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For the town in Spain, see Cárcar.
Component City
Skyline of Carcar City
Skyline of Carcar City
Official seal of Carcar
Map of Cebu showing the location of Carcar
Map of Cebu showing the location of Carcar
Carcar is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°06′N 123°38′E / 10.100°N 123.633°E / 10.100; 123.633Coordinates: 10°06′N 123°38′E / 10.100°N 123.633°E / 10.100; 123.633
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
Congr. district 1st district of Cebu
Founded 1599
Cityhood 2007
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Nicepuro L. Apura
 • Vice Mayor Mario Patricio P. Barcenas
 • Total 116.78 km2 (45.09 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 107,323
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6019
Dialing code 32

Carcar, officially the City of Carcar (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Carcar; Filipino: Lungsod ng Carcar), is a city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 107,323 people.[3]

In 2005, Metro Cebu's definition was expanded to include Danao City in the north, and the municipality of San Fernando and the then town of Carcar (made a city in 2007) down south.[4]


Carcar is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the north by San Fernando; on the south by Sibonga; on the west by Barili and Aloguinsan; and on the east by the Cebu Strait. It has a land area of 11,678 hectares (28,860 acres).[2]

The land is generally level with less than 18% slope composing of 78.7% of the total land area. Areas with slopes ranging from 18 to 50% cover 19.3% of the total land area and those over 50% slope comprise approximately 1.9%. The highest recorded elevation is a little over 660 metres (2,170 ft) above sea level, located within the barangay of Napo.

The wet season occurs during the months of May to October and the dry season, from January to May.


Carcar is administratively subdivided into 15 barangays:[2]

  • Bolinawan
  • Buenavista
  • Calidngan
  • Can-asujan
  • Guadalupe
  • Liburon
  • Napo
  • Ocaña
  • Perrelos
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Tuyom
  • Valencia
  • Valladolid


Carcar was known as "Sialao" since before the Spanish colonization. It became a municipality in 1599.


Carcar became a city on July 7, 2007. On November 19, 2008, the City of Carcar was demoted along with 2 other cities in Cebu and 13 other cities in the Philippines. The Supreme Court ruled that the 16 cities did not pass the requirements for cityhood.[5]

On December 10, 2008, Carcar and the other 15 cities affected filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court. More than a year later, on December 22, 2009, acting on said appeal, the Court reversed its earlier ruling as it ruled that "at the end of the day, the passage of the amendatory law (regarding the criteria for cityhood as set by Congress) is no different from the enactment of a law, i.e., the cityhood laws specifically exempting a particular political subdivision from the criteria earlier mentioned. Congress, in enacting the exempting law/s, effectively decreased the already codified indicators."[6] As such, the cityhood status of Carcar is effectively restored.

On August 27, 2010, Carcar City in Cebu became plain old Carcar again. It shared the fate of 15 other cities, after the Supreme Court reinstated a 2008 decision declaring as “unconstitutional" the cityhood laws converting 16 municipalities into cities.[7]

A previous law required towns aspiring to become cities to earn at least P100 million annually, which none of the 16 did. Voting 7-6, with two justices not taking part, the SC reinstated its Nov. 18, 2008 decision declaring as unconstitutional the Republic Acts (RAs) converting 16 municipalities into cities. On February 15, 2011, the supreme court upheld for the 3rd time the cityhood of Carcar and 15 other towns in the Philippines.[8]


Population census of Carcar
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 70,841 —    
1995 78,726 +2.00%
2000 89,199 +2.71%
2007 100,632 +1.68%
2010 107,323 +2.37%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Mercado Ancestral Home

As a Heritage City of Cebu, Carcar is home to various Spanish to American period structures. The Carcar plaza alone hosts several heritage structures, the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria dominates the area. Within the complex various structures stand. Walking towards Sta. Catalina street one will surely be astonished with the quaint houses and their distinctive architectural details.

A visit to Carcar wouldn't be complete without sampling its mouth-watering delights. Surrounding the Rotunda and in the public market one will find the famous Carcar chicharon, lechon, ampao, bucarillo, gogorias and puso are just some delectable delicacies worth tasting.

List of former Mayors of Carcar City[edit]

  • 1932 - 1940 Hon. Mariano Mercado
  • 1940 - 1942 Hon. Constancio Gantuangko
  • Liberation Time: Hon. Abundio A. Aldemita
  • 1946 - 1950 Hon. Constancio Gantuangko
  • 1950 - 1951 Hon. Isabelo Montesclaros
  • 1952 - 1955 Hon. Leoncio W. Gantuangko
  • 1956 - 1958 Hon. Abundio A. Aldemita
  • 1958 - 1959 Hon. Galileo Varga
  • 1960 - June 1985 Hon. Abundio A. Aldemita
  • July 1985 - June 1986 Hon. Cristino C. Cui, Sr.
  • July 1986 - Nov. 1986 Hon. Jose C. Torres - OIC
  • Dec 1987 - Jan 1988 Hon. Zosimo N. Cabungcal, Sr. - OIC
  • Feb. 1988 - Mar 1992 Hon. Cristino C. Cui, Sr.
  • April 1992 - June 1992 Hon. Loreto Lawas
  • July 1992 - June 2001 Hon. Severino A, Escobido, Jr.
  • July 2001 - June 2010 Hon. Mario Patricio P. Barcenas
  • 2010 - Present Hon. Nicepuro L. Apura

Notable people[edit]

Sheryn Regis
  • Msgr. Teofilo Bastida Camomot: Served as the first Prior of St. Elias Chapter for Priests of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites established in 1955; two months later became Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro (Iloilo), 1955; Coadjutor (with right of succession) Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, 1958; founded in 1959 (1960 in some accounts) the Congregation of Blessed Virgin Missionaries of Carmel in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental; Resigned as Coadjutor Archbishop 1970; next became, first, parish priest of Pardo, Cebu City, and in 1976 of Carcar.[9]
  • Sheryn Regis (Sheryn Mae Poncardas Regis) - The Crystal Voice of Asia is a Filipina pop singer, composer, host and actress.

See also[edit]


  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. 
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  5. ^ Napallacan, Jhunex (2008-11-21). "Cities’ demotion worries DepEd execs". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ SC reverses self, upholds creation of 16 cities
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