Jomalig, Quezon

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Jomalig
Municipality
Map of Quezon showing the location of Jomalig
Map of Quezon showing the location of Jomalig
Jomalig is located in Philippines
Jomalig
Jomalig
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°42′45″N 122°22′11″E / 14.71250°N 122.36972°E / 14.71250; 122.36972Coordinates: 14°42′45″N 122°22′11″E / 14.71250°N 122.36972°E / 14.71250; 122.36972
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Quezon
District 1st district of Quezon
Founded 1961
Barangays 5
Government[1]
 • Mayor Rodelo Torres Tena
Area[2]
 • Total 56.65 km2 (21.87 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 6,884
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4342
Dialing code 42
Income class 5th class; partially urban

Jomalig is a fifth class municipality on the namesake island in the province of Quezon, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 6,884 persons, making it the least populated municipality in the province.[3]

Geography[edit]

Jomalig Island is about 75 nautical miles (139 km) southeast of Polillo Islands. Mostly, the land of Jomalig is cultivated for agricultural land use. Most of the inhabitants of this island depend on coconut products, rice, fish and other root crops. Considered as one of the smallest and farthest island municipalities of Quezon Province, its land area is at 5,665 hectares (14,000 acres). Some of its land have been alienated and is dedicated mostly on coconut land which is at 3,104.0 hectares with 2,605 hectares which comprises forests, swamps and grassland.

The inhabitants of this municipality originates from different ethnic groups similar to those of from Eastern Samar, Bohol, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte and mostly from Quezon Province.

Barangays[edit]

Jomalig is politically subdivided into 5 barangays.[2]

  • Bukal
  • Casuguran
  • Gango
  • Talisoy (Poblacion)
  • Apad

History[edit]

The history of Jomalig Island is one of the best love story legend in Quezon province. Although many old Jomaligins (its people) doesn't know or couldn't remember where Jomalig derives its name, there are few old residents who remember the wonderful legend from their ancestors. Based on the story, there was a Datu who lived on island and had a beautiful daughter. A young man from a neighboring island wanted to marry the princess but Datu challenged him. The Datu said that he will only give his daughter if the young man can roam the island in one day and successfully shoot three fishes in every pond on the island. The young man took the Datu's challenged but in the end failed. At this point, he asked the girl to come with him but they failed to leave. Hopeless, he requested the princess to kiss him. The people in island witnessed what happened and they shouted “humalik”, and she kissed the young man. From that time on, the people on island named the island “Humalik”. Many years passed and the Humalik become Jomalig. Many old residents said that the Americans changed it when they conquered Philippines.

Due to the geographical location of Jomalig, the district found it difficult to be recognized and established which further contributed to its slow development. It was only in the year 1952 when Jomalig, Quezon was subdivided for agricultural and residential lots sponsored by Mayor Mamerto P. Azarias and the Municipal Council.

Only through the inauguration by the late Congressman Manuel S. Enverga did the civic leaders geared towards self-reliance. It instigated them towards development in agriculture and with this, many people from the Bicol Region migrated for a richer pastures and uplifted livelihood.

Jomalig Island was a former barrio of Polillo, but on January 22, 1961, with the enactment of Republic Act. No. 3372, Jomalig Island was separated from the municipal district of Polillo, Quezon.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Jomalig
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 4,542 —    
1995 4,371 −0.72%
2000 5,817 +6.32%
2007 6,111 +0.68%
2010 6,884 +4.43%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Infrastructure[edit]

The barangays are inter-connected via roads that are no more than 2 meters in width. Most of the roads are still unpaved. The roads from Talisoy's Poblacion to Sitio Salibungot around to its southern sitio, Moros is unpaved and sandy.

Gango, its southern barangay is composed of two sitios (Buton and Bukal) to which the road connecting it from the main barangay is alternately paved; to which most of its roads are still unpaved and is sandy as it crosses the southern shore of the island. The road at sitio Bukal can only be accessed by motorcycles if coming from the central barangay of Gango as the road is sandy. Sitio Bukal can be accessed via 4-wheeled multicabs if coming from Barangay Apad.

Barangay Apad is second the largest barangay of Jomalig, Island and is located at the east side of the island facing Pacific Ocean. All roads at this barangay is still unpaved as of April 2013.

Casuguran is primarily a grassland and still, the roads are alternately unpaved and dusty.

Talisoy being the central barangay is the most progressive in terms of paved roads and infrastructure and where the central rural health unit is located. Talisoy is the only town that has a public high school (Jomalig National High School).

Tourism[edit]

As of April 2013, there are still no resorts available. There are two beaches available at the island: Kanaway Beach and Salibungot Beach.[4]

Kanaway Beach is located at Sitio Petisan, Barangay Apad at the eastern side of the island facing Pacific Ocean. It is popular with its fine golden sands and natural sandy ripples. The golden sand is due to the abundance of corals with scientific name, Acropora caroliniana, along the nearby sea. Kanaway beach also has nearby rocky islets called Pulo and Manlanat. Pulo is accessible by foot during low tide and at high tide, the water is waist-high. Manlanat is a bird sanctuary. Because the beach faces east and because of its sand color, the beach is called "The Sunrise Beach of Jomalig".[5]

Salibungot Beach is located at Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisoy at the western side of Jomalig facing Lamon Bay. It is popular with its fine golden sands with a pinch of pink sands that become noticeable on sunsets. Aside from its fine sands, this beach also has abundant pine trees at its center which makes this beach suited for camping. Because the beach faces west and literally turns pink at sunset, Salibungot beach is called "The Pink Sunset beach of Jomalig".[6]

Some of the tourist attractions[edit]

  • AGOHO PINE TREES

While walking at beaches, you may feel like you’re walking in foreign island. It’s a kind of Pine tree that grows in tropical place or beaches.

  • WHITE BEACHES

The island has golden and of coarse white sand. While traveling at the sea and reaching the place, you might seen the snow-like beaches. The Jomalig compared to the famous Boracay Island because of their white sand. It’s like dessert paradise in the middle of ocean.

  • GOLDEN BEACHES

Sand that much bigger than white sand. It shines as gold. Always has its low tide, it remains beautiful view of sand forming like farming area.

  • BOAT RIDING

The most exciting activities in Island, using traditional fishing boat.

  • DIVING

Some tourist brings their own materials in diving. Many coral and sea creatures you can see at the deep of the sea.

  • DRIP WOOD at the beaches

Woods are the result of flashflood in Real, Quezon and it bring by the wave. Drip woods not only beautiful scene but it has purpose, your sit while you’re in the beach.

  • EXOTIC SEA FOOD

Pollilo Islands especially Jomalig offers rich of the exotic sea food. Different kind of fish, lobster/shrimps or crab. The plenty foods were very fresh and bigger than you have seen before.

  • LANTAO REEFS

The reefs that views a large part of the ocean. The long beach offers exciting tour by walking at the pine white sand.

  • MANGROVE FOREST

The Bakawan planted in a row that provides a warmth air. You can also ride by a boat in the mud river.

  • MANLANAT ROCK ISLES

An isle that forms of two separated rocks, it is only reach by boat unlike other isles that can get there by walking. This is the most famous Isle in Jomalig and shelter of wild birds. The exciting in this isles is because the other part of Manlanat are home of white birds and the other side are black birds. It always sunk when it is low tide so people thought the isle is magical and mysterious.

  • PRINZA BRIDGE

An old historical fish cage and stand as bridge. It’s very dangerous to be there so today, it served as tourist attraction.

  • RUN-WAY

The only airport in Polillo Island (first now, having mini airport in Balesin. It has beautiful meadow which can be your jogging, running and exhilarating walking place.

  • ULAGAK BERRY

A delicious kind of fruit that mostly found at Polillo Island.

  • SURAHAN

Famous fish and their people considered it as the delicious fish in the world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: QUEZON". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 27 November 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 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Discovering Jomalig: The Golden Island of Eastern Luzon, Schadow1 Expeditions
  5. ^ Kanaway: The Sunrise Beach of Jomalig Island, Schadow1 Expeditions
  6. ^ Salibungot: The Pink Sunset Beach of Jomalig Island, Schadow1 Expeditions

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