Malay

Malay, a first-class Municipality is the tourism capital of the Province of Aklan. Located at the northwestern tip of Panay Island, it is bounded on the north by Sibuyan and Sulu Seas, on the east by the Municipality of Nabas, on the west by the Municipality of Buruanga and on the south by the Province of Antique. Having a total land area of 6,731 hectares, it is politically divided into 17 barangays.


  Accessible by land to all the provinces in Panay Island, Malay is 76 road kilometres from Kalibo, the capital town of Aklan; 237 road kilometres from Iloilo City through air-conditioned buses and vans; 45 minutes air travel via commercial flight on a regular basis from Manila to Caticlan Airport; sea travel is approximately 12 hours from Manila to Caticlan or through RORO vessels Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.

 Founded on June 15, 1949 by virtue of Republic Act No. 381, Malay has a population of 45,811 in 2010 according to National Statistics Office, with a population growth rate of 6.45% and a population density of 680 per square kilometre.

Boracay Island, being the premier tourist destination of the Philippines, contributes largely to population increase with workers and entrepreneurs coming from neighboring towns, cities and provinces. The Local Government has proposed the conversion of Malay into a city. According to Resolution no. 066 series of 2010, the LGU has created an ADHOC Committee and Technical working group to conduct studies and evaluations for the proposed cityhood of the Municipality of Malay.

CUBAY SUR and CUBAY NORTE have the same origin since the place used to be one in the past.  Cubay Norte is the smallest barangay in terms of land area, while Cubay Sur is a little bit larger as it extends upstream along the Nabaoy River up to Bakirohan Hills.

When the first families of these barrios grow in number, scattered around the place.  Some built their homes in the riverbanks of the Napaan river, which they commonly called "pangpang", while some settled in the hillside.  Later the bandits disturbed these peace loving inhabitants getting their harvests or animals or threaten to kill them if they will not give, so these people moved down to the lowlands.  They agreed to build their houses in column along the road going to Nabas or Buruanga.  This idea will easily get in touch with each other or call for help in case of danger.

This system of maintaining this row of houses lasted for sometime until the bandits left and peace once again reign in these barrios.  When these houses were built in row people called them "Cubay" because these word suggests the same.  Later, when the movement for the separation of Malay from Buruanga started, the natives and some leaders agreed to split the barrio into two - one on the southern side which they later called Cubay Sur and the other in the northern side which they call Cubay Norte.

Land Area: 87.48 has
Total Population: 1,423 PSA 2015
Population Density: 16 persons/has
   
Punong Barangay: Hon. Neil Oczon Quintin