Updates :: Activities :: Committees :: Volunteers/Join Us :: Photo Gallery

Home
 BANTON 2003 – MASTER PLAN

back to Banton 2003Back to Banton 2003


CONCLUSION

Compared to the old days, Banton may not be as progressive. In the past, big industries flourished: ship-building, sea transport, pot-making, loom weaving, farming and fishing.  Most of these industries are lost if not in the process of being lost. Shipbuilding is gone. The Bantoanons’ flag carrier, the Asuncion Shipping Lines, now the San Nicolas Lines, is not able to keep pace with development and may eventually lose out. Fishing was never developed and while the island teems with fish, still all we have are small-time fisherfolks or those fishing for their own consumption (panarili). The price of copra has gone down effectively crippling the coconut industry. Good thing, BMPCI is gaining grounds in resurrecting the loom-weaving industry.

With all these industries gone, where are we going? Out. Out of Banton. Many still find greener pastures. We know of the successful ones more though. We do not realize that many are living difficult lives also outside of the island especially here in Metro Manila. Given a little opportunity, they may right away go back to Banton.

The story of the Bantoanon who left his family in the island to earn a living in Metro Manila may actually be more sober than the general Filipino OCW who left his family for work abroad. Technology has connected many places in the country to other countries in the world  – the Internet and mobile phones. Traveling just takes hours from Hongkong or Singapore or even the Middle East.  From Manila to Banton, it takes a whole day. If you’re a bit unlucky, it may take more.  Communication is a lot easier and faster from Singapore or Hongkong or the United States to Manila than Manila to Banton. You can even use text-messaging. In Banton, you can’t.

Opportunities outside are not that many also. Many Bantoanons who tried had to go back to Banton.

At this point, the eco-cultural tourism industry is one of the most feasible industries that we can consider – lesser resources and time needed yet it has the potential for bigger returns.  It can bring along progress in other industries if it becomes successful. 

Again, as always, time is not on our side.  We have to do something. We have to do something now. If we don’t do things radical in these times, then we may see Banton in the future as a lost island – an island we can no longer be proud of.  The dreams and legacy of Gabriel Fabella, Eugenio Fabula, Faustino Fabella, Cornelio Faigao and other great Bantoanons will then be buried in the dark caves of our history if we fail to dream and leave a legacy of our own.  This will be a big loss to future generations of Bantoanons… and they may no longer be proud that they have Bantoanon roots… and we may finally become a lost group of people.

Mga kasimanwa, it is time to gather again and make the Spirit of Sanrokan fill us once more.

 

About Banton     Brief History     People     Language     Culture     Music     Literature   Barangays   Tourist Sites     Historical

Contents


About Banton
   Brief History
   People
   Language
   Culture
   Music
   Literature

Barangays

Tourist Sites
   Historical Sites
   Beaches
   Caves
   Parks and Lanes

Festival and Events

News and Views

Message Board

 

:: BANTON 2003 – MASTER PLAN

INTRODUCTION

DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITES

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

FACILITIES

ORGANIZATION

FUNDING

PLANNING

CONCLUSION

 

About Banton Barangays Tourist Information Festivals and Events News and Views (Silak) Banton 2003 Projects
Guestbook Yahoogroup Contact Us Links

Hits

 3191490

Copyright (c) 2004-2017, All rights reserved Powered by a * Yagting Web Service Provider