Buruanga, officially the Municipality of Buruanga, (Aklanon: Banwa it Buruanga; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Buruanga; Tagalog: Bayan ng Buruanga), is a 5th class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 19,003 people.
|Municipality of Buruanga|
Map of Aklan with Buruanga highlighted
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Quezon F. Labindao|
|• Electorate||11,286 voters (2016)|
|• Total||88.50 km2 (34.17 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 (560/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)36|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||5th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||66.6 million (2016)|
|Native languages||Aklan language|
The name Buruanga came from the word Busuanga meaning "eruption" or "swell". Frequently harassed by inundations from the river, the early residents constructed earthen dams which were subsequently washed away. The people named the river "Busuanga," which later became the name of the Municipality. When the Spaniards arrived, they renamed Busuanga to Buruanga, or perhaps the change was purely a clerical error. The present municipality of Malay, including Boracay, was once a part of Buruanga. On June 15, 1949, the enactment of Republic Act 391 separated Malay from Buruanga to become an independent municipality.
Buruanga is located at Kalibo.. It is 81 kilometres (50 mi) from the provincial capital
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 88.50 square kilometres (34.17 sq mi)  constituting 4.86% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.
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There is one prevailing type of climate identified as Type I, two pronounced seasons which are dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year. This is also true in all municipalities of Western Aklan such as Malay (excluding Boracay Island) and Nabas, as well as the Western portion of the municipalities bounding Antique.
In these areas, including Buruanga, the wettest month is August with rainfall averaging 625 millimetres (24.6 in) and the driest is March with rainfall of only about 150 millimetres (5.9 in). The average temperature if the area is 27.9 °C (82.2 °F) with an average humidity of 77.8%. The wet season coincides with the planting of rice while offshore fishing is in full gear during the dry season. Typhoons and strong winds rarely occur, and if it ever occurs, it coincides with the wet season. The humid north-western monsoon arrives in the area by June causing an increase in rainfall which reaches its peak in the month of August.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
In the 2015 census, Buruanga had a population of 19,003. The population density was 210 inhabitants per square kilometre (540/sq mi).
Despite its proximity to Boracay, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, Buruanga sees very few tourists. This has left the area as a secret hideaway. Various scenic spots such as caves, waterfalls, beaches, hills, and mountain parks are found throughout the area such as the Hinugtan White Beach, Batason (Ariel’s) Point, Langka Beach, Nasog Beach, Tuburan Baybay Beach, Tigis Beach/Falls, and Pagatpat Mangrove Park.
Flora and faunaEdit
The upland barangay of Tag-Osip contains a portion of the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park which is contained within the municipalities of Buruanga, Malay, and Nabas in Aklan Province and Libertad and Pandan in Antique. The park is home to many important plant and animal species such as the Visayan leopard cat, the blue-necked parrot, the Visayan hornbill, and the roughneck monitor lizard.
In 2011, several researchers from the United States Peace Corps conducted various biological assessments along the Buruanga coastline. It was found that Buruanga hosts 4 different species of mangroves including large tracts of nypa found in the barangays of Alegria, Balusbos, Poblacion, and Santander. Other species including pagatpat, bakawan, and piyapi are concentrated in Pagatpat Mangrove Park in barangay Panilongan with a few trees in spotted areas in barangay Santander. Buruanga also is home to 5 different species of seagrass identified including Cymodocea rotundata, Cymodocea serrulata, Halodule pinifolia, Halophila ovalis and Thalassia hemprichii.
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