About Sariaya

About Sariaya

ABOUT US:

Sariaya is situated on a flat land except for a certain portion on the north occupying a part of the foot of the Mt. Banahaw. Sariaya’s highest point of elevation is 3, 800 ft. above sea level and this elevation is within Brgys. Concepcion Banahaw and Sampaloc Bogon. The Municipality is drained by five (5) rivers namely the Balubal River, Mamala River, Keanuang River, Lagnas River and Janagdong River. Sariaya has a total land area of 24, 530 hectares and is composed of 43 barangays. The urban area has an area of 63.73 hectares. With an urban population of 11,570 and a total population of 134,163 as of 2009, the urban density is placed at 181 person per hectare while the gross density is 5 persons per hectare.

Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 2nd District
Major Income Sources: Agriculture
No. of Barangays: 43
Land Area: 24,530 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2015): 148,980
Major Income Sources: Agriculture
Tourist Destinations: Majestic Mt. Banahaw, Grand Ancestral Houses, Museums, Heirlooms and Antiques, 15 Lovely Rustic Beach Resorts

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

The genesis of Sariaya’s name was shrouded in legends, folklores, and hearsays. The first version traced the name from an old river “Sadyaya”. The slight change from “Sadyaya” to “Sariaya” many years after the Spaniards had arrived was a natural and logical shift in the Batangas people’s view. The second version, from folktales and hearsays, indicated that “Sariaya” came from a native woman’s name Saria. In such folktale, a Spanish soldier who had lost his way met and asked Saria for the name of the pueblo. The woman misunderstood and gave her name instead – thinking that it was her name that was being asked. The third version was about the frequently attacked by Moro pirates. In one of those raids, pirates ransacked the public office and chapel looking for gold, silver, money or anything valuable. However, instead of finding treasures, the pirates had found written records of local laws which they also found remarkably fair and just. The Moro pirates exclaimed that though this town was very poor, it had fair and just laws. Thus, to our community was given the name “Shariah”, a Moslem word for “good law”.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

Sariaya, an inland municipality of Quezon Province is located 126 kilometers south of the National Capital Region and approximately 11 kilometers from the provincial Capital City of Lucena. It is traversed by the “Daang Maharlika” and the Philippine National Railways. It is bounded on the north of Mt. Banahaw, on the northeast by Tayabas, Quezon, on the east by the City of Lucena, on the south by the Tayabas Bay, on the southwest by San Antonio, Quezon and on the west by the Municipality of Candelaria.