Oas, Albay
Overview
 
Oas is now reclassified as First Class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines
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 . According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 63,888 people in 11,715 households.
The town's economy is generally agricultural. Its major products include rice, root crops such as sweet potato and gabi (taro), coconuts, and other fruits and vegetables.

Fish and other shell foods are also harvested in its coastal areas but do not contribute much to the municipality's income.
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Oas is now reclassified as First Class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

 . According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 63,888 people in 11,715 households.

Economy

The town's economy is generally agricultural. Its major products include rice, root crops such as sweet potato and gabi (taro), coconuts, and other fruits and vegetables.

Fish and other shell foods are also harvested in its coastal areas but do not contribute much to the municipality's income. Underutilization of the town's marine products is due to limited access and transportation to its coastal areas. Farm-to-market roads are currently being constructed to alleviate this situation.

History

The municipality was founded during the early Spanish Colonization of the Bicol Peninsula
Bicol Peninsula
Bicol is a peninsula of the Philippines. It is located on Luzon Island and is part of Bicol Region. The active Mayon Volcano is here....

. In 1605, Father Baltazar de los Reyes converted 12 leading natives of the area to Christianity
Christianity
Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings...

 in one day, forming the foundation of the community now known as Oas.

There are three stories that tell the origin of the name of Oas:
  1. The existence of numerous lagoons or pools of water abounding it prompted early colonizers to give it the name of "Oasis
    Oasis
    In geography, an oasis or cienega is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source...

    ". The natives soon called the place by this name and later abbreviated it to "Oas".
  2. There is a dam across the narrowest portion of a local river. This dam solely irrigates the vast fields of the place including those of the nearby town of Libon
    Libon, Albay
    Libon is a 1st class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 68,846 people in 12,572 households. Libon is known regionally as the "Rice Granary of Albay"....

     and results in a good harvest. People are wary of any cracks or leaks on the dam walls during months of heavy rains. A crier would shot "nawaswas" giving the call to the people(in times of this kind of emergency) for immediate action in groups. From then on, the natives coined this name to the place and later shortened it to present form.
  3. Early Spanish Colonizers reaching this particular section of the Bicol Peninsula
    Bicol Peninsula
    Bicol is a peninsula of the Philippines. It is located on Luzon Island and is part of Bicol Region. The active Mayon Volcano is here....

     asked the name of the place from the about 600 natives living there, "Como se llama este sitio?" with gesture of their hands. The natives mistakenly thought the question to be, "Onan kading lugar kadi, maiwas?" (What place is this, it's very big?) in their native dialect. In response, the natives answered, "Si, señores. Labi nikading iwas. Labi nikading iwas." (Yes, sirs, this is grand and spacious). From then on the early Spanish colonizers adopted in their official census the existence of "a rich fertile valley with verdant fields of grain" which is the little town of Oas in Bicol.

Barangays

Oas is politically subdivided into 53 barangay
Barangay
A barangay is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward...

s.
  • Badbad
  • Badian
  • Bagsa
  • Bagumbayan
  • Balogo
  • Banao
  • Bangiawon
  • Bongoran
  • Bogtong
  • Busac
  • Cadawag
  • Cagmanaba
  • Calaguimit
  • Calpi
  • Calzada
  • Camagong
  • Casinagan
  • Centro Poblacion
  • Coliat
  • Del Rosario
  • Gumabao
  • Ilaor Norte
  • Ilaor Sur
  • Iraya Norte
  • Iraya Sur
  • Manga
  • Maporong
  • Maramba
  • Moroponros
  • Matambo
  • Mayag
  • Mayao
  • Nagas
  • Obaliw-Rinas
  • Pistola
  • Ramay
  • Rizal
  • Saban
  • San Agustin
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • San Miguel
  • San Pascual
  • San Ramon
  • San Vicente
  • Talisay
  • Talongog
  • Tapel
  • Tobgon
  • Tobog
  • Tablon

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