Batan, Aklan

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Batan
Municipality
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Map of Aklan showing the location of Batan
Map of Aklan showing the location of Batan
Batan, Aklan is located in Philippines
Batan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°35′N 122°30′E / 11.583°N 122.500°E / 11.583; 122.500Coordinates: 11°35′N 122°30′E / 11.583°N 122.500°E / 11.583; 122.500
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Aklan
District Lone district
Barangays 20
Government[1]
 • Mayor Delfina Ramos
Area[2]
 • Total 79.22 km2 (30.59 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 30,312
 • Density 380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5615
Dialing code 36
Income class 4th

Batan is a fourth class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, Batan has a population of 30,312 people.[3]

History[edit]

Pre-Hispanic Period[edit]

Batan was believed to be the seat of the government of Datu Kalantiaw, the promulgator of the Code of Kalantiaw – a collection of 17 laws used during the time of the Datu, before the coming of the Spaniards.[4]

Spanish Colonial Era[edit]

The town of Batan is one of oldest founded in the province. The parish was established by the Augustinians in 1601 under the patronage of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.[5]

Independent Philippines[edit]

In 1957, the Kalantiaw Shrine was built in 1957 to honor the significance of Datu Kalantiaw where it displays a copy of the “original manuscript” of the Code. In 1998, after years of investigation and historical findings, the National Historical Institute concluded that the Code of Kalantiaw was a hoax. Remnants of the Kalantiaw Shrine still remain in Batan near the "pantalan" or seaport.


Demographics[edit]

Population census of Batan
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 25,710 —    
1995 26,415 +0.54%
2000 27,889 +1.09%
2007 29,243 +0.68%
2010 30,312 +1.20%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Batan is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[2] Population data is from the May 2010 Census:[3]

Barangays of Batan
Name Population
Ambolong 2,047
Angas 1,456
Bay-ang 2,096
Caiyang 832
Cabugao 1,948
Camaligan 2,616
Camanci 2,544
Ipil 504
Lalab 2,820
Lupit 1,593
Magpag-ong 1,432
Magubahay 596
Mambuquiao 1,418
Man-up 911
Mandong 1,525
Napti 1,011
Palay 1,453
Poblacion 1,547
Songcolan 1,122
Tabon 841

Points of interest[edit]

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The historic town of Batan has many natural resources and scenic spots, including:

  • Tinago Lake - also known as Tinagong Dagat, a mangrove reforestation near Barangay Tabon and Ipil
  • Ob-Ob Hill - which stands 200 metres (660 ft) high facing the Sibuyan Sea in Barangay Songcolan
  • Kalantiaw Shrine - located near the port of Batan
  • Municipal Fish Sanctuary - located in Barangay Mambuquiao
  • Macawiwili Mountains - located in Barangay Lalab
  • Puting Bato - a protected area for wildlife in Barangay Angas
  • Pandan Hills - a refreshing verdant hills in Bay-ang overlooking the Sibuyan Sea
  • Old Spanish relics - from the Spanish colonization period such as the Spanish cannon, Spanish distilleries and old Spanish cemeteries can be seen in Batan.
  • Borabucay - the popular beach resort and spot for beach bums

Batan also has beautiful and pristine beaches, abundant marine life, great seafoods, coconut products, grain products, luscious fruits and large green forests.

Education[edit]

Elementary[edit]

  • Angas Elementary School
  • Batan Elementary School
  • Batan Learning Center
  • Bay-ang Elementary School
  • Nicolas R. Delgado Elementary School
  • Cabugao Elementary School
  • Caiyang Elementary School
  • Camaligan Elementary School
  • Camanci Elementary School
  • I Learn Child Center - Batan
  • Ipil Primary School
  • Lalab Elementary School
  • Lupit Elementary School
  • Magubahay Primary School
  • Mambuquiao Elementary School
  • Mandong Elementary School
  • Man-up Elementary School
  • Napti Elementary School
  • Palay Elementary School
  • Songcolan Elementary School
  • Tabon Elementary School
  • Talangban Elementary School

Secondary[edit]

  • Angas Integrated School
  • Batan Academy (A National School)
  • Batan Academy (A National School) - Lalab Extension
  • Bay-ang - Magpag-ong National High School
  • Camaligan National High School
  • Camanci National High School
  • Kalantiaw Institute (KI)
  • Napti Integrated School
  • Rizal J. Rodriguez Sr. National High School

Tertiary[edit]

  • Batan Integrated College of Technology (formerly BCC or Batan Community College)

Major celebrations[edit]

  • Malakara (every January. a day before the Ati-atihan festival)
  • Ati-Atihan (every January in honor of the Sto. Nino
  • AFPLESA - Alumni and Former Pupils of Lupit Elementary School Association (every 2nd week of May)
  • BAAFSA of Batan Academy Alumni (every summer vacation)
  • KIAFSA of Kalantiaw Institute Alumni (every summer vacation)
  • BESA of Batan Elementary School Alumni (every summer vacation)
  • BMNHSAFSA
  • CCRAFSA of Rizal J. Rodriguez, Sr. National High School (Every third week of May)
  • Immaculate Conception Municipal Fiesta (every December 8)
  • Father's Day (every December 31 before the New Year countdown)

Local government[edit]

As of May 2013, the Batan local government unit is led by:

  • Mayor - Delfina Ramos
  • Vice-mayor - Dante Reyes

Members of the Sangguniang Bayan of the Lone District of Batan:

  • William Bautista
  • Joena Parco
  • Adonis Sarceno
  • Em Cortes
  • Medard Placer
  • Bocay Perlas
  • Dede Sugapong
  • Eric del Rosario
  • Liezl Panado
  • Gene Francisco
  • Sheba Bolivar
  • Bardo Matutina

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Aklan". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Batan". Aklan Directory. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ "Aklan Tour - Batan". Panublion. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.

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