Manabo, Abra

Manabo, Abra

Manabo is a 5th class municipality in the province of Abra, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 9,643 people in 1,871 households.


Manabo is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.

  • Catacdegan Viejo
  • Luzong
  • Ayyeng (Pob.)
  • San Jose Norte
  • San Jose Sur
  • San Juan Norte
  • San Juan Sur
  • San Ramon East
  • San Ramon West
  • Santo Tomas
  • Catacdegan Nuevo

Origin of the Municipality's Name

Upon hearing that a gobernadorcillo (the Spanish-era equivalent of a governor) is coming through the river from Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, the natives in present-day Manabo welcomed him with a landing pad made of bamboo and a feast of meat, fruit and wine. On his departure later, the natives were so enthusiastic in seeing him off that they overloaded the bamboo landing pad and collapsed, in which everyone shouted, "Manabo! Manabo!" The Spanish gobernadorcillo, amused with the event, named the place Manabo.

Currently the municipality is under the rule of Mayor Masayo Domasing.

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