Tagbilaran City Tourist Spots, History, Festivals

Tagbilaran is a 3rd class coastal city and the capital of the island province of Bohol in Region 7 or Central Visayas Region, Philippines.

Tagbilaran City Hall
Tagbilaran City Hall (Photo Credit: Tagbilaran LGU)

Profile of Tagbilaran City (Geography)
Location –> Western part of Bohol Island in Central Visayas Region (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Cortes (north), Corella and Baclayon (east), Dauis (west)
Area –> 36.50 km2 (14.09 sq mi)
Population –> 105,051 (2015 Census)
Revenue (2016) –> 627,439,067.41
No. of Barangays –> 15
Terrain –> Flat with some hills
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Cebuano, Tagalog, English
Legislative District –> 1st
Government Officials
Congressman –> Edgardo Chatto
Mayor –> John Yap II
Vice Mayor –> Jose Antonio S. Veloso

History of Tagbilaran

Long before the coming of the Spanish Colonizers, Tagbilaran was long settled by people who had trading relations with other nations such as Malaya, China and Japan. When the Spaniards came, the chieftain of the island Datu Sikatuna pledged peace and cooperation through the “Blood Compact” with Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.

On February 9, 1742, Tagbilaran was formally organized as a separate town from Baclayon. On 1 July 1966, it became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 4660 signed by then President Diosdado Macapagal.

Economy, Business and Investment in Tagbilaran

Tagbilaran is an urbanized city. It is the commercial and financial center of the island. Still, many residents are engaged in agriculture as a source of livelihood. Vegetables, fish, poultry and hog meat are the primary products.

Tourism is a major industry in Tagbilaran where many hotels and restaurants were put up to cater to the needs of visitors.

Tourist Spots in Tagbilaran

National Museum in Tagbilaran
Paga-Paga Beach
Balong-Balong Beach
Talisay Beach
Carlos Garcia Museum
Blood Compact Shrine
Provincial Capitol
St. Joseph The Worker Cathedral

Festival in Tagbilaran

Sandugo Festival
Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

Map of Tagbilaran City

See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

See also: Biography of Governor Arthur Yap

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