Borbon, Cebu

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Map of Cebu with Borbon highlighted
Map of Cebu with Borbon highlighted
Borbon is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°50′N 124°02′E / 10.83°N 124.03°E / 10.83; 124.03Coordinates: 10°50′N 124°02′E / 10.83°N 124.03°E / 10.83; 124.03
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 5th district of Cebu
Established 15 September 1862
Barangays 19 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Bernard Sepulveda (BAKUD)
 • Vice mayor Noel Dotillos
 • Town Council
 • Total 120.94 km2 (46.70 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 35,526
 • Density 290/km2 (760/sq mi)
 • Voter (2013)[4] 20,848, 22,182
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 6008
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 4th class
PSGC 072213000

Borbon is a fourth income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 35,526.[3] In the 2013 election, it had 20,848, 22,182 registered voters.[4]


According to the Panublion publication, Borbon was established as a parish on 15 September 1862 and had San Sebastian, martyr, as patron saint.[5] Today, St. Sebastian's fiesta is celebrated every January 20. 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 12 by 7 12 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.



Borbon comprises 19 barangays:[2]

  • Bagacay
  • Bili
  • Bingay
  • Bongdo
  • Bongdo Gua
  • Bongoyan
  • Cadaruhan
  • Cajel
  • Campusong
  • Clavera
  • Don Gregorio Antigua (Taytayan)
  • Laaw
  • Lugo
  • Managase
  • Poblacion
  • Sagay
  • San Jose
  • Tabunan
  • Tagnucan

Silmugi River[edit]

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.


Population census of Borbon
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 23,239 —    
1995 26,020 +2.14%
2000 28,571 +2.03%
2007 32,278 +1.70%
2010 31,598 −0.77%
Source: National Statistics Office[6][7]

In the 2013 election, it had 20,848, 22,182 registered voters, meaning that Expression error: Unexpected number.% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]


Source of livelihood:

  • Fishing
  • Farming

Silmugi Festival[edit]

  • 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. It was so named after the river which was served as the nearest route for Catholics attending mass in Saint Sebastian. 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.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal: Borbon, 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. ^ Panublion 2004.
  6. ^ PSA; Census of Population (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  7. ^ 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 


  • "Borbon". Panublion. JESCON / Ateneo of Manila. 2003. Archived from the original on December 24, 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.