Nabas, Aklan

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Nabas
Municipality
A mountain range in Nabas, part of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park.
A mountain range in Nabas, part of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park.
Official seal of Nabas
Seal
Map of Aklan showing the location of Nabas
Location within Aklan province
Nabas is located in Philippines
Nabas
Nabas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°50′N 122°05′E / 11.83°N 122.08°E / 11.83; 122.08Coordinates: 11°50′N 122°05′E / 11.83°N 122.08°E / 11.83; 122.08
Country Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Aklan
District Lone district
Incorporated 1854 (as Navas)
Barangays 20 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor James V. Solanoy
 • Vice Mayor Romeo M. Dalisay
Area[2]
 • Total 96.82 km2 (37.38 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 36,435
 • Density 380/km2 (970/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 19,948
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5607
IDD:area code +63 (0)36
Income class 4th class
PSGC 060414000
Website elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/nabas-aklan/

Nabas, officially the Municipality of Nabas (Aklanon: Banwa it Nabas; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Nabas; Filipino: Bayan ng Nabas), formerly also spelled Navas, is a municipality in the province of Aklan in the Western Visayas (Region VI) of the Philippines. The population was 36,435 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 19,948 registered voters.[4]

Nabas is a coastal town located east of the town of Malay and Buruanga Peninsula at the north-west tip of Panay Island. It bounded on the north by Sibuyan Sea; on the south by Pandan, Antique; east by Ibajay; and west by Malay. The resort island of Boracay is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the north-westernmost tip of the town.

History[edit]

Accounts about the earliest community of Nabas are uncertain but the initial documentation for the town's existence was recorded in 1845. Facing the Sibuyan Sea, the town started as a small coastal village referred to as Barrio Alimbo which extends to the hills and mountains to the west. This small community occupies the floodplains of Alimbo River where the village derived its name. Fishing and farming is the primary source of livelihood, even today except for the hunting which was common on that time because of the abundances of wild pig, monkey and deer in the area.

Before, the town was part of the municipality of Ibajay under the jurisdiction of Capiz Province. Ibajay's municipal boundary was so vast but with poor road system.

The developing populaces whose tongue and customs diverge from those of the eastern community build awareness amongst people of the west. The invasion of migrants from the nearby province of Antique continued that further emphasized the difference in dialect and culture to some extent. In 1853, their notion of a separate municipality for better living and independence serves as the foundation for taking apart of Alimbo in concert with its adjoining barrios of Nagustan, Panaytayon (Toledo), Gibon, Namao (Rizal), Kabangrosan (Union), and Pakilawa (Unidos) ceased to be a barrio to form a new municipality inevitably. The municipality was formed in 1854 and named Navas, after Governor Nava of the province of Capiz who came to inspect the area before its creation.

The Cartilla System, an early teaching methods that dominantly use the letter "b" than "v" caused the variable spelling of "Navas" and "Nabas". In 1906, the Municipal Council in a resolution approved by unanimous vote adopted the name Nabas as the official name.

Geography[edit]

Nabas is located at 11°50′N 122°05′E / 11.83°N 122.08°E / 11.83; 122.08.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 96.82 square kilometres (37.38 sq mi)[2] constituting 5.32% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Nabas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30.6
(87.2)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24.8
(76.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 79
(3.11)
48
(1.89)
63
(2.48)
52
(2.05)
127
(5)
229
(9.02)
239
(9.41)
181
(7.13)
204
(8.03)
283
(11.14)
245
(9.65)
187
(7.36)
1,937
(76.27)
Average rainy days 15 11 9 6 11 18 20 18 18 21 19 20 186
Source: World Weather Online[5]

Barangays[edit]

Nabas is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
060414001 Alimbo-Baybay 3.7% 1,356 1,020 5.57%
060414003 Buenafortuna 3.5% 1,262 1,107 2.53%
060414002 Buenasuerte 5.5% 2,009 1,603 4.39%
060414004 Buenavista 4.1% 1,491 1,434 0.74%
060414005 Gibon 8.9% 3,239 2,887 2.21%
060414006 Habana 3.6% 1,313 1,096 3.50%
060414007 Laserna 8.1% 2,950 2,497 3.23%
060414008 Libertad 4.5% 1,653 1,263 5.26%
060414009 Magallanes 2.4% 885 680 5.15%
060414010 Matabana 2.3% 854 642 5.58%
060414012 Nagustan 9.1% 3,307 2,937 2.28%
060414013 Pawa 0.8% 309 208 7.83%
060414014 Pinatuad 2.0% 736 729 0.18%
060414015 Poblacion 5.8% 2,115 1,897 2.09%
060414016 Rizal 4.1% 1,489 1,291 2.75%
060414017 Solido 5.1% 1,855 1,757 1.04%
060414018 Tagororoc 3.0% 1,091 846 4.96%
060414019 Toledo 7.2% 2,608 2,222 3.10%
060414020 Unidos 8.4% 3,066 2,344 5.25%
060414021 Union 7.8% 2,847 2,592 1.80%
Total 36,435 31,052 3.09%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Nabas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 20,538 —    
1995 21,391 +0.77%
2000 25,014 +3.41%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 28,345 +1.74%
2010 31,052 +3.38%
2015 36,435 +3.09%

In the 2015 census, Nabas had a population of 36,435.[3] The population density was 380 inhabitants per square kilometre (980/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 19,948 registered voters.[4]

Language[edit]

The natives of Nabas speak two distinct Aklanon dialects. The eastern side of the municipality that is the Ibajay utters a dialect generally spoken by most municipalities of the province. Those in the western side constituting now the municipalities of Nabas, Malay, and Buruanga speak a dialect currently regarded as Malaynon but with softer intonation. The same dialect was also influenced and spoken by the neighboring Antiqueños, particularly the people from the towns Libertad, Pandan, and Sebaste of Antique. Hiligaynon is also used as a regional language by the natives.

Nabas Bariw Festival[edit]

The Nabas Bariw Festival is celebrated to commemorate the feast day of Saint Isidore the Farmer, the town's patron saint. It is celebrated annually from May 12 to 15. This celebration showcases the town's hat, mat and other bariw products as well as the town's unique tourism sites and natural attractions.

During this affair, various skills in mat, hat and bag making and designing are demonstrated. Among the events is a contest to produce the biggest hat and mat contest. The festival is highlighted by continuous street dancing by folks from the town's 20 barangays dressed in colorful bariw costumes accompanied by indigenous bamboo instruments.

The festival is intended to promote the town's cottage industry, which is a thriving livelihood activity in Nabas. It also promotes the town's well preserved cold spring resorts, lagoons, long winding coastline, rivers, and low elevation intact forest, home to various endemic flora and fauna.

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References[edit]

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

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