Alegria, Cebu

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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°46′N 123°23′E / 9.77°N 123.38°E / 9.77; 123.38
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 7th District of Cebu
Founded 3 April 1850
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Verna Magallon (LP)
 • Vice mayor Marcial Rodriguez
 • Town Council
 • Representative Peter John Calderon
 • Total 89.49 km2 (34.55 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 23,300
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 15,431
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6030
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 4th class
PSGC 072203000

Alegria is a 4th municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,300.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 15,431 registered voters.[4]


Pre-1850 Native tribe; then a Spanish-era barrio called Tuburan after the spring (tubod) located at sitio Tubig (Sta. 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


Alegria comprises 9 barangays:[2]

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%


Population census of Alegria
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 18,253 —    
1995 18,403 +0.15%
2000 20,677 +2.53%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 21,699 +0.67%
2010 22,072 +0.62%
2015 23,300 +1.04%
Source: Philippine Statistics Office[3][5][6]

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 15,431 registered voters, meaning that 66% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]


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.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal: Alegria, Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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