Laua-an, Antique

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Laua-an
Municipality
Map of Antique with Laua-an highlighted
Location within Antique province
Laua-an is located in Philippines
Laua-an
Laua-an
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°09′N 122°03′E / 11.15°N 122.05°E / 11.15; 122.05Coordinates: 11°09′N 122°03′E / 11.15°N 122.05°E / 11.15; 122.05
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Antique
District Lone district
Founded January 1, 1915
Barangays 40 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Francisco G. Baladjay Jr.
Area[2]
 • Total 100.72 km2 (38.89 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 26,072
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 16,835
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5705
IDD:area code +63 (0)36
Income class 4th class
PSGC 060609000
Website elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/lauaan-antique/

Laua-an, officially the Municipality of Laua-an (Karay-a: Banwa kang Laua-an; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Laua-an; Filipino: Bayan ng Laua-an), is a municipality in the province of Antique in the Western Visayas (Region VI) of the Philippines. The population was 26,072 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 16,835 registered voters.[4]

Laua-an celebrates its Pahinis Festival every January. It is 56 kilometres (35 mi) from the provincial capital, San Jose de Buenavista.

Geography[edit]

Laua-an is located at 11°09′N 122°03′E / 11.15°N 122.05°E / 11.15; 122.05.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 100.72 square kilometres (38.89 sq mi)[2] constituting 3.69% of the 2,729.17-square-kilometre- (1,053.74 sq mi) total area of Antique.

Barangays[edit]

Laua-an is politically subdivided into 40 barangays.[5]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[6]
060609043 Bagongbayan 2.7% 706 659 1.32%
060609002 Banban 0.6% 147 129 2.52%
060609003 Bongbongan 1.0% 250 265 −1.10%
060609004 Cabariwan 2.5% 660 620 1.20%
060609005 Cadajug 4.4% 1,153 1,110 0.73%
060609006 Canituan 2.2% 568 572 −0.13%
060609007 Capnayan 1.4% 365 319 2.60%
060609008 Casit-an 4.6% 1,200 1,157 0.70%
060609010 Guiamon 1.0% 249 239 0.78%
060609009 Guinbanga-an 7.2% 1,879 1,864 0.15%
060609011 Guisijan 9.2% 2,404 2,382 0.18%
060609012 Igtadiao 1.1% 294 262 2.22%
060609013 Intao 2.5% 660 672 −0.34%
060609014 Jaguikican 3.4% 874 896 −0.47%
060609015 Jinalinan 0.8% 202 220 −1.61%
060609016 Lactudan 0.9% 247 274 −1.96%
060609017 Latazon 1.8% 476 494 −0.70%
060609018 Laua-an 1.5% 379 349 1.58%
060609020 Liberato 1.6% 411 463 −2.24%
060609021 Lindero 6.3% 1,649 1,560 1.06%
060609022 Liya-liya 1.6% 422 395 1.27%
060609019 Loon 2.8% 743 735 0.21%
060609023 Lugta 2.8% 719 576 4.31%
060609024 Lupa-an 2.1% 559 557 0.07%
060609025 Magyapo 1.0% 257 242 1.15%
060609026 Maria 5.0% 1,311 1,364 −0.75%
060609027 Mauno 2.0% 524 457 2.64%
060609028 Maybunga 2.0% 525 343 8.44%
060609029 Necesito (Paniatan) 1.2% 307 339 −1.87%
060609030 Oloc 4.5% 1,168 994 3.12%
060609031 Omlot 1.0% 260 233 2.11%
060609032 Pandanan 1.4% 359 346 0.70%
060609034 Paningayan 1.5% 384 360 1.24%
060609035 Pascuala 0.7% 194 202 −0.77%
060609036 Poblacion (Centro) 7.6% 1,975 1,933 0.41%
060609038 San Ramon 0.6% 167 139 3.56%
060609039 Santiago 2.6% 670 622 1.43%
060609040 Tibacan 0.7% 177 230 −4.86%
060609041 Tigunhao 1.3% 343 375 −1.68%
060609042 Virginia 0.9% 235 263 −2.12%
Total 26,072 25,211 0.64%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Laua-an
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 8,915 —    
1918 10,340 +0.99%
1939 12,614 +0.95%
1948 15,438 +2.27%
1960 12,967 −1.44%
1970 15,461 +1.77%
1975 17,498 +2.51%
1980 18,785 +1.43%
1990 19,865 +0.56%
1995 21,069 +1.11%
2000 23,258 +2.14%
2007 23,808 +0.32%
2010 25,211 +2.11%
2015 26,072 +0.64%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]


In the 2015 census, Laua-an had a population of 26,072.[3] The population density was 260 inhabitants per square kilometre (670/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 16,835 registered voters.[4]

Economy[edit]

Muscovado brown sugarcane sugar

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. Laua-an has the most number of sugarcane mills in the whole province of Antique. Some sugarcane mills in town refines muscovado sugar through technology transfer from foreign aid such that residue-free muscovado sugar is now produced.

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.

Tourism[edit]

Among the tourist attractions are Mount Igmatongtong in barangay Capnayan, Maybunga Water falls in barangay Maybunga, and Estaka Hill in barangay Poblacion. Estaca Hill in the Poblacion provides a strategic place to view the barangay Poblacion, the Sulu Sea and its environs.

Festivals[edit]

Cut sugarcane

Pre-Catholic pre-Spanish Indianized Srivijaya-era Pahinis Festival similar to Makar Sankranti, is 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.

The town celebrates its centennial foundation in 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 represents 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 include boat racing along the Sulu Sea, and Aring Beach Festival at the last night of the celebration in Barangay Cadajug.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Antique". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Municipal: Laua-an, Antique". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Province of Antique". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.