Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 4th District
No. of Barangays: 59
Land Area: 22,220 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 69,618
Registered Voters (COMELEC): 35,586
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Gumaca is a first class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. It is partially urban, and according to the 2010 census, it has a population of 69,618 people. Located at the mouth of what is now known as Pipisik River and nestling at the foot of the Sierra Madre range.
Gumaca, one of the oldest towns in Quezon Province and only several years younger than the “Noble and Ever Loyal City of Manila”, was already a well-established community even before the Spaniards came. The community had a barangay government as early as the 14th century, Lakan Bugtali being the earliest ruler according to oral tradition and Lakan Gitingan being the last. The Barangay had for its territory much of the areas now under the territorial jurisdiction of the municipalities of Atimonan, Plaridel, Lopez, Calauag, Alabat, Perez, Quezon, Unisan, Pitogo and Macalelon. Located at the mouth of what is now known as Pipisik River and nestling at the foot of Sierra Madre range, it was-as it is now-also the center of local trade and commerce.
It is perhaps because of this Franciscan friar, Fray Diego de Oropesa, first set foot in the community and introduced Christianity to the people with St. Diego de Alcala being proclaimed as the pueblo’s patron saint. In 1582, the first “visita” was erected and 1686 marked the establishment of a full-pledged town with independent (civil) government, the earlier ones having been headed by the ever-present Spanish friars (the municipality boasts of a still complete line-up of chief executives from 1574 down to the present).
Gumaca, one of the coastal municipalities of Quezon is positioned along the eastern coast of the province. The town of Plaridel in the Northwest; Lamon Bay on the northeast; Macalelon on the southeast; Pitogo and Unisan on the southwest. It lies within the coordinate of 13°55’23” 17 latitudes and 122°05’50”00 longitudes and situated on the bank of Pipisik River and Lamon Bay which are both navigable through the use of bancas and motor boats. The town is situated in the Heart of Quezon Province and about one hundred ninety six kilometers (196) Southeast of Manila and 63 kilometer southeast of Lucena. It is located in the 4th district of Quezon situated strategically at the crossroad of Maharlika Highway going to Bicol and Bondoc Peninsula and facing the island municipality of Alabat, Perez and Quezon.
Major Income Sources: Services, Agriculture
Tourist Destinations: San Vicente Ferrer Shrine, San Diego de Alcala Park, Inaclagan Falls, Limbon Limbon Falls, Bosque Cave, Hagakhakin Falls, San Diego Fortress, Fish Santuary (Calumanguin) and San Diego Cathedral
Special Events/Festivals: Feast of San Isidro Labrador/Araña’t Balauarte (May 15), San Diego De Alcala Town Fiesra (November 12 & 13), Peñafrancia Festival (September)
Address: JP Rizal St. Barangay Pipisik Gumaca, Quezon
Fax: (042) 317-7591