Asturias, Cebu

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Asturias
Municipality
Map of Cebu showing the location of Asturias
Map of Cebu showing the location of Asturias
Asturias is located in Philippines
Asturias
Asturias
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
Barangay 27 (see § Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Mayor Alan L. Adlawan
Area[2]
 • 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
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 3rd class
Standard Geographic Code 072206000

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

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

Barangays[edit]

Asturias comprises 27 barangays.[2] Of these, 7 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

History[edit]

The original name of Asturias is Naghalin, perhaps from the word lalin, native Cebuano term for settlers coming from far places. Other authorities 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" (now known as Tuburan) which means "fiery cauldron" from the Cebuano baga (ember) and kawa (cauldron) supports with this assertion.

The first occupants of Asturias came from other places and neighboring islands such as Negros and Bohol. At first, one part of Naghalin was part of Tuburan and the other part of Balamban. Over time, the population of Naghalin increased because of immigration and natural population growth. Eventually the inhabitants petitioned Spain to grant them their own local government. This petition was granted in the late 19th century by Spain, thereby creating the pueblo (town) of Asturias. This event was witnessed by the arrival in 1888 of the alférez, Antonio Alonso, uncle of José Rizal.

Demographics[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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