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Map of Bohol with Maribojoc highlighted
Map of Bohol with Maribojoc highlighted
Maribojoc is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°45′N 123°50′E / 9.75°N 123.83°E / 9.75; 123.83Coordinates: 9°45′N 123°50′E / 9.75°N 123.83°E / 9.75; 123.83
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
Organized 15 October 1860
Barangay 22 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Leoncio Evasco (NPC)
 • Vice mayor Fructuoso Redulla
 • Town Council
 • Total 51.92 km2 (20.05 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[2]
 • Total 20,491
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6336
IDD: +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class
PSGC 071232000

Maribojoc is a fourth income 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 Filipino are often also spoken and understood. Fishing and agriculture are the two main sources of livelihood.


Maribojoc comprises 22 barangays:

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


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.[3] 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.[4]


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][5]



  1. ^ Punsod was elevated into a barrio in 1956.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Municipality of Maribojoc". Province of Bohol. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. 
  3. ^ Colín 1663
  4. ^ "SitRep No. 35 re Effects of Magnitude 7.2 Sagbayan, Bohol Earthquake" (PDF). National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Republic Act No. 1513 of 16 June 1956 An Act Converting the Sitio of Ponsod, in the Municipality of Maribojoc, Province of Bohol, to a Barrio to Be Known As Barrio Ponsod

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