Maribojoc

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Maribojoc
Municipality
Maribojoc Bohol.jpg
Flag of Maribojoc
Flag
Official seal of Maribojoc
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Map of Bohol with Maribojoc highlighted
Map of Bohol with Maribojoc highlighted
Maribojoc is located in Philippines
Maribojoc
Maribojoc
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 October 15, 1860
Barangays 22
Government[1]
 • Mayor Leoncio B. Evasco Jr.
Area[1]
 • 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
Dialing code 38
Income class 4th class
Website www.maribojoc.gov.ph

Maribojoc is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 20,491 people.[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 also spoken and understood. Fishing and agriculture are the two main sources of livelihood.

Barangays[edit]

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

History[edit]

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]

On October 15, 2013, Bohol was struck by a Mw 7.2 earthquake. Maribojoc was severely affected, suffering 16 fatalities and damage to some 3,700 homes, including total destruction of its Catholic church.[5]

Demographics[edit]

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%
1 Source: National Statistics Office[2][6]
2 Executive Order 135 §6[7] states that for "census years" (years divisible by 10) the reference date would be May 1st, but for all other years, the reference date is to be the "middle of the year".
This means that growth rates, although correct, are not necessarily simple year-on-year comparisons.

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