Nabas, Aklan

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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
Nickname(s): Nature Lovers' Haven
Map of Aklan showing the location of Nabas
Map of Aklan showing the location of Nabas
Nabas is located in Philippines
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
 • Mayor James V. Solanoy
 • Vice Mayor Romeo M. Dalisay
 • Total 96.82 km2 (37.38 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 36,435
 • Density 380/km2 (970/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 5607
Dialing code +63 (0)36
Classification 4th Class (Partially Urban)
Languages Aklanon, Malaynon, Kinaray-a, Hiligaynon, Tagalog, and English.

Nabas (formerly also spelled Navas) is a municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. It is located east of the town of Malay and Buruanga Peninsula at the north-west tip of Panay Island. It is a coastal town bounded on the north by Sibuyan Sea; on the south by the municipality of Pandan, Antique; on the east by Ibajay; and on the west by Malay. The resort island of Boracay is located 2 km (1.24 mi) from the north-westernmost tip of the town.

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,435 people.[3]


Nabas is politically subdivided into 20 barangays:[2]

  • Alimbo-Baybay
  • Buenasuerte
  • Buenafortuna
  • Buenavista
  • Gibon
  • Habana
  • Laserna
  • Libertad
  • Magallanes
  • Matabana
  • Nagustan
  • Pawa
  • Pinatuad
  • Poblacion
  • Rizal
  • Solido
  • Tagororoc
  • Toledo
  • Unidos
  • Union


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.


Population census of Nabas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 20,538 —    
1995 21,391 +0.77%
2000 25,014 +3.41%
2007 28,345 +1.74%
2010 31,052 +3.38%
2015 36,435 +3.09%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4]

The population of Nabas, Aklan, in the 2015 census was 36,435 people,[3] with a density of 380 inhabitants per square kilometre or 980 inhabitants per square mile.


The natives of this municipality 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. On the other hand, those in the western side constituting now the municipalities of Nabas, Malay, and Buruanga spoke and continue to speak until today 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 St. Isidore the Farmer, the town's patron saint. It is celebrated annually from May 12–15. 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.


Climate data for Nabas, Aklan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 24
Average rainfall mm (inches) 79
Average rainy days 15 11 9 6 11 18 20 18 18 21 19 20 186
Source: World Weather Online[5]



  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 d PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VI (WESTERN VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016 
  4. ^ NSO; Census of Population and Housing (2010), "Region VI (WESTERN VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  5. ^ "Gibon, Philippines: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 

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