Antique (province)

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Flag of Antique
Official seal of Antique
Nickname(s): The Land Where Mountains Meet the Sea; First Malay Settlement in the Philippines; Marble Central of Panay
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°14′N 122°06′E / 11.233°N 122.100°E / 11.233; 122.100Coordinates: 11°14′N 122°06′E / 11.233°N 122.100°E / 11.233; 122.100
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Founded 1780[1]
Capital San Jose de Buenavista
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Rhodora Cadiao (UNA)
 • Vice-Governor Edgar Denosta (LP)
 • Total 2,729.17 km2 (1,053.74 sq mi)
Area rank 52nd out of 80
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 546,031
 • Rank 50th out of 80
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
 • Density rank 40th out of 80
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 18
 • Barangays 590
 • Districts Lone district of Antique
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5700 to 5717
Dialing code 36
ISO 3166 code PH-ANT
Spoken languages Kinaray-a, Caluyanon, Hiligaynon, Cuyonon, Ati, Tagalog, English

Antique (Pronunciation: /ɑːnˈtkɛ/) or (/ɑːnˈtkɛ/) is a province of the Philippines located in the region of Western Visayas. The province's capital, San Jose, is located in the western portion of Panay Island and borders Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo to the east, whilst facing the Sulu Sea to the west.


Antique was one of the three sakup (districts) of Panay before Spanish colonizers arrived on the islands. The province was known at that time as Hantík, the local name for the large black ants found on the island.[4] The Spanish chroniclers, influenced by the French, recorded the region's name as Hantique, which was then read as 'antique (silent 'h'). The locals then pronounced the name into its present name "Antique" (än-ti-ké)[citation needed]


The old provincial capitol of Antique in San Jose de Buenavista, now used as a provincial museum.

Historians believe that the earliest people who settled on the island of Panay were tribal Negritos or Atis. Oral history, relayed as the "Maragtas", states that ten "datus" or minor tribal chieftains from Malay escaped persecution from a city called Odtohan from Borneo due to a tyrant ruler called Makatunaw.[5] The ten datus, led by Datu Puti, sailed northward with their families and communities, landing on Panay after departing Borneo.[6] There are claims that the narrative of the Maragtas is dated to 1212 to fit with the transition of the Sri Vijayan Empire to Majapahit but there are no written evidence about this, nor there are any existing claims that links the datus to Borneo. Nevertheless, the Maragtas narrative is to be considered as part of the local history of the people.

Upon arrival, the Malay datus met the Ati chieftain Datu Marikudo and his wife Maniwantiwan. They offered the chieftain a salakot (wide-brimmed hat)[7] (out of exaggeration, the present day locals believed to be of pure gold) which includes a golden necklace, earrings, bracelets and trinkets they wore when they fled Borneo among other gifts of pearls and fine clothes as a display of respect and to buy the land for them to live. Datu Marikudo responded to the datus' generosity by giving the Malayans the lowlands and moving to the mountains with his Ati tribe as the mountains are sacred to them. The legacy of this landing is commemorated annually in Antique during the Binirayan festival.[8]

The island of Panay was then divided into three sakups: Hantik, Aklan and Irong-Irong. Aklan became the present-day Aklan and Capiz, Irong-Irong became Iloilo, and Hantik (also called Hamtik or Hamtic) became Antique. Hantik was named for the large black ants found on the island called "hantik-hantik".[9]

The sakup of Hantik was given to Datu Sumakwel, one of the ten datus, and who, according to tradition, was a sword master and wisest of them. The three sakups were later governed as a political unit called the Confederation of Madyaas, also under Datu Sumakwel. Datu Sumakwel founded the town of Malandog, considered to be the first Malay settlement in the country. Malandog is now a barangay in the present-day municipality of Hamtic, which was named after the historic sakup.

During the Spanish colonial period, the coastal province was vulnerable to attacks by Moro raiders. Under the direction of the Spanish friars, a series of watchtowers, like the 'Old Watchtower' in Libertad and Estaca Hill in Bugasong, were built to guard Antique.

In 1942, the Imperial Japanese Army landed in Antique and occupied the province during the Second World War.

During the Japanese Insurgencies and Occupation (1942-1944), the military general headquarters and camp bases of the 6th and 62nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army was active from 1942 to 1946 and the military general headquarters and camp bases of the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was re-activated between 1944 and 1946. Additionally, during the implementation of the anti-imperial Japanese military operations on Panay Island between 1942 and 1945 in the Antique province, Filipino military forces aided the local guerrilla resistance against the Imperial Japanese Army.

Between 1944 and 1945, Philippine Commonwealth forces of the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary and the 6th and 62nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army defeated the Japanese troops and liberated the province. The liberation was achieved with the active support of recognized local guerrillas.


Antique is one of the six provinces comprising Western Visayas or Region VI, and one of the four provinces in the island of Panay.

The province is an elongated stretch of land occupying the entire western side of the island. It is bounded by the rugged central mountains of Panay, bordering on the provinces of Aklan in the northeast, Capiz on the east, Iloilo in the southeast and the Sulu Sea on the west. Its western-most and northernmost point is Semirara Island at 12°07′10″N 121°21′10″E / 12.11944°N 121.35278°E / 12.11944; 121.35278, while its eastern tip is approximately 11°01′N 122°19.5′E / 11.017°N 122.3250°E / 11.017; 122.3250. Anini-y is the province's most southerly point at 10°24′24″N 121°57′38″E / 10.40667°N 121.96056°E / 10.40667; 121.96056. Resembling a seahorse in shape, it is 155 kilometres (96 mi) long and 35 kilometres (22 mi) at its widest point.


Antique has rugged and varied land. Nogas Island, Hurao-Hurao Island and Mararison Island have long stretches of white sand beaches that are ideal for shell-hunting. Batbatan Island on the other hand, appeals to scuba divers because of the well-preserved coral reefs. Mount Madia-as (or Madjaas), on the border with Aklan, is the highest peak on Panay. This 2,113 metres (6,932 ft) high mountain[10] is a dormant volcano with lakes and 14 waterfalls. It is said to be the legendary home of Bulalakaw, the supreme god of the ancients, and beckons as a challenge for hikers and trekkers.


Climate data for Antique
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.9
Average low °C (°F) 22.8
Average rainy days 7 5 6 4 11 16 18 18 16 16 10 9 136
Source: Storm247[11]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Antique is subdivided into 18 municipalities. San Jose de Buenavista serves as the provincial capital, the center of commerce and trade, and the seat of the provincial government and national government agencies.

Municipality Area
(per km²)
No. of

Anini-y 66.17 20,349 307.5 23 5717 4th 10°25′52″N 121°55′36″E / 10.4312°N 121.9266°E / 10.4312; 121.9266 (Anini-y)
Barbaza 154.36 21,775 141.1 39 5706 4th 11°11′45″N 122°02′20″E / 11.1958°N 122.0389°E / 11.1958; 122.0389 (Barbaza)
Belison 19.78 12,807 647.5 11 5701 5th 10°50′15″N 121°57′44″E / 10.8374°N 121.9621°E / 10.8374; 121.9621 (Belison)
Bugasong 203.71 32,264 158.4 27 5704 3rd 11°02′39″N 122°03′53″E / 11.0441°N 122.0646°E / 11.0441; 122.0646 (Bugasong)
Caluya 132.13 30,046 227.4 18 5711 1st 11°55′57″N 121°32′51″E / 11.9324°N 121.5475°E / 11.9324; 121.5475 (Caluya)
Culasi 228.56 39,086 171 44 5708 3rd 11°25′33″N 122°03′22″E / 11.4257°N 122.0561°E / 11.4257; 122.0561 (Culasi)
Hamtic 113.03 45,983 406.8 47 5715 3rd 10°42′02″N 121°58′52″E / 10.7006°N 121.9810°E / 10.7006; 121.9810 (Hamtic)
Laua-an 100.72 25,211 250.3 40 5705 4th 11°08′34″N 122°02′30″E / 11.1429°N 122.0416°E / 11.1429; 122.0416 (Laua-an)
Libertad 97.00 15,669 161.5 19 5710 5th 11°46′11″N 121°55′07″E / 11.7697°N 121.9185°E / 11.7697; 121.9185 (Libertad)
Pandan 113.98 32,494 285.1 34 5712 4th 11°43′11″N 122°05′40″E / 11.7198°N 122.0945°E / 11.7198; 122.0945 (Pandan)
Patnongon 167.92 35,102 209 36 5702 3rd 10°54′48″N 121°59′42″E / 10.9133°N 121.9950°E / 10.9133; 121.9950 (Patnongon)
San Jose de Buenavista 48.56 57,847 1191.2 28 5700 1st 10°44′37″N 121°56′28″E / 10.7436°N 121.9411°E / 10.7436; 121.9411 (San Jose de Buenavista)
San Remigio 406.98 30,446 74.8 45 5714 3rd 10°49′52″N 122°05′18″E / 10.8312°N 122.0882°E / 10.8312; 122.0882 (San Remigio)
Sebaste 111.64 17,270 154.7 10 5709 4th 11°35′24″N 122°05′43″E / 11.5899°N 122.0953°E / 11.5899; 122.0953 (Sebaste)
Sibalom 201.30 56,058 278.5 76 5713 2nd 10°47′20″N 122°01′03″E / 10.7889°N 122.0175°E / 10.7889; 122.0175 (Sibalom)
Tibiao 177.42 24,513 138.2 21 5707 4th 11°17′19″N 122°02′03″E / 11.2886°N 122.0342°E / 11.2886; 122.0342 (Tibiao)
Tobias Fornier 112.12 30,669 273.5 50 5716 4th 10°30′58″N 121°56′42″E / 10.5162°N 121.9451°E / 10.5162; 121.9451 (Tobias Fornier)
Valderrama 273.79 18,442 67.4 22 5703 4th 11°00′06″N 122°07′46″E / 11.0018°N 122.1294°E / 11.0018; 122.1294 (Valderrama)
 †  Provincial capital
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Population census
of Antique
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 406,361 —    
1995 431,713 +1.14%
2000 472,822 +1.97%
2007 515,265 +1.19%
2010 546,031 +2.13%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Antiqueños are seafaring people that share many characteristics with their Panay neighbors. However, the steep slopes and the rugged, long mountain ranges of Antique have isolated it from the rest of Panay. Hence, they have developed their own distinct language called Kinaray-a. This dialect is of Austronesian origin characterized by the predominance of r's and schwa sounds spoken with a lilting gentle intonation.

The Antiqueños are noted for their industry. They are renowned weavers throughout the Visayas. The Bugasong patadyong, a tube cotton fabric of plaid design, is highly valued because of its fineness of weaving. Piña cloth is also produced in looms throughout the province. Wine manufactured from the sap of the coconut is a cottage industry.


The people of Antique are predominantly Christians, with the Philippine Independent Church or Aglipayan as its largest denomination. Even today, the Aglipayan Church remains influential in both the society and politics of the province. Other religious denominations in the province are the Roman Catholics, Protestants and Nontrinitarian such as Baptist Churches, Iglesia ni Cristo, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Church of Latter Day Saints, among others.

In the mountains, remnants of ancient folk beliefs persist. Babaylans or native priestesses continue to divine the future, heal the sick or conjure spells.



For the year 1998, production of palay, the primary crop of the province, registered a total of 177,521 metric tons (mt.) or 4,438,025 cavans from 58,847 hectares with an average yield of 3.02 metric tons per hectare. An increase of 8,280 mt. or 16.37 percent over last years (1997) production was observed because the area harvested has increased by 9,822 hectares or 5.86 percent. However, the average yield per hectare decreased by 0.3 mt. per hectare or 0.09 percent. The average yield per hectare for irrigated lands is 3.39 mt., 2.63 mt. for rain-fed farms, and 1.57 for upland areas. The province regularly harvests enough to feed its population. This year,[when?] there is a surplus of 83,756 mt. or 2,093,900 cavans of palay.

Copra, the second major agricultural commodity, registered a total production of 15,712 mt. in 1998 reflecting a decrease of 965 mt. (5.78%) as against last years (1997) yield of 16,677 mt. The main bulk of copra came from the municipality of Caluya where this area accounts for 44 percent of the total copra output of the province. The area planted with coconuts constitutes about 34 percent of the total area of the province. Caluya, together with Pandan, account for more than half (53%) of the total provincial figure in terms of area planted, number of bearing trees, nuts production and copra yield.

For current year, data on production of other field crops are the following: corn, 650 metric tons; legumes (moonbeams, peanuts and other beans), 1,689 metric tons; muscovado sugar, 2,280 metric tons; root crops (camote, cassava, ube, etc.), 3,434 metric tons; vegetables (leafy, fruit and root), 870 metric tons; banana, 11,102 metric tons; and mango, 1,330 metric tons.


Fisherman in Bugasong.

By the end of the year,[when?] preliminary data for the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reported that the total volume of fishery products reached 24,299 metric tons. The aquaculture sector yields the highest production during the inclusion of seaweeds in this sector.

Fishing is the major source of livelihood for households in the 15 coastal municipalities. The rich fishing grounds of the Cuyo East Pass, Sulu Sea, and the municipal waters along the approximately 296.8 km coastline, make fishing a promising venture. The fishing season is year round and peaks during December to June. A total of 17,437 households are directly dependent on fishing, and 39,055 households are indirectly dependent on it.

Livestock and poultry[edit]

Livestock and poultry raising in the province is through backyard or commercial system of production. Data from Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) revealed that from 1,441,660 head of livestock and poultry in 1997, the number rose to 1,547,944 in 1998, an additional 106,284 heads, indicating a 7.37% growth. The main reason behind this growth is the increase in poultry production of almost 7.88 percent.


Forest products include bamboo, rattan, buri, bariw, nito, log, charcoal, abaca, herbal vines and plants, wild flowers and others. These forest resources are of undetermined quantity, and are used as raw materials in the construction industry, furniture and handicraft.

A large percentage of forestland is classified as protected (59.29 percent or 70,338.52 hectares). A little more than 50 percent of the total forestland is vegetated. The municipalities of Culasi, San Remigio and Valderrama registered the highest vegetative cover with an area of 13,005 hectares, 8637.50 hectares and 6,35 hectares respectively. The remaining 40.71 percent or 48,296.48 hectares are classified as production forests.

Trade, commerce, and industry[edit]

Major products shipped out of the province are palay, rice, copra, muscovado sugar, legumes, fruits and vegetables, livestock, fish and fish preparations, and seaweeds. Manufacture items like native gifts, toys, and housewares are sold in major cities of the country and abroad. Principal mined products exported include coal, marble, silica, copper and gemstones.

The main goods entering the province are construction materials, dry goods, groceries, canned and bottled products, fertilizers and others.

The capital town of San Jose de Buenavista is the center of business in the area. Potential growth areas include the towns of Culasi, Pandan and Sibalom. Investment opportunities with good prospects in the province are:

  • Sugar industry
  • Seaweed processing
  • Marble processing
  • Gemstone and semi-precious stone processing
  • Coco oil mill
  • Livestock and poultry processing
  • Food Processing
  • Marine products processing
  • Furniture, handicraft, metalcraft
  • Fiber extraction/processing/weaving
  • High value crop production
  • Feed/Feed Milling

Banks and other financial institutions[edit]

As of 1998, Antique has a total of eleven rural banks, five private commercial banks and three government banks: the Development Bank of the Philippines and Land Bank of the Philippines have branches at San Jose de Buenavista and Culasi, Antique. There are also 51 multi-purpose cooperatives and four credit cooperatives.


An establishment is an economic unit which engages under a single ownership or control. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) classifies establishments as manufacturing, trade and service. For 1998, fourteen manufacturing establishments were reported. Such manufacturing establishments are making hollowblocks, wood furniture, steel/wood, packed foods, metal craft, threshers, soap and sidecars. Service establishments totaled 117 and a total of 294 trade establishments.

Mineral resources[edit]

Antique has deposits of metallic and non-metallic mineral resources. The metallic mineral resources include copper, gold, chromite, pyrite, iron, manganese and ferro alloy and limestone. Copper deposits in Barbaza and San Remigio are estimated to have a volume of 36,255 metric tons and 59,445 metric tons respectively. Pyrite deposits in Valderrama and Sibalom are estimated at 120,000 metric tons while limestone deposits in Culasi are estimated at 30 billion metric tons.

The Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) confirms the presence of gold in Mt. Dumara, Laua-an extending as far as Lumboyan, Barbaza. An analysis conducted in ore deposits indicated that 39.75 grams of gold can be found in a metric ton of ore. Non-metallic deposits include sulfides, clay, sulfur, oil and gemstones. Marble deposits are estimated at 1.8 billion metric tons in Libertad, and 2.3 billion metric tons in Pandan. Coal reserves in Caluya are estimated to be 1.6 million metric tons.

An indication of oil deposit was recently discovered at Maniguin Island in Culasi.


The province has many tourist attractions, activities, points of interest, facilities and services to offer. There are tourism areas that are developing and many are still to be developed. Tourists traveling from Iloilo to Boracay can stop by Antique's tourism areas. The whole stretch of coastal areas in Antique is suited for scuba diving. Starting from the southern town of Antique tourists can drop by Sira-an Hot Spring, claimed to be a medical spring. The next destination is the capital town San Jose de Buenavista passing by Malandog Marker, site of the first Malayan Settlement. Tourism amenities like restaurants, shopping malls, pasalubong centers, accommodations and beach resorts are present. Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, can be found in Sibalom Natural Park. In the municipalities of Patnongon and Laua-an, tourists interested in traditional methods can visit muscovado mills and watch how muscovado sugar is processed. Products made with muscovado are also available; Laua-an is noted for its long butong-butong (a candy made with muscovado sugar). Tibiao has the Bugtong Bato Falls and the Fish SPA. From Culasi Mount Madia-as can be seen, the Mount Olympus of Antique. Sebaste has the Igpasungaw Falls, the Sebaste Inland Resort and the most visited Saint Blaise Church, where devotees of St. Blaise make a pilgrimage every year during the annual fiesta. Pandan has Malumpati Health Spring and Bugang River—declared the cleanest body of water in the whole country[according to whom?]—where rafting and river boating can be experienced. This is the most developed tourism area with a tour package. Libertad is famous for its bariw mat and bag weaving.

Binirayan festival[edit]

Main article: Binirayan festival

Started in San Jose in 1974 by governor Evelio Javier, this is a week-long festival that includes colorful street parades, beach shows, plaza concerts, a beauty contest and trade fair. "Binirayan" biray, or "sailboat" in Kinaray-a (Antique's local language), refers to the Pre-Hispanic legend of the Bornean datus to reach Malandog beach, where they befriended the Atis (Aetas) and eventually started a civilization. As above-stated, Antique tradition holds that it was founded by Bornean Malays in the 12th century, although this had been long debunked as a hoax. According to legend, 10 Bornean datus (chieftains) claimed Panay island and their leader, Datu Sumakwel, founded the settlement in Malandog, Hamtik, Antique.[14]


Universities and colleges[edit]

  • Advance Central College (ACC) (San Jose, Antique)
  • University of Antique (Main Campus) Sibalom, Antique
    • University of Antique (Tibiao Campus)
    • University of Antique (Hamtic Campus)
    • University of Antique (Caluya Campus)
    • University of Antique (Libertad Campus)
  • Pandan Bay Institute (Pandan, Antique)
  • Saint Anthony's College (San Jose, Antique)
  • STI Antique (San Jose, Antique)
  • Vicente A. Javier Memorial Community College (Culasi, Antique)


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  14. ^, Antique celebrates pride of place and history


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