Borbon, Cebu

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Map of Cebu with Borbon highlighted
Map of Cebu with Borbon highlighted
Borbon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°50′N 124°02′E / 10.833°N 124.033°E / 10.833; 124.033Coordinates: 10°50′N 124°02′E / 10.833°N 124.033°E / 10.833; 124.033
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
Congr. district 5th district of Cebu
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Bernard A. Sepulveda
 • Total 120.94 km2 (46.70 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 31,598
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6008
Dialing code 32

Borbon is a fourth class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 31,598 people.[3]


Another story circulating on how Borbon got its name is that when the Spaniards landed in the place, it didn’t have a name. So they asked a local couple what the name of the place was but unfortunately the couple did not understand what the Spaniards asked, so they answered by giving their nicknames, “Bor” and “Bon”. So, that’s how the place came to be named Borbon. According to the Panublion publication, Borbon was established as a parish on 15 September 1862 and had San Sebastian, martyr, as patron saint. Today, St. Sebastian’s fiesta is celebrated every January 20. Borbon was formerly a visita or an extension community of the town of Sogod. That is why many of the very first settlers of Borbon are families with roots that can be traced back to relatives in Sogod.

In addition, Redondo (1886, 163)[citation not found] describes the Borbon church made of wood and tabique resting on a base of mortar, dimensions 22.5 fathoms long, 7.5 wide. The church was thatched with grass. The original church mentioned here is believed to be one of the oldest churches in Cebu prior to its burning during World War II.


Borbon is administratively subdivided into 19 barangays:[2]

  • Bagacay
  • Bili
  • Bingay
  • Bongdo
  • Bongdo Gua
  • Bongoyan
  • Cadaruhan
  • Cajel
  • Campusong
  • Clavera
  • Don Gregorio Antigua (Taytayan)
  • Laaw
  • Lugo
  • Managase
  • Poblacion
  • Sagay
  • San Jose
  • Tabunan
  • Tagnucan


Population census of Borbon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 23,239 —    
1995 26,020 +2.14%
2000 28,571 +2.03%
2007 32,278 +1.70%
2010 31,598 −0.77%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Source of livelihood[edit]

  • Fishing
  • Farming

Silmugi River[edit]

Silmugi River in Borbon
  • The Silmugi river is an eco-tourism site in northern Cebu.

Located in between the barangays of Poblacion and Cadaruhan, the river stretches for about 12 kilometers from barangay Vito to Suba.

The river played a big part during Borbon’s formulation as a town because in the past, the river was knowned to be so big and wide that many boats travelled by it. It is where the rainwater from the many mountain barangays cascaded and flowed into the ocean.

Silmugi Festival[edit]

  • Silmugi Festival is a celebration that takes places in the town of Borbon, Cebu in giving honor to patron saint, St. Sebastian Martyr. The highlight of this event is the street dancing that involves a traditional prayer for a bountiful harvest with which various barangay are taking part of.
  • "Silmugi" is an old name of the town of Borbon during the Pre-Spanish period which was named after the enchanting and enthralling river which was served as the nearest route for devout Catholics attending mass in Saint Sebastian Parish. The river has also become the main gateaway for locals who live hillsides of Borbon in their business trades with coastal barangays surrounding it.
  • The local residents of Borbon consider the Silmugi Festival as their act of gratitude and reverence to God for giving them the Silmugi River that also played a major role in the development of the trade and industry of the province. Locals are high-spirited in celebrating this festival and they make it a point that younger generation will able to catch the heart of this event.

Local government[edit]

Elected officials (2010–2013):

  • Mayor: Bernard "Butch" Sepulveda
  • Vice-mayor: Noel Dotillos
  • Sangguniang Bayan Members:
    • Roy Melgo
    • Neil Vergara
    • Vicente Sepulveda III
    • Expedito "Ditoy" Urot
    • Fernando Manuel "Manol" Larañaga
    • Mardonio "Titing" Mangubat
    • Raul Antigua
    • Emilio Flores


  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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