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Map of Cebu showing the location of Consolacion
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|Congr. district||6th district of Cebu|
|• Mayor||Teresa P. Alegado (LP)|
|• Vice Mayor||Aurelio A. Damole (LP)|
|• Total||37.03 km2 (14.30 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class; partially urban|
Consolacion (colloquially: ’Lacion) is a first income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. It is about 12.5 kilometres (7.8 mi) from Cebu City, forming part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area. Consolacion stretches some 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from north to south and the width at its widest point approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi). Consolacion is bounded on the north by the municipality of Liloan, Cebu, on the south by the city of Mandaue, on the east by the Mactan Channel and on the west by the city of Cebu and the municipality of Compostela.
Consolacion is subdivided into 21 barangays distributed on its approximately 3,900 hectares area and space. Seventy percent of the total area of the town is above or highland mountains 18 percent foreshore land. The contours are irregular and the highest point is about 500 metres (1,600 ft) above sea level.
- Poblacion Occidental
- Poblacion Oriental
The Municipality of Consolacion used to be a component barangay first founded in 1871 with a population of 14,248 under the leadership of Juan Villamor. Before this, it was only a barrio of the municipality of Mandaue. Consolacion became a separate town in 1871. However, in 1902 and 1903, unable to maintain her status as an independent municipality, she again became a part of Mandaue.
Finally in 1920, Consolacion was again made an independent municipality after a petition for its restoration into a separate town, was granted by the governor. So grateful were the townspeople to the Spanish governor that they named their new town after his daughter - Consolacion. And they also chose San Narciso as their patron saint, the namesake of the governor’s wife, Narcisa.
A year after the construction of the Casa Real or municipal hall, the people built their first church. Because it was made of wood, nipa, and bamboo, it was totally damaged by a typhoon in 1888. A second one was built when Father Blas Adan was parish priest. It was destroyed also by a typhoon in 1892. Fr. Banzon built a third one just before World War II, which was already in its present site.
The present municipal hall is already the third one. The first was destroyed by the typhoon of 1892. The second one was also destroyed by the Japanese during World War II. Today, Consolacion is a robust residential urban municipality with a vigorous economy, providing a place to live for people employed in the neighbouring cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu.
|Population census of Consolacion|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The population of Consolacion is fast-growing with an intercensal growth rate of 50.45% from 1980 to 1990. Annual average growth rate was 4.16% from 1980 to 1990. Population density in 1990 was 980.7 persons per square kilometer while in the recent survey shows 1,262. The demographic distribution profile of Consolacion shows a densely populated lowland barangays and sparsely populated upland barangays within the commercial area along the existing national highway.
Consolacion's recent economic trend is towards the development of operation of housing/subdivision facilities even with the presence of several medium size manufacturing industries. Consolacion is touted to become a residential urban municipality in the next 5–10 years.
SM City Consolacion is a 3-floor shopping mall operated by SM Prime Holdings. Opened on June 1, 2012. It is the second SM Supermall franchise in the province of Cebu. It is the biggest shopping mall in the municipality.
Fooda Savers Mart is the second biggest shopping mall in the municipality. Although it is not as galant as SM City Consolacion, people still flocks at Fooda Savers Mart to buy groceries. They also have opened a department store adjacent to their original building. It has recently opened its Ministop Convenience Store.
Infrastructure and utilities
- Road Network:
- National Road: 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi)
- Provincial Road: 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi)
- Municipal Road : 2.03 kilometres (1.26 mi)
- Barangay Road : 43.66 kilometres (27.13 mi)
- Ports (Domestic/International):
- Airport: none
- Malls: 2
- Public Market: 1
- Multi-purpose Building: 1
- Recreation Courts/Centers : 22
The main transportation used to get into the town is the Jeepney. The most popular transportation getting around the town is by motorcycle. Locally called "habal-habal".
No. of Post Office: 1 No. of Telephone Stations: 1 No. of Telegraphic Stations: 1 No. of Maldito: 1200
Source of Electricity: VECO No. of Barangay Served: 18 No. Household Served: 80%
Source of Water: MCWD Cost per M3 -
- Elementary schools: 16
- High Schools: 10
- Vocational: - 1
- College: 1
- Public Library: -
The Sarok Festival is celebrated on Consolacion's foundation day. Sarok is a hat made of bamboo strips and dried banana leaves. Sarok Festival a mardigras of colors and street dancing along the main road of Consolacion is celebrated every 14 February in commemoration of Consolacion founding anniversary. The main attraction of this festival is the colorful Sarok and its wide uses.
History: To protect farmers and the folks from the sun and the rain, the sarok, a conical hat made from bamboo strips and dried banana leaves, becomes the needed fad for the people of Consolacion especially that the town is an agricultural land. The festival was traditionally celebrated every 14 February to coincide with its charter day celebrations. However, the Sarok Festival evolved into a free interpretation dance, with the musical concept inspired from the Miligoy de Cebu, a published Filipino folk dance originating from the same place. The festival is now celebrated in October, but this date is still not consistently abided with.
Contribution to Cultural Heritage
Consolacion is one of the contributor in Cultural History. It had created a dance called "Miligoy de Cebu". This dance is usually performed by a pair of dancers during social gatherings like baptism, weddings, and special programs in the poblacion. Costume: Girl wears Maria Clara style costume. Boy wears Barong Tagalog with black pants. Music: It is composed of two parts: A and B. Count: One, two, three to a measure. Formation: Partners stand opposite each other about 6 feet apart. Girl is at the right side of Boy when facing audience. Any number of pair may perform the dance. Dancers hold a pair of bamboo castanets in each hand."
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "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.
- "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
|Cebu City||Camotes Sea|