Nabas, Aklan

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Municipality of Nabas
A mountain range in Nabas, part of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park
A mountain range in Nabas, part of Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park
Official seal of Nabas
Etymology: Navas
Map of Aklan with Nabas highlighted
Map of Aklan with Nabas highlighted
Nabas is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°50′N 122°05′E / 11.83°N 122.08°E / 11.83; 122.08Coordinates: 11°50′N 122°05′E / 11.83°N 122.08°E / 11.83; 122.08
Country Philippines
RegionWestern Visayas (Region VI)
DistrictLone district
Barangays20 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJames V. Solanoy
 • Vice MayorWilfredo S. Cezar
 • Electorate19,948 voters (2016)
 • Total96.82 km2 (37.38 sq mi)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total36,435
 • Density380/km2 (970/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)36
Climate typeTropical climate
Income class4th municipal income class
Revenue (₱)90,607,024.74 (2016)
Native languagesAklan language

Nabas, officially the Municipality of Nabas, (Aklanon: Banwa it Nabas; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Nabas; Filipino: Bayan ng Nabas), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,435 people.[3]

The resort island of Boracay is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the north-westernmost tip of the town.

Nabas is a coastal town located east of the town of Malay at the north-west tip of Panay Island called Northwest Panay Peninsula. It bounded on the north by Sibuyan Sea; on the south by Pandan, Antique; east by Ibajay; and west by Malay.


Accounts about the earliest community of Nabas are uncertain but the initial documentation for the town's existence was recorded in 1845. Facing the Sibuyan Sea, the town started as a small coastal village referred to as Barrio Alimbo which extends to the hills and mountains to the west. This small community occupies the floodplains of Alimbo River where the village derived its name. Fishing and farming is the primary source of livelihood, even today except for the hunting which was common on that time because of the abundances of wild pig, monkey and deer in the area.

Before, the town was part of the municipality of Ibajay under the jurisdiction of Capiz Province. Ibajay's municipal boundary was so vast but with poor road system.

The developing populaces whose tongue and customs diverge from those of the eastern community build awareness amongst people of the west. The invasion of migrants from the nearby province of Antique continued that further emphasized the difference in dialect and culture to some extent. In 1853, their notion of a separate municipality for better living and independence serves as the foundation for taking apart of Alimbo in concert with its adjoining barrios of Nagustan, Panaytayon (Toledo), Gibon, Namao (Rizal), Kabangrosan (Union), and Pakilawa (Unidos) ceased to be a barrio to form a new municipality inevitably. The municipality was formed in 1854 and named Navas, after Governor Nava of the province of Capiz who came to inspect the area before its creation.

The Cartilla System, an early teaching methods that dominantly use the letter "b" than "v" caused the variable spelling of "Navas" and "Nabas". In 1906, the Municipal Council in a resolution approved by unanimous vote adopted the name Nabas as the official name.


Nabas is 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Kalibo, the provincial capital.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 96.82 square kilometres (37.38 sq mi)[2] constituting 5.32% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.


Nabas is an elongated strip of land situated along the northwestern tip of Aklan province with its 21-kilometer coastline facing Sibuyan Sea with such a large span of municipal waters, approximately 300 square kilometers. Stretching mountain range on the opposite side approaches the shores on the northwestern part of the town. This town features natural wonders both on the mountains with its natural cold springs, caves and tiny water falls, and the sea which boast of crystal clear waters, coral reefs, and from grey or white sand to pebbly shores.


Climate data for Nabas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 24
Average rainfall mm (inches) 79
Average rainy days 15 11 9 6 11 18 20 18 18 21 19 20 186
Source: World Weather Online[4]


Nabas is politically subdivided into 20 barangays.[5]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[6]
060414001 Alimbo-Baybay 3.7% 1,356 1,020 5.57%
060414003 Buenafortuna 3.5% 1,262 1,107 2.53%
060414002 Buenasuerte 5.5% 2,009 1,603 4.39%
060414004 Buenavista 4.1% 1,491 1,434 0.74%
060414005 Gibon 8.9% 3,239 2,887 2.21%
060414006 Habana 3.6% 1,313 1,096 3.50%
060414007 Laserna 8.1% 2,950 2,497 3.23%
060414008 Libertad 4.5% 1,653 1,263 5.26%
060414009 Magallanes 2.4% 885 680 5.15%
060414010 Matabana 2.3% 854 642 5.58%
060414012 Nagustan 9.1% 3,307 2,937 2.28%
060414013 Pawa 0.8% 309 208 7.83%
060414014 Pinatuad 2.0% 736 729 0.18%
060414015 Poblacion 5.8% 2,115 1,897 2.09%
060414016 Rizal 4.1% 1,489 1,291 2.75%
060414017 Solido 5.1% 1,855 1,757 1.04%
060414018 Tagororoc 3.0% 1,091 846 4.96%
060414019 Toledo 7.2% 2,608 2,222 3.10%
060414020 Unidos 8.4% 3,066 2,344 5.25%
060414021 Union 7.8% 2,847 2,592 1.80%
Total 36,435 31,052 3.09%


Nabas holds the record of fastest growing population in the whole province of Aklan covering a period of five years from 2011-2015.

Population census of Nabas
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 6,455—    
1918 7,355+0.87%
1939 9,768+1.36%
1948 10,442+0.74%
1960 11,879+1.08%
1970 13,850+1.55%
1975 15,051+1.68%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 16,607+1.99%
1990 20,538+2.15%
1995 21,391+0.77%
2000 25,014+3.41%
2007 28,345+1.74%
2010 31,052+3.38%
2015 36,435+3.09%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][7][8]

In the 2015 census, Nabas had a population of 36,435.[3] The population density was 380 inhabitants per square kilometre (980/sq mi).


The residents of Nabas speak two distinct dialects. The eastern half of the municipality has the dialect influenced and similar to Karay-a, spoken by the neighboring Antiqueños, particularly the people from the towns Libertad, Pandan, and Sebaste of Antique. Those in the western half speak a dialect currently regarded as Malaynon with softer intonation. Aklanon and Hiligaynon are also used as a regional language by the natives. Gee-words, an argot language has been popular among teenagers for over a decade.


Nabas, a 4th class municipality, is noted for its hat and mat industry made of indigenous bariw leaves which abound on the hillsides and plain lowlands of the town. It is likewise a farming and fishing community with its vast lowlands and elongated strips of shoreline. While the cost of marine commodity has soared due to the proximity of Nabas to Boracay Island, the fishermen remained impoverished.

Signs of gradual progress can be seen in its urban center but mainly the income inflows can be felt in the families with relatives working abroad. Some Nabasnons have likewise turned businessmen because of the tourism industry ignited by Boracay Island.

The town serves as a satellite area for the expansion of tourism from the traditional town of Malay to expand and stretch developments to Nabas. The expansion of the Caticlan International Airport in Malay overlapped into the jurisdiction of Nabas.

One of the most imposing presence in Nabas is PetroWind Energy Inc. 36-megawatt wind farm in Pawa. An array of gigantic wind turbines lined-up along a mountain ridge aimed to spur tourism and add livelihood in the area.


The Nabas Bariw Festival is celebrated to commemorate the feast day of Saint Isidore the Farmer, the town's patron saint. It is celebrated annually from May 12 to 15. This celebration showcases the town's hat, mat and other bariw products as well as the town's unique tourism sites and natural attractions.

During this affair, various skills in mat, hat and bag making and designing are demonstrated. Among the events is a contest to produce the biggest hat and mat contest. The festival is highlighted by continuous street dancing by folks from the town's 20 barangays dressed in colorful bariw costumes accompanied by indigenous bamboo instruments.

The festival is intended to promote the town's cottage industry, which is a thriving livelihood activity in Nabas. It also promotes the town's well preserved cold spring resorts, lagoons, long winding coastline, rivers, and low elevation intact forest, home to various endemic flora and fauna.



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Province: Aklan". 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.
  4. ^ "Gibon, Philippines: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". World Weather Online. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Municipal: Nabas, Aklan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Province of Aklan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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