Candijay, Bohol

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Map of Bohol with Candijay highlighted
Map of Bohol with Candijay highlighted
Candijay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°49′N 124°30′E / 9.82°N 124.5°E / 9.82; 124.5Coordinates: 9°49′N 124°30′E / 9.82°N 124.5°E / 9.82; 124.5
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 3rd district of Bohol
Founded 29 November 1854
Barangay 21 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Christopher B. Tutor (UNA)
 • Vice mayor Jesse Sales
 • Town Council
 • Total 103.26 km2 (39.87 sq mi)
 • Land 86.87 km2 (33.54 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[2]
 • Total 29,043
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6312
IDD : area code +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class
PSGC 071211000

Candijay is a fourth income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,043.[2]

Candijay is home to the Bohol Island State University (BISU) School of Fisheries offering college courses related to modern fishing methods and fish preservation. It also has educational facilities for elementary and secondary levels in almost all barangays of the municipality.


The municipality of Candijay is located on the eastern side of Bohol 92 kilometres (57 mi) from Tagbilaran, a two-hour ride away. The town has a land area of 8,687 hectares (21,470 acres).

The town faces Cogtong Bay which has the most diverse mangrove ecosystem in Bohol. The bay is home to 32 of the Philippines’ 47 species of mangroves and associates. Yet due to illegal fishing and mismanagement of the mangroves, the mangroves and marine life in the area dwindled. To rectify the damage done, the municipal government is now engaged in a coastal resource management program: the planting of mangroves, though the control and eventual abolition of illegal fishing has yet to be addressed.


Candijay comprises 21 barangays.[1]

  • Abihilan
  • Anoling
  • Boyo-an
  • Cadapdapan
  • Cambane
  • Can-olin
  • Canawa
  • Cogtong
  • La Union
  • Luan
  • Lungsoda-an
  • Mahangin
  • Pagahat
  • Panadtaran
  • Panas
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro
  • Tambongan
  • Tawid
  • Tugas
  • Tubod (Tres Rosas)


The name of the town is said to have come from the words "Kang Dihay" meaning belonging to Dihay, a strong man with many followers. The name was eventually changed to Candijay and was organized during the Spanish regime and was then one of the 34 towns in the province in 1879 with a population of 5,030.

The municipality of Candijay was established in 1879 and so was its establishment as a parish. The people were eventually converted to the Roman Catholic religion by the Spaniards. Slowly and through the years, the people adopted themselves to the catholic faith where most of their activities revolved around their church. The parochial church of Candijay is dedicated to Saint Joseph whose feast day is 19 May.


Candijay Town Hall
Population census of Candijay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 26,102 —    
1995 25,729 −0.27%
2000 30,389 +3.63%
2007 31,183 +0.36%
2010 29,043 −2.55%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][3]


Roman Catholic Church, Candijay

Candijay has several natural resources. Among these which consequently been visited by both foreign and local tourists are the Can-umantad Falls which is still partially developed, the pristine cold spring Canawa Spring, in Canawa and the Kawasihan Islet Sand Bar in barangay Panas.

There are also some potential eco-tourism destination which consequently start to attract visitors such as the Layog Caves in barangay Luan, Sangat Cave in Tambongan and Ilaja Cave in Panas, the hinterland rice terraces in barangays Tambongan, Canawa, Cadapdapan, Tubod and Abihilan, the enchanting Danicop Jorge Brook in barangay Cambane, the Kantaligsok Peak which is said to be the tallest peak found in barangay Tugas as well as the Candijay Mangrove Forests in Panadtaran. The community-based Panadtaran Mangrove Association (PAMAS), which seeks to preserve Panadtaran's mangroves and other natural resources in the area and promote them for eco-tourism pursuits, has now established the Candijay Mangrove Adventure Tour.

Candijay also boasts a man-made lake known as "Boongon SWIP". Rice fields carpet the lowland areas interspersed with coconut and banana groves and an emerald-colored river that winds its way through a thick mangrove forest and nipa palm grove.


Schools in Candijay[edit]


  • Abihilan Elementary School
  • Anoling Elementary School
  • Boy-oan Elementary School
  • Cadapdapan Elementary School
  • Canawa Elementary School
  • Can-olin Elementary School
  • Cambane Elementary School
  • Candijay Central Elementary School
  • Cogtong Elementary School
  • La-Union Elementary School
  • Luan Elementary School
  • Lungsudaan Elementary School
  • Panas Elementary School
  • Pangpang Elementary School
  • Pagahat Elementary School
  • Panadtaran Elementary School
  • Tambongan Elementary School
  • Tawid Elementary School
  • Tubod Elementary School
  • Tugas Elementary School
  • San Isidro Elementary School

High school[edit]

  • Saint Joseph Academy
  • Candijay National High School
  • Anoling National High School
  • La Union National High School
  • Tambongan National High School
  • Cogtong National High School


  1. ^ a b "Province: BOHOL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007" (PDF). National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2011. 

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