Buruanga, Aklan

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Official seal of Buruanga
Map of Aklan showing the location of Buruanga
Map of Aklan showing the location of Buruanga
Buruanga is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°51′N 121°54′E / 11.850°N 121.900°E / 11.850; 121.900Coordinates: 11°51′N 121°54′E / 11.850°N 121.900°E / 11.850; 121.900
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Aklan
District Lone district
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Quezon F. Labindao
 • Total 88.50 km2 (34.17 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 16,962
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code 5609
Dialing code 36
Classification 5th class (Partially Urban)
Languages Aklanon, Buruanganon, Malaynon, Kinaray-a, Hiligaynon, Filipino or Tagalog, and English

Buruanga is a fifth class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 16,962 people.[3] It is located at the most western tip of Panay Island. It is a coastal town bounded on the north by Malay; on the south by the municipality of Libertad, Antique; and at the west by Cuyo East Pass of the Sulu Sea. It is about 96 kilometres (60 mi) west from the capital Kalibo taking Pandan-Libertad road and it is almost 83 kilometres (52 mi) via the Nabas-Malay road.


The name Buruanga came from the word “Busuanga” meaning eruption or swell. Frequently harassed by inundations from the river, the early residents constructed earthen dams which were subsequently washed away. The people named the river “Busuanga,” which later became the name of the Municipality. When the Spaniards arrived, they changed the name “Busuanga” to Buruanga, or perhaps the change was purely a clerical error. The present municipality of Malay, including Boracay, was once a part of the Municipality of Buruanga. Then, a very significant political event occurred on June 15, 1949 with the enactment of Republic Act 391, which separated Malay from Buruanga as an independent municipality.[4]

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


Buruanga is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.[2]

  • Alegria
  • Bagongbayan
  • Balusbos
  • Bel-is
  • Cabugan
  • El Progreso
  • Habana
  • Katipunan
  • Mayapay
  • Nazareth
  • Panilongan
  • Poblacion
  • Santander
  • Tag-osip
  • Tigum


Population census of Buruanga
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,653 —    
1995 12,665 +0.02%
2000 15,077 +3.81%
2007 15,767 +0.62%
2010 16,962 +2.69%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


There is one prevailing type of climate identified as Type I, two pronounced seasons which are dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year. This is also true in all municipalities of Western Aklan such as Malay (excluding Boracay Island) and Nabas, as well as the Western portion of the municipalities bounding Antique.

In these areas, including Buruanga, the wettest month is August with rainfall averaging 625 millimeters and the driest is March with rainfall of only about 150 millimeters. The average temperature if the area is 27.9 °C with an average humidity of 77.8%. The wet season coincides with the planting of rice while offshore fishing is in full gear during the dry season. Typhoons and strong winds rarely occur, and if it ever occurs, it coincides with the wet season. The humid northwestern monsoon arrives in the area by June causing an increase in rainfall which reaches its peak in the month of August.


Despite its proximity to Boracay, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, Buruanga sees very few tourists. This has left the area as a secret hideaway, but it looks as though this may be changing in the next few years. Many foreign investors have already constructed dive resorts in the barangays of Bel-is and Alegria and more are being proposed by the year. Various unspoiled scenic spots such as caves, waterfalls, beaches, hills, and mountain parks are still found throughout the area such as Hinugtan White Beach, Batason (Ariel’s) Point, Tigis Beach / Falls, and Pagatpat Mangrove Park.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The upland barangay of Tag-Osip contains a portion of the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park which is contained within the municipalities of Buruanga, Malay, and Nabas in Aklan Province and Libertad and Pandan in Antique. The park is home to many important plant and animal species such as the Visayan leopard cat, the blue-necked parrot, the Visayan hornbill, and the roughneck monitor lizard.[5]

In 2011, several researchers from the United States Peace Corps conducted various biological assessments along the Buruanga coastline. It was found that Buruanga hosts 4 different species of mangroves including large tracts of nypa found in the barangays of Alegria, Balusbos, Poblacion, and Santander. Other species including pagatpat, bakawan, and piyapi are concentrated in Pagatpat Mangrove Park in Brgy. Panilongan with a few trees in spotted areas in Brgy. Santander. Buruanga also is home to 5 different species of seagrass identified including Cymodocea rotundata, Cymodocea serrulata, Halodule pinifolia, Halophila ovalis and Thalassia hemprichii.


  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" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "An act creating the municipality of Malay in the province of Capiz". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "PanayCon - Rare, endemic and newly discovered species of Panay". 

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