Map of Cebu with Asturias highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||3rd District of Cebu|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Anto Pintor (1‑Cebu)|
|• Vice mayor||Alan Adlawan|
|• Town Council|
|• Representative||Gwendolyn Garcia|
|• Total||190.45 km2 (73.53 sq mi)|
|Elevation||63 m (207 ft)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||31,631|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+08:00)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||3rd class|
|Climate type||Tropical monsoon climate|
Asturias is a 3rd municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 47,857. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 31,631 registered voters.
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The original name of Asturias is Naghalin, perhaps from the word lalin, native Cebuano term for settlers coming from far places. Other authorities say that "Naghalin" is a mispronunciation of the Cebuano word naghaling which means "making fire" as preparation for cooking. This assertion is supported by the old name of an adjacent municipality, "Bagacawa" (now known as Tuburan), which means "fiery cauldron" from the Cebuano baga (ember) and kawa (cauldron).
The first occupants of Asturias came from other places and neighboring islands such as Negros and Bohol. At first, one part of Naghalin was part of Tuburan and the other part of Balamban. Over time, the population of Naghalin increased because of immigration and natural population growth. Eventually the inhabitants petitioned Spain to grant them their own local government. This petition was granted in the late 19th century by Spain, thereby creating the pueblo (town) of Asturias. This event was witnessed by the arrival in 1888 of the alférez, Antonio Alonso, uncle of José Rizal.
Asturias comprises 27 barangays, of which 7 are coastal and 20 are inland:
|Population of Asturias|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
- Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016.
- Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- 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.