Boljoon, Cebu

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Boljoon
Municipality
Boljoon
Boljoon
Map of Cebu with Boljoon highlighted
Map of Cebu with Boljoon highlighted
Boljoon is located in Philippines
Boljoon
Boljoon
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)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Merlou Derama (LP)
 • Vice mayor Ervin Villanueva
 • Town Council
 • Representative Wilfredo Caminero
Area[2]
 • Total 117 km2 (45 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
Website www.boljoon.com

Boljoon (also Boljo-on) is a 5th municipal 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 km2 (45 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.

Barangays[edit]

Boljoon comprises 11 barangays, of which six (including Poblacion) are coastal, and the rest inland:[2]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[5]
072212008 Arbor 6.6% 1,076 1,035 +0.74%
072212001 Baclayan 2.9% 468 438 +1.27%
072212002 El Pardo 20.0% 3,264 2,953 +1.92%
072212003 Granada 7.7% 1,253 1,046 +3.50%
072212004 Lower Becerril 7.9% 1,297 1,153 +2.27%
072212009 Lunop 5.6% 916 874 +0.90%
072212010 Nangka 4.2% 679 590 +2.71%
072212005 Poblacion 25.0% 4,082 3,709 +1.84%
072212006 San Antonio 6.8% 1,114 1,125 −0.19%
072212011 South Granada 5.1% 839 813 +0.60%
072212007 Upper Becerril 8.3% 1,356 1,291 +0.94%
Total 16,344 15,027 +1.61%

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Boljoon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,646 —    
1995 12,318 +1.06%
2000 13,380 +1.79%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 14,877 +1.47%
2010 15,027 +0.37%
2015 16,344 +1.61%
Source: Philippine Statistics Office[3][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 31 October 1690, and on 5 April 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 27 September 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Municipal: Boljoon, 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. 
  7. ^ "Brief Historical Notes on Boljoon". 
  8. ^ "Boljoon Church". 
  9. ^ Philippine Sun Star 2008.

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