Hamtic: The First Malay Settlement

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A fleet of small boats had for days and weeks sailed through the ancient waters of Sulu Sea in search for new settlements. They just escaped Borneo away from the clutches of the tyrant Sultan Makatunaw. It was circa 1212.

Golden Salakot Shrine in Hamtic, Antique Then an island had mystically gravitated them and had them dropped anchors. Datus Puti, Sumakwel, Bangkaya, Paiburong, Paduhinog, Dumangsol, Dumangsil, Dumaluglog, Balkasusa, and Lubay presented themselves to the village chief Marikudo, his wife Maniwantiwan and their subjects. They came in peace and to purchase tracts of land to which they establish settlements and kingdoms.

Golden Salakot Shrine in Hamtic, AntiqueThe ten Bornean datus offered precious gifts to the Ati royalties such as a golden salakot, pearl necklaces, and other jewelries and treasures, in exchange for their new settlements: prime lots in the vast plains of Panay. Marikudo threw a lavish feast to celebrate what had become the Barter of Panay.

Golden Salakot Shrine in Hamtic, AntiqueThe Atis then left to find and found new territories in the mountains of the great island. Other Bornean datus went on to conduct further expedition trips for more territories. Hence, the Confederation of Madja-as was born.

Golden Salakot Shrine in Hamtic, AntiqueBut the Barter of Panay and the Confederation of Madja-as were over the years debunked as pure myths. But in these days and age, they are still part of lores deeply ingrained in the fabric of the island. And this spot in Malandog, Hamtic, Antique, facing the vast Sulu Sea, a shrine was erected to forever commemorate this great lore.

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