Medellin, Cebu

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Map of Cebu with Medellin highlighted
Map of Cebu with Medellin highlighted
Medellin is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°08′N 123°58′E / 11.133°N 123.967°E / 11.133; 123.967Coordinates: 11°08′N 123°58′E / 11.133°N 123.967°E / 11.133; 123.967
Country  Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 4th district of Cebu
Municipality September 9, 1881
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Ricardo R. Ramirez
 • Total 73.19 km2 (28.26 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 50,047
 • Density 680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6012
Dialing code 32

Medellin is a second class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 50,047 people.[3]

The municipality of Medellin is one of the nine municipalities comprising the 4th Congressional District of Cebu Province. It is approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) north from Cebu City via Barangay Curva and 113 kilometres (70 mi) via barangay Luy-a. The town is bounded on the north by the municipality of DaanBantayan; on the south by the municipality of San Remigio and city of Bogo; on the east by the Camotes Sea and on the west by the Tañon Strait.

The municipality is geographically situated between coordinates 123° 52” and 123° 59” latitudes and 11° 12” and 11° 10” longitudes. Based on cadastral survey, the municipality of Medellin has a total land area of 7,382.33 hectares covering 19 barangays.


Medellin is administratively subdivided into 19 barangays:[2]

  • Antipolo
  • Curva
  • Daanlungsod
  • Dalingding Sur
  • Dayhagon
  • Gibitngil
  • Canhabagat
  • Caputatan Norte
  • Caputatan Sur
  • Kawit
  • Lamintak Norte
  • Luy-a
  • Panugnawan
  • Poblacion
  • Tindog
  • Don Virgilio Gonzales
  • Lamintak Sur
  • Maharuhay
  • Mahawak


The name Medellin is of Spanish origin which can be traced to a city with the same name in the province of Bajadoz, in the Extremadura Region in Spain. As a historical background, Medellin became a municipality by virtue of a royal decree promulgated by Queen Isabel of Spain on September 9, 1881.

Medellin was formerly part of the town of Daanbantayan. As a town, it started with 3 barangays only, namely; Kawit and Buenavista in the west coast, and Tindog in the east coast. Kawit, being the biggest and progressive barangay at that time, became the first seat of government. But because of its deep shore water, the area was prone to pirates. As a consequence, the seat of government was then transferred to Buenavista (Daanlungsod). However, in view of its shallow shore water, traders and merchants found it difficult in transporting their goods to and from Buenavista. A distance away south of Buenavista, there was a place called Tawagan which was later found out as the projected and ideal site for trade and commerce. When the seat of government was transferred to Tawagan, the new Poblacion was then called Medellin.


Population census of Medellin
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,184 —    
1995 41,796 +3.84%
2000 43,133 +0.68%
2007 44,860 +0.54%
2010 50,047 +4.06%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Local government[edit]

At present, the Medellin elected officials are as follows:

  • Ricardo R. Ramirez - Municipal Mayor
  • Juan Alfonso Lim - Municipal Vice Mayor
  • Joevenus Inot - SB Member
  • Dioscoro Suan - SB Member
  • Benjie Ygot - SB Member
  • Horacio Franco - SB Member
  • Conrado Mangubat - SB Member
  • Rolando N. Pedroza - SB Member
  • Joseph Dublin - SB Member
  • Jose Mari Osmeña - SB Member
  • Leonardo V. Montilla - Liga President
  • Kendrick Allen Lim - SKF President

List of former municipal heads[edit]

Capitans during the Spanish period:

  • Tiburcio Osabel
  • Ramon Ybanez
  • Flores Rosos
  • Felix Perez
  • Mariano Montesclaros
  • Melecio Montesclaros
  • Felomino Montesclaros
  • Juan Rubio

Presidents during the American period:

  • Victor Tumulak
  • Julian Tumulak
  • Pedro Perez
  • Marcos Muñasque


  • Jose Ancajas (1934-40)
  • Julian Tumulak (1941-42)
  • Jose Gelig (1942-44)
  • Ignacio Rodriguez (1945-46)
  • Sabas Quijano (1946-55)
  • Maximo Dublin (1956-69)
  • Alfonso Lim (1969)
  • Cipriano Noynay (1969-79)
  • Joven Mondigo (1980-86)
  • Catalina Dublin (OIC/1986-87)
  • Froilan Quijano (OIC/1987)
  • Artemio Gimenez (Caretaker, December 1987- February 1988)
  • Joven Mondigo (1988-98)
  • Manreza Lim (1998-2007)
  • Ricardo R. Ramirez (2007-present)


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 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 8 April 2013. 

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