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Brief History

This place is one of the oldest barangays of the municipality. It appeared in the 1734 Map of the Philippines by Maurillo Velarde on display at the National Library in Manila.

It got its name from a king of a snail called damisol. Because there were plenty of those snails in the past, early residents called the place "kadamisolan." In time the name was changed to Damilisan.

In early Spanish times, Damilisan was the religious center in Southern Iloilo. A congregation of Spanish friars known as La Campana built a stone church and cemetery in the barrio. Remains of those stone structures are still found at their sites, some few years ago, porcelain plates, gold medals and human skeletons were unearthed by public works laborers working on the repair and widening of the national road. As no one took notice of those finds, they were lost.

Another Spanish landmark in this place is the stump of a watch tower which residents call "baluarte." History relates that on May 7, 1754, pirates aboard twenty one boats, landed in this town. Led by Spanish officer Jose Echavarria, the inhabitants drove back the pirates to their ships. Later the invaders returned through Damilisan. but they were resisted heroically by the natives led by Spanish Officer Francisco Arbuno.

Before World War II, Damilisan's barrio was the gayest. There were folk dances, boat races, bull fights, wrestling and many other entertainments not to mention the sarsuela and dance highlighted by the coronation of the barrio Queen. All those were made possible under the leadership of the late Juan Muralina, a pioneer school teacher in the place. Such celebrations have since then become a tradition.

During the twenties, Damilisan has its own barrio school. In 1933 however, it was merged with that of Palaca. Today, this school is known as Palaca-Damilisan Elementary School and Barangay High School.

Damilisan's early heads were tiyoy, oyong, edoc, minoy, Juan Nasalga, Telesforo Noble, Pedro Miagar, Luciano Fandiņola, Gregorio Noble, Lino Nasa, Gabriiel Niar, Luis Nolbe and Jose Naringahon. Naringahon headed the place before , during and after World War II. Those who served after the war were Federico Placas (1946-1947), Juan Paguntalan (1948-1949), Eustaquio Fandiņola (1950-1951), Aniceto Nobleza (1952-1955), Monico Mondejar (1956-1959) and Serafin Nobleza (1960-1969), the incumbent Barangay Captain is Lucio Noble (1969-1979).

Damiisan tops other barangays in the number of Chief Marine Engineers. Out of twenty nine, eleven are from Damilisan. Those are Placido Cabinalan, Anecito Callado, Ruperto Fandiņola, Juan Mabor, Nicanor Munion, Bernardo Naringahon, Joaquin Naca, Felix Noble, Manuel Noble, Elias Nono, Sr. and Melchor Paguntalan, Sr.

Barangay Damilisan can be counted among the progressive barangay of Miag-ao as seen from beautiful houses along the highway. At present, there are 237 houses with the total population of 1,200.


Peace, progress and prosperity in the barangay. Organized Peace and Order and full commitment to support the problems and needs of the barangay.


  1. To alleviate poverty in the barangay.
  2. To give concern and support in order to minimize drugs in the barangays.

Strategies/Proposed Priority Projects

  1. Give full support and cooperation with the people in the barangay and be vigilant.

Barangay Profile

General Profile

Barangay Officials

Rogelio Gayem Punong Barangay
Felipe Murcia Kagawad
Jimmy Laurezo Kagawad
Ricardo Noble Jr. Kagawad
Victoria Mondejar Kagawad
Jaime Nilmao Kagawad
Eduardo Nono Kagawad
Ernesto Dumalay Kagawad
Rommel Yan SK Chairman
Salvacion Nono Barangay Secretary
Helen Naringahon Barangay Treasurer

Economic Profile

Number of transportation available in the barangay Jeepney 15, Tricycle 9, Private cars 14, Motorcycle 9, Bicycle 13, Others 7
List of tourist attraction Baluarte ruins, Coral Reef along the seashore, Oyungan Bridge

Social Profile

Total population 1,200
Number of male 560
Number of female 640
Number of youths 125
Number of households 226
Number of houses 237
List of sports facilities Basketball court
List of recreational facilities Billiard, Chess
List of school present in the barangay Barangay Day Care Center
Number of college students 30
Number of high school students 65
Number of elementary pupils 108
Number of pre-schoolers 45
Prevailing religion Roman Catholic

Infrastructure Profile

Number of Houses with Electricity 232
Number of Houses without Electricity 5
Presence of road and estimated length 300 meters
Number of Bridges and Length 1 = 5 meters long
Number of Communication Facilities cellphones 75, telephones 150, Handheld radios 2
Number of Water Supply System Jetmatic pump 216, Deepwell 1, Water Pumps 2, Artisan well 1

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