List of Barangays
On of the
Bantoanon’s finest harbor is found in Tungonan, the island’s biggest
barangay in terms of population and land area.
Its name was
derived from the asi term “Tungon” meaning to stop. It was said that
local vessels which are caught by rough seas come to its harbor to
stop and wait for the sea to calm down. Thus it became Tungonan or
stopping place in Shakepearian lingo.
famous for its gypsum deposits said to be of commercial quality yet
undeveloped up to now. It is the only barangay in Banton with a
national high school aside from a complete elementary school. High
school age students of neighboring barangays need not to go the
Yabawon is the
island’s second youngest barangay officially established only in
1952, after just being a sitio of Nasunogan for many years. Nowadays
she has more population than her mother barangay. It has
jurisdiction over the sitio of Angonon, Mahaba, Pocanon, Arado,
Bianga, Canpanranan and Tansa.
Yabawon is known
for its motorboat industry which plies the Banton Pinamalayan route
and Banton Lucena routes. Most passenger motor boat owners come from
this barangay and most of its town-folks are sailors and crew of
such a local vessels. No one has looked into the origin of its name
but an asi term “Yabaw” meaning protruding comes to mind, whenever
the name Yabawon is mentioned.
If one yearns for
a long stretch of beach to walk on, the Mahaba beach is the place to
go. Pristine waters are tempting to swim on here. Another point of
interest while in Yabawon is the Puyo islet which has became a
tourist destination lately after a nearby beach was developed.
Nasunogan is the
acknowledgement boatyard of the island municipality. Most of the
vessels of the island’s only shipping company, San Nicolas Lines
(formerly Asuncion Shipping Lines), were built in the Nasunogan
Harbor by the intrepid shipbuilders of the island.
The barangay got
its name from the word “nasunog” which means burned. Reportedly in
the olden times a native of the place was stabbed to death by a Moro
who was taking a bath in the swamp. Later a fisherman arrived at the
swamp to take a bath likewise saw the dead man. The
by instinct brought the corpse into the shore and burned it. From
that time on the place was called Nasunogan.
The sitios of
Nasunogan are Bagdang, Ilada, Mas-ing, Pangpang, Papayongon,
Bayokbok, Bianga, Sangat and Mayor. These places are home to the
Fabulas, Fabuls, Falquerabaos, Ferriols, Fortus, Fabons etc.
Being one of the
better developed barangays it has all the basic facilities for its
constituents: barangay hall, chapel, basketball court, social hall
harbor is a perfect refuge/shelter for sea-crafts which are caught
by storms and typhoons during their journeys. Its fine sandy beaches
offer a very conductive atmosphere for swimming and family
Among the barangays of Banton, Libtong is unfortunately to
have a very little territorial waters, yet a bit luckier than
Barangay Tan-ag which has no terminal water to claim as it is
located in the center of the municipality.
Located on a valley it looks like a bowl when viewed from
afar thus it was named Libtong from “Lisbon”
meaning a big deep. It has 12 sitios namely; Antambo, Tabok, Oling,
Oko, Panhitgan, Tipo, Tanay, Bagontor, Piapag, Kayumbong, Kabagsang
Among the public facilities in the barangay are: barangay
hall, social hall, basketball court, elementary school, catholic
When in Libtong, visitors will marvel at how the world
class raffia is being woven from the fibers of the buri palm by the
skillful women of the barangay.