Tagbilaran City

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City of Tagbilaran
Ph locator bohol tagbilaran.png
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol (capital)
Mayor Atty. Dan Neri Lim
Barangays 15
Website www.tagbilaran.gov.ph
Physical characteristics
Area 32.7019 km²
View of the City of Tagbilaran from Bohol Plaza Resort
Flag of Tagbilaran City
Symbols of the City of Tagbilaran
Flag Tagbilaran City Flag
Hymn Tagbilaran Hymn
Dance Kuradang
Bird Tailor bird (tamsi)
Flower Bougainvillea
Tree Acacia(Acacia)
Plant Golden Duranta
Fish Danggit

Tagbilaran City is a 2nd class city in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It is the capital and a component city of the island of Bohol. It is situated some 630 kilometers southeast of Manila and 72 kilometers south of Cebu City. Tagbilaran lies on the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 32.7 km², including about 13 km. of coastline. The town of Cortes is situated to the north of the city, the town of Corella is on its northeast side, while the town of Baclayon is on its eastern side.

It is the principal gateway to the island paradise Province of Bohol. It is one of the Eight (8) Philippine Dream Cities along with the Island Garden City of Samal, San Fernando, La Union, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Marikina, Naga, Calbayog City and Surigao City.

There are 15 barangays comprising Tagbilaran, with an estimated population of 92,297 for the year 2007, with an annual growth rate of 3.6%. However, 41% of the entire population reside in the 4 urban barangays where trade and commerce are concentrated.



Tagbilaran City is politically subdivided into 15 barangays or districts.

  • Poblacion 1
  • Poblacion 2
  • Poblacion 3
  • Bool
  • Booy
  • Cabawan
  • Cogon
  • Dao
  • Dampas
  • Manga
  • Mansasa
  • San Isidro
  • Taloto
  • Tiptip
  • Ubujan.


St.Joseph Cathedral in Tagbilaran City

The city was originally a native settlement, involved in trading with both China and Malaysia a hundred years before Spaniards arrived in the Philippines. The settlement first encountered the Spaniards in 1565, where the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and the native chieftain Datu Sikatuna pledged peace and cooperation through the famous blood compact, where they drew their own blood, mixed it with wine and drank together. This is celebrated annually in Tagbilaran and the rest of the island during the Sandugo Festival which lasts throughout July.

(San Jose de) Tagbilaran was established as a town on February 9, 1742, when it was separated from the town of Baclayon. Since then it was part of the province of Bohol until it became a chartered city on July 1, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4660.

The city was occupied by the United States during the Philippine-American War, and again by Imperial Japan during World War II.

Historical Events

One of the most important historical events etched in the annals of Philippine history and immortalized in canvass by the famous Filipino painter Juan Luna as one of his masterpieces is the famous Blood Compact between Datu Sikatuna, a local native chieftain, and Captain Miguel López de Legazpi, the intrepid Spanish explorer and colonizer. That historic event took place in the unpretentious coast of Bool, now a district of Tagbilaran, on March 16, 1565, a day after Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his crew of conquistadores on four ships were drifted into the shores of Bool during the course of their trip to the province of Butuan from Camiguin Island because of strong southwest monsoon winds and low tide. On that day, March 16, 1565, Captain General Miguel López de Legazpi, the conquistador from Zumaraga, Spain, with Fray Andres de Urdaneta and some of his crew set foot on land for an audience with the local chieftain Sikatuna. The two bands of different nationalities, race and creed met at a murky place, a few hundred meters away from the beach, and after a few pleasantries, the Basque seafarer and the native chieftain of Bool sealed off and strengthened their newborn friendship in a historic Blood Compact.

In that Blood Compact, Sikatuna and Legazpi each made a cut on the left arm and collected the dripping blood into a single vessel and mixed with wine. From that single vessel, two others were filled giving one to Sikatuna and the other to Legaspi. The two leaders drank the mixture of their blood.

The Blood Compact sealed the ties of friendship between two people once different in religion, nationality, culture, and civilization. The Tagbilaran native chieftain who swore by his ancestral Anito and Bathala, and the Spanish intrepid explorer and colonizer who sought New World with the sword and the cross, drank to the common cause - friendship. It was the first international treaty of friendship and comity between the Filipinos and Spaniards.

To perpetuate the memory and spirit of that first treaty of friendship and comity, the late President Elpidio Quirino established the "Order of Sikatuna", a presidential award and decoration conferred upon visiting dignitaries. A historical marker now stands on the very spot where Sikatuna and Legaspi perpetrated that famous Blood Compact.

Another significant event that took place in Tagbilaran City was the Battle of Ubujan where a guerilla unit under the command of Captain Francisco Salazar, nome-de-guerre of Vicente Cubello, engaged a Japanese troop against overwhelming odds. It was a display of Boholano bravery of raw and naked courage against a well-equipped and well-trained Japanese soldiers. The battle, however, cost the life of Captain Salazar.


CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City

The city of Tagbilaran has that relative advantage as the main business capital and center of governance of the province of Bohol aside from being the center of education and transportation. It is on this climate that commerce and trade is very promising in the city although business activities also thrives in port towns (e.g. Tubigon, Talibon, Jagna) known to be growth centers of the province.

Many residents of Tagbilaran are considerably moneyed, but when it comes to business development, they become investment shy. It is observable that dollar earners and entrepreneurs would rather save and bank their money rather than invest them for business endeavor. In the light of this situation, the inflow of investments from foreign investors are steadily pouring in to finance business ventures especially in the area of tourism.

The two local food delicacies, Peanut Kisses and Edelweiss torta, are started and promoted by the Alvarez family.

Tagbilaran, considering its size as a small city, has 23 banking institutions with several branches each. This is due to the "thriftiness" attitude of Bol-anons rather than spending and investing. The average household income is P 141,028.00/annum for a total 12,876 households.

Major establishments existing in the city are shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, fastfood centers and banks.

Major Shopping Centers:

Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City
Bohol Quality (BQ) Mall in Tagbilaran City
  • Island City Mall
  • Bohol Quality (BQ) Mall
  • Alturas Supermarket
  • Plaza Marcela
  • Shoppers' Mart

Schools and Universities

Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City
Bohol Island State University, Tagbilaran City

Colleges and Universities

Secondary Schools

Elementary schools

  • St. Therese Elementary School, Mansasa
  • Victoriano D. Tirol Advanced Learning Center
  • Royal Christian School
  • City Central Elementary School
  • City East Elementary School
  • Cogon Elementary School
  • Dampas Elementary School
  • Taloto Elementary School
  • Booy Elementary School
  • Bool Elementary School
  • Ubujan Elementary School
  • Mansasa Elementary School
  • Dao Elementary School
  • Cabawan Elementary School
  • Manga Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School
  • Tiptip Elementary School

Pre-elementary schools

  • D M L Montessori School
  • Grace Christian School
  • Holy Trinity Foundation School
  • Merne Graham Montessori School
  • Royal Christian School
  • St. Therese Kindergarten School
  • Victoriano D. Tirol Advanced Learning Center


Bohol Tropics Resort

The city has much to offer when it comes to beautiful scenic spots and tourist attractions. Home to several first-class hotels, resorts, and restaurants, the city has recently become a haven for national conventions. The Manga (District) Public Market is a reliable source of fresh seafoods when it comes alive every evening from 5 to 9 P.M.

Bohol is famous among others, for its Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier – arguably the world’s smallest primate, for its white sandy beaches, dive spots, heritage sites and old stone churches. The province is noted for being one of the five Eco-Tourism destinations identified by the Department of Tourism and most recently declared as the top tourist destination in the country.

Notable Hotel Accommodations in the City:


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Coordinates: 9°39′N, 123°51′Eceb:Dakbayan sa Tagbilaran de:Tagbilaran nl:Tagbilaran City war:Syudad han Tagbilaran

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