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Sta. Maria


Distance from the City Proper 3.19 kms
Political District District I
Historical Background

Sta. Maria was one among the first Spanish settlements.  It was founded on February 2, 1857.

In the beginning, the street of Sta. Maria had no name.  Even the people living there could not give a name to their place and no one bothered to give one, so as to identify the place.

One day, a quack doctor visited the place and was attracted by a beautiful medicinal plant which abound the place.  It was cute yellow flowers which people called it "Yerba Santa Maria".  He knew the herbs were medicinal and wanted to gather some, but due to limited time, he just inquired from the rig-driver as to the name of the street which they were passing.  The driver could not answer, knowing the place has no name.

Upon his return to gather some herbs/yerba, the quack doctor told the driver and the neighborhood, "Why don't you call this place/street 'Sta. Maria', after the herbs that grow just along the sides of the street?"  They thought and pondered over this and the quack doctor suggested that the place be named "Sta. Maria" and everybody approved.

During the Spanish period, education although to a limited extent was not neglected.  The "Escuela Catolica' was then run by some famous mentors, Maestra Vicenta Bernardo and Maestra Ejipciaca Bernardo.  The Parochial School then followed.

As the barrio of Sta. Maria expanded, so did its population.  Soon it became imperative for the school to expand.

After the Second World War, Sta. Maria became so progressive, more business establishments were opened and many more big and small entrepreneurs had progressed.

Roman Catholic is the predominant religion in the barangay, followed by Protestant and Islam.  However, religion has never been an issue of divisiveness in the barangay.  they respect each other and abide each other's creed and beliefs.


The means of transportation are jeepneys, tricycles, taxis and pedicabs.  The roads are concreted and are linked to the neighboring barangays like Pasonanca to the north, Tumaga on the east, San Roque to the west and Canelar in the south going to the city proper.

Barangay Fiesta February 2
Total Population (2007 Census) 21,432
Number of Households 3,872
Punong Barangay Abraham S. Tan
Barangay Kagawad Los Eli B. Angeles
Corazon C. Herico
Justo M. Lacandalo
Bernardino D. Bayot, Jr.
Nieto G. Fernandez
Elmer B. Bañez
Cielito A. Fabian