Dauin, Negros Oriental

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Dauin
Municipality
Dauin beach 2.jpg
Map of Negros Oriental with Dauin highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Dauin highlighted
Dauin is located in Philippines
Dauin
Dauin
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°12′N 123°16′E / 9.200°N 123.267°E / 9.200; 123.267Coordinates: 09°12′N 123°16′E / 9.200°N 123.267°E / 9.200; 123.267
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Negros Oriental
Congr. district 3rd district of Negros Oriental
Barangays 23
Government[1]
 • Mayor Neil B. Credo
Area[2]
 • Total 114.10 km2 (44.05 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 25,239
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6217
Dialing code 35

Dauin is a fourth class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. It is bordered on the north by Bacong, on the south by Zamboanguita, and on the west a mountain range separates it from Santa Catalina. The municipality is a coastal town, the Bohol Sea forming its eastern border. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 25,239 people.[3]

History[edit]

Origin of Name: There are three versions, the first two being interrelated; first, there was a majestic tree that towered over all trees that the Spaniards asked for its name, which was Calawin. Second, the natives believed that the Calawin was the home of the supernatural beings, called “Dawinde”, who gave help to those in need but could be seen only in such situations. The third, natives used to cultivate the lands into banana plantations. The bananas were sold not by bunch or by fingers but by hands, which were locally called “Lawing”.

An association of Japanese divers once named Apo Island of Dauin town one of the ten best dive sites in the world. The 72-hectare volcanic outcrop on Oriental Negros’ eastern horizon has placed Dauin in the world tourism map. It is an international favorite, attracting large numbers of scuba and snorkel enthusiasts to its magnificent underwater gardens and colorful marine life.

While the island barangay is Dauin’s principal tourism lure, the town’s beaches are the locus of some of the most popular resorts in the province, from the upscale to the budget-friendly, all catering to the foreign market, all gazing at Apo Island. Occasional sorties to Dauin’s marine reserves can also be arranged.

The town’s largely unspoiled hinterlands loll up into the Mt Talinis Geothermal Reserve, where fumarolic activity can be observed on Mag-Aso and the Malungcay Hot Springs.

Dauin’s colonial Church of San Nicolas is regarded as the Province’s oldest. In front of the church and along the beach are the ruins of two dome-shaped watchtowers said to have been used to warn against pirates.[4]

Barangays[edit]

Dauin is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.[2]

  • Anhawan
  • Apo Island
  • Bagacay
  • Baslay
  • Batuhon Dacu
  • Boloc-boloc
  • Bulak
  • Bunga
  • Casile
  • Libjo
  • Lipayo
  • Maayongtubig
  • Mag-aso
  • Magsaysay
  • Malongcay Dacu
  • Masaplod Norte
  • Masaplod Sur
  • Panubtuban
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Tugawe
  • Tunga-tunga

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Dauin
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 17,513 —    
1995 19,609 +2.14%
2000 21,077 +1.56%
2007 23,681 +1.62%
2010 25,239 +2.35%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Attractions[edit]

Dauin hosts several popular beach resorts with both local and foreign tourists.

Apo Island

The coast of Dauin offers scuba dive sites with both coral reef and muck dive opportunities. The municipality has established several sanctuaries, within which fishing and boating is absolutely prohibited. This includes sites such as Mainit sanctuary, Luca sanctuary, Dauin sanctuary and Masaplod sanctuary. These sites are well preserved and offer a huge variety and quantity of life forms.

Dauin also offers Muck diving, which on a point of view of biodiversity can be compared to the dives in Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. Midring blueringed octopus, Wonderpus, Mimic octopus, Poison ocellate octopus, Ambon scorpionfishes, Flamboyant cuttlefishes and Bobbit worms are frequent sights on the sandy shores of the municipality.[5] [6]

Apo Island is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Dauin. The island is also a popular site for scuba diving. As it is completely surrounded by coral reefs, the whole island is a dive site. Popular dive sites include Coconut Point, Mamsa, Cogon, Rockpoint and Chapel. Bigeyed Jacks, turtles, bumphead parrotfish and frogfishes are inhabiting the reefs of the island. It is accessible by boat, 30 minutes from the mainland.[7]

Another tourist attraction of Dauin is the Baslay Hot Spring. The hot spring is located in Barangay Baslay. The water from the hot spring contains natural sulphur which is known to have health benefits.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 13 March 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 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. ^ http://liquiddumaguete.com/liquid/liquid-dive/dive-center/ Dauin dive sites
  6. ^ http://divebongo.com/fun-diving/
  7. ^ http://divebongo.com/padi-courses/
  8. ^ http://www.negroshub.com/baslay-hot-sulpur-spring-dauin-negros-oriental/ NegrosHub.com - Baslay Hot Spring

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