Daanbantayan, Cebu

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Daanbantayan
Municipality
Maya, Daanbantayan, northernmost point of Cebu Island
Maya, Daanbantayan, northernmost point of Cebu Island
Map of Cebu showing the location of Daanbantayan
Map of Cebu showing the location of Daanbantayan
Daanbantayan is located in Philippines
Daanbantayan
Daanbantayan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°15′N 123°59′E / 11.250°N 123.983°E / 11.250; 123.983Coordinates: 11°15′N 123°59′E / 11.250°N 123.983°E / 11.250; 123.983
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
Congr. district 4th district of Cebu
Barangays 20
Government[1]
 • Mayor Augusto Corro
Area[2]
 • Total 92.27 km2 (35.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 74,897
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6013
Dialing code 032
Income class 1st class municipality; partially urban
Website www.daanbantayan.gov.ph

Daanbantayan is a first class municipality in the province of Cebu, the Philippines, occupying the northern tip of Cebu island. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 74,897 people.[3] Malapascua Island is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Daanbantayan.

Every year, Daanbantayan celebrates the Haladaya Festival[a] which is in honor of Datu Daya, the legendary founder of the town.

Barangays[edit]

Daanbantayan is administratively subdivided into 20 barangays:

  • Agujo
  • Bagay
  • Bakhawan
  • Bateria
  • Bitoon
  • Calape
  • Carnaza
  • Dalingding
  • Lanao
  • Logon
  • Malbago
  • Malingin
  • Maya
  • Pajo
  • Paypay
  • Poblacion
  • Talisay
  • Tapilon
  • Tinubdan
  • Tominjao

History[edit]

Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish Church

The name Daanbantayan was derived from two words: the word "Daan" (which means "old" in the Cebuano language, and the word "Bantayan" which refers to a place that served as a "look-out-station" for Moro raiders before the Spaniards obtained control of the Philippines. The original site of the town might have been located at an elevated vantage point near Punta which is situated in Tapilon. Some older maps and publications use the two words separately, as "Daan Bantayan".

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces occupied in the town of Daanbantayan. Built of the Japanese military garrisons and concentration camps here in the town of Daanbantayan.

In 1942–1945, Cebuano guerrilla groups was fall of four year main conflicts and insurgencies in the town of Daanbantayan and attacking Japanese. After the conflicts, the Cebuano resistance groups goes to retreating by the Japanese and start the liberated and the Battle of Daanbantayan on 1945 by the local Filipino forces of the Philippine Commonwealth Army units and aiding the Cebuano guerrillas and defeats Japanese.

In 1945, the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops of the 3rd, 8th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 85th and 86th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army entered the town of Daanbantayan, supported by the Cebuano guerrillas, and were attacked by the Japanese forces in the Battle of Daanbantayan[citation needed] during World War II.

On the morning of November 8th, 2013 nine people were killed and 50 injured when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Philippines area of responsibility) hit Daanbantayan. [4]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Daanbantayan
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 58,771 —    
1995 64,845 +1.99%
2000 69,336 +1.35%
2007 73,254 +0.79%
2010 74,897 +0.74%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Tourism[edit]

Daanbantayan is now known for its pristine powder-like white sandy beaches – one of which is Malapascua Island. With its vast and rich marine resources, there are also dive sites that offer unique marine life and beauty.

As a tourist destination, Daanbantayan stages the Haladaya Festival every year as an added attraction to tourist and balikbayans from all over the world who come to visit the place.

Malapascua Island, southern end

Attractions:

  • Municipal hall - built in 1916.
  • Sta. Rosa de Lima parish Church - inaugurated on 10 April 1858 and finished in 1886. Its façade is still intact with its original design.[5]
  • Town plaza - site of a battle between the so-called Daanbantayan Volunteers and 19 well-armed bandits led by Capitan Berinoin 1898.[5]
  • San Pedro River - its northern bank has an abandoned Muslim settlement founded by Datu Daya during the pre-Spanish era.[5]
  • Tapilon point (also known as Punta Sampero) - site of the watchtower of Kandaya, called “daang bantayanan”. But there are no remains of the watchtower.[5]
  • Malapascua Island - Malapascua island is an island situated across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu. This tiny island was known first for its wide white sand beach, known as Bounty Beach; it has also become known as a diving destination because of its beautiful coral gardens and excellent local dive spots.[5]
  • Gato Cave and Islet - a small sharp rocky island rising in the middle of the Visayan Sea, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Malapascua. The 83 metres (272 feet) high island is home to nesting seabirds, a colony of flying foxes, soft coral canyons, and rare and unusual nudibranchs.[5]
  • Monad Shoal - a 20 metres (66 ft) deep seamount known for its thresher sharks, making the shoal popular for recreational divers. The common thresher shark (alopias vulpinus) and pelagic thresher shark (alopias pelagicus) normally live in depths as deep as 350 metres (1,148 feet), but the shoal offers opportunities to see them in less than 20 metres of water.[5]

Transportation[edit]

Ceres Liner, D'Rough Riders and Cebu Autobus are among the bus companies with regular trips to and from Daanbantayan. Jeepneys, tricycles, and trisikads are the main modes of transportation within the town.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 27 March–3 April

References[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. ^ http://www.businessinsider.com.au/typhoon-haiyan-damage-is-worse-than-hell-2013-11
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Local Heritage". Municipality of Daanbantayan, Cebu. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 

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