Borbon, officially the Municipality of Borbon, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Borbon; Tagalog: Bayan ng Borbon), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 35,526 people.
|Municipality of Borbon|
Map of Cebu with Borbon highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||5th district of Cebu|
|Founded||15 September 1862|
|Barangays||19 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Noel T. Dotillos|
|• Vice Mayor||Roy D. Melgo|
|• Congressman||Vincent Franco D. Frasco|
|• Electorate||22,182 voters (2016)|
|• Total||120.94 km2 (46.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||183 m (600 ft)|
|• Density||290/km2 (760/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
|Income class||4th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||84.9 million (2016)|
According to the Panublion publication, Borbon was established as a parish on 15 September 1862 and had San Sebastian as its patron saint. Today St. Sebastian's fiesta is celebrated every 20 January. Borbon was formerly a visita or an extension community of the town of Sogod. That is why many of the first settlers of Borbon were families whose roots can be traced back to relatives in Sogod.
In addition, Redondo 1886, p. 163 describes the Borbon church made of wood and tabique resting on a base of mortar, dimensions 22 1⁄2 by 7 1⁄2 fathoms (41 m × 14 m; 135 ft × 45 ft). The church was thatched with grass. The original church is believed to have been one of the oldest churches in Cebu prior to its demolition after World War II.
The town name was said to have been named after Bourbon in Spain, or a misinterpretation of the Cebuano term "Bonbon" which means pebbly sand, but the generally accepted history of its name is of legend.
Silmugi River is an eco-tourism site in northern Cebu. Located between the barangays of Poblacion and Cadaruhan, the river stretches for about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) between barangays Vito and Suba. It is where the rainwater from the many mountain barangays cascades and discharges into the sea.
The river played a big part during Borbon's formation as a town because in the past the river was known to be so big and wide that many boats traveled it.
Borbon comprises 19 barangays:
|072213011||Don Gregorio Antigua (Taytayan)||10.2%||3,631||3,086||3.15%|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Source of livelihood:
- Farming- this source of livelihood generally dominates in Borbon.It includes crop,livestock,forest,rented out land, agriculture,farm machinery,vegetable and fodder.
- Silmugi Festival is a celebration to honor the patron saint St. Sebastian Martyr. The highlight of this event is the street dancing which involves a traditional prayer for a bountiful harvest and various barangays take part.
- "Silmugi" is an old name of the town of Borbon during the Pre-Spanish period which was named after the enchanting and enthralling river which was served as the nearest route for devout Catholics attending mass in Saint Sebastian Parish. The river has also become the main gateway for locals who lived in the hillsides of Borbon to conduct their business trade with coastal barangays surrounding it.
- Bongoyan Elementary School
- Don Emilio Osmena Memorial School
- Cajel Elementary School
- Campusong Elementary School
- Bongdo Elementary School
- Laaw Elementary School
- Cadaruhan Elementary School
- Don Gregorio Antigua Elementary School
- Doña Mary R. Osmeña Memorial Elementary School
- Dona Milagros Osmena Elementary School
- Tabunan National High School
- Cebu Technical University-Tabogon Campus
- "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "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.
- Panublion 2004.
- 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.
- "Province of Cebu". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.