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.
|Gregorio M. Gaton Jr.||Punong Barangay|
|Celso Naciongayo Jr.||Kagawad|
|Jarme Nacionales||SK Chairman|
|Jannet Nonato||Barangay Secretary|
|Natividad Amores||Barangay Treasurer|
|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|
|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|
|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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