Belison, Antique

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Belison
Municipality
Map of Antique showing the location of Belison
Map of Antique showing the location of Belison
Belison is located in Philippines
Belison
Belison
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°43′N 122°16′E / 10.717°N 122.267°E / 10.717; 122.267Coordinates: 10°43′N 122°16′E / 10.717°N 122.267°E / 10.717; 122.267
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Antique
District Lone district
Founded March 10, 1961
Barangays 11
Government[1]
 • Mayor Darell B. Dela Flor
 • Vice Mayor Reynaldo Jacaba
Area[2]
 • Total 19.78 km2 (7.64 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 12,807
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5701
Dialing code 36
Income class 5th class
Patron Saint Our Lady of Candles
Feast Day February 2

Belison is a fifth class municipality in the province of Antique, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 12,807 people.[3] Belison is the smallest (in area and population) and the youngest municipality in the province of Antique[citation needed].

Geography[edit]

The municipality is bounded on the east and southwest by the municipality of Sibalom, on the south by San Jose de Buenavista, on the north by the municipality of Patnongon, and on the west by Cuyo East Pass.

Barangays[edit]

Belison is politically subdivided into 11 barangays,[2] each with a duly constituted government unit known as the barangay council headed by the barangay captain. The Poblacion, seat of the municipal government, is an urban barangay. The other 10 are considered rural.

  • Borocboroc
  • Buenavista
  • Concepcion
  • Delima
  • Ipil
  • Maradiona
  • Mojon
  • Poblacion
  • Rombang
  • Salvacion (Kotkot)
  • Sinaja

History[edit]

Less than fifty years ago the town of Belison was merely a barangay in the larger municipality of Patnongon, adjacent to the north. Belison barangay leaders and Manila-based Belisongnons as well, mapped out a petition requesting the national government to make Belison an independent town. The petition was brought to Malacañan Palace on March 10, 1961, and by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 421 signed by President Carlos P. Garcia, Belison was declared a municipality - the smallest and the youngest in the Province of Antique[citation needed].

During World War II, Japanese war submarines and other marine craft found the shores of Belison easy entry points to Panay, and invaded the Western Visayas in that location. People still tell of the fear created by these foreign intruders, and also of the bravery of those who decided to resist, creating rebel strongholds in the mountainous areas above the municipality.

When the Japanese air raids would bomb Belison and the nearby communities, families from all around fled to Guinobatan Cave, high in the hills of barangay Buenavista. And when the American forces came, they too used the smooth sea landing in Belison, bringing relief food supplies to Belisongnons, and troops to attack the Japanese occupying forces. They often used local homes in the area to hide in while planning their strategies for assault against the enemy, and enlisted the help of brave men and women to carry out their plans.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Belison
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 10,095 —    
1995 11,174 +1.92%
2000 11,621 +0.84%
2007 12,467 +0.97%
2010 12,807 +0.98%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Economy[edit]

Agriculture continues to be the heartbeat of the town. More than half of its land is riceland, while the rest are planted to corn, coconut, sugar cane and other production like vegetables and peanuts[citation needed].

Municipal seal[edit]

The Belison municipal seal was created to commemorate the agricultural heritage of the town, in order to preserve the legacy of the original settlers in the region. It depicts three mainstay agricultural activities:

  • The top image represents fishing and the bounties of the neighboring sea.
  • The lower left portion is the harvesting of sugar cane, its processing muscovado sugar.
  • The lower right depicts tilling of the lowlands for the planting of rice and other grains and vegetables.

Surrounding the great triangle are eleven stars – one representing each barangay in the town. The largest star at the bottom is for the Poblacion. Their strength lies in their connectivity to one another, and in their closeness to the traditions of the past.

Municipal Hymn[edit]

Belison, ang banwa ko nga pinalangga.
Maragtas kang kasakit kag himaya.
Ang imong mga patag, baybayun, kag suba,
Duyan kang pagla-um
Hakus kang pag palangga.

Belison, ang banwa ko nga dungganun.
Kamal-aman ang kasaysayan mo gindihon.
Ang imong kabataan magatindug ng mapag-un.
Bugay kang Makaako, O, Banwang BELISON.

Koro
Belison, rugya kami, ang imung mga kabataan.
Iririmaw ikaw amun nga amligan.
Magahugpong padulong sa kauswagan.

Saksi ang bukid kang Guinobatan,
Sa nagriligad mo nga kasaysayan.
Dunang-manggad mo, amun nga bantayan.
Sa mga sakun ikaw panghimatyan.

Belison, rugya kami, ang imung mga kabataan.
Iririmaw ikaw amun nga amligan.
Magahugpong padulong sa kauswagan.

Belison, ang banwa ko, ikaw ang amun sarandigan.
Iririmaw ikaw amun nga amligan.
Magahugpong padulong sa kauswagan.

Belisongnon, magahugpong padulong sa KAUSWAGAN...

Churches[edit]

Nine (9) of the leading Christian religious dominations[citation needed] in the Philippines established their presence in the town. Most Belisongnons (people of Belison) are of Aglipayan ancestry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Antique". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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