Argao

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Argao
Municipality of Argao
Old cannons of Argao
Old cannons of Argao
Map of Cebu with Argao highlighted
Map of Cebu with Argao highlighted
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Argao is located in Philippines
Argao
Argao
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°53′N 123°36′E / 9.88°N 123.6°E / 9.88; 123.6Coordinates: 9°53′N 123°36′E / 9.88°N 123.6°E / 9.88; 123.6
CountryPhilippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
ProvinceCebu
District2nd District
Founded1608[1]
Barangays45 (see Barangays)
Government
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorAllan M. Sesaldo
 • Vice MayorJessa Mae S. Flores-Mier
 • RepresentativeWilfredo S. Caminero
 • Electorate49,794 voters (2019)
Area
[2]
 • Total191.50 km2 (73.94 sq mi)
Elevation
43 m (141 ft)
Population
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total72,366
 • Density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
 • Households
16,504
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence25.25% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱160,648,091.03 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6021
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesCebuano
Tagalog
Patron saintMichael the Archangel

Argao, officially the Municipality of Argao (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Argao; Tagalog: Bayan ng Argao), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 72,366 people. [3]

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Argao is located in the southeast of the province of Cebu, 67 kilometres (42 mi) from Cebu City.

Argao is bordered to the north by the municipality of Sibonga, to the west are the municipalities of Ronda, Alcantara and Moalboal, to the east is the Cebu Strait, and to the south is the municipality of Dalaguete.

Barangays[edit]

Argao comprises 45 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[5]
072205001 Alambijud 2.1% 1,542 1,514 0.35%
072205002 Anajao 1.0% 742 907 −3.75%
072205003 Apo 1.0% 692 664 0.79%
072205004 Balaas 1.1% 789 985 −4.14%
072205005 Balisong 2.9% 2,105 1,944 1.53%
072205006 Binlod 4.7% 3,386 3,343 0.24%
072205007 Bogo 4.9% 3,557 3,505 0.28%
072205009 Bug‑ot 1.2% 884 837 1.05%
072205010 Bulasa 5.0% 3,648 3,523 0.67%
072205008 Butong 1.3% 966 924 0.85%
072205012 Calagasan 1.5% 1,062 875 3.76%
072205013 Canbantug 1.2% 844 843 0.02%
072205014 Canbanua 3.5% 2,507 2,179 2.71%
072205015 Cansuje 3.2% 2,327 2,206 1.02%
072205016 Capio‑an 1.5% 1,098 1,192 −1.55%
072205017 Casay 1.2% 883 788 2.19%
072205018 Catang 0.8% 614 651 −1.11%
072205019 Colawin 1.3% 961 943 0.36%
072205020 Conalum 0.8% 585 615 −0.95%
072205021 Guiwanon 2.6% 1,856 1,726 1.39%
072205022 Gutlang 1.2% 856 770 2.04%
072205023 Jampang 3.5% 2,499 2,217 2.31%
072205024 Jomgao 1.5% 1,111 1,102 0.15%
072205025 Lamacan 3.7% 2,654 2,256 3.14%
072205026 Langtad 4.3% 3,145 2,887 1.64%
072205027 Langub 1.0% 745 804 −1.44%
072205028 Lapay 0.9% 683 677 0.17%
072205029 Lengigon 1.5% 1,080 989 1.69%
072205030 Linut‑od 1.4% 1,026 1,024 0.04%
072205031 Mabasa 1.8% 1,267 1,281 −0.21%
072205032 Mandilikit 0.9% 664 645 0.55%
072205033 Mompeller 1.2% 857 753 2.49%
072205034 Panadtaran 0.8% 586 524 2.15%
072205035 Poblacion 7.5% 5,454 5,570 −0.40%
072205036 Sua 1.2% 899 755 3.38%
072205037 Sumaguan 1.3% 964 883 1.69%
072205038 Tabayag 1.2% 894 999 −2.09%
072205039 Talaga 4.9% 3,510 3,485 0.14%
072205040 Talaytay 2.3% 1,686 1,438 3.08%
072205041 Talo‑ot 5.5% 3,990 3,683 1.54%
072205042 Tiguib 1.2% 866 1,202 −6.05%
072205043 Tulang 1.2% 856 869 −0.29%
072205044 Tulic 3.9% 2,805 2,494 2.26%
072205045 Ubaub 1.5% 1,083 968 2.16%
072205046 Usmad 1.6% 1,138 1,064 1.29%
Total 72,366 69,503 0.77%

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Argao, Cebu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
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)
22
(72)
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) 42
(1.7)
34
(1.3)
40
(1.6)
61
(2.4)
124
(4.9)
188
(7.4)
190
(7.5)
191
(7.5)
189
(7.4)
186
(7.3)
124
(4.9)
73
(2.9)
1,442
(56.8)
Average rainy days 10.0 8.5 9.5 12.8 22.3 26.8 28.4 27.9 27.3 27.6 20.5 13.1 234.7
Source: Meteoblue (Use with caution: this is modeled/calculated data, not measured locally.)[6]

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Argao
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 35,448—    
1918 39,121+0.66%
1939 37,331−0.22%
1948 33,596−1.16%
1975 39,778+0.63%
1980 44,060+2.07%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 52,157+1.70%
1995 54,447+0.81%
2000 61,010+2.47%
2007 62,226+0.27%
2010 69,503+4.11%
2015 72,366+0.77%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][7]

Tourism[edit]

The economy of the town of Argao heavily revolves around farming, baking, and tourism. Argao is renowned in Cebu as the "Torta Capital of the Province" because of its local delicacy, the Torta, a Cebuano tart that is inspired from the Spanish tart, but differs in its recipe by using tubâ or palm wine as the rising agent instead of the usual yeast. There are three Cebuano baking towns, the others are Liloan and Santander.

The La Torta Festival, which replaced the Pitlagong Festival in 2011, is the municipality's local food festival in honor of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of Argao. La Torta Festival happens every 28–29 September to celebrate Argao's Tart Economy and the torta as an Argaoanon delicacy, as well as cultural heritage from the Spanish period, which includes the tradition of making the torta.

Argao is also a producer of Cebuano tsokolate (chocolate). Much of the cocoa production originates from Argao. The raw cacao, once harvested, is molded, while melted, into disk-shaped tablets called tablea. These are often used in sikwate, a Cebuano version of hot chocolate. The production of chocolate in Argao is said to have been pre-colonial. Maria Cacao, a goddess of the Lantoy Mountain, is said to have been the giver of the cacao tree to the natives of Argao, according to legend. It is said that she and her husband Mangao reside in a cave in that area, surrounded by cacao trees.

Argao is, additionally, a producer of vinegar in the province. When the tubâ ferments or when it is aged too long, it becomes sour. It eventually turns into vinegar which is used as sauce or as component for a sauce in main courses. The palm vinegar is referred to as sukang tubâ. It is often accompanied with spices such as garlic and chili peppers and usually comes by the bottle.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica (1911). "Argao". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). p. 457.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 Nov 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 Jun 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 Oct 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 Jun 2016.
  6. ^ "Argao: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  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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