Aloguinsan, Cebu

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Cantabugon, Aloguinsan
Cantabugon, Aloguinsan
Map of Cebu with Aloguinsan highlighted
Map of Cebu with Aloguinsan highlighted
Aloguinsan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°13′N 123°33′E / 10.217°N 123.550°E / 10.217; 123.550Coordinates: 10°13′N 123°33′E / 10.217°N 123.550°E / 10.217; 123.550
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 3rd District of Cebu
Founded 1886
Barangay 15 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Cynthia Moreno
 • Total 61.92 km2 (23.91 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 27,650
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6040
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 4th class
PSGC 072204000

Aloguinsan is a small town and fourth class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. By road it is 59 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Cebu City. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 27,650.[3] Aloguinsan Public Market is held at the top of the beach.


Aloguinsan comprises 15 barangays:

  • Angilan
  • Bojo
  • Bonbon
  • Esperanza
  • Kandingan
  • Kantabogon
  • Kawasan
  • Olango
  • Poblacion
  • Punay
  • Rosario
  • Saksak
  • Tampa-an
  • Toyokon
  • Zaragosa


Aloguinsan was formerly a barrio of Pinamungajan. It was created a town by the Royal Decree of the King of Spain in 1886.[4]:2

Bulwarte, a historic landmark, still stands as mute testimony to the courage of the early inhabitants of Aloguinsan. Because of the frequent Moro attacks, the natives, under the supervision of the Spaniards, constructed a watchtower on top of a hill at the mouth of a river. From this vantage point, they could see incoming Moro vintas.

One night (a full moon and favorable winds), the Muslim invaders approached the village. With old people, women, and children safe behind the hills, the men began firing their cannons and did not stop until the pirates had been annihilated. It was the end of Moro assaults.

The historic hill of Villona between the barrios of Olango and Cawasan was also the site of a battle between the American forces and Filipino revolutionaries. The rebels under the leadership of Anastacio de la Cruz encountered the forces of Lt. Walker on Holy Thursday, April 1903. Lt. Walker and a number of his men were killed. The following day, Good Friday, Lt. McCoy took over the command of the American troops and outfought the Pulahanes (the rebels were so called because of their red headbands) who were defeated.

The courage and patriotism of the Aloguinsan were again tested in World War II. Cebuano guerillas from the place stubbornly and fiercely resisted Japanese invaders to help Allied Filipino troops of the 81st, 82nd and 83rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army in barrio Konguigon resulting in the death of many Japanese soldiers. The enemy retaliated by killing many civilians, including babies, and there entered by joint Filipino and American troops together with the Cebuano guerillas until the end in the Second World War.


Population census of Aloguinsan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 19,214 —    
1995 21,472 +2.10%
2000 24,180 +2.58%
2007 26,353 +1.19%
2010 27,650 +1.76%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Every year in June, they celebrate the famous "Kinsan Festival", named for a fish that is usually abundant in months of May to July.[4]: 95 The town fiesta is celebrated every 23rd & 24 October in honor of St. Raphael the Archangel.

Notable residents[edit]


  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. 
  4. ^ a b Lipsius 2011


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