Guiuan, Eastern Samar

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Map of Eastern Samar showing the location of Guiuan

Guiuan is among the oldest towns in the recorded history of the Philippines. To Guian belongs the island of Homonhon which was the first place in the Philippines reached by the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan in his famous attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The name Guiuan is believed to have been derived from giwang which means "hole" or "cavity". There is also another derivation equally accepted by many and that it is believed to be from gibang which in the native Waray language means 'broken', 'rugged' or 'chipped off' object, especially when referring to the blades of weapons, like in the following,"Gibang na man daw an imu sundang, ba-ira na gad, bangin la madaginot (Your sword got chipped, whetting it could be a remedy".

Miguelde Loarca's account of 1585 referred Guiuan "as a village" of Ybabao (the present day area of Eastern and Northeastern Samar).

The presentday Guiuan is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. As of year 2004, it has a population of 43,647 people in 7,618 households.


Guiuan is politically subdivided into 60 barangays.

  • Alingarog
  • Bagua
  • Banaag
  • Banahao
  • Baras
  • Barbo
  • Bitaugan
  • Bungtod
  • Bucao
  • Buenavista
  • Cagdara-o
  • Cagusu-an
  • Camparang
  • Campoyong
  • Cantahay
  • Casuguran
  • Cogon
  • Culasi
  • Poblacion Ward 10
  • Poblacion Ward 9-A
  • Gahoy
  • Habag
  • Hamorawon
  • Inapulangan
  • Poblacion Ward 4-A
  • Lupok (Pob.)
  • Mayana
  • Ngolos
  • Pagbabangnan
  • Pagnamitan
  • Poblacion Ward 1
  • Poblacion Ward 2
  • Poblacion Ward 11
  • Poblacion Ward 12
  • Poblacion Ward 3
  • Poblacion Ward 4
  • Poblacion Ward 5
  • Poblacion Ward 6
  • Poblacion Ward 7
  • Poblacion Ward 8
  • Poblacion Ward 9
  • Salug
  • San Antonio
  • San Jose
  • San Pedro
  • Sapao
  • Sulangan
  • Suluan
  • Surok
  • Taytay
  • Timala
  • Trinidad
  • Victory Island
  • Canawayon
  • Dalaragan
  • Hagna
  • Hollywood
  • San Juan
  • Santo Niño
  • Tagporo

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Coordinates: 11°02′N, 125°43′E

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