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Historical Growth of Population

From 1903 to 2000, Virac population had been characterized by erratic growth trend. In 1903, Virac had a population of 8,945. after 15 years, it registered with 13,486 population or a remarkable increase of 50.77% and reflecting a 2.77% average annual growth rate. This exceptionally high average growth rate was only surpassed during the period of 1948 to 1960 which posted an annual growth rate of 3.6%. however, a slow down in population growth was recorded from 1960 to 1970 which showed an abnormally low growth rate of 0.33%. Latest released NSO data show that Virac has a population of 57,067 as of 2000 demonstrating an annual growth rate of 2.72% from 1995. The current population of Virac represents 26.5% of the provincial population of 215,356. Population of Virac as of August 2007 is 64,554.

Virac Historical Development

Virac, the capital of the island province of Catanduanes, started its primitive annals in pre-Spanish times when tribal chieftain Lumibao, scion of Datu Dumaguil who came to the Philippines with the 13 Malay dauts, andd his wife Milbigan settled near Vidak spring and founded the first civilized settlement with a score of servant followers and their wives. Some say Virac is a derivation of the word “Vidac” while others claim it is a contraction of the Spanish version of the word burac, meaning flower.
The growth of Virac in terms of governance peaked in 1972. From the original 34 barangays in 1960, Virac was able to establish 29 new communities to upgrade the present composition of 63 barangays.

Where Is Virac?

The municipality of Virac is situated at about 13.3degrees north latitude and 124.2 degrees east longitude. It is bounded on the east by the municipality of Bato and Cabugao Bay and by the Lagonoy Gulf on its southern geographical fringes. On its northern tips lies the municipality of Caramoran. The northeastern section is shared with the Municipality o San Miguel, while the western boundary abuts the municipality of San Andres.


It has a total land area of 18,778.40 hectares or 12% of the total land area of the province, ranking third in area among the eleven towns of the province of Catanduanes.