Alegria, Cebu

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Alegria
Municipality of Alegria
Heritage park of Alegria
Heritage park of Alegria
Map of Cebu with Alegria highlighted
Map of Cebu with Alegria highlighted
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Alegria is located in Philippines
Alegria
Alegria
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°43′28″N 123°20′25″E / 9.724331°N 123.340244°E / 9.724331; 123.340244Coordinates: 9°43′28″N 123°20′25″E / 9.724331°N 123.340244°E / 9.724331; 123.340244
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas
ProvinceCebu
District7th District
Founded3 April 1850
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorVerna V. Magallon
 • Vice MayorGilberto F. Magallon
 • RepresentativePeter John D. Calderon
 • Electorate17,015 voters (2019)
Area
[2]
 • Total89.49 km2 (34.55 sq mi)
Elevation
188 m (617 ft)
Population
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total23,300
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Households
4,969
Economy
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence40.51% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱74,029,156.11 (2016)
Service provider
 • ElectricityCebu 1 Electric Cooperative (CEBECO 1)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6030
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesCebuano
Tagalog

Alegria, officially the Municipality of Alegria (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Alegria; Tagalog: Bayan ng Alegria), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,300 people. [3]

It is home of the first onshore oil field in the Philippines, the Alegria Oil Field.

History[edit]

Timeline:[5]

  • Pre-1850: Native tribe; then a Spanish-era barrio called Tuburan after the spring (tubod) located at sitio Tubig (Santa Rosa) in the poblacion.
  • 31 January 1850: Leaders of Tuburan ask Governor of Cebu to support their petition for civil separation from mother town (matriz) Malabuyoc.
  • 4 February: Malabuyoc leaders send letter of support for said petition. Tuburan had a church made of tabique de pampango, a convent and tribunal of light materials, two rubble watchtowers and 410½ tributos (one family = 1 tribute; unmarried adult = ½ tribute).
  • 15 February: Petition goes to the Civil Administrator and Commanding General of the Visayas then sent to Superior Government in Manila.
  • 31 March: Assessor General recommends approval of said petition.
  • 3 April: Captain and Governor-General of the Philippine Islands (Antonio María Blanco) approves establishment of Tuburan as a town.
  • 24 August: Governor of Cebu recommends changing the town's name to avoid confusing it with similarly named barrios in Balamban and Bogo.
  • 25 September: Captain and Governor-General of the Philippines (Antonio de Urbistondo y Eguía) issues order changing the town's name to Alegria.

Establishment of parish:[5]

  • 9 August 1854: The Padre Cura of Malabuyoc, Lucas Clavesillas de la Soledad recommends to the Bishop of Cebu (Romualdo Jimeno Ballesteros, O.P.) the creation of Alegria as a parish.
  • 17 September: Governor of Cebu proposes separating barrio Guiuanon (Madridejos) from Badian and adding it to Alegria to form a new parish territory.
  • 31 October: Bishop of Cebu supports creation of said territory.
  • 10 November: Bishop informs Governor of Cebu that Badian does not object to creation of a new parish and separation of Guiuanon.
  • 21 February 1856: Petition for said separation and the creation of new parish territory received by the Minister of Royal Treasury in Manila.
  • 27 February: Governor of Cebu asks the Captain and Governor-General to create said parish.
  • 3 July: the town of Alegria created as a parish. Tributes: 781 (Poblacion - 521½, Guiuanon - 259½)
  • 13 March 1857: Parish of Alegria Canonically erected. Titular St. Francis Xavier Feast 3 Dec.

Geography[edit]

Alegira is bordered to the north by the town of Badian, to the west is the Tañon Strait, to the east are the towns of Dalaguete and Alcoy, and to the south is the town of Malabuyoc.

Barangays[edit]

Alegria comprises 9 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[6]
072203001 Compostela 6.5% 1,510 1,557 −0.58%  
072203002 Guadalupe 11.2% 2,606 2,598 0.06%  
072203003 Legaspi 7.3% 1,694 1,652 0.48%  
072203004 Lepanto 9.0% 2,102 2,143 −0.37%  
072203005 Madridejos 22.1% 5,141 4,459 2.75%  
072203006 Montpeller 6.0% 1,408 1,315 1.31%  
072203007 Poblacion 10.5% 2,450 2,255 1.59%  
072203008 Santa Filomena 13.7% 3,194 3,139 0.33%  
072203009 Valencia 13.7% 3,195 2,954 1.50%  
Total 23,300 22,072 1.04%
Madridejos: 5,141 (22.1%)Valencia: 3,195 (13.7%)Santa Filomena: 3,194 (13.7%)Guadalupe: 2,606 (11.2%)Poblacion: 2,450 (10.5%)Lepanto: 2,102 (9.0%)Legaspi: 1,694 (7.3%)Compostela: 1,510 (6.5%)Montpeller: 1,408 (6.0%)Circle frame.svg

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Alegria, Cebu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24
(75)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 35
(1.4)
28
(1.1)
38
(1.5)
51
(2.0)
125
(4.9)
195
(7.7)
194
(7.6)
173
(6.8)
180
(7.1)
192
(7.6)
121
(4.8)
64
(2.5)
1,396
(55)
Average rainy days 9.2 8.2 9.9 11.3 22.5 27.3 28.0 27.2 27.1 26.9 19.7 12.7 230
Source: Meteoblue (Use with caution: this is modeled/calculated data, not measured locally.)[7]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Alegria
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,579—    
1918 12,653+1.87%
1939 13,303+0.24%
1948 13,676+0.31%
1960 12,817−0.54%
1970 15,232+1.74%
1975 14,928−0.40%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 16,351+1.84%
1990 18,253+1.11%
1995 18,403+0.15%
2000 20,677+2.53%
2007 21,699+0.67%
2010 22,072+0.62%
2015 23,300+1.04%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][6][8]

Economy[edit]

The formal extraction of oil and gas reserves from the Alegria Oil Field Polyard-3 Well in Barangay Montpeller would generate numerous job opportunities and income for residents, neighboring towns and the entire Cebu province.[9]

Extracted oil will be sold to power plants at US$70 per barrel with a current production of 200 to 300 barrels per day, as told by Country Manager Edgar Benedict Cutiongco of China International Mining and Petroleum Company Inc. (CIMP), the service contractor of the oil extraction project. The Municipal government will receive an 18% income share coming from the 60% allotted to the National Government, while 14% will go to Barangay Montpeller and 8% to the Provincial Government.

Tourism[edit]

The municipality of Alegria launched the Kawayan Festival on 2 December 2006, in time for the annual town fiesta. Local contingents paraded the streets, and locally produced kawayan (bamboo) products were on display. Kawayan Festival has been part of the fiesta celebration in honor of Saint Francis Xavier since then.

There is also a plan to develop Alegria as the "Organic Vegetable Basket" in Cebu and in the Visayas region by its mayor, Verna Magallon.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Municipality of Alegria | (DILG)
  2. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Libro de Erecciones de Gobierno, Philippine National Archives
  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.
  7. ^ "Alegria: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 9 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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.
  9. ^ "Town residents to benefit from Alegria oil field". SunStar. Sunstar Cebu. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Argyll Cyrus Geducos; Minerva BC Newman (21 May 2018). "Duterte opens Alegria oilfields". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 11 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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