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Carmen is a in the province of, Philippines. According to the, it has a population of. It comprises 29 barangays with an area of.HistoryCarmen was originally part of the municipality of Bilar and called Imbaya, after the name of a stream in the settlement. During the Spanish time, it was inhabited by not more than fifty families. In 1868, the people of Carmen petitioned for its independence since its population grew to an unprecedented number. The town of Carmen was founded on March 1, 1869 by final order of Governor General Jose de la Gandara and renamed at the same time in honor of the Lady of Carmel of Spain. In 1874, the town of Carmen had its separate parish with Father Pedro Nolasco San Juan as the first parish priest.Due to the influence of Spanish culture and tradition, all barangays of Carmen have a patron saint as well as a Spanish name, who are celebrated in an annual barangay fiesta.In World War II, Carmen served as the stronghold of the guerrilla resistance movement and the local civil government because of its strategic location. Even at present, the municipality still serves the same purpose of being the provincial center of dynamic activities.In 2013 a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Central Visayas region with its epicenter within Carmen municipality.BarangaysCarmen comprises 29 barangays: Alegria Bicao Buenavista Buenos Aires Calatrava El Progreso El Salvador Guadalupe Katipunan La Libertad La Paz La Salvacion La Victoria Matin-ao Montehermoso Montesuerte Montesunting Montevideo Nueva Fuerza Nueva Vida Este Nueva Vida Sur Nueva Vida Norte Poblacion Norte Poblacion Sur Tambo-an Vallehermoso Villaflor Villafuerte Villarcayo
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