EB Magalona: The Champion of the Workers

EB Magalona is the namesake of Enrique B. Magalona, a municipality in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Previously known as the town of Saravia, it was renamed in honor of Enrique B. Magalona, a former senator.

The name E.B. Magalona has become more popular because this is where F.F. Cruz Shipping Corporation’s port is located there, catering to Roll-On-Roll-Off commodity vehicles and passengers bound from Panay Island through Barangay Bay-ang, Ajuy, Iloilo port, 89.2 kilometers drive from Iloilo City.

Who is Senator Enrique B. Magalona

The story of Senator Enrique B. Magalona is significant as we mark May 1, Labor Day, for he is known as the champion of workers’ rights and welfare.

Enrique B. Magalona was born in Saravia, Negros Occidental, on November 5, 1891, to Vicente Magalona y Ledesma and Augusta Barrera y Majarocan.

He was elected Municipal President of Saravia in 1922 and re-elected to the same post in 1925.
In 1926, he was elected President of the Municipal Presidents Convention at Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Senator Magalona was elected representative to the ninth and tenth Philippine Legislature from 1931 to 1934, and then, later elected assemblyman from the first district of Negros Occidental in 1935 and re-elected in 1938.

He was elected Senator for two terms from 1946 to 1949 and from 1949 to 1955.

Magalona served as chairman of the Committees on Accounts and Civil Service, Rules; Public Health; Labor and Immigration and National Enterprises.

As a lawmaker, he authored, among others, Republic Act. 342 (Moratorium Act); R.A. 611 (cumulative computation of vacation and sick leaves) and R.A. No. 709 (instruction of Spanish in colleges and universities).

Ugyonan Festival and the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

The E.B. Magalona town comes alive every May 1 with the Ugyonan Festival, a celebration that embodies the town’s spirit of “ugyonan,” from the word “ugyon,” which means cooperation.

The Ugyonan Festival coincides with both Labor Day and the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, the town’s patron saint, making it a commemoration to honor workers and a celebration of community spirit.

Visit E.B. Magalona through F.F. Cruz Shipping

F.F. Cruz Shipping Corporation allows you to travel to E.B. Magalona, visit the unique attractions of Negros Island, and enjoy local delicacies through daily RO-RO trips. See the schedule as follows:

Ajuy to EB Magalona (Daily)

4:00 AM
8:00 AM
12:00 NN
4:00 PM

EB Magalona to Ajuy (Daily)

6:00 AM
10:00 AM
2:00 PM
6:00 PM

You can message the Facebook Page of FF Cruz Shipping Corporation or you can contact the following ticketing offices:

Ajuy, Iloilo Port: 0917 554 0087

EB Magalona Port: 0917 544 0051


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