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Map of Antique with Culasi highlighted
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|• Mayor||Joel A. Lomugdang|
|• Total||228.56 km2 (88.25 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (440/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
Culasi is a third class municipality in the province of Antique, Philippines. Culasi is approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north from San Jose de Buenavista, the capital of Antique, and 88 kilometres (55 mi) south from Kalibo, the capital of Aklan. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,086 people.
Located in the northern portion of the province, it is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Sebaste, on the south by the Municipality of Tibiao, on the west by the Sulu Sea and on the east by Mount Madyaas and the Municipality of Madalag, Aklan, just beyond. Its territory includes Maniguin (or Maningning or Hammerhead) and Batbatan Islands.
Excluding the outlying islands, its northernmost point is located at 11°32’05” latitude and 122°05’00” longitude. Its easternmost point is located at 11°30’50” latitude and 122°10’05” longitude. Its southernmost point is located at 11°21’04” latitude and 122°02’08” longitude and the westernmost point is at 11°31’05” latitude and 122°03’08” longitude.
The Municipality of Culasi has a slope of 8°. Eastern height ranges from 200 metres (660 ft) to 2,117 metres (6,946 ft) at the summit of Mt. Madja-as. It has unbroken mountain range from barangay Batonan Sur in the south to barangay Salde in the northernmost. From the peak of Madja-as Mountain it gradually flattens down to a narrow strip of the coastal plain. Land area roughly covers 82.92% upland and above lowland comprises 17.08% of the land area with a slope of 18% and below. Forest areas comprise almost half of the total land area covering 12,078 hectares (29,850 acres).
Culasi has two distinct seasons, the rainy and dry. Rainy season occur in the months of May to November and dry season for the rest of the year. For areas like barangays Flores and Osorio which are mountainous barangays, located at the southern portion of the municipality is characterized by a relatively cool temperature which is highly suited for coffee. The higher precipitation acquired may be caused by high mountain range or because of its high topography.
Culasi is politically subdivided into 44 barangays which comprises 3 island, 11 upland, 16 coastal and 14 interior/lowland barangays.
- Magsaysay (Balua)
- Batbatan Island
- Batonan Norte
- Batonan Sur
- Bitadton Norte
- Bitadton Sur
- Malalison Island
- Maniguin Island
- Centro Poblacion
- Centro Norte (Pob.)
- Centro Sur (Pob.)
- San Antonio
- San Gregorio
- San Juan
- San Luis
- San Pascual
- San Vicente
During the Spanish times Culasi was known by its old name "Bacong". Now Bacong is only one of its barangays. Bacong was once of the four visitas or towns established by the Spaniards. The others were Nalupa (now Barbaza), Bugason (now Bugasong), and Hamtik (now Hamtic).
The 1905 census revealed that Culasi had the biggest Chinese population in Antique, so much so that it had a barrio named "Villa de Hong Kong" in their honor. It is now part of the Poblacion.
|Population census of Culasi|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Farming and fishing are the major livelihood where the Culasinhon depend their living.
The rolling hills of Mt. Madja-as are rich in manganese, copper and coal found in Timbaban. Other metallic mineral deposits are white clay and pebbles in the island barangays of Malalison and Batbatan. Sand and gravel is being extracted in various rivers and used for infrastructure. Another metallic mineral is the limestone deposit found in Sitio Bula, Camancijan and is used for agricultural and industrial purpose. Limestone is used in the production of cement.
Most treasured one is the oil deposit in Maniguin Island explored by the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC). Several companies drilled oil deposit in Maniguin with black coal. Maniguin has a potential reserve of 28 million barrels to 250 mmbbls. based on the PNOC drilling project report.
- Landline: Panay Telephone Corp. (PANTELCO)
- Cellular: Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular
- Postal Services: PhilPost
- Cable Television: Kalibo Cable TV-Culasi(Culasi CATV)
- Radio Station: Radyo Natin 101.1 (DYRA-FM) - MBC/Madjaas Communication Services, 88.3 Voice-FM, DYCX 103.9
- Television: over-the-air TV signals picked up in the area are from Bacolod TV stations especially ABS-CBN TV 4 Bacolod which has a stronger signal. GMA Kalibo can also be pick-up with the use of outdoor antenna and a signal booster.
- Vicente A. Javier Memorial Community College (VAJMCC)
- Northern Antique Vocational School (NAVS)
- Bitadton National High School (BNHS)
- San Antonio National High School (SANHS)
- St. Michael High School of Culasi, Inc. (SMHS)
- St. Michael the Archangel Grade School of Culasi, Inc. (SMAGS)
- Culasi Central School
- Culasi North Elem. School
- Fe-Caridad Elem. School
- Lipata-Lamputong Elem. School
- Esperanza Elem. School
- Naba Primary School
- Bitadton Elem. School
- Paningayan Primary School
- Bagacay Elem. School
- Buenavista Elem. School
- San Juan Elem. School
- Magsaysay Primary School
- Alojipan Primary School
- Tomao Primary School
- Camancijan Elem. School
- Valderrama Elem. School
- Buhi Elem. School
- Malacañang Elem. School
- San Antonio Elem. School
- San Luis-Condes Elem. School
- San Vicente Elem. School
- Flores Elem. School
- Balac-Balac Primary School
- Batonan Norte Elem. School
- Batonan Sur Primary School
- San Pascual Primary School
- Osorio Primary School
- Malalison Elem. School
- Maniguin Elem. School
- Batbatan Elem. School
- Kawit Primary School
- Bunlao Primary School
- Day Care Centers (DCCs)
- Culasi Cooperative Learning Center (CMPC-LC)
- Culasi Christian Learning Center (CCLC)
- St. Michael Parochial Kindergarten School (SMPKS)
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Province: Antique". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "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.
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