Antique is one of the five provinces comprising the region of Western Visayas. It is an elongated stretch of land occupying the entire western side of the island of Panay. Due to the steep slopes and the rugged, long mountain ranges in their area, the Antiqueños have isolated from the rest of Panay, resulting to their own distinct language called Kinaray-a.
Antique is one of the provinces comprising the island of Panay in Western Visayas. It has a total land area of approximately 2,522 sq. km. It is bounded on the north and northeast by Aklan, on the east by Capiz, and on the southwest by Iloilo. On the west is the Cuyo East Pass of the Sulu Sea, part of the vast China Sea. Eighteen municipalities make up the province: fourteen along the coast, three inland, and one on six islets. Coastal towns are Anini-y, Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, San Jose de Buenavista, Belison, Patnongon, Bugasong, Laua-an, Barbaza, Tibiao, Culasi, Sebaste, Pandan, and Libertad. The inland towns are Sibalom, San Remigio, and Valderrama.
GEOGRAPHY Profiled like a seahorse, Antique is an oversized serrated hemline on the western border of the three-cornered scarf-like land mass that is Panay. It lies between the China Sea to the west and a tall mountain range, 155 kilometers long and 33 kilometers at its widest, to the east, separating it from the rest of Panay.
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION The province is composed of 18 municipalities, 3 of which are inland, 14 coastal and 1 island municipality. Antique was classified as a 2nd class province as of January, 2002.
CLIMATE Antique has a pleasant tropical climate.
POPULATION Per 2000 NCSO Survey, population is placed at 472,822 of which 50.57% are males and 49.43% females.
LANGUAGE/DIALECT Antiqueños speak Hiniray-a with Indo-Malayan origin. English is widely spoken and understood.
MAJOR INDUSTRIES Major products shipped out of the province are palay, rice, copra, muscovado sugar, legumes, fruits and vegetables, livestock, fish and fish preparations, and seaweeds. Manufactured items like native gifts, toys, and housewares have found their way in major cities of the country and abroad. Principal mined products exported include coal, marble, silica, copper, and gemstone.
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