1877, the Spaniards came to this place. The natives
who had their houses near the seashore
called this LAKDAYAN. The name of the leader of the natives was DIONISIO
with an unknown family name. This man was the first settler who made clearing
and settlement in "LAKDAYAN". Dionisio was modest and humble fisherman.
The Spaniards, considering that Dionisio was the leader and the eldest
of the natives and the one who established the first settlement, changed
the name of Lakdayan to San Dionisio. However, the Patron Saint indicated
by the Spaniards was St. Vincent Ferrer, the town's Patron Saint, up to
Spaniards established a seat of government in Concepcion and San Dionisio
was part of the said municipality. Sara was also a part of Concepcion.
The head of the local government of Concepcion was called Kapitan while
the subordinate leaders in San Dionisio were called Tenientes and Cabezas
when Sara separated from Concepcion, San Dionisio became a part of Sara.
Some prominent citizens from San Dionisio and Concepcion became the first
municipal officials of Sara. Among them were Armando Arcosa and Ramon Deles
who were Municipal President and Municipal Vice-President, respectively
of San Dionisio. These officials worked hard for the separation of San
Dionisio from Sara. In 1920, the two officials agreed to send Delfin Espino
to Manila to ask the Secretario del Interior to make San Dionisio a separate
to San Dionisio ) P 5.00 – San Dionisio to Sara
Bus / vans (San
Dionisio to Iloilo ) – P50.00 - San Dionisio to Iloilo
Soil types San Rafael Loam
Sara Sandy Loam
Barotac Clay Loam
Mineral resources white clay
San Dionisio has a total
land area of 12,706.809 hectares distributed among its 29 barangays. The
total population reported for 1990 based on the record of the National
Census and Statistics Office is 23,910 of these 12,175 is male and 11,735
are female. The above figures indicate the population density of the municipality
at 1.88 person per hectare. The population of San Dionisio was projected
at 25,567 for 1995 with average annual growth rate of 2.13%.
The municipality is predominantly
rural with almost 89.66% resides in the barangays. Urban population registered
only 2,472 or 10.34% of total population.
The gross population density
of the Municipality is 1.88 persons per hectare in 1990. Barangay Poblacion
has a density of 14.05 persons per hectare, while Barangay Naborot is the
most scarcely populated having a density of 4.64 person/hectare. The data
shows that the Municipality of San Dionisio can still accommodate more
persons in the future.
Major Industries fishing
PLACES / EVENTS
Festivals and Fiestas
Town Fiesta: May 4 – 5
Sitio Manlas-ay waterfalls (Brgy.
Proposed Tourism Development
Mountain resort in Mt. Opao
The present infrastructure
utilities in the municipality of San Dionisio is very inadequate thus hundred
the social and economic growth community. There is a need therefore for
the municipality of San Dionisio to establish inter linkages between growth
center barangay and the Poblacion and the adjacent municipalities. There
is also a need to construct additional infrastructure support facilities
such as; fishing ports at the Poblacion, seawalls at the Barangay Tiabas
and Siempreviva and a municipal port at Barangay Borongon. These infrastructure
facilities will hasten the mobility of domestic vessels and augment the
transportation requirements of the industrial sector of the municipality
in the near future.