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Maya, Daanbantayan, northernmost point of Cebu Island
Map of Cebu showing the location of Daanbantayan
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|Congr. district||4th district of Cebu|
|Barangay||20 (see § Barangays)|
|• Mayor||Augusto Corro|
|• Total||92.27 km2 (35.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||812/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class municipality; partially urban|
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. Malapascua Island is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Daanbantayan.
Daanbantayan is administratively subdivided into 20 barangays:
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 lookout 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 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 during World War II.
|Population census of Daanbantayan|
|1 Source: National Statistics Office
2 Executive Order 135 §6 states that for "census years" (years divisible by 10) the reference date would be May 1st, but for all other years, the reference date is to be the "middle of the year".
This means that growth rates, although correct, are not necessarily simple year-on-year comparisons.
Daanbantayan is now known for its pristine, white powder-like sandy beaches – one of which is Malapascua Island. With its vast and rich marine resources, it hosts a long string of dive sites offering unique marine life and beauty.
As a tourist destination, Daanbantayan stages the Haladaya Festival every year as an added attraction to local vacationists, holidaymakers, Filipino expatriates, and foreign tourists from as far North America, South America, and Europe.
- 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.
- Town plaza - site of a battle between the so-called Daanbantayan Volunteers and 19 well-armed bandits led by Capitan Berinoin 1898.
- San Pedro River - its northern bank has an abandoned Muslim settlement founded by Datu Daya during the pre-Spanish era.
- Tapilon point (also known as Punta Sampero) - site of the watchtower of Kandaya, called “daang bantayanan”. But there are no remains of the watchtower.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 27 March – 3 April
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "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.
- National Statistics Office - Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007[dead link]
- "Local Heritage". Municipality of Daanbantayan, Cebu. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
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- Official website of the Municipality of Daanbantayan
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
|Santa Fe / Visayan Sea||Camotes Sea|