Carcar, officially the City of Carcar, (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Carcar; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Carcar), or simply known as Carcar City, is a 5th class city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 119,664 people.
|City of Carcar|
Carcar from the bell tower of St. Catherine of Alexandria church
Map of Cebu with Carcar highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||1st district of Cebu|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Mayor||Mercedita R. Apura|
|• Vice Mayor||Nicepuro L. Apura|
|• Congressman||Eduardo R. Gullas|
|• Electorate||74,303 voters (2019)|
|• Total||116.78 km2 (45.09 sq mi)|
|Elevation||63 m (207 ft)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
|Income class||5th city income class|
|Revenue (₱)||459,824,796.59 (2016)|
Carcar was known as "Sialo" since before the Spanish colonization. It became a municipality in 1599. Carcar is considered one of the oldest towns in Cebu, with its Spanish influence lasted more than 300 years ago.
Carcar is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the north by San Fernando; on the south by Sibonga; on the west by Barili and Aloguinsan; and on the east by the Cebu Strait. It has a land area of 116.78 square kilometres (45.09 sq mi).
The land is generally level with less than 18% slope comprising 78.7% of the total land area. Areas with slopes ranging from 18 to 50% cover 19.3% of the total land area and those over 50% slope comprise approximately 1.9%. The highest recorded elevation is a little over 660 metres (2,170 ft) above sea level, located within the barangay of Napo.
- Soil type
The municipality has five dominant soil types namely: Faraon Clay, Steep Phase, the Lugo Clay, the Mandaue clay loam & the Hydrosol type.
The wet season occurs during the months of May to October and the dry season, from January to May.
Carcar comprises 15 barangays:
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
- As a Heritage City of Cebu, Carcar contains various Spanish and American period structures. The Carcar plaza alone hosts several heritage structures, the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria dominates the area. Within the complex various structures stand, including quaint houses and their distinctive architectural details.
- Surrounding the Rotunda and in the public market one will find the famous Carcar chicharon, lechon, ampao, bucarillo, gorgorias and puso – just some of the local delicacies.
- Guadalupe Mabugnao Mainit Hot Spring National Park
- Heritage Houses such as the Mercado Mansion
- Tuyom Beach – Beach Houses
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