Map of Cebu with Compostela highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||5th district of Cebu|
|26 December 1878
17 January 1919
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Joel Quiño (BAKUD)|
|• Vice mayor||Josephine Abing|
|• Town Council|
|• Representative||Red Durano|
|• Total||53.90 km2 (20.81 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||29,306|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||3rd class (partly urban)|
Compostela is a 3rd municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 47,898. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 29,306 registered voters.
Compostela is within the Metro Cebu area.
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In the year 1844, Spanish authorities established local government units on the northern part of Cebu starting from what is now known as the town of Compostela as far north as what is now called the town of Borbon. Compostela was among the early barrios of the Danao. The newly established barrio was named Compostela on the suggestion of a Roman Catholic friar who came from the town of Compostela in Spain and brought along with him the image of that town's patron saint, St. James the Great. Adopting the said saint as the local patron, a parish chapel was built from light materials. As the population grew, the Spanish church authorities decided to elevate the chapel into a church so that in the year 1866 the catholic church was constructed on the same site. Up to present time, the same structure continues to be the major place of worship in Compostela.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Americans gained control over the Philippines when they defeated the Spaniards in the Battle of Manila Bay. As a consequence, the Treaty of Paris caused the reorganization and reclassification of all local government units in the country according to their population and income. The reorganization which took place in 1903 resulted in the secession of Compostela to Liloan. In 1919, Compostela became a municipality.
Compostela comprises 17 barangays:
|Population census of Compostela|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
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- Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011.
- "Province of Cebu". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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