastic-free, smoke-free and zero casualty” advocacy and objectives of the province.

The “zero casualty” goal is a campaign for “Iwas Paputok” (firecrackers-free) which take effect until the end of New Year while the “plastic-free” goal is a way of encouraging people to use organic and indigenous materials instead for decorations, Christmas trees and all instances of food serving.

Along with the promotion of “zero casualty campaign” is the low-carbon way of celebrating the festival and the proper disposal of solid waste management through total elimination of plastic materials.

A lot of exciting activities usually happen during its celebration and one of the highlights is the presentation and lighting of the giant tree made at the Polangui Social Pavilion which adheres to the goal of “No Plastics-Less Garbage.”

Before it was even called Karangahan sa Polangui, Polangueños are already celebrating it as Tia Angui Festival, a concoction of the name of the town's maiden, Angui (Tiya Angui), from which the town derived its name. Likewise, it may be interpreted as tiangge, a local term for "bazaar", which flood the town's public market during Christmas season. Usually, it is a tight gridwork of crowded stalls peddling Christmas decorations, fireworks, fresh fruits, assorted toys, discounted clothes, jewelry, accessories, electronics, and handicrafts, in the hallways and other empty spaces.

Local products and delicacies

  • Kalamay, also spelled Calamay which means "sugar", is a sticky sweet delicacy that is popular in many regions of the Philippines. It is locally known in Polangui as sankaka and is made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ground glutinous rice. Kalamay can be eaten alone but is usually used as a sweetener for a number of Filipino desserts and beverages. The town's largest natural producer of sankaka is the Sarilla's Muscovado Milling Facility at Barangay Balaba.
  • Sinapot is a local term for maruya. These are sliced bananas dipped in batter, deep fried and dredged in sugar. All are popular street food and is best eaten during merienda.
  • Biniribid is made from grated lukadon (young coconut)/coconut milk, and flour, topped with a mixture of kalamay and brown sugar. Its name is a Bikol term for twisted, as it is usually curled to form an eight much like twisted bread. Like the sinapot, it is also best eaten during merienda.
  • Of the family Burseracea, pili (Canarium ovatum) is native to the Philippines and can be found in especially in the Bicol region where it is an important crop and source of income of many families. Pili is a versatile nut being used for a variety of products. The nut kernel is the most important product. It can be eaten raw or roasted where its mild, nutty taste and tender-crispy texture can compare with and even found better than an almond. Pili kernel is also used in chocolate, ice cream, and baked goods. The young shoots and the fruit pulp are edible. The shoots are used in salads, and the pulp is eaten after it is boiled and seasoned. Boiled pili pulp resembles the sweet potato in texture, it is oily (about 12%) and is considered to have food value similar to that of avocado. Pulp oil can be extracted and used for cooking or as a substitute for cottonseed oil in the manufacture of soap and edible products. The stony shells are excellent fuel or growth medium for orchids and ornamental plants.

Rice Cakes:

  • Ibos: It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and often steamed wrapped in buli or buri palm (Corypha) leaves. It is usually eaten sprinkled with sugar.
  • Balinsuso: It is a Bicolano suman made up of ground rice (ordinary or sticky rice), coconut milk, sugar and grated coconut. In other towns, they call it balisongsong.
  • Binûtong: It is made up of glutinous rice with coconut cream, wrapped in banana leaves. This is often served as breakfast or merienda, and best paired with hot chocolate or coffee. The term itself, probably came from the root word "butok" or to "tie a knot" as the mouthwatering meal is wrapped and tied in layers of banana leaves in order to confine the flavors inside white it is being cooked.[9] The banana leaves gives a wonderful flavor to the rice.


Presently, there are almost 20 Day Care Centers, 3 private pre-schools, 42 public elementary schools, 5 private elementary schools, 7 public high schools, 3 private high schools and 4 tertiary schools in the municipality. This education institutional setup at the present levels of standards is indicative of the literacy rate of the school- age population 10 years old and above- is as high as reflected in the NSO data for the schools in the entire municipality.

Tertiary / Vocational / Technical Education

The municipality has four tertiary schools:

  • The Bicol University Polangui Campus (BUPC) is located in Barangay Centro Occidental, and was formerly known as the School for Philippine Craftsmen and offered vocational courses.[10] It was integrated into Bicol University,[10] through R.A. 7722, R.A. 8292 & R.A. 8769, on December 14, 2000 and renamed as Bicol University Polangui Campus. From the five courses offered in 2000, it now offers fifteen courses including BS in Nursing, BS in Computer Engineering and BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering.
  • The Polangui Community College (PCC) has four major program offerings: Associate in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Associate in Office Administration, Bachelor in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness.
  • The Elite Fashion School, which offers technical and vocational courses. It is located at Barangay Centro Oriental, in front of the Land Bank of the Philippines- Polangui Branch.
  • The Computer Arts and Technological (CAT) College, which was opened in 2012. It is located at the newly constructed commercial building at Barangay Ubaliw, beside the Polangui Terminal.

Secondary Education

Public High Schools

  • The Polangui General Comprehensive High School is located in Barangay Centro Occidental, and started as Albay High School Polangui (AHSP) with Mr. Sisenando Reantaso as its first Principal (1948-1953). In 1963, President Diosdado Macapagal signed RA No. 3993 converting the AHSP into a community school, The Polangui General Comprehensive High School (PGCHS), a national secondary school patterned after the comprehensive high school in Detroit, Michigan U.S.A. At present, it is touted as Albay's best public high school, having been a consistent frontrunner in division, regional and national competitions, such as the Sci-Math Competition, Secondary Schools Press Conference, Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge and Intel Philippines Science Fair, among others.
  • Ponso National High School
  • Matacon National High School
  • Magpanambo National High School
  • Itaran National High School
  • La Medalla National High School
  • Lanigay National High School

Private High Schools

  • Salle Learning Center at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • St. Peter's Academy at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • Colegio de Sta. Monica of Polangui, Inc. at Barangay Centro Occidental

Primary Education

Public Elementary Schools

  • Polangui South Central Elementary School at Barangay Centro Oriental, along the National Highway. It is the flagship school of the Polangui South District. Its satellite schools are the following:
  • Agos Elementary School
  • Alomon Elementary School
  • Apad Elementary School
  • Balangibang Elementary School
  • Cotnogan Elementary School
  • Kinale Elementary School
  • Lanigay Elementary School
  • La Medalla Elementary School
  • La Purisima Elementary School
  • Magpanambo Elementary School
  • Magurang Elementary School
  • Matacon Elementary School
  • Santicon Elementary School
  • Salvacion Elementary School
  • San Roque Elementary School
  • Sta. Teresita Elementary School
  • Polangui North Central Elementary School at Barangay Centro Oriental. It is the flagship school of the Polangui North District. Its satellite schools are the following:
  • Alnay Elementary School
  • Balaba Elementary School
  • Balinad Elementary School
  • Cepres Elementary School
  • Cotmon Elementary School
  • Dalogo Elementary School
  • Danao Elementary School
  • Itaran Elementary School
  • Jose S. Duran Elementary School
  • Kinuartelan Elementary School
  • Lidong Elementary School
  • Lourdes Elementary School
  • Maynaga Elementary School
  • Maysua Elementary School
  • Mendez Elementary School
  • Napo Elementary School
  • Pinagdapugan Elementary School
  • Pintor Elementary School
  • Ponso North Elementary School
  • Ponso South Elementary School
  • Sta. Cruz Elementary School
  • Sugcad Elementary School

Private Elementary Schools

  • Salle Learning Center at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • St. Peter's Academy at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • Global Vision Excellence School at Barangay Basud
  • Polangui SDA Multigrade School at Barangay Basud
  • Colegio de Sta. Monica of Polangui, Inc. at Barangay Centro Occidental

Day Care and Pre-School

Private Pre-schools

  • Salle Learning Center at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • St. Peter's Academy at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • Global Vision Excellence School at Barangay Basud
  • St. Noah's Learning Center at Barangay Magurang
  • Golden Wisdom Proverbial School at Barangay Gabon

Public services


The present health services of the municipality are administered by 2 Municipal Health Officers, 2 Public Health Nurses, 1 Medical Technologist, 1 Dentist, and 12 Midwives.

Aside from the Municipal Health Office and Barangay Health Stations, there are 2 Private Hospitals (Isip General Hospital in Gabon and Perillo General Hospital in Magurang), and 14 clinics that provide alternative health services to the population of the municipality. Polangui is equipped with 6 ambulances- 1 in the Rural Health Unit (RHU), 2 in the municipal hall, and 3 in the health station centers in Balinad, Itaran and Matacon.

The Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) Birthing Facility at RHU-Polangui specializes in maternal healthcare, along with several lying-in and birthing clinics. Polangui's BEmONC Birthing Facility is a PhilHealth-accredited institution and offers free services to cardholders.

A new medical establishment recently opened its doors- the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Diagnostic and Dialysis Center at Barangay Centro Oriental, in front of the Polangui South Central Elementary School. Polangui and Legazpi City are the only ones in Albay who have a dialysis facility.

Waste Disposal

In dealing with solid waste management, the Municipality of Polangui has adopted the usual means of dumping garbage in an open-pit dumpsite. Garbage is collected from each barangay in the poblacion every Tuesday and Friday. The municipality has four garbage trucks to ensure that the garbage is collected and disposed in the waste disposal site located at Sitio Barobo, about 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) distance from the central business district.

Fire Protection

The Polangui Fire Station, Bureau of Fire Protection is located at Barangay Centro Occidental, between the Municipal Hall and the Polangui Police Station. The Polangui BFP is headed by Fire Marshal Insp. Noel N. Peñarubia.

Police & Law Enforcement

Polangui is dubbed and pride itself as one of the most peaceful town in the province of Albay. Backed-up by a highly-spirited, committed and well-trained Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, the town's overall peace and order situation remain stable as indicative of low rate of criminal-related incidence in the locality. As the municipality's support and protective services is manned by an equally-motivated present PNP force complement, which is strategically housed to its newly constructed PNP Station Building, it will stand as a hallmark of an edifice of strength, reliability and dependability. Polangui PNP is headed by PSI Jon R. Retumban.


The Polangui District Jail is manned by officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), headed by Jail Warden Sr. Insp. Alfredo R. Ricaford, Jr.


There are two existing telephone lines in Polangui:

The municipality is served by the Philippine's three main mobile phone carriers:



The Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) Sub-Station 2 in Barangay Centro Occidental provides electricity to the majority of the town's barangays.


Water supply is managed by the Polangui Water System (inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself and Governor Joey Salceda) located in Barangay Balinad. Its present service area encompasses the poblacion and some of the other barangays. The rest of the residents, most especially those in the upland and rural areas are still dependent on shallow wells, deep wells or spring-water.

Burial Grounds

There are 7 cemeteries in the municipality:

  • Polangui Catholic Cemetery at Barangay Sugcad
  • Our Garden of Faith Memorial Park at Barangay Sugcad
  • Polangui Chinese Cemetery at Barangay Sugcad
  • Parish Ossuary at Barangay Centro Occidental
  • Parish Cemetery at Barangay Lidong
  • Parish Cemetery at Barangay Matacon
  • Parish Cemetery at Barangay Ponso

Local government

Municipal officials

Incumbent elected municipal officials (2013-2016):

  • Mayor: Cherilie Mella Sampal ‹›
  • Vice Mayor: Raul G. Lim
  • Councilors (Committee Chairmanships):
    • Jesciel Richard G. Salceda +
    • May A. Silo ^
    • William H. Buendia, Sr.
    • Edgar B. Arbo ‹›
    • Judith S. Bertillo ‹›
    • Vicente Jose Gerard Z. Jaucian ‹›
    • Norman E. Sabaybay ‹›
    • Edna R. Siguenza ‹›
  • ABC President: (vacant) (Committee on Barangay Affairs)
  • SK Federation President: Patricia Anne R. Magistrado (Committee on Youth and Sports Affairs)
  • Provincial SK Federation President: Raymond G. Salceda

  1. A + indicates that the official is a new entrant and previously never held any position.
  2. A ‹› indicates that the official is re-elected to the same position.
  3. A indicates that the official is re-elected to a new position. (Raul G. Lim was Councilor in his previous term while William H. Buendia, Sr. was ABC President)
  4. A ^ indicates that the official previously held a position and was re-elected into office. (May A. Silo was Councilor from 2004-2010 but lost for re-election in 2010)

Past municipal administrators

Spanish Regime (1750-1899):

Inclusive Years Capitan Municipal
1750-1752 Domingo dela Cruz
1752-1753 Diego Langcauon
1753-1754 Antonio Sta. Maria
1754-1755 Diego Bananakaw
1755-1756 Pantaleon dela Vinbria
1756-1757 Laureano Pangpaguon
1757-1758 Manuel Pimentel
1758-1760 Santiago Florencio
1760-1761 Jose Eusebio
1761-1762 Narciso delos Martines
1762-1763 Mariano Josorio
1763-1764 Diego San Agustin
1764-1765 Francisco Pasion
1765-1766 Narciso delos Martines
1766-1767 Agustin Dayauon
1767-1768 Pedro Magatas
1768-1769 Ignacio Duran
1769-1770 Miguel Josorio
1770-1771 Pedro Pasion
1771-1772 Agustin Dayauon
1772-1773 Pedro Magatas
1773-1775 Santiago Damas
1775-1802 None
1802-1803 Vicente Sto. Domingo
1803-1804 Agustin San Pascual
1804-1805 Antonio San Pascual
1805-1806 Bernabe S. Buenaventura
1806-1807 Tomas Eleazar
1807-1808 Damaso de Valencia
1808-1808 Agustin San Pascual
1809-1810 Fernando Almazan
1810-1811 Fernando dela Cruz
1811-1812 Agustin San Pascual
1812-1813 Francisco S. Agustin
1813-1814 Rosendo dela Cruz
1814-1815 Remegio San Agustin
1815-1816 Estanislao Perez
1816-1817 Antonio Duran
1817-1818 Nicolas Bibiano
1818-1819 Jose Duran
1819-1820 Estanislao Perez
1820-1821 Manuel San Antonio
1821-1822 Pablo delos Angeles
1822-1823 Nicolas Perez
1823-1824 Salvador dela Soledad
1824-1825 Antonio Duran
1825-1826 Margarito Buenaventura
1826-1827 Agustin San Pascual
1827-1828 Pascual Mariano
1828-1829 Jose Pasion
1829-1830 Antonio Marcelo
1830-1831 Margarito Buenaventura
1831-1832 Francisco S. Nicolas
1832-1833 Austero Tadio
1833-1834 Gregorio del Castillo
1834-1835 Manuel S. Agustin
1835-1836 Miguel San Mateo
1836-1837 Miguel Sta. Isabel
1837-1838 Miguel Sta. Ana
1838-1839 Martin Victoria
1839-1840 Manuel Acasio
1840-1841 Jose Torres
1841-1842 Margarito Buenaventura
1842-1843 Pedro Nolasco
1843-1844 Pascual Borromeo
1844-1845 Juan dela Cruz
1845-1846 Lorenzo Roque
1846-1847 Jose Espinas
1847-1848 Juan Eusebio
1848-1849 Felizardo Florin
1849-1850 Vicente dela Cruz
1850-1851 Camilo Mella Silva
1851-1852 Jose Sale Duran
1852-1853 Francisco Florin Padie
1853-1854 Antonio Sabido Abad
1854-1855 Vicente Perez Santanez
1855-1856 Juan Duran
1856-1857 Gregorio Imperial
1857-1858 Sacramento Salvo
1858-1859 Tranquilino Hernandez
1859-1860 Bartolome Sarte
1860-1861 Gabriel Salaber
1861-1862 Pedro Sadia
1862-1863 Pedro Sabater
1863-1865 Teodoro Salvo
1865-1866 Antonio Lluc
1866-1867 Anastacio Lluc
1867-1869 Abraham Isaac
1869-1871 Valeriano Sarte Duran
1871-1873 Pablo Santor
1873-1877 Policarpio Del Valle
1877-1879 Nicomedes Sale Duran
1879-1881 Austero Sapalicio
1881-1885 Luis Duran
1885-1887 Pascual Salegumba
1887-1890 Margarito Sadueste
1890-1892 Valentin Saba
1892-1895 Juan Sadueste
1895-1899 Agaton Saba
1899-1901 Macario Samson

American Rule (1901-1941):

Inclusive Years Municipal President
1901-1902 Clemente Sarte (Acting Chief Executive)

Lorenzo Duran (1st Municipal President)

1902-1904 Procopio Arbo
1904-1906 Clemente Sarte
1906-1908 Juan Florin
1908-1911 Ruperto Carreon
1911-1913 Juan Sarte
1913-1916 Rufina Tuanqui
1916-1919 Quirico Duran
1919-1928 Juan Florin
1928-1931 Ruperto Carreon
1931-1933 Gregorio Ante
1934-1935 Ruperto Carreon
1935-1941 Crisostomo Silo

Japanese Occupation (1941-1947):

Inclusive Years Municipal Mayor
1941-1944 Cipriano L. Saunar (Vice Mayor of the defunct Commonwealth government. Was appointed Mayor by the Japanese government)
1944-1947 Manuel A. Samson, Sr.

Post-War Period (1947-date):

Inclusive Years Municipal Mayor Municipal Vice Mayor SK Federation President ABC President Motto Remarks
1947-1960 Jesus S. Salalima
1960-1964 Conrado A. Sabater
1964-1968 Mariano Sapalicio
1968-1981 Conrado A. Sabater Conrado A. Sabater was only Presiding Officer from 1976 to 1981
1981-1986 Irineo T. Sales, Jr.
1986-1987 Romeo Gonzales Honesto S. Borja
1987-1988 Honesto S. Borja Honesto S. Borja took the place as Municipal Mayor after the death of then incumbent Mayor Romeo Gonzales.
1988-1998 Rafael A. Lo Jesus S. Salceda, Sr.
1998-2001 Brett Joseph B. Salalima Norberto S. Sabaybay
2001-2010 Jesus S. Salceda, Sr. Brando M. Sael (2001-2004)

Renato S. Borja (2004-2010)

Shayne T. Samaniego (2002-2007)

Josue L. Del Villar (2007-2010)

Jose A. Zamora (2004-2007)

Lito S. Ret (2007-2010)

"One Polangui. One Town. One People."
2010–present Cherilie M. Sampal Jesus S. Salceda, Jr. (2010-2013)

Raul G. Lim (2013–present)

Patricia Anne R. Magistrado (2010–present)

William H. Buendia, Sr. (2010–present) "Next Level...Progress" Cherilie M. Sampal was the first female municipal mayor and fifth in Albay (next to Agnes P. Dycoco of Libon, Cielo Krisel L. Luistro of Tabaco City, Linda P. Gonzales of Ligao City and Carmen Geraldine Rosal of Legazpi City)


The municipality receives signal from all the major radio stations from Legazpi City and even Naga City in Camarines Sur. But there is one FM Station that originate from the municipality- the Hot FM Polangui DWJJ 97.9 MHz. It broadcasts live updates, news and entertainment.[11]

There is one TV relay station operating in the municipality (ABS-CBN). However, local TVs get strong signals from nearby Legazpi City stations. Cable services are also offered in the area by two companies:

  • Dream Cable Television (DCTV)
  • Estevez Cable Television (ESTV)

Notable Polangueños (or with Polangui roots)

Politics and Government

  • Pedro R. Sabio - Former Philippine Senator, Former Philippine Ambassador to Spain and the Vatican, 3rd District of Albay Former Congressman (1922-1925, 1925-1928, 1928-1931, 1931-1934, 1935–1938, 1938-1941)
  • Jose Ma. Clemente "Joey" S. Salceda - Albay Provincial Governor (2007–present),[12] 3rd District of Albay Former Congressman (1998-2001, 2001-2004, 2004–2007), Malacañang Chief of Staff (February 10, 2007-March 29, 2007)
  • Felix Stedja Imperial, Jr. - Former Albay Provincial Governor (1972-1986)[12]
  • Efren R. Sarte - Former Congressman, 3rd District of Albay (1987-1992)
  • Romeo R. Salalima - Former Albay Provincial Governor (1988-1992, 1992-1994),[12] Former Congressman, 3rd District of Albay (1995–1998)
  • Reno G. Lim - Former Congressman, 3rd District of Albay (2007-2010)
  • Brando M. Sael - Former Albay Provincial Vice Governor (2007-2010)
  • Harold O. Imperial - Albay Provincial Vice Governor (2010–present), Albay Provincial Board Member (2004-2010)
  • Irineo T. Sales, Jr. - Albay Provincial Board Member (2004–present), Former Municipal Mayor of Polangui (1981-1986)
  • Herbert S. Borja - Albay Provincial Board Member (2004–present)
  • Arnold S. Embestro - Albay Provincial Board Member (2010-2013)
  • Carmen Geraldine Barrameda-Rosal - City Mayor of Legazpi (2010-2013)
  • Gerry R. Jaucian - Municipal Mayor of Daraga (2010–present)

Catholic Leaders

  • Most Rev. Msgr. Joel "Bong" Z. Baylon - Bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi, Former Bishop of the Diocese of Masbate

Beauty and Television Personalities

  • Dianne Elaine S. Necio - Binibining Pilipinas International 2011, Binibining Pilipinas 2010 First Runner-up, Miss Tabak 2009, Mutya ng Bicolandia
  • Milagros “Lala” Flores - Former supermodel, renowned makeup artist, Supermodel of the Philippines 1990, Asia’s Most Glamorous Model 1994. She is currently the Avon’s Color Creative Consultant.[13][14][15][16]
  • Ruby Regala
  • John Regala

Entertainment and the Arts

  • Reno R. Rayel - Executive Director of Bayan Foundation Inc., a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corpration
  • Jackie Chavez - Singer. Known as the "US Acoustic Gem"[17]


  • Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez, Manny Pacquiao's lifelong friend and Filipino trainer. He is married to Polangueña, Mariclear Fernandez.

Polangui Anthem

Polangui's municipal anthem is "Polangui! Polangui!". Its lyrics is by Salvador "Buddy" M. Robrigado, Sr. and the music is by Oscar Reburiano.

Polangui! Polangui!

Polangui cheers all of us know
The life we dream here long ago
From break of dawn 'til evening glow
We live and work forever true.

Industrious all caring and pure
Polangui's heart never stall
Progress and business for one and all
That we may learn an ardent call.

A city of man as it is now
Our lively town has beckon by
Beautiful ladies, hardworking men
Polangui, Polangui, thy only one.

A place of beauty, commerce and song
She holds us dearly happy and strong
Never to falter amidst a storm
For that's Polangui, Polangui
Polangui serving all.


External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Alpha Kappa Rho Polangui Chapter
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