CORON

Introduction

Info Coron

introduction

Coron is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines, comprising the eastern half of Busuanga Island, all of Coron Island and about 50 other minor islets stretching as far as Tara Island in the north-east and Canipo Island in the south.  All these islands are part of the Calamian Archipelagoin Northern Palawan that separates the South China Sea from the Sulu Sea. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 42,941 people.

The main population center of the municipality is composed of PoblacionBarangays 1 to 6, where the Municipal Building, the Municipal Legislative Building, and Judicial Hall of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court are located. Its fiesta is held annually on August 28 in honor of Saint Augustine. It is the commercial capital of the Calamian Islands.

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POPULATION : 42,941
FOUNDED :  1902
TIME ZONE :  PST (UTC+8)
LANGUAGE :
RELIGION :
AREA : 689.10 km2 (266.06 sq mi)
ELEVATION :
COORDINATES : 12°00′N 120°12′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 50%
 Female: 50%
ETHNIC :
AREA CODE : 48
POSTAL CODE : 5316
DIALING CODE :
WEBSITE :

Tourism

Coron is in the province of Palawan, Philippines on Busuanga Island. It is the largest town on the island and has the largest share of accommodations.

Coron is both the name of the largest town on the island of Busuanga, and the name of a different, smaller island just offshore. The area is famous for its World War II wreck diving, and the site has been named in many lists of top dive spots in the world. In September 1944, a fleet of Japanese ships hiding in the harbor were sunk in a daring raid by the US navy. The result is around ten well preserved underwater shipwrecks surrounded with coral reef.

There are also attractions on Coron Island itself. There are many beautiful white sand beaches, mostly tiny and surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife. Barracuda and Kayangan lakes are both stunning locations, and good for snorkeling, and the island is the ancestral domain of an indigenous tribe who are managing the island in a sustainable way and keeping outsiders at a distance and offshore at night.

History

The first inhabitants of Coron were the Tagbanuas who belong to the second wave of Indonesians who migrated to this area some 5,000 years ago. They were a nomadic, seafaring people, living mainly by fishing and subsistence agriculture. Although they are now sedentary (with the young using cell phones, etc.), they maintain many of their old customs, traditions and beliefs. Today, the Tagbanuas remain the dominant if not entire population of Coron.

In 1902 that Coron was registered as a town and the name of the town was officially changed from Penon de Coron to Coron.

From 1939 to the outbreak of World War II, the municipality experienced the mining boom. Labor shifted from farming to mining. In July 1942, the Japanese occupied the mining camps and resumed operation of the manganese mines. On September 24, 1944, a group of Japanese ships were sunk by American warplanes in Coron waters as the ships retreated from Manila Bay. To this day, about 10 or 12 of these World War II Japanese shipwrecks comprise what is considered one of the best dive sites in the world.

In 1947, large scale deep sea fishing was introduced to Coron, and the town experienced another boom, a fishing boom. The population increased, as many people from Luzon and the Visayas came to work either as fishermen or miners.

On June 17, 1950, Busuanga was officially created as a separate municipality from Coron and in 1954, Coron was further reduced by the official creation of the Municipality of Linapacan. On September 12, 1992, Coron was finally reduced by the official creation of the Municipality of Culion.

In the past, Coron was virtually unknown outside of Palawan. It remains a small, quaint fishing town with laid back charm but with increasing media exposure it is growing, slowly but steadily, Coron has taken an important position in the tourism industry. In the past decade, there has been a rapid influx of scuba divers and other tourists coming in, making tourism the major industry player in Coron today.

Climate

Climate data for Coron

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)37
(99)
37
(99)
33
(91)
35
(95)
36
(97)
35
(95)
36
(97)
33
(91)
32
(90)
33
(91)
33
(91)
37
(99)
37
(99)
Average high °C (°F)30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
32
(90)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30.3
(86.5)
Daily mean °C (°F)27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(84)
28
(82)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27.6
(81.7)
Average low °C (°F)25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25.3
(77.5)
Record low °C (°F)20
(68)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
22
(72)
20
(68)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
20
(68)
20
(68)
Source #1: World Weather Online
Source #2: Weatherbase 

Economy

The main industries of Coron are fishing and tourism. Former industries include manganese mining at Singay Mines in Barangay San Nicolas during the Japanese Occupation period. This was followed by the fishing industry boom during the 1970s up to the 1990s which gradually dwindled due to illegal blast and sodium cyanide fishing. Almost along with fishing boom was the rattan and basket-weaving industry which also gradually declined due to the ensuing depletion of raw materials.

Currently tourism is the top industry in Coron and is a location of beaches, dive sites, and other natural tourist spots. A Dozen of sunken Japanese warships at depths between 10 and 40 metres (33 and 131 ft) off Coron Island is a diving destination,  listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.

Subdivisions

Coron is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

  • Banuang Daan
  • Bintuan
  • Borac
  • Buenavista
  • Bulalacao
  • Cabugao
  • Decabobo
  • Decalachao
  • Guadalupe (also called Binalabag)
  • Lajala
  • Malawig
  • Marcilla
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Barangay V (Pob.)
  • Barangay VI (Pob.)
  • San Jose
  • San Nicolas
  • Tagumpay
  • Tara
  • Turda

Internet, Comunication
  • Calamian Planet OnlineBGY. POB. 3 (in the center). 8AM to 9PM.An Internet Cafe you may check your mail and print document, pictures & other. P 30.00.

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