Carles, Iloilo

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North and South Gigante Islands, northern-most part of Carles
North and South Gigante Islands, northern-most part of Carles
Official seal of Carles
Motto: (Hiligaynon) Timbo-ok Carles
Map of Iloilo with Carles highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Carles highlighted
Carles is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°34′N 123°08′E / 11.57°N 123.13°E / 11.57; 123.13Coordinates: 11°34′N 123°08′E / 11.57°N 123.13°E / 11.57; 123.13
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Iloilo
Legislative district 5th district of Iloilo
Barangays 33
 • Mayor Onting A. Betita
 • Total 104.05 km2 (40.17 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 68,160
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5019
IDD:area code +63 (0)33

Carles is a second class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 68,160 people.[3]

It is famous in Panay island for its rich fishing grounds. It is the northernmost municipality in the province and is 142 kilometres (88 mi) from the provincial capital, Iloilo City, and 71 kilometres (44 mi) from Roxas City.


Settlers first arrived circa 1846 and cleared an area at Punta Bulakawe, north of the current poblacion. Following an influx of settlers from Aklan and Antique, the settlement fell under Pueblo de Pilar, Capiz. About 10 years later, the settlement was transferred to the lowland and renamed to Badiang.[4]

In 1860, the first attempt was made to convert the barrio into a municipality but the provincial government of Capiz refused. Because of this refusal, the town leaders petitioned the governor of Iloilo, Governor Jose Maria Carles, who approved the petition. On July 1, 1862, the new pueblo was inaugurated and renamed to Carles, in honor to the governor. First Gobernadorcillo was Alenjandro Buaya.[4]

In 1904, the town lost its status and became a barrio of Balasan. 16 years later however, on January 1, 1920, it was restored as an independent municipality, with Federico A. Ramos as the first Municipal President.[4]

Typhoon Haiyan[edit]

Carles was heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. Buildings were destroyed and more than 1,200 people were displaced by the storm.[5]


Carles is politically subdivided into 33 Barangays.

  • Abong
  • Alipata (Sicogon Island)
  • Asluman (Gigantes Norte)
  • Bancal
  • Barangcalan
  • Barosbos
  • Punta Batuanan
  • Binuluangan
  • Bito-on
  • Bolo
  • Buaya (Sicogon Island)
  • Buenavista
  • Isla De Cana
  • Cabilao Grande
  • Cabilao Pequeño
  • Cabuguana
  • Cawayan
  • Dayhagan
  • Gabi (Gigantes Sur)
  • Granada (Gigantes Norte)
  • Guinticgan
  • Lantangan (Gigantes Sur)
  • Manlot (Manlot Island)
  • Nalumsan
  • Pantalan
  • Poblacion
  • Punta (Bolocawe)
  • San Fernando (Sicogon Island)
  • Tabugon
  • Talingting
  • Tarong
  • Tinigban
  • Tupaz


Eighteen of Carles's barangays are spread out over fourteen islands and minor islets.[6] The islands under Carles's political jurisdiction are:


Population census of Carles
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 42,648 —    
1995 46,218 +1.52%
2000 53,404 +3.15%
2007 57,673 +1.07%
2010 62,690 +3.08%
2015 68,160 +1.61%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Carles, Iloilo, was 68,160 people,[3] with a density of 660 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,700 inhabitants per square mile.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Iloilo". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Municipality of Carles: Brief History". Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Provincial board declares Iloilo under state of calamity
  6. ^ "The Carles of Today". Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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