Coron, Palawan (History, Barangays, General Information)

Coron is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it had a population of 32,243 people in 6,264 households.

The municipality covers part of Busuanga Island and all of the nearby Coron Island. Both islands are part of the Calamian Group of Islands in northern Palawan. The main industries of Coron are fishing and tourism, being a popular diving location.
The aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships off Coron Island are listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.

Brief History
It was Don Nicolas Manlave Y. Ledesma, a native of Cuyo, who gave Coron its name. According to him, the bay fronting Barangy Banuang Daan, their first settlement, looked like an earthen pot. Coron is a Cuyonon term for pot. The first inhabitants of Coron were the Tagbanuas. The second tribe to inhabit the place was the Clamianes.
On June 17, 1950, Busuaga was officially created as a sperate municipality from Coron under the Executive Order No. 560. On January 12, 1954, coron was further reduced by the official creation of the Municipality of Linaacan Under Republic Act No. 1020. On September 12, 1992, Coron was finally reduced by the official creation of the Municipality of Culion pursuant to Republic ActNo. 7193.

Coron is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

  • Banuang Daan
  • Bintuan
  • Borac
  • Buenavista
  • Bulalacao
  • Cabugao
  • Decabobo
  • Decalachao
  • Guadalupe (also called Binalabag)
  • Lajala
  • Malawig
  • Marcilla
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Barangay V (Pob.)
  • San Jose
  • San Nicolas
  • Tagumpay
  • Tara
  • Turda
  • Barangay VI (Pob.)

General Information
Area (sq. kms.): 647.7
Population (2000): 32,243
No. of Barangays: 23
Income Class: Second
District: First
Zip Code:5316
Area Code: 048

Festivals
August 28 (St. Augustine Hippo)

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
http://www.biyahero.net/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=50&sobi2Id=813&Itemid=56
http://home.comcast.net/~maesteban/island_groups/luzon/region4b/palawan/towns/coronprofile.htm