Hamtic, Antique

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Hamtic
Municipality
Municipality of Hamtic
Municipal hall
Municipal hall
Map of Antique with Hamtic highlighted
Map of Antique with Hamtic highlighted
Hamtic is located in Philippines
Hamtic
Hamtic
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°42′N 121°59′E / 10.7°N 121.98°E / 10.7; 121.98Coordinates: 10°42′N 121°59′E / 10.7°N 121.98°E / 10.7; 121.98
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Antique
District Lone district
Chartered January 20, 1954
Barangays 47 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Julius Ronald L. Pacificador
 • Electorate 25,076 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 113.03 km2 (43.64 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 48,592
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code 5715
PSGC 060608000
IDD:area code +63 (0)36
Climate type Tropical climate
Income class 3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱) 105,445,062.96 (2016)
Website elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/hamtic-antique/

Hamtic, officially the Municipality of Hamtic, (Kinaray-a: Banwa kang Hamtic; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Hamtic; Filipino: Bayan ng Hamtic), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Antique, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 48,592 people.[3]

Hamtic was formerly named Antique, after which the province was named. It is the oldest town and the first capital of the province before it was transferred to San Jose de Buenavista in 1802. The town speaks two languages, namely Hamtikanon (a unique town language) and Kiniray-a (the lingua franca of Antique province).[4]

Hamtic is located at the southwester portion of Antique and is seven (7) kilometres from San Jose de Buenavista, the provincial capital and about 90 kilometers from Iloilo City. It has a total land area of 135.0 square kilometre and is one of the smallest municipalities, roughly, it ranks 8th among the smallest. It is composed of 47 barangys, 43 of which are rural and which occupy an area of 13,074 hectares while 5 are considered urban have an area of 870 hectares while the smallest is Poblacion 1 with a land area of 10 hectares. Of the 47 barangays, 13 are found along the coast.Sixteen barangays are in the upland areas and 31 are in the lowland areas. Nevetheless, Hamtic is proud to be the birthplace of famous Antiqueños, foremost of whom is former governor Evelio B. Javier, born in Brgy. Lanag(now renamed Brgy. EBJ) and is considered as the local hero of Antique. Gen. Leandro Fullon, whose statue is erected at the town’s plaza, was the last general to surrender and the first revolutionary governor of Antique, also a Hamticanon.

“Hantik” was named after the humming big black ants that produce the sound “tik” when they bite.

History[edit]

Hamtic or Hamtik is the oldest town in Antique. It was the first capital of the province during the Spanish regime. Later, San Jose de Buenavista was made capital by the Spaniards in 1802. Hamtic was then relegated to a mere barrio, forming a part of San Jose.


Local historians tell how Hamtic came to be thru its legend. During the 13th century, at the time that Sulu experienced a change from the high influence of Banjarmasin, Borneo was full of discontentment. The leader of Borneo then was Sultan Makatunaw, known for its cruelty and greediness. To escape from his wrath, the ten datus led by datu Puti sailed away in their “balangays” in search of freedom in a new and peaceful land. The other nine (9) datus were Datu sumakwel, Bangkaya, Paiburong, Padohinog, Lubay , Dumalugdog, Dumangsil, Dumangsol and Balinsusa. Strong winds and tides brought this group of sailors, businessmen, sculptors, farmers, blacksmiths/carpenters and spiritual babaylan to the Sirawagan River, once a portion of Antique but presently claimed by San Joaquin, Iloilo. Nearby lies the Andona Creek where these foreigners met with the natives, black, short and kinky-haired inhabitants called atis or negritoes as the Spaniards used to call them. The leader of the datus, datu Puti met with Datu Marikudo, heir of datu Polpolan, the chieftain of the Atis, who immediately asked what they (the foreigners) wanted. Datu Puti replied that they need to purchase a land they can call their own and where they can live peacefully. Marikudo readily agreed to allow them to occupy the area near the sea while the Atis will occupy the hillsides and the mountainous part. The agreement would be done with a barter. The Atis were happy with what they got – a gold salakot, a long necklace and a gold “batya”. Unluckily, the land that the datus purchased run out of food, water and other provisions. Datu Puti sent Datu Sumakwel to travel north with a group of other Datus’ wives, “bangut-banwa”, guides and the rest. They reached the shores of Hantik, and later anchored at Malandog or “Malindog” (tabungos). They sailed towards the mouth of the two rivers, Bocboc and Malandog and carefully anchored thereat. Datu Sumakwel went around the land and found out that there was abundance of harvest in the fields and foods from the seas and wild animals in the hills and mountains. He then went back to Sirawagan to report to Datu Puti what he had discovered. Datu Puti then called everyone to prepare to sail northbound, to Malandog. Later, Datu Puti sailed north from Malandog and reached the provinces of Batangas, Laguna and to other parts of Luzon. With him were Datu Dumangsil and Datu Balinsusa. Meanwhile, Datu Sumakwel became the most respected leader of Hamtic and later the whole of Panay.


Hamtik was already a flourishing Malayan settlement when the Spaniards came to Panay. However, the settlement was later renamed Antique by the Spaniards and made the first capital of the province, which later on became the name of the whole province. In 1762, the seat of the Province was transferred to Bugasong, another progressing Spanish Settlement, but in 1802 it was moved to San Jose de Buenavista, the present capital of the Province of antique. The town of Hamtic was created separately from the Municipality of San Jose by virtue of Executive Order No. 3, series of 1954 signed by President Ramon Magsaysay and was officially inaugurated on January 20,1954. Since then, the Municipality is celebrating its birth anniversary.[5]

Geography[edit]

Hamtic is located at 10°42′N 121°59′E / 10.7°N 121.98°E / 10.7; 121.98. It is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the provincial capital, San Jose de Buenavista.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 113.03 square kilometres (43.64 sq mi)[2] constituting 4.14% of the 2,729.17-square-kilometre- (1,053.74 sq mi) total area of Antique.

Barangays[edit]

Hamtic is politically subdivided into 47 barangays.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
060608001 Apdo 1.7% 818 798 0.47%
060608002 Asluman 4.7% 2,296 2,041 2.27%
060608003 Banawon 2.2% 1,069 1,043 0.47%
060608005 Bia-an 2.2% 1,089 1,087 0.04%
060608006 Bongbongan I-II 1.6% 764 790 −0.64%
060608008 Bongbongan III 1.0% 475 425 2.14%
060608009 Botbot 0.9% 449 392 2.62%
060608010 Budbudan 2.2% 1,076 873 4.06%
060608011 Buhang 4.4% 2,159 1,960 1.86%
060608012 Calacja I 1.8% 878 827 1.15%
060608013 Calacja II 1.9% 904 873 0.67%
060608014 Calala 1.7% 802 769 0.80%
060608015 Cantulan 0.4% 180 194 −1.42%
060608016 Caridad 4.2% 2,043 1,940 0.99%
060608017 Caromangay 1.3% 627 622 0.15%
060608018 Casalngan 1.3% 613 589 0.76%
060608019 Dangcalan 0.8% 398 348 2.59%
060608020 Del Pilar 0.6% 277 326 −3.05%
060608021 Fabrica 1.4% 688 678 0.28%
060608022 Funda 4.7% 2,298 2,141 1.36%
060608023 General Fullon (Tina) 1.4% 703 672 0.86%
060608030 Gov. Evelio B. Javier (Lanag) 3.8% 1,844 1,694 1.63%
060608024 Guintas 4.7% 2,264 2,165 0.85%
060608025 Igbical 1.3% 618 583 1.12%
060608026 Igbucagay 1.2% 561 491 2.57%
060608027 Inabasan 1.6% 787 762 0.62%
060608028 Ingwan-Batangan 2.0% 989 964 0.49%
060608029 La Paz 4.1% 2,000 1,791 2.12%
060608031 Linaban 3.2% 1,538 1,414 1.61%
060608033 Malandog 4.0% 1,959 1,941 0.18%
060608034 Mapatag 4.1% 1,979 1,799 1.83%
060608035 Masanag 1.6% 800 716 2.13%
060608036 Nalihawan 0.6% 276 307 −2.01%
060608037 Pamandayan (Botbot) 0.4% 172 152 2.38%
060608038 Pasu-Jungao 0.3% 151 157 −0.74%
060608039 Piape I 3.0% 1,442 1,331 1.54%
060608040 Piape II 1.3% 612 608 0.12%
060608041 Piape III 2.3% 1,101 1,411 −4.61%
060608042 Pili 1, 2, 3 0.7% 337 336 0.06%
060608045 Poblacion 1 2.0% 964 953 0.22%
060608046 Poblacion 2 1.8% 887 862 0.55%
060608047 Poblacion 3 1.4% 658 607 1.55%
060608048 Poblacion 4 2.1% 1,020 1,011 0.17%
060608049 Poblacion 5 3.5% 1,680 1,590 1.05%
060608050 Pu-ao 2.1% 1,040 980 1.14%
060608051 Suloc 0.2% 117 115 0.33%
060608053 Villavert-Jimenez 4.5% 2,190 1,855 3.21%
Total 48,592 45,983 1.06%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Hamtic
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 18,534—    
1970 22,987+2.17%
1975 24,967+1.67%
1980 28,526+2.70%
1990 34,394+1.89%
1995 36,167+0.95%
2000 38,230+1.20%
2007 42,375+1.43%
2010 45,983+3.02%
2015 48,592+1.06%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Hamtic had a population of 48,592.[3] The population density was 430 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,100/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 25,076 registered voters.[10]

Hamtic Cemetery Chapel

Tourism[edit]

The latest edition to the strings of tourist attractions found in Hamtic, aside from the hero’s birthplace, is the Rosa Mystica Park in Brgy. EBJ (formerly Brgy. Lanag) where soul-searchers can have a corner to come to and to meditate. The Park boasts of statues depicting the Lord’s Via Crucis and is situated on top of a hill, also Rosa Mystica’s image, thus the park is named. It can be reached by tricycle and has minimal entrance fee. It is open daily to accommodate local and foreign visitors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Antique". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "PSA15–06" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "PSA15–06" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "PSA15–06" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "PSA15–06" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Hamtic". Official Antique Website. 2012. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/1954/01/05/executive-order-no-3-s-1954/
  6. ^ "Municipal: Hamtic, Antique". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "NSO10–06" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Antique". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016.

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