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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            Togong   Banice   Balogo   Mainit


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 Togong

  Information

Year Established: 1912
Terrain: flat/level 
Population:
411
Land Area:
267.9357 hectares
Registered Voters: ???
Patron:
 
St. Joseph
Barangay Fiesta:
April
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Ricardo Fonte
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
 

 


Togong is one of the original barrios of Banton. Fact is, it was already existing even before the founding of Banton Municipality in 1918.

Its name was derived from the local word “Tugon” which in English means to request someone to so something for another person. According to the local folks the early settlers were fond of requesting to do or buy something for them through “togon”.

The early settlers of Togong are believed to be Bicolanos who were able to escape from their Moro Captors and found the place very suitable to live in. It comprises the sitios of Malabiga, Sabiler, Yambon, Buyok, Nabuyor, Libas, Torrel and Buydang.

The fresh water spring at Malabiga was once the primary source of water not only for the Togong but as far as Banice and neighboring Lagang. These days however dependence on spring water has greatly diminished with the construction of concrete rain collector in most households.

Togonganons are mostly farmers, fishermem and small businessmen. A few Togonganons are in money lending business which provides loans to many Bantoanons in need both in the island and even those in Metro Manila.

When in Togong it is a pleasure to swim at Malabiga and Cambonga’s fine sandy beaches. It is also a marvel to see how the road connecting the barrio to nearby Lagang was constructed despite the absence of vital construction equipment.


  Barangay Banice

  Information

Year Established: 1929
Terrain:

  Rugged and slopping with some barren surfaces.
Population: 425
Land Area: 183.2 hectares
Registered Voters: ???
Patron:
  San Isidro Labrador
Barangay Fiesta: 2nd week of May
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Ildy F. Ferrera
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
  farming
 
fishing 
 
weaving 
 
bamboo splits making
  livestock racing
 

 

Banice is a daughter barangay of neighboring Togong from which she formally separated in 1929 to become one of the 17 barangays of Banton. The barangays got its name from the word “Nag-isi-isi”(zigzagging). As according to legend there was once a stranded in the waters of the barangay which eventually lost control and sailed aimlessly zigzagging. Another story tells of a message in a bottle which was drifted ashore at Tambak and picked up by the natives which rean “BAH NICE”. Unable to pronounce the English word the inhabitants read it as Ba-ni-ce, which is later became the name agreed to call their barrio. 

Banice has eight sitios: Bugnay, Cogon, Togbon, Ilada, Cute, Pugot, Tambak and Suyawan.

Among the barangay public facilities are elementary school, catholic chapels in Cute Suyawan and Banice proper, basketball court, muti-purpose hall, health center and barangay administration building. Water supply is provided by concrete rainwater collectors and a pipe connection from the spring at the foot of Mt. Yumadag. 

Banice is famous for its Pasilagon Point, Tambak cove, which serves as a refuge for sea crafts when the sea are rough due to “amihan” wind, and stretches of fine sandy beaches.


  Barangay Balogo

  Information

Year Established: 1918
Terrain:

  Irregular rugged and rocky
Population:
480
Land Area:
4.3 sq.km
Registered Voters:
234
Patron:
 
St. Catherine
Barangay Fiesta:
November 27
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Ricardo Fadriquela
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
  farming
  fishing
  seafaring

 
 

 

Balogo is the one of the most popular barangays of Banton these days having been chosen as the most progressive barangay during the Balik-Pamiyang Bantoanon Celebration.

The barangay got its name from native “Bayoko” tree which was once very common in the place then. It is now known for its bowlike day and fine beachfront which was developed just recently during the launching of Banton 2003, an Eco-tourism initiative of the Banton municipal government and some Banton-loving individuals led by the ever dynamic Lyndon Fadri. For mountaineering enthusiasts challenge if Mt. Yumadag awaits them and their mountain climbing skills. It has twelve sitios namely Boybo, Cabanto, Capudao, Cogon, Cute, Pogot Pook, Pyubanog, Pyapag, Riyahikan, Saliping and Say-ot. 

Among the public facilities present in the barangay are concrete rain collectors, Barangay Administration Building, Social Hall,Basketball court, Catholic chapel and Elementary school.


  Barangay Mainit

  Information

Year Established: ????
Terrain:

  Irregular, hilly, sloping
Population: ?
Land Area:
??? hectares
Registered Voters: ??
Patron:
 
St. Peter & St. Paul
Barangay Fiesta: June 29
Punong Barangay:
 
Hon. Felicito Fetalcorin
Primary Occupation/Livelihood:
  farming
 
livestock raising
 
fishing
 

 

Mainit is the farthest Barangay from the poblacion yet many believe up to now that it was the first townsite of the island. The elders say that when the first church was being built in Poot Banwa the statue of San Nicolas banished from its bamboo altar and was later found in a branch of Amuyawon tree in present townsite at Poblacion its clothing full of “haminlit” seeds. Considering such occurrence as a sign the townsite was eventually transferred to the place where San Nicolas was found. As a consequence Mainit just became one of the original barrios of the town. 

The barangays name was derived from a hot fresh water spring spouting from underground beneath the shore and easily observable during the tide. With temperature reaching 90 degrees Celsius one can get a hard boiled egg in five minutes by digging into the sand and putting a raw egg into the whole filled with hot steaming water. 

Twenty sitios comprises the barangay: Tobongan, Pudo, Bantadan, Ayog-og, Puyang Raga, Tuha, Poot Banwa, Naboyhan, Suk-an, Paegoran,Tuboyan, Macat-ang, Patag¸Boco, Central, Tiyaktak, Kabanto, Eggis, Tabok and Punta. Interestingly, Paegoran became the site of a leper colony and cemetery when leprosy struck Banton in 1898. 

The barangay benefits from the public infrastructure erected by its official among them are the barangay hall, basketball court, Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist chapels, multi-purpose hall. Recent development includes the improvements of its fine sandy beaches into tourism sites.

To enjoy Mainit is to indulge swimming at its fine sandy beaches and take a trip to Gakot islet(Bantocillo) for the adventure. Its equally famous sunset is a spectacle to behold specially for those who seek serenity and peace of mind.

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