Map of Bohol with Carmen highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|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)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)38|
|Income class||2nd class|
|† ^ by final order of Governor General Jose de la Gandara|
Carmen is a second income class municipality located in the heart of the province of Bohol, Philippines. It comprises 29 barangays with an area of 248.04 square kilometres (95.77 sq mi). According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 43,579.
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:
- Buenos Aires
- El Progreso
- El Salvador
- La Libertad
- La Paz
- La Salvacion
- La Victoria
- Nueva Fuerza
- Nueva Vida Este
- Nueva Vida Sur
- Nueva Vida Norte
- Poblacion Norte
- Poblacion Sur
|Population census of Carmen|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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.
- "Municipality of Carmen". Province of Bohol. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "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.
- "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.
- Media related to Carmen, Bohol at Wikimedia Commons
- Official Website of the Municipality of Carmen
- The Chocolate Hills
- Provincial Government of Bohol
- Municipality of Carmen