Iloilo Provincial Government website

Barotac Nuevo

Municipal Seal of Barotac Nuevo
Mayor: 
Braeden John Biron
Vice Mayor: 
George P. Demaisip
District: 
4
Zipcode: 
5007
Telephone: 
+63 33 361 2504
Email Address: 
neilgemora@yahoo.com
Description: 

Barotac Nuevo (Spanish for: New Barotac) is a second-class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 51,867 people.

The town is approximately a 45-minute car trip from the provincial capital of Iloilo City. The town is bordered by Pototan to the west, Dingle to the northwest, Anilao to the northeast, and Dumangas to the south. The town also known as the Football Capital of the Philippines.

The name Barotac is from the Spanish word baro, which means mud, as well as the last syllables of tac and lutac. With nuevo, translated as new, added to the name, it distinguished it from another town called Barotac Viejo just north.

According to local folklore, Barotac Nuevo was famous for its well-bred horses. There was once a horse called Tamasak, a pure white stallion known for its strength, in the stead of one Don Simon, and who was offered much if he could sell it to Manuel Gonzales de Aguilar, the Governor General of the country at that time. Don Simon eventually sold Tamasak. But not for money, but for title, and separation from the town of Dumangas, which it was just a smaller section thereof. The barrio once known as Mulatac now stands the town of Barotac Nuevo.

Barotac Nuevo is a small town whose main industry and capital is in agriculture. The town church was built during the 16th century by Spanish missionaries.