Aloguinsan, officially the Municipality of Aloguinsan, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Aloguinsan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Aloguinsan), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 32,100 people.
|Municipality of Aloguinsan|
Map of Cebu with Aloguinsan highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||3rd District of Cebu|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Cesare Ignatius G. Moreno|
|• Vice Mayor||Raisa G. Moreno|
|• Congressman||Pablo John F. Garcia|
|• Electorate||21,787 voters (2019)|
|• Total||61.92 km2 (23.91 sq mi)|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|• Density||520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|• Income class||4th municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||29.46% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||74,289,485.03 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
By road it is 59 km (37 mi) southwest of Cebu City. Aloguinsan public market is held at the top of the beach.
Bulwarte, a historic landmark, still stands as mute testimony to the courage of the early inhabitants of Aloguinsan. Because of the frequent Moro attacks, the natives, under the supervision of the Spaniards, constructed a watchtower on top of a hill at the mouth of a river. From this vantage point, they could see incoming Moro vintas.
One night (a full moon and favorable winds), the Muslim invaders approached the village. With old people, women, and children safe behind the hills, the men began firing their cannons and did not stop until the pirates had been annihilated. It was the end of Moro assaults.
The historic hill of Villona between the barrios of Olango and Cawasan was also the site of a battle between the American forces and Filipino revolutionaries. The rebels under the leadership of Anastacio de la Cruz encountered the forces of Lt. Walker on Holy Thursday, April 1903. Lt. Walker and a number of his men were killed. The following day, Good Friday, Lt. McCoy took over the command of the American troops and outfought the Pulahanes (the rebels were so called because of their red headbands) who were defeated.
The courage and patriotism of the Aloguinsan were again tested in World War II. Cebuano guerillas resisted Japanese invaders, and joined Allied and Filipino troops of the 3rd, 8th, 82nd and 83rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army.
Aloguinsan comprises 15 barangays:
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Every June, they celebrate the famous "Kinsan Festival," named for a fish that is usually abundant in months of May to July. The town fiesta is celebrated every 23 and 24 October in honor of Saint Raphael the Archangel. Interestingly, the saint is sometimes depicted in religious iconography as holding a fish.
Only Aloguinsan has a titular parish of Saint Raphael the Archangel in the entire Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
- Bojo River
- Hermit's Cove
- Hidden Beach
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