Dalaguete, Cebu

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Saint William of Aquitaine Church in Dalaguete, Cebu.jpg
Map of Cebu with Dalaguete highlighted
Map of Cebu with Dalaguete highlighted
Dalaguete is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°46′N 123°32′E / 9.767°N 123.533°E / 9.767; 123.533Coordinates: 09°46′N 123°32′E / 9.767°N 123.533°E / 9.767; 123.533
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 2nd district of Cebu
Barangay 33 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Ronald Allan Gesalan Cesante
 • Total 154.96 km2 (59.83 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 63,239
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Dalaguetenon
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6022
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 1st class
Standard Geographic Code 072222000
Website www.dalaguete.gov.ph

Dalaguete is a first class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 63,239.[3]


“The natives look upon the tree not for its gigantic size, nor for its fruit which is of no use, but rather for the religious observance of the natives” (Alcina 1668: 473-485). They highly consider this tree for their belief that it harbors spirits or diwatas who could impose sickness if maltreated or hand in fortunes and gifts if placated. When fully grown, the intertwining roots are exposed from the earth and form huge caverns that could house several people.[4]

The dalaket (Ficus benjamina linn) tree is the foundation of the origin and name of Dalaguete. In ancient times, before the coming of the Spaniards, these trees had been used by people as major landmarks. People gathered under itheir encompassing shades and conduct social and economic activities such us festivities, contest, trading meetings and other community gatherings. They establish market places under the shades of the dalaket where they sell their products and conduct trade with local roving traders bringing in Chinese and Asiatic goods from the port of Cebu.[5]

The place where the church or the poblacion were laid would have been the site of a communal gathering area for the natives. It was also the abode of a huge dalaket tree which provide shade and shelter while people conduct their activities. "Adto ta mag-abot sa dalakit". "Adto ta magtigom-tigom sa dalakit" [Let us meet at the dalakit]. These and other popular phrases have the common practice of our ancestors when coming up with an agreement to meet or conduct an activity specifically at the site where the dalakit is situated. For several generations in pre-Hispanic Dalaguete, the area has always been unofficially called as dalakit. Its accessibility and its reputation as a communal area for community gathering have prompted the Spanish authorities to construct the church and eventually establish the area as part of an encomienda. From this common ground, and from this tree, begun the conception of a larger town which later come to be known as Dalaguete.[4]

Language experts know that in Spanish, the letter “G” is often pronounce “K” so that the word dalakit is in fact spelled out by them as dalaguet. There is no “K” in the Spanish language. The nearest other spelling would have been “Dalaquet”, with a “q” instead of a “g” which, when written by hand in those early days, would also have been interchanged. Whatever the case, thus was the name of the town of Dalaguete.[4]

Geographic Location[edit]

Dalaguete is a first class municipality located some 84 kilometres (52 mi) south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the north by Argao, on the south by Alcoy, on the west by the municipalities of Badian and Alegria and on the east by the Bohol Strait.[6]

Land Characteristics[edit]

  • Land Area: 15,496 hectares (38,290 acres)
  • Topography: 85% hilly and mountainous with more than 30% slope
  • Land Use:
    • 45% protected area and watersheds
    • 30% agriculture (prime area for vegetable production in the province)
    • 6% built-up area (proj. 2010: 6 - 15%)


Tropical climate prevails year round in Dalaguete. The temperature is high and varies little with a difference of about 3 °C (5.4 °F) between the coldest month which occurs around January and hottest month around May. The mountain barangays are cold and Mantalongon is considered the "Little Baguio of Cebu". Average daytime temperatures except in mountainous region range from 22.2 to 32.1 °C (72.0 to 89.8 °F). Humidity is 77%.


  • Income Classification: 1st class[7]
  • Agriculture: farming, fishing
  • Products: vegetables, fish
  • Cottage industry: blanket & mat weaving, basket making
  • Mineral Resources: ice stones, lime red stone, lime pink stones, wood stones, phosphate, coal

Religious Institutions[edit]

Roman Catholic Parishes[edit]

  • Sn. Guillermo de Aquitania, founded 1711 (Poblacion)
  • Sn. Isidro Labrador, founded 1958 (Mantalongon)
  • Sta. Monica, founded 1952 (Cawayan)
  • Our Lady of Consolation, founded 2012 (Manlapay)

Protestant Churches[edit]

  • Faith Tabernacle Church (Poblacion)
  • Assembly of God (Poblacion)
  • Evangelical Free Church (Poblacion)


Dalaguete comprises 33 barangays:[2]

  • Ablayan
  • Babayongan
  • Balud
  • Banhigan
  • Bulak
  • Caleriohan
  • Caliongan
  • Casay
  • Catolohan
  • Cawayan
  • Consolacion
  • Coro
  • Dugyan
  • Dumalan
  • Jolomaynon
  • Lanao
  • Langkas
  • Lumbang
  • Malones
  • Maloray
  • Mananggal
  • Manlapay
  • Mantalongon
  • Nalhub
  • Obo
  • Obong
  • Pañas
  • Poblacion
  • Sacsac
  • Tapon
  • Tuba
  • Salug
  • Tabon


Population census of Dalaguete
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 45,545 —    
1995 48,778 +1.29%
2000 57,331 +3.52%
2007 61,405 +0.95%
2010 63,239 +1.08%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][8]

Utanon Festival[edit]

Dalaguete celebrates its annual town fiesta in honor of its patron saint, San Guillermo, every 9 and 10 February. One of the highlights of the celebration is the street dancing and showdown competition called "Utanon Festival".

Utanon Festival is also a form of thanksgiving for all the blessings and graces the Dalaguetenons have received from San Guillermo and for giving them a place so rich in agriculture and music. Utanon Festival is a celebration of good harvest through dance and music. Dalaguete is not only the Vegetable Basket of the Province of Cebu but also the Music Capital of the island as well.

Dalaguete Public Market


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City, and Municipality Region VII - Central Visayas: 1990, 2000, and 2010", 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office
  4. ^ a b c http://www.dalaguete.gov.ph/history
  5. ^ dalaguete.gov.ph
  6. ^ http://www.dalaguete.gov.ph/about-us/statistics
  7. ^ dalaguete.gov.ph
  8. ^ Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007. National Statistics Office

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