Carles, Iloilo

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Banwa sang Carles
The True Alaska of the Philippines
North and South Gigante Islands, northern-most part of Carles
North and South Gigante Islands, northern-most part of Carles
Map of Iloilo with Carles highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Carles highlighted
Carles is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°34′N 123°08′E / 11.567°N 123.133°E / 11.567; 123.133Coordinates: 11°34′N 123°08′E / 11.567°N 123.133°E / 11.567; 123.133
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 5th district of Iloilo
Barangays 33
 • Mayor Arnold A. Betita
 • Total 104.05 km2 (40.17 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 62,690
 • Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5019
Dialing code 33

Carles is a second class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 62,690 people.[3] It is famous in Panay island for its rich fishing grounds.

Brief History[edit]

Sometime in 1846, Francisco Ariola, son of the datu from Jolo, together with his men, found themselves in the shores of Carles. He immediately organized the early settlers who later mingled with his men at Punta Bulakawe, a plateau just 330 meters north of the Poblacion (town proper). The settlers extended their clearing up the jungles and virgin lands for development. The Provincial Governor of Capiz commissioned Ariola to facilitate transportation of families recruited from Antique and Aklan. Soon afterwards, more settlers came. The Punta Bulakawe settlement, thus formed was included under the Pueblo de Pilar, Capiz.

Towards 1856, as the general clearing progressed, Francisco transferred Bulakawe to the lowland south of the settlement. The settlement was named BADIANG, which means "wild giant gabi variety" because of the abundance of this plant in the vicinity of the new site. As streets were laid out Ariola, caused the equal distribution of the home lots to settlers alongside the newly created streets. Some settlers however, built their homes near farms. This later led to the formation of other barrio settlements.

On January 1860, the leaders of the Barrio Badiang headed by Francisco Ariola went to Capiz to petition the provincial government to make Barrio Badiang a municipality. The governor denied the petition on the ground that Barrio Badiang was only newly created and was not yet capable of becoming a pueblo. Not discouraged by their first failure, the petitioners traveled for days to Iloilo City, to bring this petition to Governor Jose Maria Carles, a Spanish Governor. After studying the case, Governor Carles approved the petition and thus, Barrio Badiang became a "pueblo".

The jubilant people of Badiang, in gratitude to Governor Carles for his approval of this petition, presented another petition to change the name Badiang to Carles in honor of the Governor. This petition was approved and on July 1, 1862, Carles was inaugurated as a new Pueblo with Alenjandro Buaya as the first Gobernadorcillo del Pueblo made Carles.

On January 1, 1904, the Municipio de Carles was demoted from a status of a Barrio to the status of a Barrio Balasan. This incident disheartened some Carleseños who migrated to other towns and provinces. But among those who stayed on were the strong willed ones who struggled hard to make Carles an independent municipality. Headed by Casimiro Andrada, the Carles Separation Movement succeeded in getting the approval of the Carleseños petition for separation from Balasan on January 1, 1920. Federico A. Ramos was appointed as the first Municipal President of Carles. It was during the incumbency of Municipal President Enrico Ilanga that he title of the municipal head was changed to Municipal Mayor and continued to be such until today. [4]


Carles is politically subdivided into 33 Barangays.

  • Abong
  • Alipata (Sicogon Island)
  • Asluman (Gigantes Norte)
  • Bancal
  • Barangcalan
  • Barosbos
  • Punta Batuanan
  • Binuluangan
  • Bito-on
  • Bolo
  • Buaya (Sicogon Island)
  • Buenavista
  • Isla De Cana
  • Cabilao Grande
  • Cabilao Pequeño
  • Cabuguana
  • Cawayan
  • Dayhagan
  • Gabi (Gigantes Sur)
  • Granada (Gigantes Norte)
  • Guinticgan
  • Lantangan (Gigantes Sur)
  • Manlot (Manlot Island)
  • Nalumsan
  • Pantalan
  • Poblacion
  • Punta (Bolocawe)
  • San Fernando (Sicogon Island)
  • Tabugon
  • Talingting
  • Tarong
  • Tinigban
  • Tupaz


Eighteen of Carles's barangays are spread out over fourteen islands and minor islets.[5] The islands under Carles's political jurisdiction are:


Population census of Carles
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 42,648 —    
1995 46,218 +1.52%
2000 53,404 +3.15%
2007 57,673 +1.07%
2010 62,690 +3.08%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Natural disasters[edit]

Typhoon Haiyan[edit]

Carles was heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. Buildings were destroyed and more than 1,200 people were displaced by the storm.[6]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 20 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 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "The Carles of Today". Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Provincial board declares Iloilo under state of calamity

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