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.
Governor of Cebu proposes separating barrio Guiuanon (Madridejos) from Badian and adding it to Alegria to form a new perish terrirtory.
Bishop of Cebu supports creation of said territory.
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
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.