Batan, Aklan

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Batan
Municipality
Batan, Aklan 2.JPG
Map of Aklan showing the location of Batan
Map of Aklan showing the location of Batan
Batan is located in Philippines
Batan
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 Bendahara Kalantiaw III, the promulgator of the Code of Kalantiaw in 1433.[4] The code is a collection of 17 laws used during the time of the Datu before the coming of the Spaniards.[5]

Spanish Colonial Era[edit]

Batan is one of oldest town founded in the province Aklan. Batan was formerly an encomienda of Miguel Rodriguez in 1591. The parish in Batan was established by the Augustinians in 1601 under the patronage of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.[6] Batan was first incorporated to Aclan or Aklan (now Kalibo) in 1603 and in 1789 it became an independent municipality. In 1903, Batan was again incorporated to the new town of New Washington and became independent again in 1931. [7]

Independent Philippines[edit]

In 1957, the Kalantiaw National Shrine marker was erected by the Philippine Historical and Cultural Society to honor the significance of Datu Kalantiaw where it displays a copy of the “original manuscript” of the Code. It was built in this former school building near the port which houses the province's historical mementos and antiques, including the original manuscript of the code which the Spaniards obtained from an old chief and translated.[8] In 2004 however, after years of investigation and historical findings, the National Historical Institute concluded that the Code of Kalantiaw was fake and a hoax. Remnants of the Kalantiaw National Shrine marker still remain in Batan.

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

Places to See and Explore in the Historic Town of Batan, Aklan[edit]

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Batan has many natural resources and untouched scenic spots that could entice adventurers, explorers and thrill seekers or those who wants to escape city life and relax in a simple and quiet town. Some of its prized natural and cultural treasures are:

  • Tinago Lake - also known as Tinagong Dagat. It is located between the town (near Brgys. Ipil and Tabon) and Altavas. It is an 8-km. long and 4-km. wide “hidden sea” hidden from Batan Bay by two islands. Fringed with mangroves and thick undergrowth, it has a rocky beach and is one of the province's rich fishing grounds. It is also ideal for speed boating and water skiing.
  • Ob-Ob Hill - The 200-m. high, rocky Ob-Ob Hill, located east of the Poblacion in Brgy. Songcolan, has a sweeping view of the Sibuyan Sea, fishponds and golden rice fields. At the foot of the hill is a beach ideal for spelunkers, underwater cave divers, beachcombers, and water sports enthusiasts.
  • Kalantiaw National Shrine Marker - It's a historical marker named after Datu Bendahara Kalantiaw III, third chief of Panay, who instituted a legal code here in 1433.
  • Mambuquiao Marine Protected Area and Fish Sanctuary - It is an existing reef turned into a fish sanctuary. Locally called pito, it has the highest live coral cover in Salian Bay. It is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.
  • 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 with brick facade can be seen in Batan.
  • Borabucay - the popular beach resort and spot for beach bums
  • Aroma Beach Resort - a popular beach resort for those who wants to stay overnight and relax in an untouched beach paradise.
  • The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception - One of the oldest church in Aklan.

Batan also has beautiful and pristine beaches, abundant marine life, great sea foods (Batan is famous for its crabs, lobster, and shrimps), coconut products, grain produce, root crops, luscious fruits and large green forests.

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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)

Festivals and Celebrations in Batan, Aklan[edit]

  • Sto. Ninohan or Ati-atihan and Malakara Festival (in honor of the Holy Child) - celebrated every third Saturday and Sunday of January. This festival is the same as Ati-atihan. Its difference from Kalibo's famous Ati-atihan is that participants are required to use native and indigenous materials as the main component of their costumes.
  • AFPLESA - Alumni and Former Pupils of Lupit Elementary School Association (every 2nd week of May)
  • BAAFSA of Batan Academy Alumni celebration (every month of May)
  • KIAFSA of Kalantiaw Institute Alumni celebration (every month of May)
  • BESA of Batan Elementary School Alumni celebration (every month of May)
  • BMNHSAFSA
  • CCRAFSA of Rizal J. Rodriguez, Sr. National High School (Every third week of May)
  • Father's Day - A unique celebration held every December 31 just in time for the New Year countdown
  • Juez De Kutsillo - Held every 19th of October to commemorate the capture and beheading of 79 innocent civilians in Batan, Aklan on October 19, 1943 by the Japanese Imperial Army. A simple program is always held at the site of the building where the victims were slaughtered. A marker was established by local official and relatives of the victims of Japanese atrocities. [10]

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. ^ http://biyahero.net/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=44&sobi2Id=119&Itemid=56
  5. ^ "Batan". Aklan Directory. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  6. ^ "Aklan Tour - Batan". Panublion. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  7. ^ http://biyahero.net/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=44&sobi2Id=119&Itemid=56
  8. ^ http://biyahero.net/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=44&sobi2Id=119&Itemid=56
  9. ^ http://biyahero.net/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=44&sobi2Id=119&Itemid=56
  10. ^ http://madyaaspen.blogspot.com/2012/10/juez-de-kutsillo-in-batan-aklan.html

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