Sunday, September 24, 2006

Municipality of Jordan

Jordan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Guimaras, and it considered to be the gateway to the province.

Jordan is bounded by the three municipalities of the province, Buenavista to the north and the newly created municipality of San Lorenzo to the east and Sibunag to the south. Before founding of the five towns, the whole island of Guimaras was called "Himal-us".

According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 28,745 people in 5,397 households.


Jordan is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.

* Alaguisoc
* Balcon Maravilla
* Balcon Melliza
* Bugnay
* Buluangan
* Espinosa
* Hoskyn
* Lawi
* Morobuan
* Poblacion
* Rizal
* San Miguel
* Sinapsapan
* Santa Teresa


The name Jordan was chosen by the residents in honor of St. John the Baptist, their patron saint. According to local folklore, he saved the inhabitants from slaughter during the Moro raid in the Spanish era.

Nueva Valencia was established as a separate municipality in 1941. It was only in July 1995 when San Lorenzo and Sibunag were created, leaving Jordan with only 14 barangays. Before these two towns was created, Jordan was composed of 33 barangays.

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