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Brief History

Based on reliable facts gathered and thorough observations made, Baybay Sur is indeed the paradise of humble and prominent people. They are warmed by affection for each other and are usually lighted by cheerfulness. They are contented of the way of life God had given them and live within Christian principles and examples.

Baybay Sur as its name connotes is located along the southern shoreline of the poblacion of Miag-ao facing the island of Negros. Its sunrise in the morning and its sunset in the afternoon are beauties to behold. I comprises the residential area of the whole Hinolan and Mueda St. and one half of Nonato, Legaspi, Peņaranda and Octaviano Streets. In its southern area lies a brook. If develop as dreamed, can be made as a place for relaxation and promenade.

Formerly the whole of Baybay, north and south were under the rule of Cabeza Isok (Narciso Tesoro) married to Maria Jalandoni. They resided at Marina St. now Nonato St. named after former Mayor of the town Jose Nonato. Filomeno T. Misola, the son of Salvacion Tesoro Misola, the only daughter of Cabeza Isok Tesoro, is now occupying this ancestral home.

Later Cabeza Pelis (Felix Nonato) took over the position as Cabeza de Barangay. The present Punong Barangay Gregorio M. Gaton Jr. is one of the descendants of Cabeza Pelis. He was the originator of the novena and devotion of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, which is for the guidance and protection of fishermen and sailors. After Cabeza Pelis came Cabeza Gorio (Gregorio Paguntalan). Their title Cabeza implied that they had governed the whole Baybay during the last remaining years of the Spanish rule or era. Later, several years before the outbreak of World War II in 1941, Baybay was divided into Baybay Norte and Baybay Sur.

The post-war heads of Baybay Sur were Jose Novilla and later Pedro T. Nonato (Adak) one of the sons of Pelis Nonato. After him came Resurreccion Nonato. They were known as Teniente del Baryo.

Later an election for Barangay Captain was administered. Candidate with the highest vote automatically become the barangay captain. Dominador (Baoy) Palmos garnered the highest vote so he became the barangay captain and had governed the inhabitants of Baybay Sur from 1964-1971.

After Domingo Palmos came Berting Paguntalan. He had served as Barangay Captain for the period of 20 years more or less. Alberto Paguntalan was the grandson of Cabeza Gorio Paguntalan. That was the time when Marshall Law was declared by deposed President of the Philippines Ferdinand E. Marcos. Rudy Farparan later took the position as Barangay Captain after Alberto Paguntalan.

Later Gil Libo-on assumed the responsibility as Barangay Captain after Randy Farparan. Under his incumbency, financial aid for the barangay through IRA, which goes directly to the Barangay Bank Account with government owned banking system was utilized. A barangay hall and tanod outpost were constructed. Canalization and cementing of roads were also given priority. An iron bridge financed by Provincial Government was constructed but unluckily was washed away by the flood because of the poor foundation.

Leon Ticorda followed Gil Libo-on in piloting the government of Barangay Baybay Sur. Canalization and cementing of roads were continued. Immunizations were given to children like DPT, anti-polio and anti-tuberculosis. Anti-rabies vaccines were also given to dogs.

Then on July 15, 2002, a barangay election again was held. Gregorio M. Gaton Jr. took over the reign of government. His attention was focused on cleanliness and sanitation for healthy living, functional waster and garbage disposal and eradication of harmful drugs, pushers and users. Livelihood projects for out-of-school-youth and sports development for the youth will also be given emphasis.

The inhabitants of Baybay Sur are lovers of music and fun though highly religious in nature. The feast of Sta. Cecilia, the patron saint of musician is celebrated in November. The feast of Nuestra Senņora de la Paz y Buen Viaje, the patron saint of fisherman and sailors is celebrated on the month of January, the month when the sea is calm and offers bountiful catch. There is a nine day novena at around 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening. Both celebration is opened with a torch parade around the barangay headed by the two "higantes ni Gavi" (two giants sculptured from wood). These two act as motivating factors luring the inhabitants to go to the chapel to join the novena prayer. The culminating activity differs between the two. On the feast of Sta. Cecilia, the novena prayer is culminated with a diana of the band every early in the morning ended with a mass in the afternoon. Formerly, in the afternoon there's a concert of the band in Marina St. where all the songs composed by Jose Novilla, a composer and arranger of famous songs like Rosing, Ay Ay Kalisud, Yanang Yuhum Mo, Angeling, Tunukon nga Gugma, Oh Dughan Ko and so many others are being played and sung by band members. As we can recall the "Miracle Governor of Iloilo Rading Norada frequented the Barangay Baybay Sur to croon the old favorite songs of Baybay.

The usual nine-day novena is being done during the feast of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, a novena pioneered by Cabeza Pelis Nonato. The culmination of the novena is quite different from the feast of Sta. Cecilia for there is a fluvial parade or procession in the sea where the image of our Lady of Peace, Good voyage together with the Sto. Niņo is brought to the sea to ply the seawaters. Activities for fun were done like the contest for swimming for adults and children, sailing contest of different kinds of boats, etc. Usually, days after the celebration fishermen were given bountiful catch.

The presence of musical band is a tangible proof that the people of Baybay Sur are fun of music. Juan Octaviano organized this first band as early as 1855. After his death, his son Gavino took over. Interested children were taught to play musical instruments be it wind percussion, or string. As a matter of fact some parents motivated their children to avail of the training. Some children who availed with this opportunity had earned a college degree with free tuition. After the death of Justice of Peace Gavino Octaviano, Jose Novilla and Juan Palmos Jr. (Didoy) took over the band. Both are composers and arrangers. Juan Palmos Jr. devoted his time in teaching Literature and English and as trainer in vocal solo and choral group in secondary schools. Jose Novilla on the other hand devoted his time in his various compositions, making it popular with his band.

Mr. Miguel Tesoro, grandson of Cabeza Isok, organized another group of band called Mago. The group did not last long for some members joined the college or university band of Iloilo City to earn a college degree. Later, Monsignor Fernando Javillo revived it with the same bandleader Mike Tesoro. When Mike Tesoro joined the government office, Semion octaviano, the grandson of Juan Octaviano took the leadership until now. The Sporting Band on the other hand is being managed by Antonio G. Novilla, the son of Jose Novilla, the undefeated composer, arranger of not only Baybay Sur but the whole Visayan Island.

In the field of education, Baybay Sur had pioneered a preparatory school using the cartilla method. This were done by Mr. and Mrs. Rufino Moquera whose school was located in the corner of Nonato and Mueda St. this was during the late 1920 to early 1925. Later Miss Salome Octaviano, the daughter of Gavino octaviano, organized another preparatory school. She made use of cartilla and catechetical method. This was from 1950-1960.

Fishing and salt making are the primary means of livelihood of most of the people of Baybay Sur. Some fishermen dare the big waves of southwest monsoon during rainy days and do the deep-sea fishing. According to them the sea far from the shoreline is calm. With the Northeast monsoon deep-sea fishing is quite risky so fishing is just along the shoreline.

SAlt making is done during summertime. It's the sanitary way of producing salt, though very laborious. It needs much stamina and perseverance so as to produce salt. This kind of salt demands a high price due to labor cost, sanitary aspect and its solubility. This industry began as early as 1823. Annually, they can produce 5,000 sacks of salt.

Processing fishes or any products from the sea like pickling, drying, or salting is another means of livelihood. The making of bagoong or "ginamos" from small shrimps (hipon) is done with utmost care and cleanliness. The shrimp is made to drip overnight with enough salt and mashed. They are placed immediately in bottles or clay container being careful that the mixture had eluded the visiting flies.

Dried fish flakes can be commercialized if there's an abundance of catch of tuna or any kind of fishes. The fish fillet is cooked in toyo vinegar, condiment and spices, flakes, dried in the sun and bottled sanitarily and preserved for future use.

In Baybay Sur, during the early times (1900-1936) there existed a trade between Miag-ao and some town of Negros Occidental through a ship owned by Cayo and Juana Maestrecampo. From Miag-ao, the ship loaded some sacks of palay, packs of patadiong, woven blankets, pillowcases and mosquito nets for sale to Negros towns. In their return, usually Friday afternoon, the ship returned with some sugarcane, muscovado, refined and caramelized sugar.


A self-reliant, peaceful and environment friendly citizens molding Baybay Sur into a boulevard of happiness and contentment.


  1. To maintain cleanliness of shoreline and seashore.
  2. To minimize the sprouting of squatters along the shoreline.
  3. Ensure strict observance of legal of fishing.
  4. Observe family planning scheme to avoid overcrowding of household.
  5. Prohibit quarrying of sand, gravel and metallic minerals.
  6. To be aware of geological information on solid waste disposal and geo-hazard.
  7. To stress the illegality of dynamite fishing, electrocution of fishes and poisoning of fishes.
  8. To prevent dwindling of fish variety through knowledge of their spawning season.
  9. To know our role as steward of our environment.
  10. Have the picture of the growth of the population of the barangay.
  11. Show the nutritional status of children below fourteen years old.
  12. Evaluate the sprouting of professionals in the barangay.
  13. Know the reason behind the increased in number of seamen and overseas contract workers.
  14. Instill the importance of living in clean and sanitary environment.
  15. Prove that each individual have "God given gift or talent which needs to be developed and shared.
  16. Inspire residence of soiling cleaning and beautiful surroundings.
  17. Prove that communicable disease in the barangay are caused by unsanitary habitants and practices.
  18. Prove that poverty can be alleviated through use of leisure and self-reliance.
  19. Utilize local materials for profitable "sariling sikap" project.
  20. Soften the hearts of the barangay citizens for rounded development of their disabled members.
  21. To subsist on economical and balanced family diet through maintenance of vegetable garden and orchard.
  22. Show that pet animals must be treated humanly within the confines of ones home.
  23. To minimize crimes and troubles caused by gambling, dens and liquors.
  24. To prohibit minor from frequenting gambling dens and drinking liquors.
  25. To prohibit roaming or minors after twelve in the evening unless their services is needed in midnight fishing.
  26. To have a strict surveillance over suspected drug users and pushers.
  27. To inspire out of school youth to be productive and responsible.
  28. To be alert in the observance of the presence or activities of strangers in the barangay.
  29. To provide leisure activities for youth within the realm of good moral values.
  30. To minimize traffic accidents or the like in the Barangay Baybay Sur.
  31. To have a speedy release of summons upon the receipt of the complaint.
  32. To invite youth (in school or out of school) to join seminars on drugs and drug addiction.
  33. To minimize computer games for children or students during class hours.
  34. To utilize the Barangay Tanod to manage traffic during fiesta parade, religious or funeral procession or any activity where their services are required.
  35. Instill the idea that everything around us us God-given; hence it must be appreciated, loved and protected.
  36. Stress Father Payton's idea that "a family that prays together stays together."
  37. Assert the idea that women must be respected and loved.
  38. Insist on modest and Mary like outfit of women anywhere.
  39. Comply with household duties before leisure.
  40. Be frugal in household expenses.
  41. Always set aside financials for fortune.
  42. Utilize leisure hours for purposeful activity not for gambling or gossips.
  43. Follow-up the continuity of the praying the rosary of Barangay Sang Birhen by zones.
  44. Motivate populace to join the novena prayer for Sta. Cecilia and Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and other novena prayer as scheduled.
  45. Coordinate with the parish on whatever activity the church has.
  46. Strive for well-planned activity for the celebration of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or any patron saint.
  47. Welcome "Balikbayans" visiting their ancestral barangay.
  48. Inspire "Balikbayans" for a donation for a noble purpose.
  49. Campaign for a community tax collection.
  50. Be vigilant in issuing permits (business; building).
  51. Solicit funds for the building of foot walk (Hinolan Street to the creek).
  52. Initiate raising of funds for office facilities.
  53. Campaign for real estate or property tax.
  54. Improve quality of life of barangay citizens.
  55. To make available goods in the community.
  56. To promote capital for investment.
  57. Help financially handicapped individuals.
  58. Survey on local materials available for a livelihood project.
  59. Invite an expert to talk on a livelihood project using the selected local materials.
  60. Conduct seminars or classes for a specified project to work on.
  61. Select on different varieties of livelihood projects.
  62. Setting standard to follow to be be able to present a soluble product.
  63. Working on a project with less waste, etc.
  64. Divide livelihood projects to work on.
  65. Display finished project for sale or evaluation.
  66. Campaign for the funding or running capital for cooperatives.
  67. To amuse oneself with some pleasant past time or recreation.
  68. To engage in some outdoor or athletic past time or sport.
  69. To be interested in open air or athletic sport.
  70. To utilize leisure time wisely for physical fitness.
  71. To deviate one's attention to purposeful and healthful activities.
  72. To pave one's way to a college degree through scholarship grant through sports development.
  73. To grow physically healthy and mentally alert.
  74. To develop the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie.
  75. To scout potential and knowledgeable swimmer for national competition.


  1. Technologies suited to the barangay condition will eventually replace polluting and environmentally destructive technologies.
  2. Strict observance for the use of clean and sanitary toilets.
  3. Family planning must be observed so as to prevent the sprouting of squatters on the shoreline.
  4. Prevention of quarrying and illegal means of fishing must be stop to prevent the dwindling of our aquatic resources.
  5. Post the period of mouth of spawning fishes in Barangay Hall so fishermen will be guided when to go fishing and when not to go fishing.
  6. Make a survey of the number of households with attention on their birth date, age, status and gender.
  7. Specify educational attainment of individual.
  8. List the citizens that are expert in different ways of earning a living.
  9. Require each household with clean and sanitary toilet surroundings and blind drainage.
  10. Stress the idea that spitting and urinating anywhere can spread diseases.
  11. Provide each street corner with covered trashcans.
  12. Protect health of children through immunization.
  13. Have family garden, vegetables or flowering plants and a communal garden for crowded area.
  14. Find ways of improving way of life of disabled citizens.
  15. Require each household to maintain the cleanliness of the street or canals around their houses.
  16. Provide financial support to citizens who have God given gift in athletic, music and arts.
  17. Require stores selling liquors, gambling dens, etc. to secure permit from barangay council.
  18. Giving penalties, fines, warnings or closure or stores and gambling dens allowing minors to avail their facilities.
  19. Getting the cooperation of parents in knowing the reasons behind going home of children before 12pm.
  20. Giving a close watch on the activities of suspected drug users and pushers.
  21. Listing names of out of school youth, and guide them in some purposeful activities.
  22. Require the check up on the identity of strangers noted in the barangay for security reasons.
  23. Provide materials for sport activities of out-of-school youths through soliciting donation and from the Barangay Sports Program..
  24. Making street signs and warning devices for the prevention of vehicular accidents.
  25. Invite speakers for the information drive against dangerous drug and drug addiction.
  26. Illustrate the dangerous effect of using illegal drugs.
  27. Approach "balikbayans" for donation for the good of the barangay.
  28. Collect community tax from citizens from 18 years up.
  29. Observe tactfulness and courtesy in collecting permits.
  30. Solicit funds from a politician for barangay projects.
  31. Collect local materials for a project be it shells, straw, bamboo sequin seeds.
  32. Invite resource person expert in forming cooperatives.
  33. Make an organizational set-up.
  34. Putting up of starting capital, building, staff etc.
  35. Campaign for membership.
  36. Plan on a project to work on, as picture frame, nets, rosary beads.
  37. Show finished samples.
  38. Demonstration on how to work.
  39. Present various sport activities for the youth selection to develop.
  40. Support the youth's choice by providing sport materials like balls, nets, etc.
  41. Provide the youth with knowledgeable trainer for selected sports.
  42. Provide youth with necessary energy given.
  43. Recognize youth achievement through award or Plaque of Recognition.

Barangay Profile

General Profile

Barangay Officials

Gregorio M. Gaton Jr. Punong Barangay
Erlinda Libo-on Kagawad
Iluminada Legaspi Kagawad
Vincent Callado Kagawad
Celso Naciongayo Jr. Kagawad
Carlos Fandiņola Kagawad
Rafael Espaņola Kagawad
Rebecca Muņoz Kagawad
Jarme Nacionales SK Chairman
Jannet Nonato Barangay Secretary
Natividad Amores Barangay Treasurer

Economic Profile

Total Land Area

Number of transportation available in the barangay Jeepney 5, Tricycle 12, Private Cars 10, Motorcycle 6, Bicycle 22
List of tourist attraction Sunrise in the morning, Sunset in the afternoon, Sandy shoreline, The Artesian Well of 1940's

Social Profile

Total population 1,297
Number of male 685
Number of female 612
Number of youths 205
Number of households 320
Number of houses 203
List of sports facilities Seashore for swimming, diving, sailing; Volleyball; Plaza for strolling
List of recreational facilities Musical instruments; Computer Games
List of school present in the barangay Day Care Center
Number of college students 64
Number of high school students 71
Number of elementary pupils 85
Number of pre-schoolers 48
Prevailing religion Roman Catholic
Other religious sectors present in the barangay Iglesia ni Cristo

Infrastructure Profile

Number of Houses with Electricity 202
Number of Houses without Electricity 1
Number of Bridges and Length None
Number of Communication Facilities Cellphones 62, Telephones 79, Handheld radios 6
Number of Water Supply System Jetmatic pump 31, Deepwell 5, Water Pumps 10

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