Catarman is a 1st class coastal municipality and the capital of Northern Samar Province in Eastern Visayas Region, Philippines.
Profile of Catarman Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Northern western part of Samar Island in Eastern Visayas (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Mondragon (east), Silvino Lobos (southeast), Lope De Vega (south), Bobon (west)
Area –> 464.43 km2 (179.32 sq mi)
Population –> 94,037 (2015 Census)
Revenue (2016) –> 261,995,840.02
Barangays –> 55
Terrain –> Hilly with coastal plain
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Fish, Coconut, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Waray, Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Legislative District –> 1st
Congressman –> Paul Daza
Mayor –> Francisco Rosales Jr.
Vice Mayor –> Clarissa Rowena C. Bonsol
History of Catarman
It is believed that the name Catarman is derived from the Turkish words “attar”, which means oil of the roses and “inman” or “aman” synonymous for Muslim holy men. It was given by the Muslim people who came all the way from Mindanao and settled in Northern Samar Island. The area was then called Ibabao. During the Spanish Occupation, it was one of the pueblos in the whole island.
Economy of Catarman
Being the capital and the most populated town of Northern Samar, Catarman is home to a lot of commercial and financial establishments. Yet, it remains an agricultural town where rice, coconut and fish are the major products.
Catarman is home to an airport that serves passengers to and from the province to Metro Manila.
Tourist Spots in Catarman
Our Lady of the Annunciation (Catarman) Cathedral
Festivals in Catarman
Feast of Our Lady of Annunciation
Map of Catarman Municipality in Northern Samar Province