Asturias, Cebu

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Map of Cebu showing the location of Asturias
Map of Cebu showing the location of Asturias
Asturias is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°34′N 123°43′E / 10.567°N 123.717°E / 10.567; 123.717Coordinates: 10°34′N 123°43′E / 10.567°N 123.717°E / 10.567; 123.717
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 3rd District
Barangays 27
 • Mayor Alan L. Adlawan
 • Total 190.45 km2 (73.53 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 44,732
 • Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6042
Dialing code 32
Income class 3rd class

Asturias is a third class municipality in the northwestern coast of Cebu Province, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 44,732 people.[3]

It is bounded by the Municipality of Tuburan in the north; the Municipality of Balamban in the south, Danao City in the east and by Tañon Strait in the west.


Asturias is administratively subdivided into 27 barangays.[2] Of these, 7 barangays are coastal and 20 are located inland.

  • Agbanga
  • Agtugop
  • Bago
  • Bairan
  • Banban
  • Baye
  • Bog-o
  • Kaluangan
  • Lanao
  • Langub
  • Looc Norte
  • Lunas
  • Magcalape
  • Manguiao
  • New Bago
  • Owak
  • Poblacion
  • Saksak
  • San Isidro
  • San Roque
  • Santa Lucia
  • Santa Rita
  • Tag-amakan
  • Tagbubonga
  • Tubigagmanok
  • Tubod
  • Ubogon


The original name of Asturias is Naghalin, from the word lalin, native Cebuano term for settlers coming from far places. Yet other native elders would say that "Naghalin" is a mispronunciation of the Cebuano word "naghaling" which means "making fire" as preparation for cooking. The old name of the boundary of the adjacent municipality, "Bagacawa" (which is now known as Tuburan) which means "fiery cauldron" from the Cebuano "baga" and "kawa" which means ember and cauldron respectively coincided with this assumption. The first occupants of Asturias came from other places and neighboring islands such as Negros and Bohol. At first, a portion of Naghalin was part of the Pueblo (town) of Tuburan and the other was a part of the Pueblo (town) of Balamban. Over time, the occupants of Naghalin increased due to both settlers and population growth. Eventually the folks, under the leadership of a certain Mr. Delfin, a native of Negros who got married with a local woman, petitioned the then colonial master (Spain) to grant them their own local government. This petition was granted in the late 19th century by the King of Spain, thereby creating the Pueblo (Town) of Asturias. This event was witnessed by the arrival of the alferez, Antonio Alonso, the uncle of Dr. Jose Rizal, to the town in 1888.


Population census of Asturias
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 30,404 —    
1995 33,355 +1.75%
2000 38,961 +3.39%
2007 40,939 +0.69%
2010 44,732 +3.28%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "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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