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History

In the beginning, a legend says that a long, long time ago, before the establishment of the municipality of Tiwi by the Spaniards, the present poblacion, and the now barangays of Baybay, Libjo, Cararayan, and Naga were part of the Pacific Ocean, and the hill shared together by barangays Bolo and Putsan was an islet. It was the ferocious volcanic eruption of the now extinct Mount Malinao that filled up this part of the sea joining the hill of Bolo and Putsan with the mainland of Luzon. In late 1970s, during the start of energy exploration, a geothermal drilling in Brgy. Cale proved the truth of this legend for it extracted sand and seashells at sea level.

Three hundred and forty-four years ago, Spanish Franciscan friars, 39 years after having established Christianity in Malinao in 1619, planted the Cross on a virginal land near the shore north of Malinao. The land was luxuriant with a gabi-like plant named Tigbi. Hence, the friars called the place Tigbi, which evolved into Tivi and, then, finally to its present name Tiwi.

This place began as a barrio of Malinao before it was formally organized as a politically independent pueblo in 1696. As a pueblo, it was governed by a gobernadorcillo. As a Catholic parish, it was administered by a secular priest under the then Diocese of Nueva Caceres, now an archdiocese. In its primeval stages, it had some 1,105 houses, a parish church, a community-funded primary school, and a cemetery outside the town proper. The villagers ordinarily engaged in fishing, planting rice, corn, sugarcane, indigo, fruit-bearing trees, and vegetables. Aside from agriculture, they also busied themselves weaving cotton and abaca clothes, and in pottery.

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In Kagnipa, known today as Barangay Baybay, the dilapidated Sinimbahan, the remnant of the first concrete house of worship built by the Franciscans led by the pastor of Malinao, Fray Pedro de Brosas, remains to be the deaf witness of both the villagers' ready acceptance of the Christian faith and their suffering of persecution at the hands of the Moslems; Christian missionaries called them Moros. The parola by the shore of Sitio Nipa of the same barangay testifies to the people's paralyzing fear of the Moros' capricious forays. The market site of the pueblo before these raids was located in the present location of Baybay Elementary School. In order to sidetrack surprise attacks, at least temporarily, the market site was transferred to southernmost part of now Brgy. Baybay; henceforth, it was called Binanwaan. The transfer, however, was useless. Finally, to have enough time to escape and keep themselves safer from their enemies' easy attacks, they moved the market site and their settlement to the present poblacion now named as Barangay Tigbi. Before the Moro's assaults, Brgy. Baybay was then the center of trade and commerce because of its easy accessibility to marine transportation of goods from the islands of what are now known as Catanduanes, San Miguel, Rapu-Rapu, and Batan, not to mention those from adjoining pueblos in the mainland of Ibalon, now the province of Albay, and the Camarines.

In the extant records of the municipality, the first chief executive of the municipal government was Don Lorenzo Mancilla installed in 1776.

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After three centuries of sociopolitical, religious and economic evolution and of ups and downs through thick and thin, Tiwi is now Albay's Center of Pilgrimage and Power House with promising prospects for domestic and foreign investments. The present mayor, Patria C. Gutierrez, the 117th chief executive of Tiwi, in her stint at United Nations as Chairperson of the IULA (International Union of Local Authorities) Task Force on Women in Local Government, is now making known to the world the little town of Tiwi with its beauty and grandeur yet to be fully discovered even by its own people.

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1980 -1986

Oriel C. Clutario - Mayor

Rustico base - Vice Mayor

Doroteo Cuerdo, Jr. - Kagawad

Amparo Zepeda - Kagawad

Sulpico Bobiles - Kagawad

Solomon Combis - Kagawad

Jose Cortezano - Kagawad

Abraham Clerigo - Kagawad

Daniel Diolata - Kagawad

Gaudioso Cardinal - Kagawad

Edgar Competente - (ABC) Kagawad

1980-1982

Otilia Clutario - (ABC) Kagawad

1982-1983

Luis Claudio - (ABC) Kagawad

1982-1989(August)

Joselito B. Cantes - (ABC) Kagawad

Sept.1989-June,1997

Vicente Zepeda - Municipal Secretary

(1980-1982)

Alfredo C. Corullo - Municipal Secretary

(Nov.1982)

May 1986-Nov. 30, 1987

Hon. Jose Templado - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Ricardo Ciocson - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Benjamin Consuelo - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Miguel Climaco - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Rodolfo Benibe - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Ruben Bobules - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Antonio Cernechez - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Amador Bautista - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Nelson Villanueva - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Edgar Competennte - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. Luis Claudio - Kagawad, ABC President

Hon. Paolo Corullo - Kagawad, KB President


December 1, 1987 - January 30, 1988

Hon. Abraham Clerigo - OIC, Office of the Mayor

Hon. MarianoMercader - OIC, Office of the Vice Mayor

Hon. Antonio Candolea - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Salustiano Beato - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Justianiano Brucales - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Narciso Conmingo - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Eduardo Nacion - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Elmo Clutario - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Vicente Zepeda - OIC, Kagawad

Hon. Roberto Pacis - OIC Kagawad

Hon. Luis Claudio - -OIC Kagawad, LNMB President

Hon. Paolo Corullo - -OIC Kagawad, SKF President


July 1, 1995 - April, 1996

Hon. Naomi C. Corral - Municipal Mayor

Hon. Vicente Tomas Vera VII - Municipal Vice Mayor

Hon. Nerissa Cotara - Kagawad

Hon. Francisco Alarte - Kagawad

Hon. Raul Corral - Kagawad

Hon. Lorenzo Carlet - Kagawad

Hon. Miguel Climaco - Kagawad

Hon. Saturnino Clavecillas - Kagawad

Hon. Nelson Villanueva - Kagawad

Hon. Joselito Cantes - Kagawad, ABC Pres. (6/97)

Hon. Bernardo Costo - Kagawad, SKF President

Hon. Jaime Villanueva - Kagawad, ABC President

(effective July1, 1997)


May 1996 to July 1996

Hon. Vicente Tomas Vera VII - Municipal Mayor

Hon. Nerissa Cotara - Municipal Vice Mayor

Hon. Francisco Alarte - Kagawad

Hon. Raul Corral - Kagawad.

Hon. Lorenzo Carlet - Kagawad

Hon. Miguel Climaco - Kagawad

Hon. Saturnino Clavecillas - Kagawad

Hon. Nelson Villanueva - Kagawad

Hon. David Beato - Kagawad

Hon. Bernardo Corral - Kagawad

Hon. Joselito Cantes - Kagawad, ABC President(6/79)

Hon. Bernardo Costo - Kagawad, SKF President

Hon. Jaime Villanueva - Kagawad, ABC President

(effectively July 1, 1997)


July, 1996 - June 30, 1998

(By virtue of RTC Decision, Legazpi City and affirmed by COMELEC Manila)

Hon. Patria C. Gutierrez - Municipal Mayor

Hon. Nerissa Cotara - Municipal Vice Mayor

Hon. Francisco Alarte - Kagawad

Hon. Raul Corral - Kagawad.

Hon. Lorenzo Carlet - Kagawad

Hon. Miguel Climaco - Kagawad

Hon. Saturnino Clavecillas - Kagawad

Hon. Nelson Villanueva - Kagawad

Hon. David Beato - Kagawad

Hon. Bernardo Corral - Kagawad

Hon. Joselito Cantes - Kagawad, ABC President(6/79)

Hon. Bernardo Costo - Kagawad, SKF President

Hon. Jaime Villanueva - Kagawad, ABC President

(effectively July 1, 1997)