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Official seal of Maribojoc
Map of Bohol with Maribojoc highlighted
Map of Bohol with Maribojoc highlighted
Maribojoc is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°45′N 123°50′E / 9.750°N 123.833°E / 9.750; 123.833Coordinates: 09°45′N 123°50′E / 9.750°N 123.833°E / 9.750; 123.833
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
Organized 15 October 1860
Barangay 22 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Leoncio B. Evasco Jr.
 • Total 51.92 km2 (20.05 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 20,491
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6336
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class

Maribojoc is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 20,491.[2] The town has a land area of 5,192 hectares (12,830 acres). The primary language spoken is Boholano, however English and Tagalog are often also spoken and understood. Fishing and agriculture are the two main sources of livelihood.


Maribojoc is politically subdivided into 22 barangays. Punsod was elevated into a barrio in 1956.[3]

  • Agahay
  • Aliguay
  • Anislag
  • Bayacabac
  • Bood
  • Busao
  • Cabawan
  • Candavid
  • Dipatlong
  • Guiwanon
  • Jandig
  • Lagtangon
  • Lincod
  • Pagnitoan
  • Poblacion
  • Punsod
  • Punta Cruz
  • San Isidro
  • San Roque (Aghao)
  • San Vicente
  • Tinibgan
  • Toril


Roman Catholic Church, completely destroyed in the 2013 earthquake
Remains of Punta Cruz watchtower, Maribojoc Bohol post-2013 earthquake
Remains of Punta Cruz watchtower, Maribojoc Bohol post-2013 earthquake

Maribojoc was a fishing village when Jesuit priests Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sanchez landed in Baclayon in 1595, bringing Catholicism also to Maribojoc. Fr. Francisco Colin, an early Jesuit historian, listed the town's name as Malabooch and later changed it to Malabohoc.[4] How it became Maribojoc is not known. During the pre-Spanish era, the town's name was Dunggoan, meaning "place of anchorage" and referred to the sheltered bay where sailors used to land and engage in business with the early settlers.[1]

The Maribojoc parish, officially known as Parroquía de Santa Cruz, was founded in 1767, when the Jesuits left Maribojoc. Maribojoc was one of the nine big villages founded by the Augustinian Recollect friars when they took over in 1768. They laid the foundation of the Maribojoc church in 1798 on what was once swampy land, and it was finished in 1816, after 18 years of work. At the back of the church is a flight of stone stairs, built in 1864. Earlier, in 1796, the Punta Cruz Watchtower was built as a lookout against marauding pirates.

The town of Maribojoc was officially incorporated on October 15, 1860, and grew into a thriving town with a population of 18,200 by 1879.[1]

In October 2013 Maribojoc was severely affected by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake which struck Bohol, suffering 16 fatalities and damage to some 3,700 homes, as well as total destruction of its Catholic church.[5]


Population census of Maribojoc
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 15,214 —    
1995 14,664 −0.69%
2000 16,786 +2.94%
2007 18,113 +1.05%
2010 20,491 +4.59%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][6]


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