Income Classification: 5th Class
Congressional District: 4th District
No. of Barangays: 19
Land Area: 5,759.7671 has.
Population (RCBMS, 2016): 16,859
Registered Voters (COMELEC, March 2016): 9,592
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Alabat, a paradise island in the Pacific, was inhabited by the early family of Caparros because of its excellent fishing grounds, fertility of the soil, wide plains, nearness to a river and safe landing shore. Other immigrants from Gumaca came pouring in upon hearing of the suitability of the place for human habitation. They named the place “CAMAGONG”. Perhaps this name was taken from trees with edible fruits called Camagong or Mabolo which grow abundantly in the Mount Camagong, the highest point in the island.
The name ALABAT came from the “ALABAT” (a local tagalog word), which means balustrade. The early inhabitants of this place used to make balustrade across their doors to prevent babies from falling down from the ladders of their nipa hut (bahay kubo).
A story coming from the past said that a platoon of American soldiers came to the island. As they landed at a certain place by the shore, they entered a native’s hut and the leader asked the person inside what the name of the place was, at the same time holding the balustrade. Unable to understand the English language used by the American, the native tried to figure out what the American leader was asking, so he taught it might be the name of the balustrade and replied in a single word ALABAT. The leader took his diary and wrote the word ALABAT without any accent.
The separation of Silangan (now Quezon) as an independent municipality was declared in 1914. This Municipality was named in honor of President Manuel L. Quezon. In 1929, the inhabitants of Sangirin (now Perez) clamored also for separation from Alabat. About the end of the same year it became an independent municipality named in honor of the late Hon. Felimon Perez, who was appointed Provincial Governor of the Province.
The Municipality of Alabat is located in the Province of Quezon in the southern part of Luzon (Region IV-A). It is a municipality located in the center of Alabat Island - the Municipality of Perez in the northwest and Municipality of Quezon in the southeast; Pacific Ocean in the east and Lamon Bay in the west.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture and Fishery
Tourist Destinations: Punta Beach, La Villanueva Beach Resort, Alabat Island National High School, Port of Alabat, Fish Sanctuary, Alabat Landmark, Mt. Camagong, Mt. Mabilog,Turtle Sanctuary, Bosay Mini Water Falls, Luksuhin Lagoon, Lambingan Falls, Rock Formation (Pulong Bato), Water Falls (Tumiis).
Special Events/Festivals: Sto. Niño Festival, Holy Week (Senakulo), Flores de Mayo, Alabat Foundation Day, Coconut Festival, Patronal Town Fiesta, Sili Harvest Festival
Address: Municipal Compound, Brgy. 1 Poblacion Alabat, Quezon