List of Barangays
Tan-ag is the centermost barrio of Banton and has the
highest elevation among the barangays as the islands highest peak
Amponggo is located here. Such high elevation brings cool climate
here the whole year thus is called the little Baguio of Banton.
It’s name was derived from the “Tan-ag” tree which were
plentiful in this place long ago. Having no seashore to derive fish
and other marine food, the Tan-agnons compensate their misfortune
through farming as the place is very suited for root crops and
vegetables. A sufficient portion of the root crops and vegetables
produce for consumption of the neighboring barrios and even the
Poblacion come from Tan-ag. Fish are being sold here by vendors from
Sibay and Tungonan because such commodity command a high price here
than in their place of origin.
Tan-ag is composed of the sitios of Tipo, Mayabang, Masiboy,
Tan-ag proper, Mangigo Ansangca, Matumac, Teli, Cansamira, Oling,
Oyo and Tinago.
Tan-ag offers the ultimate challenge for mountaineers in
Amponggo. The third highest peak in the province, this formidable
mountain has captivated a lot of trailblazers from other barangays.
Its vast tropical forest boasts of a wide variety of orchids and
barangays, Sibay is a sibling of one of the island’s orginal
barrios, Libtong officially became a barangay in 1912.
Stories had it
that Sibay was formerly a forested area and the land near the
seashore had abundant timber for logging. The first settlers of the
place find it very difficult to cut down the trees as they were so
big and tall. To prevent accident the woodcutters would hang a
“Sibay” (hammock) to sit on while they cut down the trees. From that
time on they called their barrio Sibay.
The barangay has
10 sitios interconnected by concrete alleys mostly completed during
the term of Bgy. Captain Benjamin Familara with the help of
Ex-assemblyman Nemesio Ganan Jr. These sitios namely Busay, Butlac,
Kabutunan, Maxiboy, Pali, Quiapo, Proper, Subok, Yungkadan and
Sibay is the
converging point of copra products from the neighboring barangays of
Tan-ag and Libtong. Hundreds of sacks of copras are loaded to
vessels moored in it shore each week for trading to Lucena. During
the “habagaton” months cargo vessels unload here cargoes and goods
for consumption of the people.
beachfront become a favorite swimming for the people nearby. During
the high tide the sea extends inward to the mainland forming a
“suba” which serve as a swimming pool.
Nabalay is the third barangay from the Poblacion going
south. It is one of the smallest barangay yet it cannot be left
behind from other barangays. It has a semi-concrete catholic chapel,
social hall, barangay administration building and basketball court.
Nabalay got its name from “bayay” which means house. During
the olden times many of the settlers constructed their houses among
the hills of the barrio and earned their living through farming and
fishing. It has seven sitios; Cabatoan, Tingib, Agrado, Ragat,
Lingaton, Yodo, Tocaron, Sayog, Antinamay, Tongtong and Catarman.
The shores of Nabalay are rich on marine life like other
barangays. During low tide many native gather various varieties of
seashells known locally as “sihi” for food. During the summer months
its beaches are visited by other people from the town or nearby
barangays to swim.
If you are
looking for seashells in Banton, the place to go is Barangay
Togbongan. Its long stretch of shoreline offers the seashells
gatherer a vast gathering ground.
Its name can be
traced from the word “Togbon” which is English means going down. The
barangay was established during the founding of Banton as a
municipality. Togbonganons are mostly farmers, fishermen and
professionals. Though many of the live in Poblacion those who
remained have settled in its sitios namely Ampongo, Antinamay,
Ibabaw, Tatusan, Puyang Bato, Rongos, Banaag, Mar-as, Yuong, Guilon,
Located on the outskirts west of Poblacion, Barangay Toctoc
was a sibling of Barangay Hambian and became a regular barangay in
1918 during the establishment of Banton as a municipality. Many
Toctocanons say that Poblacion is a part of Toctoc, but the
Hambianons not necessarily agree because to the Poblacion is part of
Hambian. This issue has been resolved when the Poblacion was
established as Barangay during the time of President Marcos.
According to some stories the early natives of this
barangay were musically inclined and had fondness of playing a
social percussion instrument called “kayutang”. Such instruments are
usually beaten with both hands and produces a musical rhythm which
is only audible as a pounding of a board from a distance. Such sound
is locally described “Toktok” meaning “knocking.” It was this sound
that gave way its name Toktok.
Compared to other barangays, Toctoc has a small area
embraced by small sitios like Aguyo, Anuara, Cabang-cabang,
Cambindol, Gutusan, Onti, Rumpilan, Tagaytay, Taytay, Tinaan,
Toktokon and Yuong.
Onti houses the campanario which served as the guardhouse
during the height of Moro piracy.
Taytay on the other hand hosts the two ”Camposantos”
(cemeteries) of Banton, the final resting place of the Bantoanon
dead. The caves of huyangan reportedly a part of Toctoc is a
favorite place to visit. A word of caution however to first timers;
do not go down there alone as you might not be able to get out
There is even a story that tells of fuel oil flowing
abundantly in Guyangan but this remains a myth up to these days.