name = Panay
image caption = Map of Panay
map_custom = yes
native name =
native name link =
South East Asia
area = 12,011 km²
rank = 65th
highest mount = Mount Madias
elevation = 2117 m
country = Philippines
country admin divisions title = Province
country admin divisions =
Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo
country largest city = Iloilo
country largest city population = 365,820
population = 3,500,000
population as of = 2000
density = 291.4
ethnic groups = Ati, Visayan (Aklanon,
Capiznon, Caluyanon, Hiligaynon, Karay-a)
Panay is an
islandin the Philippineslocated in the Visayas. Politically, it is divided into four provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo, all in the Western Visayasregion. It is located southeast of the island of Mindoroand northwest of Negros, separated by the Guimaras Strait. Between Negros and Panay lies the island-province of Guimaras. To the north is the Sibuyan Seaand the islands of Romblon; to the southwest is the Sulu Seaand the Panay Gulf.
Panay is the setting of the famous legend of
Maragtas, which chronicled the arrival of the Malay raceto the Philippine islands.
History and Legend
Folkloric legends recorded in the
Maragtasby Pedro Monteclarosays ten Bornean datus landed at a site now known as San Joaquin town in Iloilo province. They purchased Panay from the Ati, cultivated the land, and renamed the island Madya-as. They divided it into three communities: Irong-irong, Akean(which includes the Capizarea), and Hamtik.
Capiz, which was part of Aklan in pre-Spanish times, was one of the early settlements of the Malayas, centuries before the coming of the Spaniards to the Philippines. It was part of the Confederation of
Madjaas, formed after the purchase of Panay by the Bornean datus from the Negrito king named Marikudo.
When the Spaniards led by
Miguel López de Legazpicame to Panay from Cebu in 1569, they found people with tattoos, and so they called it Isla de los Pintados. How the island itself came to be called Panay is uncertain. The Aeta called it Aninipay, after a plant that abounded in the island. Legend has it that Legazpi and his men, in search of food, exclaimed upon the island, "Pan hay en esta isla"!. So they established their first settlement in the island at the mouth of the Banica Riverin Capiz and called it Pan-ay. This was the second Spanish settlement in the Philippines, after San Miguel, Cebu.
Panay received its present name from Spanish officials who named the island after one of its earliest settlements, the town of Pan-ay in the province of Capiz. It was, however, once referred as "Aninipay" by the indigenous aeatas and later "Madia-as" by the Malay settlers who first arrived in the island in the
* [http://www.panayisland.net Panay Island Community]
* [http://www.aklanon.net Aklan Online Community]
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