Patnongon History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Patnongon is a 3rd class coastal municipality of Antique Province in Western Visayas Region, Philippines.

Welcome to Patnongon
Welcome to Patnongon (Photo credit: GMA KMJS)

Profile of Patnongon Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Western Panay Island in the Visayas (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Bugasong (North), Valderrama and San Remegio (East) , Belison (South)
Area –> 167.92 km2 (64.83 sq mi)
Population –> 37,176 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Coastal Plain with Hills and high mountains in the east
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism, Feed milling, Muscovado
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Tagalog, English
Barangays: 36
Revenue (2016) –> 103,319,998.35
Legislative District –> Lone

Government Officials
Congressman –> Loren Legarda
Mayor –> Evohn Nee Baldestamon
Vice Mayor –> Johnny Flores S. Bacongallo

History

In 1761, Patnongon was founded as a visita of Sibalon under the patronage of San Agustin. It was made an independent parish the following year.

In 1860, parish priest Manuel Asensio started the construction of the church. The structure was finished in 1895 during the time of Fr. Eustaquio Heria. It was bombed by the Americans during the liberation period in 1945 and rendered unusable.

Economy

Though agriculture is main source of livelihood of the local residents, tourism is fast becoming a rising industry with several resorts already operating especially along the coast of Patnongon. With the expected influx of tourists in the coming years, more commercial activities will follow.

Rice, muscovado, corn, sugarcane, vegetables, fish, hogs, poultry and eggs are the main agri-products. The town is the leading producer of muscovado in the whole Antique.

In early 2020, the national government through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) inaugurated a small feed mill in Brgy. Magsaysay to be operated by the Patnongon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC). It is one of the projects under the Shared Service Facility program of the DTI. The full operation of such facility will be a great boost to the economic development not only of Patnongon but the whole province as well.

Tourist Spot

Along the coast are several resorts such as the Amihan Beach Resort in La Rioja, La Parola Orchids Beach Resort in Barangay Amparo, Igbarawan Garden Resort in Igbarawan, Bato-Bugtong Beach and resort in Igbarawan, D’Viking Beach Resort in Igbarawan, Apgahan Beach Resort and San Ramon Beach Resort.

Bato Tibi – an enchanted mountain in the village of Tamayoc
Villa Alma Beach Resort in Padang
Old Municipal Building Constructed by Spaniards
Old Spanish Church Convent now Saint Augustine’s Academy of Patnongon, Inc.
(Probably the oldest church structure in Antique.)

Shrine of Rosa Mystica in Tigmanali
Dapa and Turu-ong Caves in Barangay San Rafael
Linaw-Balud Falls in Barangay Igburi
Lipunto Range in Barangay Patlabawon
Ulo Kuliatan and Busay Luhot in Aureliana, Patnongon, Antique
Guinobatan Mountain at the boundary of Belison and Aureliana
Madlakat Cliff in the Boundary of San Remegio, Sibalom, Patlabawon and Aureliana

Watch the video below to see the attractions of Patnongon.

Festivals

Udyakan Festival featuring fire dance and other cultural shows. It is celebrated every month of February.

Map of Patnongon Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Evohn Nee Baldestamon , Governor Rhodora Cadiao

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