The municipality is composed of seventeen (17) barangays – Balogo,
Banice, Hambian, Lagang, Libtong, Nabalay, Sibay, Mainit, Nasunogan,
Poblacion, Sibay, Tan-ag, Toctoc, Togbongan, Togong, Tumalum,
Tungonan and Yabawon.
Banton has a total land area of 3,244,654 hectares including the
inhabited islands of La Carlota, Isabela and Bantoncillo. Located in
the northern most part of the province, the island is covered by
The municipality’s population is 6,769 as of 2000. Banton is one
of the municipalities in the province with the lowest growth rate.
The people are peace-loving, God-fearing and highly hospitable.
Banton has eight (8) public elementary schools and two (2) public
Medical and health services are provided by the Rural Health Center
and the five (5) barangay health stations.
Banton is primarily agricultural with copra as the main product. The
people also engage in fishing, livestock production, handicraft and
the indigenous raffia industry.
NAPOCOR provides the island’s electricity which is distributed by
the Municipal Government. Power supply runs for about five hours
The town’s potable water supply comes from various sources such as
Level III water systems, artesian wells, open wells and some shallow
of today’s most respected Bantoanon researchers, suggests that Banton island
has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period, citing the Bantoanon language and
the burial caves as the major evidences (“Tracing Our Roots Through the
Bantoanon Language”, Silak, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1998).
The people of Banton are called
Bantoanons. Bantoanons are a closely-knit group of people with a deep sense of their roots and their identity. Bantoanons are all over the country, driven by their search for greener pasture, with communities in the nearby municipalities of Odiongan and
Romblon, and in Metro Manila and its suburbs – Cavite, Batangas,
Lipa, Mindoro, Marinduque, Rizal and Laguna. They are also scattered outside of the country with concentrations in the United States and Canada. The first settlers in the other
Asi-speaking municipalities are believed to be Bantoanons. Wherever there is a considerable number of
Bantoanons, there usually is an organization, formal or informal, formed with the objective of fostering mutual welfare as well as the welfare of their hometown. Most Bantoanons residing outside of their beloved island come home regularly.
Bantoanons are known for their religiosity and their spirit of sharing epitomized by sanrokan (the practice of sharing food with neighboring households).They put great value for education, the reason why the tiny and rugged island of Banton has consistently produced professionals in spite of its people’s meager resources.
The Bantoanon story has been an inspiring epic of adventure, struggle, hope and success.
poetry is best described or portrayed by the recently published
Mutda, an anthology of Asi/Bantoanon poems. Authored by Ismael
Fabicon, Lyndon Fadri and Abner Faminiano and jointly published by
Silak and Fabicon.
anthology features close to one hundred poems written in Bantoanon/Asi
spanning from 1916 – 2004 by close to fifty Bantoanon/Asi poets.
of the Bantoanon songs are actually translations of known Filipino
or English Songs. Some others have borrowed tunes. There are,
however, a few original compositions. In Mutda, the anthology,
Bantoanon songs were also included. Take a look at some of them.
Bantoanons are gifted with a unique language more popularly known as the Asi Language. This language, also spoken in the municipalities of Concepcion (Sibale), Corcuera (Simara), Calatrava and Odiongan, is classified under the same level as Cebuano, one of the major Philippine Languages, in the Austronesian hierarchy of languages.