St William of Aquitaine church
Map of Cebu with Dalaguete highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||2nd district of Cebu|
|Barangay||33 (see § Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Ronald Cesante (1‑Cebu)|
|• Vice mayor||Jeffrey Belciña|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||154.96 km2 (59.83 sq mi)|
|• Density||410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|IDD :||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||1st class|
Dalaguete is a first income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines, located 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. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 63,239.
- 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%.
|Population census of Dalaguete|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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.
The dalakit (Ficus benjamina) 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 the 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.
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.
In Spanish, the letter “G” is often pronounced “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.
- 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
Roman Catholic Parishes
- S. Guillermo de Aquitania, founded 1711 (Poblacion)
- S. Isidro Labrador, founded 1958 (Mantalongon)
- Sta. Monica, founded 1952 (Cawayan)
- Our Lady of Consolation, founded 2012 (Manlapay)
- Faith Tabernacle Church (Poblacion)
- Assembly of God (Poblacion)
- Evangelical Free Church (Poblacion)
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.
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- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007" (PDF). National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2011.
- Alcina, Fr Francisco Ignacio (1668). Historia natural del sitio, fertilidad y calidad de las Islas e Indios de Bisayas [Alcina's History of the Bisayan Islands] (in Spanish).
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