Province of Occidental Mindoro
Santa Cruz, officially the Municipality of Santa Cruz (Tagalog: Bayan ng Santa Cruz), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 42,417 people.
Santa Cruz was formerly known as Talabasi during the precolonial era. It is 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Mamburao.
Santa Cruz was created as a pueblo during the Spanish regime. During the American regime, it became a part of Mamburao as a barrio, along with Paluan and Abra de Ilog.
On April 1, 1949, Santa Cruz was created as a municipality once again, by virtue of Executive Order 210, signed by president Elpidio Quirino.
Santa Cruz has 11 barangays as shown in the following table.
|Barangay||Population percentage (2020)||Population (2020)||Population (2015)||Change (2015‑2020)||Annual Population Growth Rate (2015‑2020)|
|Santa Cruz Total||42,417||37,484||13.16%||2.64%|
|Marine waterbodies||Mindoro Strait|
|Philippine major island(s)||Mindoro|
|Area (2013)||681.40 km2 (263.09 sq mi)|
|Density (2020)||62 / km2 (161 / sq mi)|
|Coordinates||13° 5′ North, 120° 43′ East (13.0843, 120.7169)|
|Estimated elevation above sea level||7.1 meters (23.4 feet)|
Map of Occidental Mindoro with Santa Cruz highlighted