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*The Barangays of Banton

Brief histories and facts sheets

(condensed from the Yagting 2000 Almanacand the painstaking research of Vice Mayor Romulo A. Faz Sr.)

The seventeen (17) Barangays of Banton are in many aspects similar to one another yet each one has a unique story to tell. The following account though far from comprehensive maybe sufficient enough to awaken the interest of Bantoanon readers into reflecting about their birth land.

*(this article was lifted from Biniray 2004 Yearbook)

Barangays            Tungonan   Yabawon   Nasunogan   Libtong


List of Barangays

 Barangays of Banton


Poblacion
Hambian
Tumalum
Lagang

Togong
Banice
Balogo
Mainit

Tungonan
Yabawon
Nasunogan
Libtong

Tan-ag
Sibay
Nabalay
Togbongan
Toctoc

 


 

 

 

 

 


  Barangay Tungonan

  Information

Year Established: 1912
Terrain:

  rugged, mountainous 
Population:
538
Land Area:
2.08 sq.km
Registered Voters:
291
Patron:
 
Immaculate Concepcion
Barangay Fiesta: December
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Cornelio Feudo
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
 

 


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.

Tungonan is 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 Poblacion anymore. 


  Barangay Yabawon

  Information

Year Established: 1952
Terrain:

  Rugged, mountainous
Population:
409
Land Area:
237.9811 hectares
Registered Voters:
225
Patron:
 
Sto. Niño
Barangay Fiesta:
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Cludo Fruelda
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
 
 

 

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.


  Barangay Nasunogan

  Information

Year Established: ????
Terrain:

  Hilly, sloping and rugged
Population: ???
Land Area:
???? sq.km
Registered Voters:
160
Patron:
 
Immaculate Concepcion
Barangay Fiesta: December 8
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Jameson F. Fabonan
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
  farming
  fishing
  seafaring

 
 

 

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 fisherman 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 and wharf.

The Nasunogan 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 excursion.

 

  Barangay Libtong

  Information

Year Established: ????
Terrain:

  Irregular, sloping with valleys
Population:
298
Land Area:
372.73 hectares
Registered Voters:
167
Patron:
 
St. Agustin
Barangay Fiesta: August
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Samson Festin
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
  farming  
 
raffia weaving
 
livestock raising

 

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 and Anrapig.

Among the public facilities in the barangay are: barangay hall, social hall, basketball court, elementary school, catholic chapel etc.

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.

 

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