THE NAME “Palanas” was derived from a native word which means a “large flat stone”. Untrue to popular belief, the coming of the Spaniards had nothing to do with its origin because Palanas had already been a defined settled area called as such before they came. The large flat stone for which it was named may refer to the flat sedimentary rock formations that look like pavements stretching through most of the coral reef areas of the municipality.
The development of Palanas actually begun sometime before 1560 B.C.,as evidenced by the carbon-dating of archeological artifacts dug in 1980 and 1981 at Bagumbayan, Poblacion, barely 25 meters east of Alvarez St.by a couple of archeologists from liecester University, London. Human occupation of Palanas,unless disproved,there,antedated that of any of it neighboring municipalities. Artifacts of pre-Chinese era were also found in Tomongan, 2kms.East of the Pobalcion in an Iron Age burial ground, purporting that human habitation in Palanas had been intensive even before Europeans came to the Philippines.
The earliest known record of Palanas as a settlement of considerable size both in area and population shows that in 1884, there were 895 people in it. It grew in two years to 1,849 out of the total population of Masbate of 5,489 out of the total population of 2,655 out of the population of Masbate of 19,517.When Masbate had a population occupying 140 hectares of cultivated lands,24,703 cogonland, and 12,753 woodland.
As early as 1885, Palanas had been a Cabeza de Barangay with Potenciano Tamayo appointed as the Alcalde Mayor. Its jurisdication covered what are now Dimasalang, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Placer and Esperanza. When Uson was also made a cabeza de barangay, Dimasalang became the natural boundary of Uson and Palanas.
The Alcalde Mayor of Uson wanted to extend the boundary across Suba river virtually annexing Dimasalang. The timely marriage of Alcalde Mayor Tamayo to a native of Suba saved the day for Dimasalang. But unfortunately, with the marriage, the seat of government was transferred from Palanas to Dimasalang in 1920 thus leaving Palanas a barangay of Dimasalang. Half a century later, by virtue of Republic Act 639, dated December 19, 1951, Palanas was separated from Dimasalang as a distinct municipality.
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Welcome to the Agro-Tourism Municipality with a significant level of socio-economic and
Cultural growth of its populace through an effective governance and delivery of sustainable
program and services.
It is for this premise, that I congratulate our own people for the exertive efforts to make our
official website more informative, We are now on a level of Information Techonology. I wish
that this masterpiece can make each everyone of you helpful specially for the people of
Palanas. As your Local Chief Executive, I always envision to give better basic services for
our people as you deliberately witness for more than a decade.
Celebrating Palanas Town Fiesta 2011 One of the highlights of the events are: " Palanas Got Talent, Bb. Palanas"
EVENTS / NEWS
Binibinig Palanas 2011 - Beauty, brain, talent. A Search for 2011 Bb. Palanas
Palanas Got Talent - Expressing the body moves of the youths from different barangays of palanas, masbate.
GMA Visits - On November 10, 2008. Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Party visits Palanas, Masbate.
Araw ng Palanas 2013 - 62th Founding Anniversary. Featuring: The Pasayaw sa Leon held at Municipal Plaza last Dec. 19, 2013
1. Outstanding Contribution in the field of Public Service for the upliftment and betterment of thepeople in the community by endorsing MACRECO RP - Spain (SAIIS-BC Cassava Component- February 28, 2009
2. Philippines National Red Cross- January 17, 2009
3. Outstanding Contribution in the field of Public Service for the upliftment and betterment of thepeople in the community by endorsing MACRECO- February 16, 2008
4. Outstanding Local Government Unit (ProvincialLevel-Masbate)- September 26, 2003
5. First runner-up in the 2002 Search for the Cleanest & Greenest Local Government Unit- July 26, 2002
6. 2000-2001 Cleanest and Greenest Municipality (Category B - 4th - 6th Class Municipality )- August 10, 2001
VISION: A recognized agrotourism municipality with significant level of socio-economic, cultural growth and improved quality of life of the populace