History of Estancia Iloilo

Estancia Iloilo History according to Different Sources:

Estancia was originally a ranch for a wealthy Spaniard named Rodrigo who intermarried with a local woman. Estancia is not known for its agricultural products nor livestock but rather for its impressive marine resources. Estancia has a fishport and a pier - these being one of the most developed in northern visayas, a banking industry, cable television, a hospital, and resorts.

Estancia is known around the country as a center for commercial fishing, so much so that it carries the name "Alaska of the Philippines" as a testament to its bountiful marine resources. The reason for this is that Estancia lies in the Visayan Sea triangle, an imaginary triangle extending from the provinces of Iloilo, Negros, Cebu, Samar, and Masbate. This triangle is a part of the "Sulu-Sulaweisi Triangle" of the Sulu Sea and neighboring Indonesia where a large concentration of marine organisms coupled with climate conditions support a massive marine ecosystem. Various commercial species are harvested along Estancia's waters, namely mackerel, barracuda, sardines, shad, pompano, grouper, squid, cuttlefish, shrimp, prawns, shells, seaweed and others.

The method predominantly used is purse seining, trawling and gill netting as these are suited for the relatively shallow waters (up to 60 fathoms) of the Visayan Sea.
However, as of recent years, pollution, heavy overfishing, and irresponsible fishing practices have slowly diminished the once abundant fish stocks of Estancia, and now problems like diminishing catches and unpredictable weather are beginning to surface. These factors have raised awareness in the government as well as the private sector and currently an artificial reef is off the shore of Brgy Paon in an attempt to provide juvenile fish with shelter in hopes of restocking these once populous waters.

Oocities: mirrored from Geocities

Estancia is known as the Alaska of the Philippines. It began as a small barangay of fishermen from Capiz with in the pueblo of Carles during the Spanish time. The first settlers were the families of Latinu Rodriguez and Juan Magbanua. In 1847, they were joined by several other families from Pilar (Capiz), Balasan and Sara.

It became a pueblo in 1847 and its name came from the Spanish word "estancia" (ranch) because it was a part of the wide ranch of Don Felipe Aguilar.

In 1846, lt. Governor Esteban Pavon of Concepcion sub-province established there a rancheria while Fray Ricardo Sancez built a dhurch.

During the Philippine Revolution, the people drove the Spaniards out of the Municipality. When the Americans came, they made Estancia a mere barrio of Balasan.

Later, the inhabitants agitated for separation from Balasan thru an organization called Pahiliusa led by Venancio Cudilla and Antonio Somes. Because of this, Estancia became a town with the help of Governor Gregorio Yulo and Senator Jose Ma. Arroyo. Its first president was Antonio Somes.

"The Alaska of the Philippines" has rich fishing grounds which can be found around the many offshore islets such as islas de Gigante, Isla de Zapatos, Loguingot, Bayas, Manipulon, Sicogon and Magalumbi.

Many Tagalog and Waray fishermen and merchants later settled at the town making it a melting pot in North Iloilo.

Estancia is an ideal port because it is protected by offshore islets. Tourist flock the islets too, for its white and sandy beaches.

Research Center for Iloilo: Foundation of Town


1847– Pueblo of Estancia
Estancia becomes a town ,  with  barrio includes badiang ( Carles). "