Alegria, Cebu

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Map of Cebu showing the location of Alegria
Map of Cebu showing the location of Alegria
Alegria is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°46′N 123°23′E / 9.767°N 123.383°E / 9.767; 123.383Coordinates: 9°46′N 123°23′E / 9.767°N 123.383°E / 9.767; 123.383
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 2nd District of Cebu
Founded 3 April 1850
Barangay 9 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Verna V. Magallon
 • Total 89.49 km2 (34.55 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 22,072
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6023
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 4th class
Standard Geographic Code 072203000

Alegria is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 22,072.[3]


Alegria comprises 9 barangays.

  • Compostela
  • Guadalupe
  • Legaspi
  • Lepanto
  • Madridejos
  • Montpeller
  • Poblacion
  • Santa Filomena
  • Valencia


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, 1850 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, 1850 Petition goes to the Civil Administrator and Commanding General of the Visayas then sent to Superior Government in Manila.
March 31, 1850 Assessor General recommends approval of said petition.
April 3, 1850 Captain and Governor-General of the Philippine Islands (Antonio Maria Blanco) approves establishment of Tuburan as a town.
August 24, 1850 Governor of Cebu recommends changing the town's name to avoid confusing it with similarly named barrios in Balamban and Bogo.
September 25, 1850 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, 1856 Governor of Cebu asks the Captain and Governor-General to create said parish.
July 3, 1856 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


Population census of Alegria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 18,253 —    
1995 18,403 +0.15%
2000 20,677 +2.53%
2007 21,699 +0.67%
2010 22,072 +0.62%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


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 (local bamboo) products were on display. Kawayan Festival has been part of the fiesta celebration in honor of Saint Francis Xavier since then.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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