Quick Facts on Polangui
- LAND AREA: 145.30 km2 (56.10 sq mi)
- POPULATION: 82,307 (As of 2010)
- NO. OF BARANGAYS: 44
- MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture, Banking & Shopping Centers
Polangui is a first class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is now a thriving, progressive first-class growth center, considered as the most promising and potential economic destination of the flourishing trade and commercial activities of the Third District of Albay. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 82,307 people, a labor force of 37,247 and 46,586 voting population.
The origin of the name Polangui has many versions. The foremost and seems more accepted version is, “that of a giant robust tree which existed majestically in the early municipal settlement”. The natives of the settlement called the “Oyangue”, which also served as the early landmark of the area whereby new settlers looked upon in their wandering. Similarly, the early Spanish frontier settlers found this tree and it became their famous settlement landmark. The settlement was then called “Binanuaan” but often referred to as “Oyangue” by nearby settlers. As more settlers came to dwell and engage in various trade endeavors with the indigenous dwellers, the more was the settlement known in distant areas by the name “Oyangue” referring to the tree landmark which was more widely accepted than “Binanuaan”. The passing of generations corrupted the word “Oyangue” into several acronyms. Most acceptable and widely used before was “Polangue” and later “Polangui” which has remained today.
Another legend is about the story of a maiden named "Pulang Angui" which means "Red Maria" (Angui is the nickname for Maria) who loved red colors for dress and whose beautiful body, face and red lips became the object of affection by the males to the point of adoration. She was modest in her ways, talented for possessing various skills, with happy disposition, showing love of arts and religion. She would lead the tribe in festivities. When the Spaniards came, the soldiers who first set foot in Polangui asked for the name of the place. The native thought the foreigners was asking for the name of "Pulang Angui" and said so. The Spaniards recorded the name of the place as Pulangui, a concoction of the name which was later on, as years went by, was converted to Polangui. Geography