Alegria, officially the Municipality of Alegria, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Alegria; Tagalog: Bayan ng Alegria), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,300 people.
|Municipality of Alegria|
Heritage park of Alegria
Map of Cebu with Alegria highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||7th District of Cebu|
|Founded||3 April 1850|
|Barangays||9 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Verna Magallon|
|• Vice Mayor||Marcial Rodriguez|
|• Congressman||Peter John Calderon|
|• Electorate||15,431 voters (2016)|
|• Total||89.49 km2 (34.55 sq mi)|
|Elevation||402 m (1,319 ft)|
|• Density||260/km2 (670/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Climate type||Tropical climate|
|Income class||4th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||74 million (2016)|
It is home of the first onshore oil field in the Philippines, the Alegria Oil Field.
|Pre-1850||Native tribe; then a Spanish-era barrio called Tuburan after the spring (tubod) located at sitio Tubig (Sta. Rosa) in the poblacion.|
|31 January 1850||Leaders of Tuburan ask Governor of Cebu to support their petition for civil separation from mother town (matriz) Malabuyoc.|
|4 February||Malabuyoc leaders send letter of support for said petition. Tuburan had a church made of tabique de pampango, a convent and tribunal of light materials, two rubble watchtowers and 410½ tributos (one family = 1 tribute; unmarried adult = ½ tribute).|
|15 February||Petition goes to the Civil Administrator and Commanding General of the Visayas then sent to Superior Government in Manila.|
|31 March||Assessor General recommends approval of said petition.|
|3 April||Captain and Governor-General of the Philippine Islands (Antonio María Blanco) approves establishment of Tuburan as a town.|
|24 August||Governor of Cebu recommends changing the town's name to avoid confusing it with similarly named barrios in Balamban and Bogo.|
|25 September||Captain and Governor-General of the Philippines (Antonio de Urbistondo y Eguía) issues order changing the town's name to Alegria.|
|Establishment of parish|
|9 August 1854||The Padre Cura of Malabuyoc, Lucas Clavesillas de la Soledad recommends to the Bishop of Cebu (Romualdo Jimeno Ballesteros, O.P.) the creation of Alegria as a parish.|
|17 September||Governor of Cebu proposes separating barrio Guiuanon (Madridejos) from Badian and adding it to Alegria to form a new parish territory.|
|31 October||Bishop of Cebu supports creation of said territory.|
|10 November||Bishop informs Governor of Cebu that Badian does not object to creation of a new parish and separation of Guiuanon.|
|21 February 1856||Petition for said separation and the creation of new parish territory received by the Minister of Royal Treasury in Manila.|
|27 February||Governor of Cebu asks the Captain and Governor-General to create said parish.|
|3 July||the town of Alegria created as a parish. Tributes: 781 (Poblacion - 521½, Guiuanon - 259½)|
|1 September 1865||Bishop ask Captain and Governor-General to erect Alegria as parish.|
|13 March 1857||Parish of Alegria Canonically erected. Titular St. Francis Xavier Feast 3 Dec.|
- ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES for these 3 MUNICIPALITIES
- SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO PARISH (F-1834), Malabuyoc, Cebu 6029
- SAN GREGORIO MAGNO PARISH (F-1847), Ginatilan, Cebu 6028
- SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH (F-1857), Alegria, Cebu 6030
Alegria comprises 9 barangays:
The name Alegria is derived from the Spanish word "Alegre", which translates to cheerfulness and extravagant joy in English. Locals believed that the Spaniards named it Alegria after uttering the word, "Que Alegria!" to describe how springs (tubod in Cebuano), sprout out of the mountains as if they were dancing to a certain tune.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
The municipality of Alegria launched the Kawayan Festival on 2 December 2006, in time for the annual town fiesta. Local contingents paraded the streets, and locally produced kawayan (bamboo) products were on display. Kawayan Festival has been part of the fiesta celebration in honor of Saint Francis Xavier since then.
The formal extraction of oil and gas reserves from the Alegria Oil Field Polyard-3 Well in Barangay Montpeller would generate numerous job opportunities and income for residents, neighboring towns and the entire Cebu province.
Extracted oil will be sold to power plants at US$70 per barrel with a current production of 200 to 300 barrels per day, as told by Country Manager Edgar Benedict Cutiongco of China International Mining and Petroleum Company Inc. (CIMP), the service contractor of the oil extraction project. The Municipal government will receive an 18% income share coming from the 60% allotted to the National Government, while 14% will go to Barangay Montpeller and 8% to the Provincial Government.
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- "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
- Media related to Alegria at Wikimedia Commons