List of Barangays
Map of Banton
Poblacion is the latest barangay
established in the island and comprises the town proper itself. It
is the seat of the municipal government thus it houses the basic
public facilities and infrastructures. Over the years the Poblacion
has steadily grown from a very rural village into a semi urbanized
community. From cogon and nipa thatched houses in the sixties now
you see concrete dwellings, complete with modern—day amenities.
Among the mores significant
developments that occurred in the poblacion in the recent years are:
The electrification of the town, the improvement of its port
facilities and improvement of its public theater and basketball
court into becoming one of the province best covered courts to date.
Added to these are construction of the new municipal hall, the
rehabilitation of the muralla, the erection of the rest house at the
cota which used to be the offices of the Banton post office, the
conversion of the campanario into a museum and the development of
the a park in Hipit. The newest addition is the installation of a
repeater facility at Punta Matagar to enhance access to cell phone
signals from cell sites in Calatrava and other neighboring towns of
the province and Marinduque as well. Now the town is connected to
the rest of the world through cell phone and cable tv.
The poblacion is the showcase of our
being the cleanest and greenest town not only in the province but in
the region as well. The people have fully internalized cleanliness
and orderliness as essential elements of their lives. A visitor in
the Poblacion need not worry where to stay as the people would
voluntarily offer their homes, as a gesture of Bantoanons
hospitality. Every guest is pampered with the amenities the host
families can provide including tour guide services to the famous
“Guyangan caves” from which were found wooden coffins containing the
skeletons of our ancestor and the “ikat” fabric considered the
oldest cloth in Southeast Asia.
Hambi-an is one
of the ten original barrios of Banton and the nearest barangay from
the Poblacio. In fact the sitio Tan-ag has become an expansion area
of the Poblacion as many people build their homes there.
There is no
written account on how the barangay got its name. Yet many believe
that such moniker might have been taken from the nickname of its
well respected elder and leader Gabriel Fegalan who was aptly called
“Ambi” by the barrio folks. Such famous nickname was later corrupted
to Ambi-an, then Hambi-an.
consist of Bakoko, Badog, Apayang, Ginsiba and Catarman. It is home
for the Fegalans, Fadrilans, Fanos, Fedelicios, Falsados etc.
remembered for its sweet tasting tuba “Inaga” and is famous for its
122 step stairway to the sky at Piapag and another stairway at Limaw
(Odley). It supplies the town with water from Aninipot and hosts the
town’s electric power plant at Catarman. Its people enjoy such
public facilities such as barangay hall, basketball court, catholic
chapel, health center, concrete alleys.
Tumalum is the
second barangay north of Poblacion. It is the mother of barangay
Lagang and one of the original barrios of Banton.
Its names was
derived from asi word “tayum” meaning the sharp edge in English as
this place was famous for sharp edged stones then. From then on the
barrio folks called their place “Tumayum” and later “Tumalum.”
In the olden
times the people of Tumalum engage in farming but lately they
switched to fishing as the monkeys have been very destructive
nowadays. The territorial waters of the barangay stretching from
Catarman to Gis-ak abounds in fish and marine products. People from
Poblacion come to Tumalum for their fish requirements. It is easily
accessible as the road from the town is rather flat.
jurisdiction over the sitios of Aningay, Arado, Cabisira,Canrilada,
Gumaca, Hipit, Ilada, Solidaw, Tianghin and Centro. Like other
barangays it has te basic structures like barangay hall, chapel,
elementary school and basketball court.
From a sitio of Barangay Tumalum, Lagang became a regular
barrio in 1917 though the efforts of its pioneering elders Basilio
Fabroa, Hermogenes Fabayos and Severino Fesalbon.
Its name was derived from the edible native seashell
“Yagang” which thrived abundantly in its territorial waters long
before the Americans came. Such seashell meat became a delicacy
among the barrio folks and its shell sold to merchants. Too bad one
can hardly find this rare seashell nowadays. What are left are the
smaller version called “bulal-is” and “taktakon.”
Public facilities available in the barangay are concrete
rainwater collectors for water supply, Barangay Hall, Social Hall,
Catholic Chapel, daycare center, and basketball court.
seven sitios namely, Bagakay, Mayahog, Tubigan, Tinago, Ratag,
Cogon, Otoy, Andungog(Tansa) and Gisk-ak.