Laua-an is a fourth class municipality in the province of Antique, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 25,211 people. Laua-an celebrates its Pahinis Festival every January. The Pahinis Festival was awarded as one of the best tourism events in the Philippines in 2008. Pahinis Festival is being celebrated annually to feature the muscovado sugar industry of the town, the technology of which dates back to the Spanish era. "Pahinis" means to clean and prepare the tools for sugarcane milling which corresponds to a celebration to thank God for a fine harvest of sugarcane. Laua-an has the most number of sugarcane mills in the whole province of Antique. The town has the potential for large scale production of muscovado for local consumption and for export in other provinces and outside the country. Some sugarcane mills in the town also has some refined way of milling muscovado sugar through technology transfer from foreign aid such that residue-free muscovado sugar is now produced that can reach markets in Manila, Boracay, Cebu and other areas in the Visayas, Luzon and even Mindanao. The town boasts of several unexploited natural beauty which has a potential for tourism in the future. It has large rivers with clean waters, streams, verdant plains, mountains and hills, as well as lush forests teeming with wild life. Estaca Hill is found in the Poblacion and provides a strategic place to view the Poblacion, the Sulu Sea and its environs. The coastline is fine gray sand with pebbles and stones ideal for swimming. The deep sea waters of Sulu Sea is abundant with fish and marine life like sardines,tuna, squids, mackerel, crabs and other seafoods which is a source of living for most residents. The town is primarily agricultural with rice, sugarcane and corn as primary crops. Monggo beans, peanuts and vegetables are also grown in limited areas of the land. The town is celebrating its centennial foundation on January 2015. Weeklong celebration features Pahinis Festival Mardi Gras; LGU, professionals, senior citizens and barangay night;Bugal Kang Laua-an (Pride of Laua-an) Awards Night; and Search for Hara de Pahinis(Pahinis Queen)Beauty Pageant and Coronation Night. The winner of this pageant will have a chance to represent the municipality during the Search for Lin-ay kang Antique (Miss Antique) during the Binirayan Festival in the capital town of San Jose de Buenavista every last week of December. Other events included boat racing along the Sulu Sea, and Aring Beach Festival at the last night of the celebration in Barangay Cadajug. The current Mayor is Capt. Francisco G. Baladjay, a young mariner with Degree in Marine Transportation, an active public servant and a promising bachelor.