Malinao, Aklan

Municipality of Malinao
Official seal of Malinao
Map of Aklan with Malinao highlighted
Map of Aklan with Malinao highlighted
Malinao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°39′N 122°18′E / 11.65°N 122.3°E / 11.65; 122.3Coordinates: 11°39′N 122°18′E / 11.65°N 122.3°E / 11.65; 122.3
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Province Aklan
District 2nd district of Aklan
Founded 1796
Barangays 23 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Josephine I. Iquiña
 • Vice Mayor Wilbert Ariel I. Igoy
 • Congressman Teodorico T. Haresco Jr.
 • Electorate 15,758 voters (2019)
 • Total 186.01 km2 (71.82 sq mi)
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total 23,194
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
 • Households
 • Income class 4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence 22.17% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱) ₱83,431,521.58 (2016)
Time zone UTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code +63 (0)36
Climate type tropical climate
Native languages Aklan

Malinao, officially the Municipality of Malinao (Aklanon: Banwa it Malinao; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Malinao; Tagalog: Bayan ng Malinao), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,194 people.[3]


Once an arrabal of the town of Banga to the east, Malinao's town leaders in the mid-18th century were able to submit a petition of separation direct to Manila that was approved. In addition, Malinao rose to prominence in Philippine history during the struggle against colonial rule under Spain at the end of the 19th century. Candido Iban, a resident of Malinao, was a member of the inner circle of the original Katipuneros directly under Andres Bonifacio.

The people of Malinao are mainly of Malay stock. Aklanons are believed to be descendants of the settlers who fled the oppressive rule of Makatunaw, Sultan of Brunei. Led by Datu Puti, ten datus settled in the plains of the island of Panay. The colonization by the Spaniards, the trading by the Chinese have infused new blood to the original Malay race into what are now the people of Malinao.

There is no record of the history of Malinao until the 18th century. By this time, the area of what is now Malinao was part of the adjacent municipality of Banga. The Poblacion of Banga then was the Poblacion of Malinao today. In 1792, however, the town authorities transferred the Poblacion of Banga across the Aklan River at the foot of Manduyog Hill where it is now located.

Some prominent families decided to remain in the 'old town' which was reduced to the status of barrio and named Malinao - derived from the name of the placid river that traverses the western and southern portion of the area as it empties into the Aklan River.

The people who remained in Malinao led by Don Juan Nepomuceno agitated to separate the lands west of the Aklan River to form a new town with Malinao as its poblacion.

Malinao as a municipality came into being in the year 1796 with Don Casimiro Barrera as its first gobernadorcillo.

Little written history is known of Malinao in its early existence, except for church records on baptism which starts on the year 1796, the same year Malinao became a town. The Spanish decree on change family names for easy identification of inhabitants led to the assignment of the initial letter 'Y'/ 'I' for families originating from Malinao.

By the close of the 19th century, the political, economic and even the physical structure of Malinao conform to the classical colonial and feudal set-up existing throughout Christian Philippines. The layout of the Poblacion follows the classical Spanish town plan of the church facing the municipio with the plaza in between and streets laid out in grid pattern. The principalia partook of choice residential lots around the plaza. Their importance and influence reflected in the proximity of their lots to the center of power.

There was no concentration of land holdings by few families, unlike in other areas of the country. Original families in Malinao have their own pieces of land to work on. The land west of the Aklan River, because of its topography, must have escaped the encomienderos and hacienderos in the early part of Spanish colonization.

Despite its seeming ordinariness and unimportance in the national or provincial scheme of things, Malinao rose in prominence during the struggle against colonial rule at the end of the 19th century.

A native of Lilo-an, Malinao, Candido Iban was a member of the inner circle of the original Katipuneros directly under Andres Bonifacio. Candido Iban was the first overseas contract worker from Malinao, diving for pearls in Australia. As luck would have it, he won a considerable sum in a lottery and came back to Manila. He was befriended by Procopio Bonifacio, the brother of Andres, and was inducted as a Katipunero by Andres in the caves of Montalban. The first printing press of the Katipunan was paid for the lottery winnings of Candido Iban.

In 1897, Candido Iban and Francisco Castillo were sent to Aklan to organize the Katipunan in the Visayas. Barrio Lilo-an became the base of the katipunan. And in 1897, believing that the time was ripe for the start of the revolution, eighty-two (82) Katipuneros from Lilo-an marched to the Poblacion to persuade the local authorities to join the revolution. The uprising failed and the leaders captured. Candido Iban, Benito Iban and Gabino Yonsal were among the 19 Martyrs of Aklan executed by the Spanish authorities on March 23, 1897.

A monument of Candido Iban and the failed uprising called El Levantamiento de los 82 de Lilo-an stands prominently beside the town hall.

When the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the country during World War II, young men from Malinao were among the first to organize the guerrilla movement in this part of the country. During the Marcos dictatorship, many young Malinaonons took up arms to fight it.

The leadership of the town since the Spanish regime always come from the leading families of the Poblacion. From Juan Nepomuceno in 1792 to Atty. Wilbert Ariel Igoy in 2016, this leadership reflect the political and economic clout of the leading families. Leaders were appointed by Spanish authorities during the Spanish period. When democratic election were started during the American colonial regime, the leading families divided into two factions, each vying for leadership of the town. Whether it is the Nationalista Party or Liberal Party, KBL or Laban, Puersa ng Masa or Lakas, these politicos come from these two factions.


Malinao is located in the geographic center of the province, at 11°39′N 122°18′E / 11.65°N 122.3°E / 11.65; 122.3. It is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from the provincial capital Kalibo.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 186.01 square kilometres (71.82 sq mi)[2] constituting 10.21% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.



Malinao is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[6]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
060413001 Banaybanay 4.0% 919 1,007 −1.73%
060413002 Biga-a 3.8% 879 805 1.69%
060413003 Bulabud 6.7% 1,551 1,764 −2.42%
060413004 Cabayugan 5.3% 1,228 1,260 −0.49%
060413005 Capataga 0.2% 40 129 −19.98%
060413006 Cogon 2.1% 491 419 3.07%
060413007 Dangcalan 2.9% 679 723 −1.19%
060413008 Kinalangay Nuevo 4.2% 968 952 0.32%
060413009 Kinalangay Viejo 8.8% 2,043 1,871 1.69%
060413010 Lilo-an 6.2% 1,437 1,478 −0.53%
060413011 Malandayon 3.8% 876 767 2.56%
060413012 Manhanip 5.0% 1,149 1,177 −0.46%
060413013 Navitas 5.0% 1,170 1,290 −1.84%
060413014 Osman 3.0% 691 715 −0.65%
060413015 Poblacion 6.5% 1,505 1,660 −1.85%
060413016 Rosario 8.1% 1,889 2,199 −2.85%
060413017 San Dimas 3.8% 873 892 −0.41%
060413018 San Ramon 4.1% 940 893 0.98%
060413019 San Roque 6.1% 1,406 1,413 −0.09%
060413020 Sipac 1.8% 417 522 −4.19%
060413021 Sugnod 2.1% 498 476 0.86%
060413022 Tambuan 5.0% 1,163 1,346 −2.74%
060413023 Tigpalas 1.6% 382 350 1.68%
Total 23,194 24,108 −0.73%


Population census of Malinao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 5,027 —    
1918 8,230 +3.34%
1939 10,768 +1.29%
1948 11,000 +0.24%
1960 12,987 +1.39%
1970 14,947 +1.41%
1975 16,483 +1.98%
1980 18,117 +1.91%
1990 20,180 +1.08%
1995 21,509 +1.20%
2000 23,699 +2.10%
2007 23,921 +0.13%
2010 24,108 +0.28%
2015 23,194 −0.73%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Malinao had a population of 23,194.[3] The population density was 120 inhabitants per square kilometre (310/sq mi).


  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. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Malinao: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Municipal: Malinao, Aklan". 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.
  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 Aklan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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