Boljoon, Cebu

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Map of Cebu with Boljoon highlighted
Map of Cebu with Boljoon highlighted
Boljoon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°38′N 123°29′E / 9.633°N 123.483°E / 9.633; 123.483Coordinates: 09°38′N 123°29′E / 9.633°N 123.483°E / 9.633; 123.483
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
Congr. district 2nd district of Cebu
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Teresita D. Celis
 • Total 117.00 km2 (45.17 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 15,027
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6024
Dialing code 32

Boljoon (also spelled Boljo-on, pronounced "bull-who-on") is a fifth class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 15,027 people.[3]

Boljoon has a total land area of 11,700 hectares (29,000 acres).[2] It is bounded by Alcoy in the north, Oslob in the south, Malabuyoc in the west, and Bohol Strait in the east.


Boljoon is administratively subdivided into 11 barangays.[2] Six of these barangays are coastal (including the Poblacion) while the rest are inland.

  • Poblacion
  • El Pardo
  • Baclayan
  • Arbor
  • Granada
  • South Granada
  • Lower Becerril
  • Upper Becerril
  • San Antonio
  • Lunop
  • Nangka
  • Talisay


Population census of Boljoon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,646 —    
1995 12,318 +1.06%
2000 13,380 +1.79%
2007 14,877 +1.47%
2010 15,027 +0.37%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Boljoon Church[edit]

Church of Patrocinio de Maria

Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio Parish Church of Boljoon shows old and intricate carvings and bass relief. It is in a pseudo-baroque rococo style. The interior is decorated beautifully. It has a main nave, a transcript, and twenty-eight pillars which support the walls. The walls are as thick as the pillars which are two meters thick and made of mortar and lime. A communion rail with ornate silverworks was stolen from the church.

Boljoon became visita of Carcar founded according to some authors in 1599. It became an independent vicariate on October 31, 1690, and on April 5, 1692, Fr. Nicolas de la Cuadra was appointed as prior. Due to the lack of priests, the church was turned over to the Jesuits on September 27, 1737, upon the recommendation of the intermediate chapter of 1732. In the year 1747, the General of the Augustinians Order proposed the recovery of the parishes left off in the Visayas. [4]

Boljoon’s earlier building had been destroyed in a raid in 1782, and its pastors Fr. Ambrosio Otero started rebuilding the following year. The work was continued by Fr. Manuel Cordero in 1794 but when Fr. Julian arrived, the work was not yet completed. He decided to build a blockhouse 120 x 80 meters on which artillery was mounted, and he enclosed the church perimeter with a wall. He finally completed the church. The church and the adjoining convento were restored by Fr. Leandro Moran (1920-48) the last Augustinian friar to be assigned to Boljoon.[5]

In 1999, the National Historical Institute declared it a National Historical Landmark. The following year, the National Museum declared it as a National Cultural Treasure.

The Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio Parish Church was lucky enough to withstand the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013 that affected Bohol and Cebu.

Discovery of 16th-century artifacts[edit]

On February, 2008, archaeologists discovered 26 human remains (with China plates on top of heads) and 16th-century artifacts at the front lawn of Boljoon Church.[6]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Brief Historical Notes on Boljoon". 
  5. ^ "Boljoon Church". 
  6. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, 16th-century artifacts found in Boljoon, Cebu

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