got its name from a salt spring in barangay Magsaysay more or less two
kilometers from the Poblacion. As revealed by our forefathers, the early
settlers used to go spring for needed supply of salt.
1775, Maasin has acquired a status of a town with appointment of Don Agustin
Garcia as its first Captain. When the Americans came in, the town was made
the arrabal of Cabatuan on April 4,1903, as it was observed, it could not
stand by itself financially. However, the town leaders entitle for the
purpose of separation of Maasin, Don Vicente Malaga represented the municipal
District to the council in Cabatuan. Maasin regained its old status as
an independent municipality when the late governor Francis Burton Harrison
eventually appointed Don Vicente Malaga as the first Municipal President
are generally peaceful and possess a healthy sense of humors. But happy
days were disrupted when HUKBALAHAP MOVEMENT concerned on their strong
hold in then mountain areas from 1947-1952. Economic conditions were greatly
affected during these turbulent periods.
it was founded 216 years ago, Maasin has grown from scattered villages
to a spreading terminal town. It is a fifth class municipality with rugged
topography. Despite of this condition, the keystone of agriculture. The
people raise bamboos, sugar cane, rice, corn, and coconut of land ownership.
Aside from agriculture, the residents derived much income from sawali industry
and other handicrafts made of bamboos.
about 90% of the total population are Roman Catholics, this spiritual supervisory
expediency, the town was divided into two parishes. the Saint James the
greater is situated in Poblacion while the Parish of St. Martin de Porres
is centered in barangay Layog.
mark of a new milestone of progress was the inauguration of the electric
power last May 15,1977 to which many families enjoy the comfort of modern
Municipal of Maasin is located at the West central part of Iloilo Province,
bounding the northern part by the Municipality of Janiuay, on the east
by the Municipality of Cabatuan, on the by the Municipal of Alimodian and
on the nonwestern by the mountain ranges of the province of Antique. The
distance is 30 kms. from Iloilo City. It has a total land area of 17,110
hectares including the 6,150 hectares of watershed area. According to 1991
projected population of PAPCOM.
is composed of 51 barangaysand4 are in Poblacion.
Area - 17,110 hectares of rugged terrain.
nature, rocks formation is present in mountainous areas of the Municipality
of Maasin which cover almost 30% of the total Land area.
has terrain ranging from the plain to strongly hilly and mountainous. Mountainous
areas cover approximately 8,212.8 hectares. or 48% of the total municipal
areas located at northwestern portion of the town. All of the urban barangays
are located in the lowlands.
of Soil found in Maasin isclay-loam, which is suited to agricultural
crops. Since only four types of soil was found in the municipality; suitably
to crop production is not the ultimate problem after having considered
the slopes and weather conditions.
- 33,123 household (as of 1995)
- Bamboo Crafts Industry
of Lourdes and The Paet Salty spring Maasin gots its name from this extra-ordinary
spring located at Barangay Magsaysay.
the Greater Church - The interior of the church reflects the creativity
of skilled Maasinanon in Bamboo Craft.
Heart Shrine and Gines Hill - This is a one hundred six steps to the statue
of the Sacred Heart overlooking the panoramic view of Municipality of Maasin.
Stage - It reflects the Maasinanon ingenuisity in architectural designing.
Built in concrete structure catches the attention of visitors in its unique
- Barangay Daja, built sometime in the late 1030's. This Dam catcher H2O
in its 6,150 hectares resume area that supply water to Iloilo City by the
Municipality of Cabatuan, Pavia, Sta. Barbara and Maasin.
Park - This situated by town earth healers rendering services in seven
days a week.
Parks - A significant efforts of all barangay officials and military staff
of the seventh IB to have a home for our peacemaker.
Project - If trees could and build promises, then we are assure of a new
Bridge - Brgy. Buntatala. This is the only resource in crossing the Tigum
- 109 kms. Barangay Roads
- one concrete and two wood- length of the three bridges, forty six meters
with a width of five meter for concrete and an average of five meters also
for woods bridges.