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


Population census of Boljoon
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 11,646 —    
1995 12,318 +1.13%
2000 13,380 +1.67%
2007 14,877 +1.53%
2010 15,027 +0.33%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Boljoon Church[edit]

Church of Patrocinio de Maria

Boljoon Church 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.

The Boljoon Church is the oldest remaining original stone church in Cebu. 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.

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.[4]


  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. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, 16th-century artifacts found in Boljoon, Cebu

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