Alcoy, Cebu

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Municipality of Alcoy
Alcoy, Cebu
Alcoy, Cebu
Map of Cebu with Alcoy highlighted
Map of Cebu with Alcoy highlighted
Alcoy is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°42′29″N 123°30′22″E / 9.708183°N 123.506042°E / 9.708183; 123.506042Coordinates: 9°42′29″N 123°30′22″E / 9.708183°N 123.506042°E / 9.708183; 123.506042
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
District2nd District of Cebu
Founded1880 [1]
CharteredJuly 16, 1897
Barangays8 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMichael Angelo D. Sestoso
 • Vice MayorJimmy M. Abajon
 • CongressmanWilfredo S. Caminero
 • Electorate12,883 voters (2019)
 • Total61.63 km2 (23.80 sq mi)
677 m (2,221 ft)
 (2015 census)[4]
 • Total16,979
 • Density280/km2 (710/sq mi)
 • Income class5th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence32.74% (2015)[5]
 • Revenue (₱)62,914,416.84 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesCebuano

Alcoy, officially the Municipality of Alcoy, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Alcoy; Tagalog: Bayan ng Alcoy), is a 5th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 16,979 people.[4]

It is 93 km (58 mi) South from Cebu City

Alcoy is bordered to the north by the town of Dalaguete, to the west is the town of Alegria, to the east is the Cebu Strait, and to the south is the town of Boljoon.

It is named after Alcoy in Spain.


Alcoy comprises 8 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[4] 2010[6]
072202001 Atabay 10.3% 1,754 1,535 2.57%
072202002 Daan-Lungsod 11.0% 1,863 1,569 3.32%
072202003 Guiwang 9.2% 1,564 1,490 0.93%
072202004 Nug‑as 19.4% 3,289 2,923 2.27%
072202005 Pasol 10.5% 1,789 1,740 0.53%
072202006 Poblacion 21.3% 3,610 2,991 3.65%
072202007 Pugalo 15.3% 2,606 2,043 4.74%
072202008 San Agustin 3.0% 504 466 1.50%
Total 16,979 14,757 2.71%

Daan-Lungsod and Guiwang[edit]

Daan-Lungsod, formerly known as Mambahi[citation needed], is the southernmost barangay of Alcoy. Tingko Beach is located partly in this small barangay and partly in Guiwang. A fiesta is held in Daan-Lungsod every 3 May in honor of Santa Cruz. There is a reef called Mabad-on which appears during low tide, and is completely submerged during high tide. Mabad-on is listed as Mambahi Reef in the Philippine maritime and navigation map.[citation needed]

The elementary school is located in Guiwang. Guiwang celebrates 13 June the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Two baluwarti (watchtowers) still stand in the two barangays. The watchtowers are the oldest-surviving structures in Alcoy and they are reminders of the Spanish occupation of Cebu Island. They were used to warn the locals that pirates were coming. Originally a settlement of Dalaguete, it was founded by the Spaniards in 1880 and was developed into a stop-over station for priests going to Dalaguete. In 1897, via a royal decree, Mambahi became a municipality and was renamed to Alcoy, after a city in Spain.[7]


Poblacion is the principal barangay of Alcoy. It is where the main facilities of the town are located: the municipal government center, police station, and main health center.


The country's largest dolomite quarry is mined in Pugalo.


Population of Alcoy
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 6,474—    
1918 6,575+0.10%
1939 6,443−0.10%
1948 6,708+0.45%
1960 7,364+0.78%
1970 6,965−0.55%
1975 8,692+4.54%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 8,129−1.33%
1990 10,485+2.58%
1995 11,539+1.81%
2000 13,497+3.42%
2007 14,571+1.06%
2010 14,757+0.46%
2015 16,979+2.71%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[4][6][8]


Alcoy is mainly an agricultural town with Nug‑as, a mountain barangay, more than half of commercial crops. The rest of the communities rely on subsistence fishing and backyard farming. The country's largest dolomite quarry is mined in Pugalo. Beaches are located in Guiwang and Daanlungsod.


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  2. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
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  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.