Malay, Aklan

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White Beach, Boracay Island
White Beach, Boracay Island
Map of Aklan showing the location of Malay.
Map of Aklan showing the location of Malay.
Malay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°53′52″N 121°54′34″E / 11.89778°N 121.90944°E / 11.89778; 121.90944Coordinates: 11°53′52″N 121°54′34″E / 11.89778°N 121.90944°E / 11.89778; 121.90944
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Aklan
District Lone District of Aklan
Founded June 15, 1949
Barangays 17
 • Mayor John P. Yap
 • Total 66.01 km2 (25.49 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 45,811
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5608
Dialing code 36
Income class 1st Class

Malay is a first class[4] municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 45,811 people.[3]

The resort island Boracay is part of the municipality.

It was hit severely by typhoon Seniang on 9-10 December 2006, with much destruction and damage of homes and infrastructure.

The municipality of Malay was created in the province of Capiz on June 15, 1949, from the barrio of Malay and surrounding barrios which were then part of Buruanga.[5] The new municipality then included the following barrios: Malay (poblacion, seat of local government), Dumlog, Cabolihan, Balosbos, Maba-oy, Cubay Norte, Cubay Sur, Cogon, Argao, San Viray, Caticlan, Manoc Manoc, Balabag and Na-asog.[6] On April 25, 1956, The municipality of Malay became a part of the newly created province of Aklan, along with several other municipalities.[7]


Conversion to Cityhood[edit]

According to, Resolution no. 066, series of 2010, Resolution creating an ADHOC Committee and Technical Working Group to conduct initial study and evaluation for the proposed cityhood of the Municipality of Malay, Aklan. (Approved SB, DTD. 11-30-10)


Malay is politically subdivided into 17 barangays.[2]

Barangay Classification[8] Population[8]
Mainland Malay
Argao Rural 1,078
Balusbos Rural 1,079
Cabulihan Rural 575
Caticlan Urban 6,593
Cogon Rural 544
Cubay Norte Rural 327
Cubay Sur Rural 1,153
Dumlog Rural 768
Motag Rural 818
Naasug Rural 547
Nabaoy Rural 1,025
Napaan Rural 649
Poblacion Urban 1,255
Sambiray Rural 1,031
Boracay Island
Balabag Urban 11,076
Manoc-Manoc Urban 12,526
Yapak Rural 4,767


Population census of Malay
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 14,378 —    
1995 19,406 +5.78%
2000 24,519 +5.14%
2007 32,110 +3.79%
2010 45,811 +13.81%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]



Malay has one airport, officially named Godofredo P. Ramos Airport but more popularly known as Caticlan Airport. Only small aircraft are allowed to land on the 810 m (2,660 ft) runway. Most airlines have also restricted weight allowance since the airplanes are small. Nearby Kalibo International Airport with its 2,300 m (7,500 ft) runway is able to accommodate larger aircraft.


The Caticlan Jetty Port, one of the ports along the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, serves as a gateway to Boracay island and Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.


Because of its robust tourism industry, the municipality is now considered as having the strongest economy in all the municipalities in the Region and the richest municipality of Aklan in terms of income and annual budget.[9] The tourism industry of Boracay became the catalyst of its economic growth that brought many investors to come and helped transform the municipality into a cosmopolitan area.


In early 1990s, it was very unlikely that a shopping center will open in Malay. But with the boom of its tourism industry, shopping now became a component of its offering to the visitors and the locals. At the moment, d'Mall Boracay and the Crafts of Boracay are the only major shopping destination in Malay but with the entry of big investors, several shopping malls will soon rise in the town that will surely change the shopping experience in that it can offer. Newcoast Boracay Shopping District and Picar's AMA Caticlan Mall is now in the pipeline.


At present, there are ten (10) banks in the municipality of Malay operated by six (6) commercial banking corporations. List of Banks in Malay


List of schools in Malay:

  • Boracay European International School
  • NVC International School
  • Boracay Island Global Academy
  • Paradise English Boracay Language Institute
  • Canadian Tourism & Hospitality Institute
  • Boracay National High School
  • Malay National High School
  • Malay Elementary School
  • Caticlan Elementary School
  • Caticlan Conferey School
  • Sambiray Primary School
  • Napaan Primary School
  • Argao Elementary School
  • Cubay Elementary School
  • Nabaoy Elementary School
  • Naasug Primary School
  • Dumlog/Kabulihan Primary School
  • Lamberto h. Tirol National High School


The municipality of Malay is being served by three (3) hospitals. One of which is private, and two are owned by the government. The following are the hospitals:

  • Don Circiaco Tirol Memorial Hospital
  • Malay Municipal Hospital
  • Aklan Baptist Hospital
  • St. Luke's Medical Center Boracay (Proposed)


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Aklan". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 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 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Aklan has 2 first class municipalities, Philippine Information Service, February 12, 2007.
  6. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Malay in the province of Capiz". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  7. ^ "REPUBLIC ACT NO. 1414 - AN ACT TO CREATE THE PROVINCE OF AKLAN". Chan Robles law Library. June 15, 1949. 
  8. ^ a b NSCB - ActiveStats - PSGC Interactive - Municipality: MALAY
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