Catigbian, Bohol

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Map of Bohol showing the location of Catigbian
Map of Bohol showing the location of Catigbian
Catigbian is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°50′N 124°02′E / 9.833°N 124.033°E / 9.833; 124.033Coordinates: 09°50′N 124°02′E / 9.833°N 124.033°E / 9.833; 124.033
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
Founded June 17, 1949
Barangay 22 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Roberto L. Salinas
 • Total 78.48 km2 (30.30 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 22,686
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Demonym Catigbianon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6343
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class

Catigbian is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines, located 35 kilometres (22 mi) north from Bohol's capital city, Tagbilaran. Catigbian is an interior town north of Balilihan, south of Sagbayan and Tubigon, east of San Isidro and west of Batuan.

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 22,686.[2]

Catigbian was formerly known as San Jacinto, and officially changed to its current name only in the 1950s.[3] Catigbian was named after a tree which grew abundantly in the place.[1]


Catigbian is divided into 22 barangays.

  • Alegria
  • Ambuan
  • Baang
  • Bagtic
  • Bonbong
  • Cambailan
  • Candumayao
  • Kang-iras
  • Causwagan Norte
  • Hagbuaya
  • Haguilanan
  • Libertad Sur
  • Liboron
  • Mahayag Norte
  • Mahayag Sur
  • Maitum
  • Mantasida
  • Poblacion
  • Poblacion Weste
  • Rizal
  • Sinakayanan
  • Triple Union


The town was founded in 1829 as one of the villages where rebels were resettled after the Dagohoy Rebellion had been suppressed. In 1903, when the province was reorganized, it was annexed to Balilihan but was made an independent municipality once more on June 17, 1949. When the town was recreated in 1949, there were only 15 barrios within its territorial limits compared to the 22 barangays it has now.


Population census of Catigbian
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 17,362 —    
1995 17,596 +0.25%
2000 21,461 +4.35%
2007 23,333 +1.16%
2010 22,686 −1.02%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][4]


  • Literacy Rate: 87.9%
  • 1 Tertiary School (Bohol Northwestern Colleges)
  • 2 Catholic Secondary Schools (Immaculate Mary Academy, Holy Infant Academy)
  • 5 Public Secondary Schools (Catigbian National High School,Mantacida National High School,Haguilanan High School, Hagbuaya High School & Mahayag High School)
  • 19 Public Elementary Schools
  • 3 Primary Schools
  • 22 Day Care Centers


Public market

Commerce and industry[edit]

  • Catigbian Public Market- 3rd Best Pamilihan in Region 7 for 2006
  • Livestock Auction Center- the biggest in the Province of Bohol and recognized as one of the biggest in Region 7
  • Abattoir
  • Catigbian Waterworks System
  • One Town One Product (OTOP) Display Center


  • 8,950 ha (22,116 acres) alienable & disposable land
    • 43.85% devoted to crops
    • 56.15% pasture land, grassland, idle land
  • 2,351 ha (5,809 acres) forestal land
    • Livestock Raising (alternative)



  • 3 Cellular Sites (SMART, GLOBE & DIGITEL (SUN))
  • Philippine Postal Office
  • 2 Public Calling Offices
  • Landline Phones (Mayor’s Office, Bohol Northwestern Colleges & Bagtic Masagana Multi-Purpose Cooperative)


  • 3 Pumping Stations for 12 barangays – 500 m3 (18,000 cu ft) /day
  • 2 more barangays with own pumping station


  • Catigbian Training Center
  • Municipal Court Hall
  • Municipal Conference Hall
  • Public Market
  • Tennis Court
  • Basketball Court/Multi-Purpose Court (sports and other activities)
  • Catigbian District Hospital
  • Municipal Health Center

Feast Days & Patron Saints[edit]

Catigbian comprises two parishes:

  • • Immaculate Conception Parish (church located in Poblacion West), which celebrates its Feast Day every December 8 in honor of the Immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary
  • • Sto. Niño Parish (Church located in Baang), which celebrates its feast day on the third Saturday of January in honor of the Holy Child Jesus


Catigbian is home to caves, hanging bridges, handicrafts, livestock market and for its nature resort. Among its attractions are Catigbian Magic Nature Resort, Rizal Hanging Bridge, Cantalina Cave, Haguilanan Cave, Candumayao Cave, Bongbong Cave, and Dagook Falls.

The Katigbawan Festival[edit]

What distinguishes Catigbian from other towns is its annual festival, the Katigbawan, which is a week-long festival in June consisting of various activities like carabao-racing, hog-catching, agrofair, motorcross and a search for Miss Katigbawan.

This four-day event has several activities lined up starting with the opening of the festival with a parade after a holy mass. It is followed by a comparza and a talent contest of Miss Katigbawan candidates during the day. Judging of the display of agro fair, bloodletting and motorcross takes place on the second day. On the third day is the Carabao Parade with carabao-racing and hog-catching at central elementary school and the search for Catigbian's prettiest – the Miss Katigbawan Beauty Pageant – in the evening.[a] On the fourth day is the Street Dancing and then a fireworks display to cap the festival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A beauty and brains search for the girl best exemplifying the true Catigbianon. The winner represents the town in the province's most prestigious pageant – Miss Bohol Sandugo – held in July


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