Map of Cebu with Borbon highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||5th district of Cebu|
|Established||15 September 1862|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Noel Dotillos (1‑Cebu)|
|• Vice mayor||Roy Melgo|
|• Town Council|
|• Representative||Red Durano|
|• Total||120.94 km2 (46.70 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||290/km2 (760/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||22,182|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||4th class|
Borbon is a 4th municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 35,526. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 22,182 registered voters.
According to the Panublion publication, Borbon was established as a parish on 15 September 1862 and had San Sebastian, martyr, as patron saint. Today, St. Sebastian's fiesta is celebrated every 20 January. Borbon was formerly a visita or an extension community of the town of Sogod. That is why many of the first settlers of Borbon were families whose roots can be traced back to relatives in Sogod.
In addition, Redondo 1886, p. 163 describes the Borbon church made of wood and tabique resting on a base of mortar, dimensions 22 1⁄2 by 7 1⁄2 fathoms (41 m × 14 m; 135 ft × 45 ft). The church was thatched with grass. The original church is believed to have been one of the oldest churches in Cebu prior to its demolition after World War II.
The town name was said to have been named after Bourbon in Spain, or a misinterpretation of the Cebuano term "Bonbon" which means pebbly sand, but the generally accepted history of its name is of legend.
Silmugi River is an eco-tourism site in northern Cebu. Located between the barangays of Poblacion and Cadaruhan, the river stretches for about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) between barangays Vito and Suba. It is where the rainwater from the many mountain barangays cascades and discharges into the sea.
The river played a big part during Borbon's formation as a town because in the past the river was known to be so big and wide that many boats traveled it.
Borbon comprises 19 barangays:
|072213011||Don Gregorio Antigua (Taytayan)||10.2%||3,631||3,086||+3.15%|
|Population census of Borbon|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Office|
Source of livelihood:
- Silmugi Festival is a celebration to honor the patron saint, St. Sebastian Martyr. The highlight of this event is the street dancing which involves a traditional prayer for a bountiful harvest and various barangays take part.
- "Silmugi" is an old name of the town of Borbon during the Pre-Spanish period which was named after the enchanting and enthralling river which was served as the nearest route for devout Catholics attending mass in Saint Sebastian Parish. The river has also become the main gateway for locals who lived in the hillsides of Borbon to conduct their business trade with coastal barangays surrounding it.
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- "Municipal: Borbon, Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
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- "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016.
- Panublion 2004.
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- "Borbon". Panublion. JESCON / Ateneo of Manila. 2003. Archived from the original on 24 December 2011.
- Sendino y Redondo, Felipe (1886). Breve reseña de lo que fue y de lo que es la Diócesis de Cebú en las Islas Filipinas (in Spanish). Manila: Colegio de Sto. Tomas.