Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 17
Land Area: 56,380 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 35,180
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2014): 16,160
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.
During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, Real was a small barrio of “Binangonan Del Ampon” or “Binangonang Malayo” now the Municipality of Infanta. The barrio, being located along the coast, was frequently attacked by Muslim sea pirates and bandits. The first inhabitants of the place came from barangays Balubo, Cawaynin, Alitas and Binonoan, all under the political jurisdiction of Binangonan Del Ampon. They secure their daily provisions from Barangays Tongohin and Binonoan using bancas/canoes and walked for several kilometers to reach the area. These settlers were farmers and fishermen who used farm implements and fishing gears as they engaged in agricultural and fishing activities, respectively. Through the efforts of these settlers, the place was turned productive and progressive.
The origin of the name Real has no traditional folklore to base. Its name came into existence as a result of the landing of the Spanish forces in the place during the advent of its regime. The Spaniards made it part of its territory naming it “Puerto Real”, and where the name of the municipality was derived. Spanish Galleons and ships docked at the Port, while reinforced forces were stationed at the nearby place of Binangonan Del Ampon”.
Today, Real is the most promising municipality of the First District of Quezon Province being the future site of the proposed International Seaport, one of the planned mega projects at the Eastern Growth Corridor of Luzon.
The Municipality of Real is part of the REINA (Real, Infanta, General Nakar) Region of the Province of Quezon. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of General Nakar and Infanta, on the south by the municipalities of Mauban and Sampaloc, on the east by the Lamon Bay, and on the west by the Provinces of Rizal and Laguna. Geographically, it lies at coordinates 140 28’ 60” North Latitude and 1210 34’ 00” East Longitude. A well-paved concrete road connects the Municipality of Real with northeast Manila at a distance of approximately 145 kilometers, while Lucena City, the provincial capital is 133 km away. By water transportation, Polillo Island can be reached within 2.5 hours by motor launch, and almost the same number of hours to reach the town of Mauban.
Major Income Sources: Tourism, Fishing, Farming
Tourist Destinations: Lamon Bay, 9 Waterfalls, Cove, Isle, Rain Forest of Sierra Madre Mountain, 23 Beach Resorts, Del Rosario Camping Area
Special Events/Festivals: Ilbundag Festival, Real Town Fiesta Celebration, Real Day Celebration
Address: Municipal Hall, Laroza St., Poblacion 1, Real, Quezon
Phone: (042) 331-1777
Fax: (042) 536-6339