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.

  • Gaya-Gaya Puto Maya - Even in Virac, schools are mushrooming at a rate greater than its population rate. Can you imagine seeing a technical school in every street corner of Virac soon?
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  • 57-Meter Statue of Jesus to Rise in Catanduanes - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani F. Fernando has thrown his support behind the ambitious plan to build a 57-meter statue of a smiling Jesus Christ on Mount Cagmasoso, San Andres, Catanduanes.