Amlan – Negros Oriental
Amlan is one of the twenty municipalities and five cities that make up the Negros Oriental province in the Central Visayas of the Philippines. The Island of Negros, divided into Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, lies to the south of Manila and west-southwest of the regional capital, Cebu City. Located on the eastern coast of Negros Oriental, the town faces the Tañon Strait in the east. Neighbors of Amlan are Tanjay City to the north, San Jose to the south and Pamplona to the west. Dumaguete City, the provincial capital, is 21 km. to the south. Amlan is administratively divided into eight barangays or districts. It is connected by a well-paved road to Dumaguete City.
Amlan has a population of 22,206 according to the 2010 census, spread over an area of 111.85 square kilometers, giving it a population density of 200 people per square kilometers.Like in all cities and municipalities in this region the dry season extending from February to April or mid-May. March and April are the hottest months while November and December are the coolest. The heaviest rain falls from June to August. The temperature ranges from 26 to 28 degrees Centigrade while relative humidity is between 77 to 80 percent.
Brief History of Amlan
Mention of Amlan is found in the chronicles of the nineteenth-century historian Licino Ruiz. The settlement was named after “Alman”, a variety of guava that was found abundantly in the area. By 1800 the Aetas, who were the native people of the area, were driven out from the wide fertile valleys and into the surrounding hills by migrants from Cebu and Bohol provinces. In 1840 it became a settlement under Tanjay parish, from which it became independent in 1848. In 1912 it was named New Ayuquitan. In 1953, the settlement was divided into the two municipalities of Amlan and San Jose.
Getting to Amlan
Known for its wildlife and exotic animals, Amlan Zoo is a tourist attraction not only for Negros but also for locals themselves.
Traveling from Dumaguete to Amlan will take about forty-five minutes or an hour via a Ceres Bus. Air-conditioned bus rides will cost about Php 40.00 while regular non-air conditioned bus rides will cost about Php 30.00 only.
Another way to get to Amlan from Dumaguete is by riding a v-hire (van for hire). Traveling time usually takes only forty-five minutes and will cost about Php 30.00 only.
Festivals in Amlan
The primarily Roman Catholic people of Amlan celebrate the Feast day or Fiesta of their Patron Saint, St. Andrew, on November 30. It is a double celebration, as that day is also Andres Bonifacio Day, which is a national holiday. There is street dancing and dance competitions are also held. The fishermen of Amlan celebrate the Budyas Festival, which begins with the traditional blessing of the implements and tools used in the fishing trade on the Tandayag pier and ends with an elaborately decorated fleet of boats ferrying the image of the Patron Saint to the chapel in Tandayag North. The town also takes regularly part in the Buglasan Festival, the “festival of festivals” celebrated in Dumaguete City in the second week of October. This festival brings together the achievements and cultural heritage of Negros Oriental, and Amlan also puts up its own booth and float, along with the other towns and municipalities. Amlan’s biggest Festival is the Wayboga Festival. It is celebrated every 17th of July.
Places of Interest and Tourist Attractions in Amlan
The Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, which reportedly took fifty years to complete and was opened to the public in 1853.The picturesque ruins of the watch towers in Buswang and near the mouth of the Amlan river, built to alert the locals about the approach of the Moros or Muslim pirates who has raided the area frequently at one time.Places of natural beauty such as the serene Tambojangin River where one can take a swim, and the Naibid Falls in Jantianon. Dolphin watching cruises in the Tañon Strait.
Barangays Of Amlan Negros Oriental
Amlan produces coconut, sugarcane and other high value crops such as mango. Fishing is a major industry.Cottage industries include bamboo furniture, baskets and mats.Fuel and LPG supply for Negros Oriental is stored in nearby depots. The hydro-electric power plant of the National Power Corporation located in Amlan supplies power to Negros Occidental and to Cebu island by submersible cable.
The municipality has initiated Diversified Resources for an Ecological Amlan Development (DREAmlanD) Integrated programs to improve the livelihood of the local people and to preserve the ecology of the area. There are programs extending from Coastal resource management to reforestation programs, along with eco-tourism and sports tourism initiatives to add to the economy.
Public Schools in Amlan
Public Elementary Schools in Amlan
All information about public schools were provided by the DepEd Negros Oriental
|Amlan Central Elementary School||Cantalina Elementary School||Panusuan Elementary School|
|Aurelio Ibero Memorial Elementary School||Jantianon Elementary School||Silab Elementary School|
|Bio-os Elementary School||Martin Benjamin Memorial Elementary School||Tandayag Elementary School|
|Cañete Elementary School|
Public High Schools in Amlan
|Amlan National High School Rizal Street, Poblacion||Jantianon National High School Jantianon|
|Amlan National High School -Jugno Campus Jugno||Silab Comm. High School Annex Silab|