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Map of Antique with Laua-an highlighted
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|Founded||January 1, 1915|
|• Mayor||Francisco G. Baladjay Jr.|
|• Total||100.72 km2 (38.89 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||260/km2 (670/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Dialing code||+63 (0)36|
Laua-an celebrates its Pahinis Festival every January. The Pahinis Festival was awarded as one of the best tourism events in the Philippines in 2008.
|Population census of Laua-an|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The population of Laua-an in the 2015 census was 26,072 people, with a density of 260 inhabitants per square kilometre or 670 inhabitants per square mile.
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. The town has the potential for large scale production of muscovado for local consumption and for export in other provinces and outside the country. Some sugarcane mills in the town also has some refined way of milling muscovado sugar through technology transfer from foreign aid such that residue-free muscovado sugar is now produced that can reach markets in Manila, Boracay, Cebu and other areas in the Visayas, Luzon and even Mindanao.
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.
Pre-Catholic pre-Spanish Indianized Srivijaya-era Pahinis Festival similar to Makar Sankranti, is being 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 included boat racing along the Sulu Sea, and Aring Beach Festival at the last night of the celebration in Barangay Cadajug.
The town boasts of several unexploited natural beauty, including mountains and sea, which have a potential for tourism in the future. The coastline is fine gray sand with pebbles and stones ideal for swimming. It has large rivers with clean waters, streams, verdant plains, mountains and hills, as well as lush forests teeming with wild life. 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.
Laua-an is politically subdivided into 40 barangays. The current Mayor is Capt. Francisco G. Baladjay, a young mariner with Degree in Marine Transportation.
- Necesito (Paniatan)
- Poblacion (Centro)
- San Ramon
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