Milagros is a 1st class coastal municipality of Masbate Province in Bicol Region , Philippines.
Profile of Milagros Municipality (Geography)
Location –> South of Masbate City in Masbate Island (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Baleno and Masbate City (north), Mobo and Uson (northeast), Cawayan (southeast), Balud (Southwest), and Mandaon (west)
* Milagros is bounded on the south by Asid Gulf.
Area –> 565.30 km2 (218.26 sq mi) * Largest in Masbate
Population –> 57,473 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Coastal plain with hills and mountains
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, fish, seaweeds, cattle, coconut, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Masbateno, Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Barangays –> 27
Revenue (2016) –> 166,381,497.15
Legislative District –> 2nd
Congressman –> Elisa T. Kho
Mayor –> Natividad Isabel Magbalon
Vice Mayor –> Jose S. Magbalon Jr.
History of Milagros
Masbate was one of the original municipalities of Masbate Province. It is the mother town of Balud, Mandaon, and Cawayan.
In 1903, Milagros had a population of 6,674 which increased to 33,502 in 1948. By the year 2,000, the number of people in the town reached 44,575 and by 2015, the count stood at 57,473.
Former mayors of Milagros include:
Bernardito Asibuque Abapo (sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption. (Read more at Rappler )
Economy of Milagros
Milagros is primarily an agricultural town where rice, fish, seaweeds, coconut and root crops are the main products. There are some cattle ranches in the municipality. Some families also raised chicken and hogs.
In the town center are located wholesalers and retailers. Like other municipalities, Milagros has its own eateries, bakeries, tailoring and dressmaking shops, repair centers and beauty parlors.
The town of Milagros is rich in mineral resources such as manganese, gold, copper, silver, and white clay. The town is an exporter of manganese to Japan.
Tourism is still undeveloped in Milagros.
Tourist Spots in Milagros
Fazenda de Esperanza in Barangay Bangad
Luacan Water Park
St. Joseph Parish Church
Map of Milagros Municipality in Masbate