Map of Cebu with Alegria highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||2nd District of Cebu|
|Founded||3 April 1850|
|Barangay||9 (see § Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Verna Magallon (LP)|
|• Vice mayor||Marcial Rodriguez|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||89.49 km2 (34.55 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 (640/sq mi)|
|• Voters (2013)||15,335|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD :||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||4th class|
Alegria is a fourth income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 22,072. In the last election, it had 15,335 registered voters.
Alegria comprises 9 barangays.
- Santa Filomena
|Population census of Alegria|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
|Pre-1850||Native tribe; then a Spanish-era barrio called Tuburan after the spring (tubod) located at sitio Tubig (Sta. Rosa) in the poblacion.|
|January 31, 1850||Leaders of Tuburan ask Governor of Cebu to support their petition for civil separation from mother town (matriz) Malabuyoc.|
|February 4||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).|
|February 15||Petition goes to the Civil Administrator and Commanding General of the Visayas then sent to Superior Government in Manila.|
|March 31||Assessor General recommends approval of said petition.|
|April 3||Captain and Governor-General of the Philippine Islands (Antonio Maria Blanco) approves establishment of Tuburan as a town.|
|August 24||Governor of Cebu recommends changing the town's name to avoid confusing it with similarly named barrios in Balamban and Bogo.|
|September 25||Captain and Governor-General of the Philippines (Antonio de Urbistondo y Eguía) issues order changing the town's name to Alegria.|
|Establishment of parish|
|August 09, 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.|
|September 17||Governor of Cebu proposes separating barrio Guiuanon (Madridejos) from Badian and adding it to Alegria to form a new perish terrirtory.|
|October 31||Bishop of Cebu supports creation of said territory.|
|November 10||Bishop Romualdo Jimeno Ballesteros, O.P.informs Governor of Cebu that Badian does not object to creation of a new parish and separation of Guiuanon.|
|February 21, 1856||Petition for said separation and the creation of new parish territory received by the Minister of Royal Treasury in Manila.|
|February 27||Governor of Cebu asks the Captain and Governor-General to create said parish.|
|July 3||the town of Alegria created as a parish. Tributes: 781 (Poblacion - 521½, Guiuanon - 259½)|
|September 1, 1865||Bishop Romualdo Jimeno Ballesteros, O.P. ask Captain and Governor-General to erect Alegria as parish.|
|March 13, 1857||Parish of Alegria Canonically erected. Titular St. Francis Xavier Feast Dec. 3|
Source: Libro de Erecciones de Gobierno, Philippine National Archives
The municipality of Alegria launched the Kawayan Festival on December 2, 2006, in time for the annual Town Fiesta. Local contingents paraded the streets (mardi gras), 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.
Alegria is now governed by mayor Verna Magallon.
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- "2013 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2013.
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