Pola is a third class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. As of the 2015 census, it had a population of 34,701 people.

Pola is the birthplace of former vice president and veteran ABS-CBN broadcaster Noli de Castro and DZMM Broadcaster and Field Reporter Noel Alamar. It is 74 kilometres (46 mi) from Calapan.


Pola is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

  • Bacawan
  • Bacungan
  • Batuhan
  • Bayanan
  • Biga
  • Buhay Na Tubig
  • Calubasanhon
  • Calima
  • Casiligan
  • Malibago
  • Maluanluan
  • Matulatula
  • Pahilahan
  • Panikihan
  • Zone I (Pob.)
  • Zone II (Pob.)
  • Pula
  • Puting Cacao
  • Tagbakin
  • Tagumpay
  • Tiguihan
  • Campamento
  • Misong


RegionMimaropa (Region IV-B)
ProvinceOriental Mindoro
District1st District of Oriental Mindoro
 • MayorLeandro P. Panganiban Jr. (Lakas–CMD)
 • Total159.34 km2 (61.52 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total34,701
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zonePST (UTC+8)
ZIP code5206
IDD : area code +63 (0)43
Income class3rd class; partially urban

Pola – Sab’uyan Festival

Legend says that a long time ago, a fisherman saw a statue on the shore. The statue was identified later by the priest as the statue of St. John the Baptist and from then on it has become the town’s Patron Saint. Sab’uyan Festival takes place every June 24 in honor of the Patron Saint John the Baptist. The image is taken from the church and carried on procession to the sea where it was first found. It is accompanied by a band and set on a beautifully decorated big boat. The Sab’uyan begins. People in the boat throw seawater to one another chanting “Viva San Juan Bautista.” After the procession at sea, the image is carried around town. Dancers from various groups follow the image. The Sab’uyan continues. The splashing of water is received with good humor for the people believe that being doused brings good health, luck and happiness. The procession ends in the church plaza.

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