Sikatuna, Bohol

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Highway along Sikatuna, Bohol
Highway along Sikatuna, Bohol
Map of Bohol with Sikatuna highlighted
Map of Bohol with Sikatuna highlighted
Sikatuna is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°41′N 123°58′E / 9.683°N 123.967°E / 9.683; 123.967Coordinates: 9°41′N 123°58′E / 9.683°N 123.967°E / 9.683; 123.967
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
Established December 5, 1917
Barangay 10 (see § Barangays)
 • Mayor Jose M. Ellorimo Jr.
 • Total 38.22 km2 (14.76 sq mi)
 • Land 26.75 km2 (10.33 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,380
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6338
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 5th class

Sikatuna is a fifth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. With a population of 6,380 (2010 census)[2] and a total area of 3,822 hectares (9,440 acres), it is the smallest municipality in Bohol. The town is named after Datu Sikatuna, the ancient chieftain of Bohol, although there is no evidence he lived in the area.


Sikatuna is politically subdivided into 10 barangays. Of these, only one, Poblacion I, is classified as urban and the rest are rural.


Sikatuna was formerly a part of the towns of Baclayon and Alburquerque. While part of Baclayon, Sikatuna was known as barrio Cambojod. Once Alburquerque became a town, Sikatuna was made a part of its new territory and given the name Cornago. Sikatuna became its own town in 1917. The ten barangays that now comprise Sikatuna were taken from three neighboring old municipalities: Alburquerque, Loboc, and Balilihan. In the original municipal Ordinance converting Barrio Cornago into a municipality, the municipal boundary was defined as Barrio Cornago plus four northern barrios of Alburquerque: Libjo, Abucay Sur, Abucay Norte, and Can-agong. However, Senator Jose A. Clarin helped increase the territorial boundary by taking out two barrios from Loboc: Cambuac Sur and Cambuac Norte; and also two barrios from Balilihan: Badiang and Bahay-bahay. Barrio Cornago was itself divided into two barrios and renamed as Poblacion I and Poblacion II.

World War II[edit]

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Japanese forces occupied established a garrison at the municipal building and installed a puppet mayor. During this time, Sikatuna became a haven for evacuees, both from neighboring towns and from nearby Cebu. The most famous evacuee was Don Mariano Jesus Cuenco who, after the war, became Senator and later, Secretary of Public Works. In 1945, Sikatuna was entered by Philippine Commonwealth Army soldiers and Boholano guerrillas fought against the Japanese Imperial forces during the Second Battle of Bohol.


Public market of Sikatuna
Population census of Sikatuna
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 5,525 —    
1995 6,030 +1.65%
2000 6,602 +1.96%
2007 6,335 −0.57%
2010 6,380 +0.26%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][3]


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