Boljoon, Cebu

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Map of Cebu with Boljoon highlighted
Map of Cebu with Boljoon highlighted
Boljoon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°38′N 123°29′E / 9.63°N 123.48°E / 9.63; 123.48Coordinates: 9°38′N 123°29′E / 9.63°N 123.48°E / 9.63; 123.48
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 2nd district of Cebu
Barangay 11 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Merlou Derama (LP)
 • Vice mayor Alfredo Awe
 • Town Council
 • Total 117.00 km2 (45.17 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 16,344
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
 • Voter (2016)[4] 10,216
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6024
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 5th class
PSGC 072212000

Boljoon (also Boljo-on, pronounced "bol-ho-on") is a fifth income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 16,344.[3] In the 2016 election, it had 10,216 registered voters.[4]

Boljoon has a total land area of 117.00 km2 (45.17 sq mi).[2] It is bounded to the north by Alcoy, to the west by Malabuyoc, to the south by Oslob, and to the east by Bohol Strait.


Boljoon comprises 12 barangays, of which six (including Poblacion) are coastal, and the rest inland:[2]

  • Arbor
  • Baclayan
  • El Pardo
  • Granada
  • Lower Becerril
  • Lunop
  • Nangka
  • Poblacion
  • San Antonio
  • South Granada
  • Talisay
  • Upper Becerril


Population census of Boljoon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,646 —    
1995 12,318 +1.06%
2000 13,380 +1.79%
2007 14,877 +1.47%
2010 15,027 +0.37%
2015 16,344 +1.61%
Source: National Statistics Office[5][6]

In the 2016 election, it had 10,216 registered voters, meaning that 63% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]

Boljoon Church[edit]

Main article: Boljoon Church
Church of Patrocinio de Maria

Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio Parish Church of Boljoon shows old and intricate carvings and bas-reliefs. It is in a pseudo-baroque rococo style. It has a main nave, a transcript, and twenty-eight pillars which support the walls. The walls are as thick as the pillars which are 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) thick and made of mortar and lime.

Boljoon became a visita of Carcar founded according to some authors in 1599. It became an independent vicariate on October 31, 1690, and on April 5, 1692, Fr. Nicolas de la Cuadra was appointed as prior. Because of the lack of priests, the church was turned over to the Jesuits on September 27, 1737, following the recommendation of the intermediate chapter of 1732. In the year 1747, the General of the Augustinians Order proposed the recovery of the parishes left off in the Visayas.[7]

Boljoon's earlier building had been destroyed in a raid in 1782, and its pastor Fr. Ambrosio Otero started rebuilding the following year. The work was continued by Fr. Manuel Cordero in 1794 but when Fr. Julian arrived, the work was not yet completed. He decided to build a blockhouse 120 by 80 metres (390 ft × 260 ft) on which artillery was mounted, and he enclosed the church perimeter with a wall. He finally completed the church. The church and the adjoining convento were restored by Fr. Leandro Moran (1920-1948) the last Augustinian friar to be assigned to Boljoon.[8]

In 1999, the National Historical Institute declared it a National Historical Landmark. The following year, the National Museum declared it as a National Cultural Treasure.

Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio Parish Church was lucky enough to withstand the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013 that affected Bohol and Cebu.

Discovery of 16th-century artefacts[edit]

On February, 2008, archaeologists discovered 26 human remains (with china plates on top of heads) and 16th-century artefacts under the parvis of Boljoon Church.[9]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Municipal: Boljoon, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ NSO; Census of Population and Housing (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  6. ^ NSO; Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City and Municipality, archived from the original on 24 June 2011 
  7. ^ "Brief Historical Notes on Boljoon". 
  8. ^ "Boljoon Church". 
  9. ^ Philippine Sun Star 2008.


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