Information sign at the boundary of Barangay Socorro in Quezon City listing the barangay's officials
Maybo Barangay Hall in Boac, Marinduque
Sulop Barangay Hall
Mariki Barangay Hall in Zamboanga City

Smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district, or ward.

- Barangay

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Cities of the Philippines

One of the units of local government in the Philippines.

Population of each congressional district in the Philippines. Districts shaded with blue hues have less than 250,000 people, those shaded green are just over 250,000, yellow and orange are more than 250,000, and the those shaded red can be split into two or more districts.

Cities, like municipalities, are composed of barangays (Brgy), which can range from urban neighborhoods (such as Barangay 9, Santa Angela in Laoag), to rural communities (such as Barangay Iwahig in Puerto Princesa).


Welcome arch of a sitio

A sitio (Spanish for "site") in the Philippines is a territorial enclave that forms part of a barangay.

Sangguniang Barangay

Seal of the Barangay Council

The Sangguniang Barangay, also known as the Barangay Council, and formerly as the Rural Council and then the Barrio Council, is the legislative body of a barangay, the lowest form of government in the Philippines.


Type of lashed-lug boat built by joining planks edge-to-edge using pins, dowels, and fiber lashings.

The Balatik of the Tao Expedition of Palawan, a reconstruction of a large sailing paraw, which is essentially a typical Visayan balangay with large double outriggers. It is gaff rigged, which is European.
The balangay Sultan sin Sulu in Maimbung, Sulu. These replicas are meant to recreate the Butuan boats, but are inaccurate in that they do not have outriggers or Austronesian rigs.
Visayan biroko, baloto, and tilimbao (upper half of illustration), along with the larger joangan warship, image traced from an illustration in the Historia de las Islas e Indios de Bisayas (1668)
Ibanag balangay (barangayanes) from the Cagayan River in Northern Luzon (c.1917)
Illustration of an armed merchant biroko with tanja sails by Rafael Monleón (1890)
Balangay boats viewed from the air.
Generalized diagram (cross-section) of lashed-lug planking in Butuan Boat Two (Clark et al., 1993)
Planks from one of the Butuan boats in the Butuan National Museum showing the holes on the edges where dowels were inserted
Balangays are among the many vessels present in Philippine mythology. The most famous vessels in mythology include Matan-ayon's sturdy Hulinday, Silungan Baltapa's expeditious ship, Agyu's flying Sarimbar, and Cacao's marketing psychopomp ship.
Balangay boat with gaff rigs in Manila Bay at sunset

Early colonial Spanish dictionaries make it clear that balangay and barangay were originally pronounced "ba-la-ngay" and "ba-ra-ngay", but due to centuries of Spanish influence, the modern barangay is pronounced "ba-rang-gay" in Filipino today (, instead of precolonial ).

Barangay captain

Local government hierarchy. The dashed lines emanating from the president means that the president only exercises general supervision over local government.

A barangay captain, or a barangay chairman , is the highest elected official in a barangay, the smallest level of administrative divisions of the Philippines.

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Sangguniang Kabataan

Basketball hoop with SK logo in Barangay Tungay, Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Infographic from the National Youth Council of the changes made by the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act.

Sangguniang Kabataan (abbreviated as SK; ) is a council meant to represent the youth in each barangay in the Philippines.

Barangay kagawad

The West Germanic languages

A barangay kagawad, abbreviated as kgwd., known in English as a barangay councilor and in Filipino as a konsehal ng barangay, is an elected government official who is a member of the Sangguniang Barangay, or Barangay Council, of a particular barangay.


Spanish word that means "quarter" or "neighborhood".

Sign marking the entrance to Barrio San Anton, one of Ponce's, official barrios in Puerto Rico.
Spanish signs advertising "La Casa de las Novias", "Cuchifritos" and Banco Popular are visible in a row of stores in this photo of El Barrio at Lexington and 116th in Manhattan, USA.

A 1975 law replaced the word barrio with barangay, the basic administrative unit of government and possessing an average population of 2,500 people.


Welcome arch of a purok

A purok (district or zone) is a division within a barangay in the Philippines.