Alegria, Cebu

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Municipality of Alegria
Heritage park of Alegria
Heritage park of Alegria
Map of Cebu with Alegria highlighted
Map of Cebu with Alegria highlighted
Alegria is located in Philippines
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 (Region VII)
District7th District of Cebu
Founded3 April 1850
Barangays9 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorVerna V. Magallon
 • Vice MayorGilberto F. Magallon
 • CongressmanPeter John D. Calderon
 • Electorate17,015 voters (2019)
 • Total89.49 km2 (34.55 sq mi)
402 m (1,319 ft)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total23,300
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence40.51% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)74,029,156.11 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesCebuano

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]

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.

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


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
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)
 1 September 1865 Bishop ask Captain and Governor-General to erect Alegria as parish.
13 March 1857 Parish of Alegria Canonically erected. Titular St. Francis Xavier Feast 3 Dec.
Source: Libro de Erecciones de Gobierno, Philippine National Archives
  • SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO PARISH (F-1834), Malabuyoc, Cebu 6029
  • SAN GREGORIO MAGNO PARISH (F-1847), Ginatilan, Cebu 6028
  • SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH (F-1857), Alegria, Cebu 6030


Alegria comprises 9 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[5]
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


The name Alegria is derived from the Spanish word "Alegre", which translates to cheerfulness and extravagant joy in English. Locals believed that the Spaniards named it Alegria after uttering the word, "Que Alegria!" to describe how springs (tubod in Cebuano), sprout out of the mountains as if they were dancing to a certain tune.[6]


Population 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][5][7]


The municipality of Alegria launched the Kawayan Festival on 2 December 2006, in time for the annual town fieSanta 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.[8]


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.

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  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.
  5. ^ 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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  7. ^ 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.
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External links[edit]

  • Media related to Alegria at Wikimedia Commons