Pambujan, Northern Samar

Pambujan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Northern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 27,837 people.


The name “Pambujan” has developed from the term “Pambubuhan” which means a place in which crabs are abundant and catching crabs is prevalent. It originated from the Waray word “bubo” which refers to “bamboo crab pots” or a traditional crab catching device. During the rediscovery of the Philippines by Fernando de Magallanes on March 16, 1521, Magallanes was surprised that Samar Island has a civilization of their own and its inhabitants living on well-organized independent villages called barangays (Plasencia: 174).

“Pambubuhan”, at that time, was a well-organized independent village. A name it has adapted because of the abundance of crabs along its rivers.

Pambujan is originally founded in Barangay Genulgan (also referred to as Binongtoan) by Malays, particularly by the “second wave migrants” who arrived here from 100 A.D. To the 13th Century (Zaide, Zaide: 29).

During the onset of the Spanish Rule in the Philippines, the Spaniards saw the fierce refusal of early Pambujanons to become subjects of the Spanish Crown. The most notable of them was “Pituding” whose ardent resistance against the conquistadores in 1674, 25 years after the famous Sumuroy Revolution in Palapag in 1649, placed him in the annals of Pambujan’s local history although he vanished into the limbo of unrecorded heroes’ exploits..

The frequent raids of Moro pirates (1752–1754) also took its toll against the early Pambujanons. After several battles against the Spanish Colonial Regime, they were eventually subjugated and introduced to Christianity. They became subjects of the Spanish Crown and adopted Spanish surnames. Brave and prominent townsfolk of Pambujan: Dagohoy Siervo, Lucio Lovino, Captain Josef Adonis, Gallego, brothers Jose and Domingo Catangcas, Francisco Atencio, Turino Jazmin, Urtilano Morales, Casimiro Merino, Albino Bomitivo and Felino Luna, among others, inspired their fellow Pambujanons to bind themselves together against the pirates. Thereafter, they moved to the present site of Pambujan town. It was approximately during this period that the foundations of the new existing Roman Catholic Church were laid. The takeover of the Franciscan Missionaries in the religious affairs of the pueblo from the Jesuit Missionaries in 1768, ensured the completion of the church. It was however razed into ashes during the Spanish-American War.

On August 4, 1863, the Vatican declared Pambujan a full-fledged Parish District. In 1763 and 1887, large earthquakes left huge cracks on Pambujan’s ground which until now can be found two kilometers southeast from the town’s center.

The brave men of Pambujan actively fought for freedom in the The Philippine-American War (1898–1912) led by prominent townsfolk Captain Restituto Jazmin, Daniel Siervo, Licerio Sosing, Ponciano Marcial and Vicente Obieta. The local insurrectos devoted their efforts in manufacturing gun powders and war weaponry such as explosives and rifles patterned after the “mauser” which they had deposited in their “armoria” at Sitio Gunudhud in Barrio Coroconog and Sitio Mapanas in Barrio Genulgan. All of these were used against the Americans by the forces of General Lukban who was then headquarters in Matuguinao. The surrender of the “insurrectos” under Captain Restituto Jazmin in 1903 marked the beginning of its relative peacefulness.

From this period, Pambujan underwent considerable changes. However, a big fire in 1918 razed many commercial and residential buildings.

In 1925, local parties “KUSOG SAN KAUSWAGAN” headed by Tomas Dela Cruz and the “TINGOG SAN KABLASANON” headed by Sixto Balanquit, Sr. were organized and institutionalized.

During the incumbency of Mayor Ramon Siervo (1955–1963) and Atty. Alfredo Dela Cruz (1963–1967), residents of the barrios of Lao-angan and Suba clamored for the conversion of these barrios into towns independent from Pambujan by seeking assistance from Congressman Eladio T. Balite, then representative of the lone district of Samar.

Thus, years later, Barrio Lao-angan became the Municipality of San Roque named after the catholic martyr Saint Roche; while barrio Suba became the Municipality of Silvino Lobos, named after the donor of its site, former Municipal Councilor and Barrio Teniente of Suba, Mr. Silvino Lubos.

In the 1970s, Pambujan was the hotbed of the Communist insurgency. It suffered loss of innocent lives and livelihoods. It was generally believed to be more disastrous than what it suffered in World War II. However, during these period, it gained both national and worldwide recognition when the NALUCABAN KIDS under the helm of Nestor Tingzon and Franco Mendiola, won five National Open Championship trophies in the Little League Baseball National Championships (1975,1976,1978,1979,1980). They represented the Philippines in the World Little League Baseball Tournaments.

On October 2008, The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Northern Samar, presided by Vice Governor Atty. Antonio P. Lucero, declared the St. John The Baptist Church of Pambujan as a historical landmark of the Province of Northern Samar.

Physical Features

Pambujan has a contiguous territory of 186.50 square kilometers encompassing 26 barangays, which extends into the hinterlands of Northern Samar across a number of rivers, lakes, brooks and mountains. The most notable of these physical features is Mt. Cagbigajo, which once served as an observation and listening post of the Allied Intelligence Bureau Operative (1934–44) during World War II.

Pambujan town is then situated in what is now Barangay Ginulgan. Back then, the town is consisted of 22 barrios covering an area of 670 square kilometers which stretched out to more than 402 kilometers span towards its western border (Samar Province).


Pambujan I District

  • Pambujan I Central Elementary School
  • Busak Elementary School
  • San Ramon Elementary School
  • Canjumadal Elementary School
  • Manahaw Elementary School
  • Geadgawan Elementary School
  • Igot Elementary School
  • Pambujan National High School
Pambujan II District

  • Ginulgan Central Elementary School
  • Barangay Uno Primary School
  • Giparayan Elementary School
  • Inanahawan Elementary School
  • Cagbigajo Primary School
  • Camparanga Elementary School
  • Paninirongan Elementary School
  • Don Sixto Primary School
  • Doña Anecita Primary School
  • Senonogan Primary School
  • Tula Elementary School
  • Ynaguingayan Primary School
  • San Roque-Pambujan Vocational High School

Tourist Attractions

Paninirongan Beach

Paninirongan Beach is one of the beautiful beaches of Pambujan that has very fine sand, clear and cool water. This beach boasts a natural swimming pool even during high tides. Bathers can stay until afternoon and watch the beautiful sunset.

Caohagan Island

Caohagan Island is the best place for diving, snorkeling, fishing and hunting. This exotic island is known for its beautiful corals and abundance of century trees and boracay white pebbles that is used as construction materials for exterior and interior design of houses/buildings. This island is also a haven of giant fruit bats.

Objects are very visible vertically up to 15 meters deep and horizontally up to 10 meters in distance. Biotic communities that are essential components of marine ecological system such as coral and sea grasses can be observed in the coastal waters of the island. Caohagan has a bountiful variety of ornamental and commercial fishes.

Oot and Libas Points

Both areas have pristine beaches, splendid under water corals ideal for snorkeling and diving.Various species of mangroves trees can also be found in these untouched areas.


Pambujan is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.

  • Cababto-an
  • Cabarian
  • Cagbigajo
  • Canjumadal
  • Doña Anecita
  • Camparanga
  • Geadgawan
  • Ginulgan
  • Giparayan
  • Igot
  • Ynaguingayan
  • Inanahawan
  • Manahao
  • Paninirongan
  • Poblacion 1
  • Poblacion 2
  • Poblacion 3
  • Poblacion 4
  • Poblacion 5
  • Poblacion 6
  • Poblacion 7
  • Poblacion 8
  • San Ramon
  • Senonogan
  • Don Sixto
  • Tula


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