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Dumangas, IloiloDescription : Dumangas is a first class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. The town is located northeast of Iloilo City on the island of Panay. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 66,108 people.Like most parts in the Philippines, Dumangas is a rural town where agriculture and livestock are predominant. It is home of the Haw-as Festival.Dumangas is located east of the province of Iloilo. Surrounded by the towns of Barotac Nuevo in the north, Pototan in the west, Zarraga in... Page:d

Dumangas
Municipality
Map of Iloilo with Dumangas highlighted
Map of Iloilo with Dumangas highlighted
Dumangas is located in Philippines
Dumangas
Dumangas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°50′N 122°43′E / 10.833°N 122.717°E / 10.833; 122.717Coordinates: 10°50′N 122°43′E / 10.833°N 122.717°E / 10.833; 122.717
CountryPhilippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
ProvinceIloilo
Legislative district4th district of Iloilo
Barangays45
Government
 • MayorRolando Distura
Area
 • Total128.70 km (49.69 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total66,108
 • Density510/km (1,300/sq mi)
Time zonePST (UTC+8)
ZIP code5006
Dialing code33
Websitewww.dumangas.gov.ph

Dumangas is a first class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. The town is located northeast of Iloilo City on the island of Panay. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 66,108 people.

Like most parts in the Philippines, Dumangas is a rural town where agriculture and livestock are predominant. It is home of the Haw-as Festival.

Dumangas is located east of the province of Iloilo. Surrounded by the towns of Barotac Nuevo in the north, Pototan in the west, Zarraga in the south and the waters and islands of Guimaras and Negros Occidental in the east.

The town has a lot of tributaries like the rivers of Barasan, Agdarupan, Paloc, Talusan, Dumangas, Sulangan, Talauguis and Jalaur. Natural features found in Dumangas includes the mountains and hills of Ermita, Binaobao and Rosario. Sulangan has its own mini version of the "tinagong dagat" where a spring can be found and Binaobao has the Matagsing and Lacaran has the Elehan Caves.

Known tourist spots in the town includes the Lacaran Beach, Bacay Beach, Nalooyan Beach, Tinagong Dagat, fishponds in many barangays, the Aglipayan Church, the Ermita Shrine, the San Agustin Catholic Church, the RoRo Port, the coastal road and seafood restaurants found in the Monfort Coastal Road.

Although an hour drive from the port city of Iloilo, Dumangas continues to retain its provincial standing, but whose commitment to certain fundamental community values and innovation has produced many in the way of medicine, law and education. The town is one of the seven first class municipalities in Iloilo and the richest and the most populated municipality in the fourth district of Iloilo.

Barangays

Dumangas is politically subdivided into 45 barangays.

  • Bacay
  • Bacong
  • Balabag
  • Balud
  • Bantud
  • Bantud Fabrica
  • Baras
  • Barasan
  • Bolilao
  • Calao
  • Cali
  • Cansilayan
  • Capaliz
  • Cayos
  • Compayan
  • Dacutan
  • Ermita
  • PD Monfort South (Guinsampanan)
  • Ilaya 1st
  • Ilaya 2nd
  • Ilaya 3rd
  • Jardin
  • Lacturan
  • PD Monfort North (Lublub)
  • Managuit
  • Maquina
  • Nanding Lopez
  • Pagdugue
  • Paloc Bigque
  • Paloc Sool
  • Patlad
  • Pulao
  • Rosario
  • Sapao
  • Sulangan
  • Tabucan
  • Talusan
  • Tambobo
  • Tamboilan
  • Victorias
  • Burgos-Regidor (Pob.)
  • Aurora-del Pilar (Pob.)
  • Buenaflor-Embarcadero (Pob.)
  • Lopez Jaena-Rizal (Pob.)
  • J.M. Basa-Mabini Bonifacio (Pob.)

History

Dumangas was known as Araut until 1605. The town is home to one of the oldest standing churches in the Visayas. It is where the Spanish Agustinian missionaries of the Catholic Church began converting the indigenous population at the time to Christianity. There are many stories as how the town acquired its name, however the consensus is that which can be attributed to the mango trees that are abundant in this part of Panay island.

Demographics

Population census of Dumangas
YearPop.±% p.a.
199049,913—    
199551,092+0.44%
200056,291+2.10%
200762,769+1.51%
201066,108+1.90%
Source: National Statistics Office

Notable people

  • Hiligaynon writer Peter Solis Nery

Superstitions about Aswang

Eclipsed by Capiz, Dumangas is rumored to harbor aswangs, a mythical ugly creature that possesses wings similar to those of the bats, and eats human flesh. The myth of the "Aswang" is popular in the Visayan region of the Philippines, specially in the western provinces of Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique. Aside from entertainment uses, mothers are said to tell their children "Aswang" stories to keep them off the streets and keep them home at night. Similar to Count Vlad III Dracula of Transylvania in Vampire stories, the most popular characters are the clan of "Teñente / Tenyente / Teniente" Gimo of the town of Dueñas, Iloilo.

Media

  • 105.3 Dream Radio
  • List of television and radio stations in Iloilo City
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