Towns in Bohol

Alburquerque

Alburquerque is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 8,715 people in 1,670 households. The town’s short name is “Albur“. Alburquerque is reputed to have one of the longest (23 feet or 7 meters as of 2005) and heaviest (300 kg or 660 lbs) python in captivity. The python named Prony is Albur’s star and has known to the people as “Live Anaconda of Bohol.” Prony, a female python is owned by Mr. Sofronio Salibay. Prony captured the attention of media network GMA 7 who filmed the feeding. According to JingJing Salibay, the lady caretaker, Prony ate cats dogs which should be clean and free of bruises. This “illegal” kind of feeding according to animal welfare rights activists caught the attention of Animal Kingdom and ordered the caretaker to stop feeding Prony with dogs. Animal Kingdom also donated money to raise a sanctuary. ABS-CBN and other media networks, newspapers and magazines have featured Prony. In March 2006, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho’s stringer Leo Udtohan went to Albur to film Prony as an important element whereas snakes of its kind became a popular “dish” in other parts of the country.


Alicia

Alicia is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 14,204 people in 4,065 households. Alicia is a town in the eastern part of Bohol. This is an old village, already in existence before 1892, the year the Dagohoy rebellion ended. Its former name was Batuanon, after the abundance of batuan trees in the locality. It was a part of Mabini before it became an independent municipality. Alicia at a glance Population: 21605 Number of households: 4065 Land area: 11450 ha Number of barangays: 15 Distance from Tagbilaran: 103 km


Anda

Anda is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 17,863 people in 3,072 households. Anda has sandy white beaches excellent for sun worshipers and snorkelers. Other places to discover is the shrine of the miraculous woman named Potenciana “Inday” Saranza, Anda’s saint and the rock painting found in Lamanok point abode of the stone aged people. Originally, the municipality was called Quinali due to the characteristic land formation of sand, gravel and corals that filed layer after layer amassed by seawaves since time immemorial. Once a barrio of Guindulman, it was made into a municipality on March 12, 1875 and was renamed “Anda” which means walking and moving (to posterity). It is located on a small peninsula at the eastern tip of Bohol, 99 kilometers from Tagbilaran City.


Antequera

Antequera is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 13,758 people in 2,801 households. Antequera is an interior town located 19 kilometers from Tagbilaran City and lying northeast of Maribojoc. It used to be a barrio of Maribojoc before it became a municipality. A Spanish official gave it its name after his birthplace, Antequera, a city in Spain. Simeon Villas, one of the early settlers of the place became its first gobernadorcillo. As a barrio, Antequera used to be called Agad. Antequera is well known for its native basketware. Every Sunday morning, you can visit the market of native products. After your visit to the market, it is a small walk down to the Mag-Aso falls for a refreshing dip in one of Bohol’s famous falls. The town is further known for its many caves.


Baclayon

Baclayon is in the eastern part of Bohol. It is the first municipality to be established in Bohol by the Spaniards and formerly comprised its present territory and those belonging now to Corella, Sikatuna, Alburquerque and Balilihan. This municipality was originally called Bacayan because travellers used to detour (bacay) around a rocky cliff along the shore about half kilometer from the municipal building in order to avoid going over the top of the cliff. The town was founded in 1595 by two Jesuit priests, Fr. Juan de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez who also built a stone church which is now considered as the oldest stone church in the country. In 1879, Baclayon had a population of 11,142.


Balilihan

Balilihan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 16,837 people in 3,101 households. The municipality of Balilihan is located in the interior part of Bohol. It is said to have been so called because of the grass (balili) which grew in abundance in the locality. Balilihan means “a place where plenty of grass grows.” It is said to have been organized as a municipality in the 1828. It used to be a part of Baclayon and was sparsely settled. The seat of government was in the then sitio of Bay-sa-Iring but was later transferred to the present site because of the scarcity of water in that area. In 1902, there was a move to fuse this town with Antequera but was vigorously opposed by the people. The following year, the municipality of Catigbian was annexed to Balilihan under Act No. 370 of the Philippine Commission. In 1879, it had a population of 5,998. Balilihan at a glance Population: 16837 Number of households: 3101 Land area: 15022 ha Number of barangays: 31 Distance from Tagbilaran: 22 km

Batuan

Batuan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 11,835 people in 2,287 households. This interior town used to be a barrio of Bilar during the Spanish regime and was called Lindogan. It was during the early years of American regime that this barrio was made into a municipality on October 31, 1903 by Act No. 370 of the Philippine Commission. Batuan at a glance Population: 11835 Number of households: 2287 Land area: 7815 ha Number of barangays: 15 Distance from Tagbilaran: 51 km

Bien Unido

Bien Unido is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 22,176 people in 3,984 households. In an executive order in 1935 two sitios in the northern Trinidad were united into one barangay and was given the name of Bien Unido, a Spanish word which means “well united. In order to hasten its economic, social, cultural and political upliftments the people of Barangay Bien Unido aspire for independence and wanted to become a municipality. This long time dream which started in 1965 became a reality when in 1981 it was approved by Batasang Pambansa Blg.93 through the efforts of then Assemblyman Bartolomeo Cabangbang and Eutiquio Cimafranca. The principal industries of this town are fishing, farming and matweaving. Fish is sold to Cebu and mats are sold to Mindanao, Leyte and also Cebu. Bien Unido at a glance Population: 22176 Number of households: 3984 Land area: 4482 ha Number of barangays: 15 Distance from Tagbilaran: 108 km

Bilar

Bilar is an interior town northeast of Loboc. This town used to occupy a big area and included what are now known as the municipalities of Sevilla, Batuan and Carmen. They were formerly sitios of this municipality. In 1879, it had a population 5,669. Bilar is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 16,628 people in 2,967 households. The term “bilar” is a native word from the infinitive nagbilad. During the Spanish regime, the Spaniards, in their effort to spread Christianity, toured the interior villages and somehow chanced to pass a plateau where a group of women were drying palay. When the women were asked as to the name of the place, the immediate reply was “nagbilad”, meaning drying, thinking that the foreigners were asking their activity. The Spaniards shorten the term to “bilad” and later on to “bilar” due to the difficulty in pronouncing the term. By virtue of a royal decree, the name Bilar was adopted as the official name of the municipality. Bilar at a glance Population: 16628 Number of households: 2967 Land area: 13315 ha Number of barangays: 19 Distance from Tagbilaran: 41 km

Buenavista

Buenavista is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 25,960 people in 4,550 households. This is a town in the northern coast of the province. At one time, it was a barrio of Inabanga and later of Getafe. In the early days, it was known as Pangpang because of a limestone cliff found in the barrio. When the Spaniards came to the shores of the place, with its verdant hills and slopes, they were very much impressed by the scenic spots with its natural beauty. They could not help but appreciate the beautiful view before them. Hence, they named the place Buenavista, meaning “good view”. In 1874, Buenavista was separated from Inabanga and annexed to Getafe. It was made an independent municipality in 1960. Buenavista at a glance Population: 25960 Number of households: 4550 Land area: 8730 ha Number of barangays: 35 Distance from Tagbilaran: 83 km

Calape

Calape is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 27,921 people in 5,588 households.The first settlers of Calape were said to be migrants from Cebu and other municipalities in Bohol. Calape is on the western coast of Bohol. The town was established in 1802. The first settlers were said to be immigrants from other places such as Cebu, and other municipalities. Calape at a glance Population: 27921 Number of households: 5588 Land area: 7615 ha Number of barangays: 33 Distance from Tagbilaran: 41 km

Candijay

Candijay is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 30,389 people in 5,420 households. This municipality is located in the eastern part of Bohol. The name of the town is said to have been derived from Kang Dihay, which means belonging to Dihay, a strong man with many followers. In time, the name was changed to Candijay. The town was organized during the Spanish regime and was then one of the 34 towns in the province in 1879. It had a population of 5,030. Candijay at a glance Population: 30389 Number of households: 5420 Land area: 8687 ha Number of barangays: 21 Distance from Tagbilaran: 92 km

Carmen

Carmen is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 40,713 people in 7,379 households. There are many attractions in Carmen. Aside from the world-famous Chocolate Hills, there are forests, caves and waterfalls to discover. To those who are sociologically inclined you can visit Pedro Lomod also known as Dr. Sipsip, a famous psychic surgeon who is known for his method of sucking the inflicted parts of those patients who are suffering of cancer and other ailments. Carmen is an interior town located near the center of the island. Its former name was Imbaya after a local brook. When it was separated from Bilar as an independent municipality, it was renamed to Carmen supposedly in honor of a woman who was said to be a popular figure in the community.Carmen is most well known as the location of the Chocolate Hills. The Chocolate Hills’ complex, where the government runs a hotel, and you can climb on of the hills for a magnificient view is a few kilometers to the South of the town. You can have the bus drop you off at road leading to the complex, or ask a motor driver to bring you there.

Catigbian

The place got its name before a certain group of seed-bearing plants named “Katigbi” and has its peculiarity whose seeds could be resembled to rosary beads. These plants flourished in all parts of the locality, hence it is called Catigbian. Catigbian is located in the interior part of Bohol, north of Balilihan, south of Sagbayan and Tubigon, west of Batuan and east of San Isidro. Thirty five (35) kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City, the capital of the Province of Bohol. It was an old community being one of the villages in which the rebels where resettled after Dagohoy rebellion was suppressed in 1829 and it had a population of 2,759 inhabitants in 1879. During the Spanish regime, it was presumably created into an independent Municipality “Pueblo” upon the establishment of a church and the assignment of a permanent Spanish Priest in the name of Padre Gaspar. During the Filipino-American War, the Poblacion was burned thinking that the town was the hiding place of the insurgents, as a consequence the people fled to the neighboring barangays and towns. Its economic and political condition was severely affected to the extent that it could no longer stand as a town. So then, Catigbianreturned to her mother town, the Municipality of Balilihan as a component Barangay.

Clarin

Clarin is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 18,040 people in 3,575 households. Clarin is in the northeastern part of Bohol and is 61 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. It was organized on January 31, 1919 out of the territories taken from Tubigon, Inabanga and Carmen. It was originally called Can-ogong after one of the early settlers named Ogong who had a habit of hanging a bamboo tube for salted fish. Since he was a popular man in the community the place was called after him, Can-ogong, meaning Ogong’s place. Cang-ogong was changed to Clarin when it was organized as a municipality in honor of the first Civil Governor of Bohol, Hon. Anecito Clarin. During World War II, its central school was used by the Japanese as a concentration camp for suspected persons. Clarin at a glance Population: 18040 Number of households: 3575 Land area: 6279 ha Number of barangays: 24 Distance from Tagbilaran: 61 km

Corella

Corella is an interior town northeast of Tagbilaran. Its former name is claimed to be Nug-as. This municipality used to be a barrio of Baclayon. When it was organized as a regular municipality in 1884, it was named Corella. Corella is the home of the Tarsier Reserve, a few kilometers out of town. Come here to see the famous Bohol tarsier. Corella at a glance Population: 6048 Number of households: 1263 Land area: 3033 ha Number of barangays: 8 Distance from Tagbilaran: 10 km

Cortes

Cortes is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 12,702 people in 2,547 households. Cortes is a town northeast of Tagbilaran City. They had already a form of government before the coming of the Spaniards. Prominent barangays during that time were Malabago and Dayhangan. Malabago was later changed to Pamingwitan because of the way the people caught fish. It was during the construction of the church that barangays Pamingwitan and Dayhangan were welded together to become a new town and given a new name ‘Cortes’ derived from the Spanish ‘Cortesimo’, meaning most courteous. Cortes at a glance Population: 12702 Number of households: 2547 Land area: 4377 ha Number of barangays: 14 Distance from Tagbilaran: 10 km

Dagohoy

Dagohoy is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 16,845 people in 3,095 households. This municipality is located 72 kilometers from Tagbilaran City and is situated in the interior of the province. It was formerly called Colonia, a barrio of Carmen formed by settlers of the agricultural colony organized by the late Camilo Calceta who later became the first mayor of the municipality. It was made an independent municipality by Executive Order No. 183 issued by the late Pres. Ramon Magsaysay on June 21, 1958.

Danao

Danao is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 17,265 people in 2,958 households. Barangays Danao is politically subdivided into 17 barangays. E.A.T. Danao is a tourism concept set up to benefit the municipality of Danao and its people. The tour involves responsible tour of Danao’s God-given gifts. It is the town’s major task to conserve these gifts and enhance them to sustain the well-being of all its constituents. Danao offers unique and exhilarating activities in different categories set amidst verdant valleys framed by the majestic expanse of mountain ranges. To trim down the choices for the individual tourist, specific activities were grouped into three: Extreme, Economic, and Educational. So “E” stands for any of the three; “A” for Adventure; then “T” for Tour.

Dauis

Dauis is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 26,415 people in 2,669 households. It is one of two municipalities on the Panglao Island. Dauis is one of the two towns on the island of Panglao. It is one of the oldest municipalities of Bohol. In 1879, it had a population of 9,090. No record of its establishment exists because all municipal records were burned during the World War II. However, a stone church tower which was built near the present church bears the year 1774, which must have been the date of its construction. And also, the the establishment of the parish according to church records, was in 1697. It is probable that the founding of the town was not far from that year. The old church was erected in 1863 and the convent in 1884. Dauis is the entry to Panglao Island, and, if you don’t just rush by towards Alona Beach, you can explore Hinagdanan cave here. Dauis at a glance Population: 26415 Number of households: 2669 Land area: 4288 ha Number of barangays: 12 Distance from Tagbilaran: 3 km

Dimiao

Dimiao is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 14,151 people in 2,708 households. Dimiao is located on the southern coast of the province. How it got its name is not known It is one of the oldest municipalities which had a population of 8,820 in 1897. This town used to occupy a large territory which included Valencia and Lila. Later, Valencia was separated from Dimiao because of increased population and Lila was made and independent municipality on January 1, 1915. Dimiao at a glance Population: 14151 Number of households: 2708 Land area: 7713 ha Number of barangays: 35 Distance from Tagbilaran: 37 km

Duero

Duero is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 16,485 people in 3,245 households. Roman Catholicism was introduced to the town in 1860 by a Spanish priest. It was established as a regular municipality two years later, and a convent was constructed in 1868. This municipality lies in the southeastern part of Bohol. It was established as a regular munuicipality in 1862. It had a population of 5,352 in 1879. the oldest buildings in the locality are the church and the convent. The former was built in 1868. The elementary school building was constructed in 1910. Christianity was introduced in 1860 by a Spanish priest. Duero at a glance Population: 16485 Number of households: 3245 Land area: 8890 ha Number of barangays: 21 Distance from Tagbilaran: 73 km

Garcia Hernandez

Garcia Hernandez is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 21,428 people in 3,989 households. This town is located along the southern coast of Bohol halfway between the municipalities of Jagna and Valencia. It was formerly a part of Jagna, the western boundary of which used to be Punta Gorda or Balitbiton on the eastern side of Valencia. Because of the distance and the difficulty of transportation at that time, the people of barrio Saub and Sinugbuan found it hard to transact business in the Poblacion of Jagna. For this reason, They petitioned for an independent status for then the properous Sinugbuan, now Lungsodaan, as the site of their Poblacion. So, on March 11, 1958, this municipality was organized through the efforts of two priests from the towns of Guindulman and Loay. Out of gratitude to these two priests, the town was named after them, Garcia and Hernandez. The territory of the new town extended from the barrio of Ulbujan to Punta Gonda. The town was made an independent parish by the Bishop of Cebu. In 1879, it had a population of 6,847.

Getafe

Getafe is a port town on the northern coast, 92 kms. from the capital. It was only a strip of level land along the coast belonging to Inabanga. The rich fishing grounds in the shallow waters around the neighboring little islands attracted people from Cebu and other nearby places to settle on the strip of level land. The community grew and flourished but during the 18th century marauding muslims used to come to the place so the community transferred to the top of a hill so that they could watch the coming of marauders. The decision of the Spaniards to give them protection made them return to the old site. In 1874, this barrio which was once called Ambacon became a municipality and was named Getafe. Jetafe at a glance Population: 26826 Number of households: 4694 Land area: 9980 ha Number of barangays: 24 Distance from Tagbilaran: 92 km

Guindulman

Guindulman is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 29,166 people in 5,573 households. The township of Biabas was settled in the early 20th century by Mariano Datahan and his followers who had migrated there from Loon on Bohol’s west coast. Direct descendents of the founding families — who are recognised as members of the Eskaya cultural minority — still inhabit Biabas and nearby townships such as Lundag and Cadapdapan. Guindulman is an old town situated in the eastern part of Bohol. It is said that this town used to be called Guindulman, meaning “overtaken by darkness”. The story is that formerly there ere only 2 towns organized in this part of Bohol namely, Jagna and Batuanan (now Alicia). Travellers starting from either of these 2 towns were sure to be overtaken by darkness in this place; hence the name which was later changed to Guindulman. Guindulman at a glance Population: 29166 Number of households: 5573 Land area: 11770 ha Number of barangays: 19 Distance from Tagbilaran: 85 km

Inabanga

Inabanga is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 40,714 people in 7,867 households. Inabanga River of the town of Inabanga was once infested with crocodiles. Every year, since time beyond recall a human life was lost through attack by a crocodile. The people being superstitious in nature believed that the yearly lost of life was a rental (abang) for the use of the river. Hence the name Inabangan River (Rented River). The Spaniards, however, met difficulty in pronouncing Inabangan, consequently called the place Inabanga. And so it has been to this day. The people are engaged in trading, fishing, farming and nipa thatch-making. The women are weavers of saguran, mats, blankets, hats, mats, bags and basket. Inabanga at a glance Population: 40714 Number of households: 7867 Land area: 13166 ha Number of barangays: 50 Distance from Tagbilaran: 71 km

Jagna

Jagna is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 30,643 people in 5,957 households. Jagna is a bustling port town in the eastern coast of Bohol. This municipality was first settled by immigrants from Loboc who transformed the wide valley into rice paddies. It became a rather prosperous community. In 1879, it had a population of 11,829. Jagna is a busy little town on the southern coast of Bohol, so busy, everyday is market day. Of interest to travelers is the church with its ceiling frescoes and the bats that sleep by the altar in the daytime; arguably the best cockpit on the island; the waterfall, a setting so lovely and accessible that photographers from Manila use it on occasion; and the double reef just off the shore. Jagna has a new market; the last one burned down in 1998 and the market has occupied the plaza ever since. Now that the new market is up, the plaza can finally be reclaimed, but that will take a bit of time since some of the merchants occupying the plaza don’t have the money to move into the new market. Like Tagbilaran, Jagna is a port town. Ferries run daily to and from other islands but currently ferry transportation to Mindanao is only available to Butuan. The gorgeous island of Camiguin is visible from Jagna but only accessible by pumpboat. For places to stay, there are a few: some rooms by the port, the Garden cafe, but the pension house in Pangdan is the nicest. The double reef is a protected zone and marked off by buoys so fishermen can’t even go there. A retired ex-prosecutor, who has the power to arrest, has the welfare of the reef as his hobby so don’t even think about dynamite fishing near Jagna. Jagna’s town fiesta is on September 29th. Today, Jagna is the place from where you can embark in the direction of Mindanao. While you pass here, don’t hesitate to have a taste of the local delicacy, calamay, a mixture of sticky rice, coconut milk, and sugar, packed in a coconut shell. Jagna at a glance Population: 30643 Number of households: 5957 Land area: 12063 ha Number of barangays: 33 Distance from Tagbilaran: 63 km

Lila

Lila is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 10,322 people in 1,723 households. Lila is a town on the southern coast of Bohol, twenty-eight and a half kilometers from Tagbilaran. It lies between Loay and Dimiao and for a time was a part of the latter municipality. There is no record to show the date of its establishment during the Spanish regime, but according to the account of the Agustinian mission in Bohol, it was a separate municipality in 1879, with a population of 4,023. When it was annexed to Dimiao, is not known because all records have been burned. However, it was on January 1, 1915 when it was separated from Dimiao and made an independent municipality. During World War II, the Japanese caused untold sufferings to the people of the town. Many civilians were maltreated and tortured. It is said that some thirty-one civilians were killed by the Japanese. Lila at a glance Population: 10322 Number of households: 1723 Land area: 3640 ha Number of barangays: 18 Distance from Tagbilaran: 28 km

Loay

Loay is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 14,433 people in 2,615 households. On the southern coast of Bohol is the municipality of Loay. It is located at the mouth of the Loboc river. This town was said to be established in 1740. In 1879, Loay had a population of 8,171. The population has 2 parts, the lower and the upper parts. The lower part used to be called Canipa-an because of the presence of nipa swamps in this part of the town while the upper part is named Ibabao, being located on the plateau. Loay at a glance Population: 14433 Number of households: 2615 Land area: 3479 ha Number of barangays: 24 Distance from Tagbilaran: 18 km

Loboc

Loboc is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It is mere 24 km away from Tagbilaran City, the provincial capital of Bohol. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 15,734 people in 2,738 households. Loboc is an interior town located in a valley through which the Loboc river winds. According to Filipino historian Fr. Horacio de la Costa, Loboc was founded by Fr. Juan de Torres who succeded in persuading the local population to settle their barangays in this site in 1602. This makes Loboc one of the oldest towns of Bohol. In 1879, it had a population of 11,430.Loboc is also the site of an historic Spanish period church and a small attached museum, and a separate bell tower. You can also witness here one of the biggest blunders in planning in Bohol: a partly completed bridge, which if it where to be completed would require the church to be destroyed. A few kilometers down the road, you can come across a traditional hanging bridge. Loboc is known for its floating restaurants along the scenic and winding Loboc River. Tourists also come to see the tarsier, a small nocturnal animal with large eyes. It is one of the world’s smallest primates. Unfortunately, the tarsiers here are kept in an inadequate cage, and better be observed in the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella. The St. Peter Parish Church in Loboc is the second oldest church in the country. The Loboc Children’s Choir has won numerous competitions both local and international, most notably festival competition in Barcelona, Spain entitled “Europe and its Songs”, last September 17-21, 2003. Loboc at a glance Population: 15734 Number of households: 2738 Land area: 8541 ha Number of barangays: 28 Distance from Tagbilaran: 24 km

Loon

Loon Is the One of the Big Town in Bohol. Loon is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 45,215 people in 7,915 households. Bohol Church also one of the oldest church in the Province. Located on the western coast of Bohol is the municipality of Loon. It is said to have been named after a beautiful seaside spring located in the northern part of the Poblacion. However, there is no record to prove this as a fact. It is not definitely known when the town was established but in 1879, it was already a flourishing community with a population of 7,202. Loon at a glance Population: 45215 Number of households: 7915 Land area: 11975 ha Number of barangays: 67 Distance from Tagbilaran: 27 km

Mabini

Mabini is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 27,250 people in 5,047 households. Mabini is located in the eastern part of the province. It was established in 1904 out of the barrios of Abaca, Banlas, Bulawan, Lungsodaan, Minol, Poblacion 1 and 2 and Tambo which then belonged to Candijay; Cabulao and San Jose which then belonged to Ubay and Batuanan which a that time was a barrio of Mabini. The first settlers of Sitio Libas came from Duero, Loboc, Guindulmlan, Jagna and Sevilla. The barrios were organized into a new town through the initiative of its parish priest, Fr. Jimenez and municipal president Canuto Bernales. Mabini at a glance Population: 27250 Number of households: 5047 Land area: 6455 ha Number of barangays: 22 Distance from Tagbilaran: 104 km

Maribojoc

Maribojoc is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 16,786 people in 2,630 households. Maribojoc lies on the southwestern coast of Bohol. This town is probably named after the pinelike tree (Agoho), the leaves of which look like hairs. This tree is locally known as Maribojoc. The original name of the municipality is said to be Dungguan, which means a place of anchorage. It was an appropriate name because the town is on a little bay which is fairly sheltered from strong winds. Maribojoc was declared a parish in 1767. It became a regular municipality on October 15, 1860. In 1879, it was a thriving town with a population of 18,200.In the barangay of Santa Cruz, you can still find an old Spanish watch-tower, build there to provide an early warning of Moro raiders approaching Bohol. Of all the watch-towers on Bohol, this is probably the best preserved one. The town has a land area of 53.31 square kilometers. The primary language spoken is Boholano,a dialect of Cebuano, though English and Tagalog are also spoken and understood. Fishing and Agriculture are the two main sources of livelihood. Maribojoc at a glance Population: 16786 Number of households: 2630 Land area: 5192 ha Number of barangays: 22 Distance from Tagbilaran: 14 km

Panglao

Panglao is one of the famous white sand beaches in the Country. This town Gives the Province the main reason why Tourism in Bohol is Growing.. Panglao is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It is one of two municipalities that make up Panglao Island, the other being Dauis. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 21,337 people in 3,890 households.

Panglao island is the site of Habitat for Humanity‘s “Tabalong Habitat Village”. The village, still under construction, has capacity for 500 houses on land donated by local merchant Alturas. So far, around 200 houses had been built and inhabitated. Tabalong Habitat Village is visited by Global Village Teams, international volunteer teams who travel to the area to assist in construction.

Panglao is famous for its world class diving locations and is home to numerous tourist resorts. At the pristine Alona Beach, tours can be organised to world famous diving sites. The dive sites that can be found on the northwest tip of the Panglao Island are Doljo Beach, Napaling and Puntod. These sites are deep and the currents are strong. Panglao is the southernmost town of Bohol. It is one of the 2 towns on Panglao Island, the other being Dauis. It is of historical significance in that it was the place where the Spaniards went after an unfortunate experience in Cebu.It is said that the Spanish explorers who came to this island in 1803 named it Panglao after the world ‘mapanglao’, meaning ‘lonesome place’. It is also one of the old towns of Bohol. It had a population of 6,543 in 1879. Panglao at a glance Population: 21337 Number of households: 3890 Land area: 5537 ha Number of barangays: 10 Distance from Tagbilaran: 18 km

Pilar

Pilar is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 25,095 people in 4,489 households. Pilar was Choosen by former Pres. Ramos where the big irrigation Dam to be located.. In this Town they preserve the Philippines wild duck.. Pilar is a new municipality located in the interior town of Bohol. It was created by Executive Order No. 460 issued by the former Pres. Carlos P. Garcia on December 26, 1960. It used to be a barrio of Sierra Bullones and was called Lungsodaan because it was the old seat of the municipal government during the Spanish regime. Pilar at a glance Population: 25095 Number of households: 4489 Land area: 6248 ha Number of barangays: 21 Distance from Tagbilaran: 76 km

Pres. Carlos P. Garcia

Pres. Carlos P. Garcia is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 20,744 people in 4,062 households. Late Cong. Teodoro Galagar of the 3rd Congressional District of the province of Bohol, initiated the created of Lapining Grande into a town. Aguining, Pitogo and Bonbonon were the barangays bidding for township. Pitogo has more of the ideal features of a safe port and nearer Ubay and Cebu. In the early part of the 19th century, the island town of now Pres. Carlos P. Garcia was only indicated in the map as Lapinig Grande with six regular barrios: Pitogo, Aguining, Basiao, Bonbonon, Gaus and Tugas as part of Ubay town. On June 21, 1969, RA 5864 was approved creating Pitogo as the 46th town of the province of Bohol with 23 regular barangays existing. Eight years later on November 4, 1997, its name was changed to Pres. P. Garcia by virtue of Presidential Decree 2828. President Garcia at a glance Population: 20744 Number of households: 4062 Land area: 6528 ha Number of barangays: 23 Distance from Tagbilaran: 130 km