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The Natives of Banate

As any other old Spanish town in the province of Iloilo, the natives of Banate were given surnames starting usually with the letter BA, BAL, BAS, etc. after the name of the town itself. This is also true for Barotac Viejo which was once a part of the pueblo which is why one can notice even up to the present that both towns share some families/clans with the same surnames.

Banate during the Pre-conquest Period

Images from the Boxer Codex (c. 1595), illustrating an ancient Visayans of Panay during their first contact with the Spaniards.

The settlement in Banate is of ancient origin. It was among the ancient organized territories of the Confederation of Madja-as in Panay (also called by the ancient Bornean migrants, the island of "Madya-as"),[7] which the Spaniards found when they came to the Island.[8] It was known to Spanish missionaries during the earliest dates of the colonization as Bobog.[9] The Spanish Augustinian historian, Fray Gaspar de San Agustin, mentions it in an account about Dumangas and other coastal towns of the island, where in ancient times there was a principality and trade center that had the most illustrious nobility in the whole island of Panay. Bobog (Banate), Araut, Anilao, and Hapitan were among the ancient coastal civilizations in Panay.[10]

There are theories that settlers from the powerful ancient thalassocratic Malay empire based on the island of Sumatra, modern-day Indonesia (which influenced much of Southeast Asia)[11] arrived in Banate in around 600 A.D., during the second wave of migration from the Sulawesi Island of the southern archipelago of Southeast Asia. First, the most northern part of Iloilo, Estancia, was settled. Some migrants moved to Batad, Balasan and Carles. Then, Ajuy was settled, and from there communities spread to inhabit the present Conception and San Dionisio area. In time, communities of Ajuy spread upland to populate the hamlet of Sara. The families of Sara spread to Lemery. Other families inhabited the coast of Bobog (Banate-Viejo), and traversed the mountain now called San Rafael. Some families settled near the River Jalaud. Others moved further South and settled in Irong-irong and finally stopped at Ogtong. These independent coastal settlements were engaged in fishing, and settled near rivers.[8]

The Maragtas of Pedro Alcantara Monteclaro mentions that the area near the Alakaygan River was among the first areas to be exploited by the early Malay settlers for agriculture. In these places they cultivated the land, planting kauayan, mabulo, hidiok, bagtikan, sibukao, buri, niog, kulo, kalamansi, paray, batad, kahangkugui and other seed, which they brought from Borneo.[12] Alakaygan and Bubug (Bobog), which gave its name to the ancient society and where the future Spanish population would develop, were among the first settlements established by the Malays in Panay.[13]

As a side note, Alakaygan is the only place in Banate where, until recent years, Tapukal (krill or hipon smoked in the bark of a native tree) was produced. It is a delicacy that can be found only in Banate.

Banate during the Spanish Regime

Fr. Murillo Velarde's 1734 Map of the Philippines showing Banate as one of the ancient towns on the island of Panay.

Origin of the Town's Name

At the beginning of the Christianisation of Panay, Bobog was a visita[14] of the Augustinian parish and monastery of Dumangas. Gaspar de San Agustin mentioned the existence of the town in his book Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas (1565–1615).[10] Another Augustinian historian Fray Juan Fernandez, in his Monografias de los pueblos de la isla de Panay, affirms that Banate was known in the ancient times as Bobog or Bog-og. The Augustinian friar says that the modern name Banate might have been derived from some flora that abundantly thrive in the town. One possibility is the Butacea, named by Carl Linnaeus as Murraya exotica. If the spelling and the pronunciation are corrupted, and instead of Banate what is written or pronounced is Bangate, it would therefore be the leguminous papilionácea called in botany as Abrus praecatorius.[15]

To the inhabitants, the town's modern name is commonly attributed to the presence of many Bangate trees in the area. According to a local legend, when the Spaniards arrived, all the inhabitants of Banate fled away for safety. An old man, however, failed to escape because he was of advanced age and was already so weak. It was raining then. So, the old man took shelter under the Bangate tree where a Spanish officer found him later on. The white man asked the native; "Come se llama esto pueblo?", The old man, uncertain what to say, merely said "Bangate" thinking that the Spaniard was asking him about the name of the tree. Unable to understand clearly what the old man mumbled, the Spaniard thought the native had said "Banate". While such legend sounds too absurd to be true, it is the only explanation often given by people when asked why their town is called Banate. Indeed, 'Bangate' trees still abound within the territorial limits of the municipality.

Banate at the Beginning of the Colonial Period

The Map of Panay, with data about the bastions of its coastlines, c. 1797, drawn under the direction of Don Santiago Salaverria, Teniente Coronel graduado de Batallon de Milicias de la Laguna de Bay, y Corregidor de la Provincia de Tondo. The map shows the three bastions of Banate.

Bobog, in the early part of its history as a Christian settlement and a Visita of Dumangas, was placed under the advocation of St. John the Evangelist.[16] In the early part of the 1700s, it was called "Banate Viejo" by the Spaniards. A map of the Philippines, made by the Jesuit priest Fr. Murillo Velarde and published in Manila in 1734, shows Banate Viejo among the ancient towns of the island.[17] The appelative "Viejo", which the Spaniards attached to the early hispanized name of the town, indicates the ancient origin of Banate.

Fr. Juan Fernandez says that Banate was formally established as a municipality in 1763. By then, it acquired as its Visita the settlement of Sinaba-an.[18][note 1] In a private definitory of the Augustinian Order, on 31 October 1763, Fr. Alejandro Arias was appointed as Vicar for the town.[19][20]

Being a coastal village with a rich fishing ground, Banate is naturally inclined to flourish. However, it was also a natural target to invaders. In 1764, many people would leave the town because of a disastrous incursion and pillage of the Moros from Mindanao. R. P. Fray Arias, O.S.A., the town's priest who was at the same time the parish priest of Guimbal,[21] was escaping this raid when he was captured by Moro pirates in that year at the Port of Tayabas. Later, the invaders executed him.[22][18]

Consequently, after the Muslim pillage, Banate was re-annexed to Dumangas.[23] It later became a Visita with its own teniente de justicia, dependent to Barotac Nuevo for its civil and ecclesiastical government until 1843,[24] when it was declared an independent municipality again.[22] By the end of the 1700s, the inhabitants of Banate have already finished building three stone bastions located at its shores, which defended the town from marauding moros of Mindanao.[25] The three stone structures are prominent in the 1797 Map of Panay drawn under the direction of Don Santiago Salaverria, Teniente Coronel graduado de Batallon de Milicias de la Laguna de Bay, y Corregidor de la Provincia de Tondo (cf. Illustration).

By beginning of the 1800s, the Spaniards noted that Banate profited from the benefit of its good bastions that the native residents built to defend themselves from the moro pirates. Because of this advantageous situation, in a short time, the town was developing again. The Spanish observers foresaw that soon Banate would be a notable town again. It enjoyed good ventilation and healthy climate. Though the houses were of simple construction, but the community had good defenses to protect itself against the frequent Moro incursions. People were engaged in agriculture, which constituted their main occupation. Fishing was also a very important trade because of the abundance of the harvest from Banate Bay.[26]

Erection as a Town and Parish

There is no extant document or act of legislation recording the date of the formal reestablishment of Banate as a municipality in the year 1843. It could be noted, however, that the town had its first duly appointed Gobernadorcillo in the person of Don Felix Baviera, in 1837. Included within the territorial jurisdiction of the town of Banate during that time were Barotac Viejo and Anilao. The original site of the Poblacion of Banate was in what is now known as Bularan. The small Church there, around which the town grew, was then situated near the shore. Nearby, towards the North, the town cemetery was located. For the market place, nipa and bamboo shacks were constructed near the area where the first Church used to be. During the later part of the 19th century the present Roman Catholic stone Church was constructed in the adjacent barangay which subsequently became the Poblacion or the capital of the town.[20]

Decree of Governor General Antonio Blanco, dated 5 April 1850, separating the towns of Banate and Anilao from the jurisdiction of Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo (Philippines). The original document is in the custody of the Monastery of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines in Valladolid, Spain.

An extant record published by the Augustinians Friars states that in the year 1845, the town had 1,464 tributaries. It was described as follows:

"It is located by the shore, and has three stone bastions that defend it. Its climate is one of the best in the province. In addition to agriculture, the natives devote themselves to fishing, and export fish to many towns in the province; and women engage themselves in making fine fabrics from pineapple fiber. Its interim parish priest is R. P. Fray Bartolomé Villa,O.S.A., 27 years of age and 4 years in the ministry." [27]

Fray Villa, the interim parish priest, came to manage Banate in 1843. He was given charge of Antique in 1847, and was transferred to Manila for health reasons, in 1856.[28] In the list of priests assigned in Banate, there is no other name between him and the next Augustinian friar who came to the town in 1854.[29]

The official local election results record for the year 1844–45 found in the National Archives (in Manila) entitled Relacion nominal de los Gobernadorcillos, tenientes, juezes, y alguaciles del año corriente con exposicion de sus Pueblos lists Don Pascual Baylon as the Gobernadorcillo of Banate, and that the other town officials during his incumbency were Julian Fuentes- Primer Teniente, Victoriano Bonifacio- Segundo Teniente, Ynesanio Domingo- Primer Juez, Ruberto Cayetano- Segundo Juez, Lucas Espinosa- Primer Alguacil, Juan Mateo- Segundo Alguacil, Juan Ygnacio- Tercer Alguacil.[30]

The original manuscript of the report of R.P. Fray Bernardo Arquero, O.S.A., dated 1 January 1897, on the statistical data and historical information of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Banate, Iloilo (Philippines). The document can be found in the Archives of the Monastery of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines in Valladolid, Spain.

Thirteen years after the first Gobernadorcillo of Banate was appointed, Governor General Antonio Blanco declared Banate as an independent parish on 5 April 1850, at the same time as that of Anilao.[22] In his decree, the Governor General noted that Banate was already separated from Barotac Nuevo in its temporal administration, and after consulting with the various Spanish colonial authorities, including the Bishop of Cebu (who had ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the entire Visayas) and the Governor of the Region, he deemed it opportune to decree the separation of the town's spiritual care from its mother Parish of Barotac Nuevo.[31]

In 1854, R. P. Fray Nicolas Calvo, O.S.A., the first full-time parish priest was assigned in Banate.[32] With his stable presence, the town's status as a pueblo was confirmed and, the following year (in 1855), Governor General Blanco's decree of 1850 was implemented, formally erecting Banate as a parish under the patronage of St. John the Baptist.[33] In that year, the elected Gobernadorcillo of Banate was Capitan Don Tomas Juanico, and the following were the other town officials: D. Alfonso Arroyo- Primer Teniente, Pablo Becenra- Segundo Teniente y Juez mayor de Ganados, Sabino Apacible- Juez mayor de Sementeras, Claudio Juanico- Juez de Policia, Fabiano Baquisal- Primer Alguacil, Tobias Bacabac- Segundo Alguacil, Luis Banbeno-Tercer Alguacil.[34]

Because of the benefit of good bastions, the inhabitants benefited more and more from its advantageous internal situation. Within very short years after the resettlement of the town, Banate recovered to be a notable community with plenty of rice, sugar, tobacco, and pineapple fiber fabrics, which the women produced.[26]

The present Church of the parish was built in 1870 by R. P. Eustaqiuo Torés, O.S.A.[35] It was made of stone and wood during the Spanish time. His successor, Fr. Manuel Santos,[36] built the convent made of wood in 1883.[37][note 2]

On 28 October 1898, during the Revolution for Philippine Independence, Banate (which remained loyal to Spain) was reduced to ashes by the rebels under the ill-mannered Juan Maraingan -[38] a leader of one of the bandit groups or "aggraviados" (boyongs, pulahanes, and tulisanes), who took advantage of the unsettled times to come down and attack the Spanish forces and unprotected towns and villages. The revolutionaries welcomed cooperation with these groups, but would later make a clear distinction between the two movements. The relationship between the Principalía-led revolutionaries and the agraviados was marked by distrust and conflict. In the eyes of revolutionaries like Martin Delgado, Ananias Diocno, and Leandro Fullon, the agraviados were outcasts, religious fanatics.[39]

Towards the end of the Spanish rule, Banate had 6,285 residents. All of whom were baptized Catholics, except for 5 of the 6 Chinese residents. At that time, there were 3,145 persons paying tribute ("de pago"), and 256 or around 12.29% classified as exempted or "de privilegio y gratis" (principales).[40]

The Spanish Friars Who Evangelized Banate

The Parish Priests played important roles in the life of towns of the Philippines during the Spanish Regime. Many of them were the builders of public structures and defenses of colonial towns. Having its own parish priest added prestige to the status of a municipality during that period. Banate had its first priest in 1763. Below is the list of Spanish Augustinian Friars who served the town during the colonial era:[41]

The Monastery of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines in Valladolid, Spain, also known as the Real Colegio de Agustinos Filipinos. Left to right: [1] Facade; [2] Cloister. All of the nine Augustinians friars sent to evangelize and to serve Banate were educated and formed in this Royal College. R. P. Fray Alejandro Arias, O.S.A.[42]

This religious was a native of Villarodrigo, province of Leon. He entered the convent of Valladolid in 1734, at the age of seventeen. He was a missionary of the Italones in 1740, and Minister of Pórac (1744), Magalan and Tarlac (1747), S. Miguel de Mayumo (1747), S. José de los Montes (1750), Anilao (1759), and Guimbál with Banate (1763). He was captured by the Moros in 1764, in the port of Tayabas, and was killed by them.[43]

R. P. Fray Bartolome Villa, O.S.A. (1843)
He was born in Castañeda in the Province of Oviedo in Asturias, in 1817. He received the Augustinian habit in the Colegio de Valladolid in 1832.[44] On 4 March 1836, he was given the Royal Mandate by Queen Isabela II, together with 23 other Augustinian missionaries, to evangelize in the Philippines. He was 21 years old upon receipt of the mission order, and was still a theologian in the Order of sub-deacons.[45] Fray Villa arrived in the Philippine Islands in November 1836. After finishing his studies in Manila, he went to Visayas, where he held the parishes of Banate and Antique in 1843 and 1847 respectively. In 1856, he came to Manila and, taking sick leave in the town of Gapán, died on May 2 in the same year (1856).[46]

R. P. Fray Nicolas Calvo, O.S.A. (1854)
A native of Villasarracino, in the province of Palencia; son of Zoilo and Benita Andrés.[47] He was born in 1819. He took his religious vows in the Colegio de Valladolid in 1844, and ministered the parishes of San Pedro (1850), Banate (1854) and Igbaras (1858) in Visayas, dying in this last town assignment, on June 13, 1861.[48]

Fray Calvo was among the 13 Augustinian priests and 7 friars in minors orders, who were given the Royal permission by Queen Isabela II, on 20 January 1845, to embark from the port of Santander, for Philippine mission.[49]

R. P. Fray Julián Alonso, O.S.A. (1859)
He was born in Valladolid in 1833; and son of Felipe Benicio Alonso and Patricia Barriuso. After having taken religious profession in the Colegio de los Agustinos of the aforementioned city on 13 May 1851 and, having received the Royal mandate of Queen Isabela II earlier, on 25 September 1854 (No. 131), he moved to Manila in 1855 to begin his missionary work in the Philippines.[50] Here he was ordained a priest and, soon after, obedience destined him to go to the province of Iloilo, where he administered the towns of Banate in 1859, and Barotac Nuevo from 1865 to July 2, 1878, date of his death.[51]

R. P. Fray Eustaqiuo Torés, O.S.A. (1870)
Fray Eustaqiuo Torés was a native of Olmedo, Province of Valladolid; son of Nemesio and Lorenza Sanz.[52] He received the religious habit in Valladolid in 1861, made profession of his first vows in 1862;[53] and his final vows on June 26, 1868 at the age of 23 years, after 6 years in the Order.[54] His studies include Philosophy, Theology, and Cycle I of Canon Law.[54]

The young Augustinian went to the Philippines, already a deacon, in 1868, having received earlier, on 4 December 1867, the Royal Order of Queen Isabela II (No. 59), to embark on mission to the Archipelago. He administered in the province of Iloilo the curates of Banate and Barotac Nuevo in 1870 and 1882 respectively. In these towns, he built churches made of stone blocks and of wood. He died in Barotac Nuevo, on May 4, 1888.[55]

R. P. Fray Manuel Santos, O.S.A. (1882)
Report regarding the description of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Banate, Iloilo (Philippines), as well as its people and the properties of the Church in the town. The report was made by of R. P. Fray Agapito Lope, O.S.A., parish priest of Banate in 1893. The document was written and signed in Cornago, La Rioja, Spain, and dated 4 August 1911. The original is in the custody of the Monastery of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines in Valladolid, Spain.
He was born in Iglesias (Burgos) in 1853; son of Ruperto an Bonifacio González. He made his religious profession in the Colegio de Valladolid, on 21 September 1870.[56]

On 13 November 1873, Fray Santos and 9 other Augustinian friars received the permission of the Government of the First Spanish Republic, to embark for mission in the Philippines.[57] In the Visayas, he served as associate of the parish priest of Santa Barbara in 1878, and parish priest of Banate, (in which town he built the wooden parish rectory) from 1883 to June 29, 1889, the day of his death.[58]

R. P. Fray Lazaro Ramirez, O.S.A. (1890)
This religious was born in Bergüenda (Alava). After embracing the monastic life in the Colegio de Valladolid in 1879 at the age of seventeen, he arrived in the Philippine Archipelago, already a deacon, in 1886. Ordained as a priest in December of this same year, he studied the Panay dialect in the town of Santa Bárbara. He served the parishes of Mina in 1888, Banate 1890, Ajui in 1892, and Pavia from 1895 to 1898. It was from Pavia where, full of the spirit of God and eager to preach the Gospel to the pagans, he went to the missions of Hun-Nan (China) where he continued to work in such a glorious zeal. He finished building the beautiful church of Pavia and prepared it for sacred cult.[59]

R. P. Fray Agapito Lope, O.S.A. (1893)
Native of Cornago in La Rioja. He was born on 24 March 1859. He did his first religious profession in the Colegio de Valladolid, on 25 October 1877. Fulfilling the mandate of his superiors, he left Spain for the Philippines, to whose capital he arrived on 10 September 1884. In the Philippines, after completing his regular studies, he was assigned as parish priest of Barotac Viejo (1886), S. Miguel (1890), Bánate (1892), Dingle (1893), Igbarás (1894), Librarian of the convent of the Santo Niño de Cebú (1895), parish priest of Dueñas (1897) and associate of the parish priest of Maasin (from the month of September of that year until November 1898.) He died in Spain in the early 1900s.[60]

An extant document of the Report made by Fray Lope regarding the description of the Parish and its people, as well as describing the Church properties in Banate, exists in the custody of the Monastery of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines in Valladolid, Spain.[61] The document, which was written and signed in Cornago, La Rioja (the hometown of the Spanish Friar) is dated 4 August 1911.[62] [63] At the end of the document, Fray Lope mentions the "vecinos distinguidos"[64] (distinguished residents) of the Banate: Don Eugenio Badilla, Doña Carmen Baban, Don Marcelo (La)Madrid, Don (Florencio) Villaluz, Doña Nicolasa Badilla, and Doña Apolonia Baban.[65]

R. P. Fray Bernardo Arquero, O.S.A. (1893)
He was born in the town of Ocaña, province of Toledo, on August 20, 1864. He was professed in Valladolid in 1880, and was ordained a priest in the following year upon his arrival in the Philippine Archipelago. He was parish priest of Dueñas in 1889, and of Banate from 1893 to 1898. Afterwards he served as professor of the Seminary of Manaus, of the State and Diocese of Amazons (Brazil).[66] His name is cast on the largest bell of Banate.

Fray Arquero is also known for the manuscript he redacted on 1 January 1897, regarding the statistical data and historical information of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Banate, Iloilo (Philippines)at the later part of the Spanish rule. The document can be found in the Archives of the Monastery of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines in Valladolid, Spain.[67]

Banate during the American Regime

Ludovico Arroyo Bañas, (standing in the middle) with his staff at the Office of the Telecommunications Bureau, Region IV, in Iloilo City, c. late 1950s.
When the Americans seized control of Panay at the later part of 1899, Banate was among the first settlements they bombarded and chosen as landing spot for their forces. On October 27, 1899, General Diocno informed General Delgado of the docking at Iloilo of the USS Concord. On board were 3,000 troops and 200 horses. On November 2, two American gunboats bombarded the town of Banate. On the 5th, American forces began their advance outside the frontlines toward San Miguel. Landings were made in Banate on November 25, in Capiz and Calivo in December, and in San Jose de Buenavista in January 1900. Unable to resist the American advance, the Filipino revolutionaries retreated to the mountains of Panay. Delgado retreated to the mountains of Lambunao, Diocno to the hills of Aclan, and Fullon to the vicinity of Mt. Madia-as. By July 1, 1900, the Panay defenders had opted to shift to guerrilla tactics.[68][69]

By the beginning of 1901, the disenchanted revolutionaries had run out of men, ammunition, and food. In February, Delgado surrendered to the Americans. On March 1, Fullon followed suit, and on March 21, Diocno signed the Paz de Aclan. Colonel Salas continued the fight until October.[69]

When the American rule was established, the town's population was 6,250 (2973 males and 3277 females).[70]

When the Revolution broke out in 1898, Ciriaco Fuentes, more popularly known as Capitan Takong, was the Gobernadorcillo. He was succeeded by Don Eugenio Badilla as the first local President shortly after the town became part of the United States territory in 1901, upon the arrival and takeover of the American soldiers under the command of Commander Brunnel, who established the American rule in Banate.

The town's first officials under the American Regime were the following:[71]

Don Eugenio Badilla, President
Don Marcelo Madrid
Don Florencio Villaluz
Don Ciriaco Fuentes
Don Fortunato Perez
Don Nemesic Badilla
N. B. Don Eugenio Badilla, Don Marcelo Madrid, Don Florencio Villaluz were also listed by the second to the last Spanish Friar assigned in Banate as among the distinguished residents of the town during the last years of the Spanish Era.[72]

From 1 October 1901, an American teacher was also stationed in Banate.[73]

During the American Period, Barotac Viejo and Anilao were reduced as districts under Banate. The Administrative Act No. 2657 of the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands, dated 31 December 1916, shows Banate as one of the 24 Municipalities in Iloilo,[74] and of the five towns belonging to the Fifth District of the Province.[75] On 1 January 1918, Barotac Viejo was separated through the Executive Order No. 84 of the American Governor General. On that occasion, the majority of the town Officials of Banate were Barotacnons. As a consequence, there came about a succession of appointed Presidents in Banate, until the time of the next election.[note 3] During the term of Benjamin Buyco as President of the town (1936–1939), Anilao was separated from Banate. Afterwards, Benjamin Buyco also became the first Mayor of Anilao.

During this period, a Banatenhon - Ludovico Arroyo Bañas - was chosen as one of the ten personnel of the American government telegraph service in the Philippines to compose the first and only group of Filipino pensionados who, in 1919, underwent advanced training in wireless telegraphy (radio), at the US Naval Radio School in Cavite. The training of the ten Filipinos was made possible through a special arrangement between the U. S. Naval Authorities in the Philippines and the Insular Government. To select the trainees, a special examination was conducted among the 398 students of the Post-Telegraph School.[76][77] Later, Bañas (who is one of the prominent figures in the history of Philippine Telecommunications) became the Regional Superintendent of the Bureau of Telecommunications (BUTEL) in Region IV (Panay, Negros, Romblon, and Palawan), at the time of his retirement, on 16 February 1966.[78][79]

They were spectators of the World War II and the stories about the war will be remembered up to the last days of their lives. They expressed faith to the New-Born Republic established on July 4, 1946. Their wisdom and courage in the administration combined with the uplifting influence of education and of religion enabled them to surmount the challenges and build a more stable and progressive society.

Through the years, they were governed by different men who have carved their paths, exceeded expectations and made a difference in their town Banate. Countless changes were initiated and implemented by these noble individuals to help create a better municipality that realizes the aspirations of their forefathers. Banate experienced a first in history having Dr. Renerose B. Caborubias as the First Lady Mayor.

Today, the Municipality of Banate is spearheaded by the returning Mayor Hon. Carlos O. Cabangal, Jr.; he is determined to continue the legacy left by our ancestors by providing programs and projects that will be remembered by every Banatenhon in the years to come. As of this writing, the current Mayor is putting Banate in the limelight, an achievement that truly merits a page in the history.

The past, present and future of Banate lives on.

BALITA BANATENHON

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