- Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat
Esperanza is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Sultan Kudarat,
Philippines. According to the 2000census, it has a population of 47,578 people in 9,598 households.
Esperanza is politically subdivided into 19
* New Panay
"Esperanza" is a Spanish word meaning "hope". It is believed that the first baby born in the first settled area in the wildness of Dulawan was a baby girl whom the early settlers called Esperanza, with the anticipation that with the birth of child, the name alone could inspire the coming in of peace, unity and prosperity to the settlers.
1952, a group of Christiansettlers established a settlement in Villamor within the then municipal district of Dulawan (presently known as barangay Villamor).
1953, motivated by the primary concern for the education of their children, the settlers petitioned the school authorities for a school at Barrio Villamor. And on the opening of that school year, the Villamor Primary School was opened. In the same year, purok leader Silverio Africa of Purok Esperanza initiated and requested a government survey for the proposed bario site of Esperanza with the expressed approval of Datu Into Saliao. The survey was officially known and identified as TS–310. When the Cotabato–General Santos City National Highwaywas constructed. Esperanza became an independent barrio of Dulawan, Cotabato with Silverio Africa as the first "Barrio Lieutenant".
1956, Datu Into Saliao, a prominent Datu of the place has distributed lands to the people either by lease, share system and even donation to those close to him. By this philanthropic benevolence, people from all walks of life flocked to his barrio. Residential houses mushroomed around and that was the beginning of the programs of Esperanza.
Upon written petitioned of the residents, the municipality of Ampatuan was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 2509 which was enacted and approved into law without executive approval on
June 21, 1959. Esperanza was created by virtue of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The place progressed rapidly because of its location and philanthropic act of prominent leader of the place named Datu Into Saliao who welcomed the immigrants to the area.
1995, Esperanza suffered losses in agricultural crops, implements, farm animals and houses other properties when Lake Maughanoverflowed due to heavy rains.
"Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat" celebrated the first ever hinabyog festival last
November 2005. Hinabyog means "Swayed", which means of swaying in a Bamboo swing which is very popular in the place.
Hinabyog Festival was being celebrated by showing different kinds of Bamboo swing and showing the importance of it. And by Showing different "Drum and Lyre Corps" from all over the schools in Esperanza.
It was also celebrated by having a Hinabyog Dance competition by all the schools inside Esperanza. But unfortunately, in the first Hinabyog Festival, only 2 schools participated in the competition, the "Notre Dame of Esperanza Inc." and the "Esperanza National High School".
"Esperanza National High School (ENHS) "entried 3 different groups and only one on " Notre Dame of Esperanza Inc. (NDEi)". The area used in the competition was the NDEi field.
But even though ENHS entered 3 entries, Notre dame of Esperanza Inc. still won. After an entry won they were automatically going to compete for the "Kalimudan Festival" or "The Festival of all the Festivals" in
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
* [http://www.ndeinc.page.tl/HOME.htm#/ Notre Dame of Esperanza Inc./ NDEi]
* Esperanza National High School/ ENHS
* Esperanza Central School
1971- Esperidion Limson
1978- Mariano Carumba
1982- Romulo L. Latog, Sr.
1986- Roberto E. Examen
1987- Jose A. Dequito
1988- Romulo L. Latog, Sr.
1995- Fernando L. Ploteña
2001- Romulo L. Latog, Jr.
* [http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/default.asp Philippine Standard Geographic Code]
* [http://www.t-macs.com/kiso/local/ 2000 Philippine Census Information]
* [http://www.sanosolutions.somee.com SanoSolution Software and Web Solutions]
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