Dauis, Bohol

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Aerial view of Dauis
Aerial view of Dauis
Map of Bohol with Dauis highlighted
Map of Bohol with Dauis highlighted
Dauis is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°37′N 123°51′E / 9.617°N 123.850°E / 9.617; 123.850Coordinates: 09°37′N 123°51′E / 9.617°N 123.850°E / 9.617; 123.850
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
Barangays 12
 • Mayor Miriam Sumaylo [1]
 • Total 42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 39,448
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6339
Dialing code 38
Income class 4th class

Dauis is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,448 people.[3] It is one of two municipalities located on Panglao Island.


Dauis is politically subdivided into 12 Barangays.

  • Biking
  • Bingag
  • Catarman
  • Dao
  • Mariveles
  • Mayacabac
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro (Canlongon)
  • Songculan
  • Tabalong
  • Tinago
  • Totolan


According to locals, the name "Dauis" was founded by an American who happened to pass by a shore where he saw a fisherman fishing with a hook, line and bobber. The fisherman was chest deep in the water and would cast his line out into the sea and when the fish were caught, the fisherman would pull on the line made a sound like "weese", at which time the fisherman said "daui" which in the native language was telling the American that he had caught a fish. So the American said this place is "Dauis" because of the "weese" and "daui" from the fisherman.[citation needed]

According to local natives a deep well was constructed in Upper Songculan, Dauis, Bohol in the year 1900 by a Spaniard leader. The locals provided the labor. The well depth is more or less 30 fathoms and the diameter is more or less three meters. Information revealed that during the construction of the well was done through manual digging using bolos, crowbars, pulleys, rope for digging into the soil stones, which contains limestone rock.

The first bridge between the Poblacion of Dauis and Mansasa, Tagbilaran City, Bohol was constructed by Spaniards during their reign, possibly in the 18th century. The bridge is still there and in place, used as a connection between the two islands. The other bridge was constructed near the old City Hall of Tagbilaran City, crossing towards the Barangay Totolan, Dauis, Bohol. That bridge is known as 'the causeway' and leads to Panglao Beach resort about 17 kilometers from Tagbilaran City.


Population census of Dauis
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 23,601 —    
1995 24,041 +0.35%
2000 26,415 +2.04%
2007 36,525 +4.57%
2010 39,448 +2.84%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

Celebrations in Honor of the Town Patroness[edit]

The town's 18th century church, is dedicated to the “La Señora de la Asuncion” or Our Lady of the Assumption. The church is believed to be built of light materials by the first Spanish missionaries in 1697. Since then, the church went through several changes since its inception.

The image of the "La Señora de la Asuncion” is famed to be miraculous. Faithfuls from afar hike the distance from their city to the site to invoke special petitions or mainly to honor the Patroness. In addition, at the foot of the altar of the church is a well also believed to have healing power. The water tastes oddly fresh, despite the well's proximity to the seashore.

  • 15 August

The town and all devotees of the "La Señora de la Asuncion” attend the Patroness' feast day every 15 August . Stories abound that of the Patroness' sojourn and blessings. One of the stories tells of a man who found a camiseta in his fishing boat after a lady passenger disembarked. On several occasions, devotees found the Patroness' camiseta full of amorseco. Many believe the Patroness must, on occasions, gets down from her pedestal to visit them in their homes and farms. To this day, devotees continue to venerate and pay homage as manifestation of gratitude and appreciation after being healed of their ailments through the camiseta.

  • Last Sunday of January

Another fiesta is celebrated during the last Sunday of January each year to commemorate a miracle that happened many years back. It is said that many young girls have seen the lady waving her hands as if bidding them to come near Her.


Dauis's major tourist attractions are Our Lady of Assumption Church and Hinagdanan Cave. Our Lady of Assumption Church is locally known as Señora de la Asunción. The church was built by the Spaniards and is constructed of solid rocks or stones and has paintings on the walls. There is a tower with a bell, outside the church another tower and also a small well. The front face of the church collapsed during the earthquake of 2013.

Hinagdanan Cave is located in Barangay Bingag. It is cave with an underground lake.



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