Carmen, Bohol

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Skyline of Carmen
Map of Bohol with Carmen highlighted
Map of Bohol with Carmen highlighted
Carmen is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°49′N 124°12′E / 9.82°N 124.2°E / 9.82; 124.2Coordinates: 9°49′N 124°12′E / 9.82°N 124.2°E / 9.82; 124.2
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 3rd district of Bohol
Incorporated § 1 March 1869
Barangay 29 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Ricardo Toribio (UNA)
 • Vice mayor Pedro Budiongan
 • Town Council
 • Total 248.04 km2 (95.77 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[3]
 • Total 43,579
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
 • Voter (2013) [4] 29,228
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6319
IDD : area code +63 (0)38
Income class 2nd class
PSGC 071212000
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Carmen is a second income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines.[2] According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 43,579.[3] In the 2013 election, it had 29,228 registered voters.[4] It comprises 29 barangays with an area of 248 square kilometres (96 sq mi).


Carmen was originally part of the municipality of Bilar and called Imbaya, after the name of a stream in the settlement. During the Spanish time, it was inhabited by not more than fifty families. In 1868, the people of Carmen petitioned for its independence since its population grew to an unprecedented number. The town of Carmen was founded on March 1, 1869 by final order of Governor General Jose de la Gandara and renamed at the same time in honor of the Lady of Carmel of Spain. In 1874, the town of Carmen had its separate parish with Father Pedro Nolasco San Juan as the first parish priest.

Due to the influence of Spanish culture and tradition, all barangays of Carmen have a patron saint as well as a Spanish name, who are celebrated in an annual barangay fiesta.

In World War II, Carmen served as the stronghold of the guerrilla resistance movement and the local civil government because of its strategic location. Even at present, the municipality still serves the same purpose of being the provincial center of dynamic activities.

In 2013 a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Central Visayas region with its epicenter within Carmen municipality.


Carmen comprises 29 barangays:

  • Alegria
  • Bicao
  • Buenavista
  • Buenos Aires
  • Calatrava
  • El Progreso
  • El Salvador
  • Guadalupe
  • Katipunan
  • La Libertad
  • La Paz
  • La Salvacion
  • La Victoria
  • Matin-ao
  • Montehermoso
  • Montesuerte
  • Montesunting
  • Montevideo
  • Nueva Fuerza
  • Nueva Vida Este
  • Nueva Vida Sur
  • Nueva Vida Norte
  • Poblacion Norte
  • Poblacion Sur
  • Tambo-an
  • Vallehermoso
  • Villaflor
  • Villafuerte
  • Villarcayo


Population census of Carmen
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,573 —    
1995 36,797 +1.17%
2000 40,713 +2.19%
2007 43,153 +0.81%
2010 43,579 +0.36%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

In the 2013 election, it had 29,228 registered voters, meaning that 67% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]

Chocolate Hills[edit]

Main article: Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills composed of 1,776 cone-shaped hills, is a major geographic landmark in Carmen. The origin of its name comes from the fact that the hills turns brown in the hot summer days.



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipal: Carmen, Bohol". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c "2013 National and Local Elections Statistics" (PDF). Commission on Elections. 2015. 
  5. ^ "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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