Daanbantayan, Cebu

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Maya, Daanbantayan – northernmost point of Cebu island
Maya, Daanbantayan – northernmost point of Cebu island
Official seal of Daanbantayan
Map of Cebu with Daanbantayan highlighted
Map of Cebu with Daanbantayan highlighted
Daanbantayan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°15′N 124°00′E / 11.25°N 124°E / 11.25; 124Coordinates: 11°15′N 124°00′E / 11.25°N 124°E / 11.25; 124
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 4th district of Cebu
Barangay 20 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Vicente Loot[1] (United Nationalist Alliance)
 • Vice mayor Gilbert Arrabis
 • Town Council
 • Total 92.27 km2 (35.63 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[4]
 • Total 84,430
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Voter (2016)[5] 48,601
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6013
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 1st class
PSGC 072221000
Website www.daanbantayan.gov.ph

Daanbantayan is a first income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines,[3] the northern tip of Cebu island. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 84,430.[4] In the 2016 election, it had 48,601 registered voters.[5]

Daanbantayan celebrates the Haladaya Festival every Easter Sunday and ends with a street-dancing on the seventh day after Easter, in honor of Datu Daya, the legendary founder of the town.


Daanbantayan comprises 20 barangays:

  • Agujo
  • Bagay
  • Bakhawan
  • Bateria
  • Bitoon
  • Calape
  • Carnaza
  • Dalingding
  • Lanao
  • Logon
  • Malbago
  • Malingin
  • Maya
  • Pajo
  • Paypay
  • Poblacion
  • Talisay
  • Tapilon
  • Tinubdan
  • Tominjao

Islands and thalassic attractions[edit]

There are several small islands/islets and diving spots some distance from Cebu island:

  • Carnaza 175 ha (432 acres) 11°30′50″N 124°05′58″E
  • Chocolate 11°18'20"N 124°03'48"E
  • Gato cave and islet 4.5 ha (11 acres) 11°26′48″N 124°01′13″E
  • Malapascua 600 ha (1,483 acres) 11°20′00″N 124°07′00″E
  • Maria 1.5 ha (4 acres) 11°29′34″N 124°06′13″E
  • Monad Shoal (seamount) 11°18′30″N 124°11′30″E


The name Daanbantayan was derived from two words: the word "daan", which means "old" in Cebuano, and the word "bantayan", which refers to a place that served as a tower to look out for Moro raiders before Spain took control of the Philippines. Older usages have the two words separately, as "Daan Bantayan". The original site of the town might have been at an elevated vantage point near Punta, in brgy Tapilon.

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces occupied the town of Daanbantayan. Built of the Japanese military garrisons and concentration camps here in the town of Daanbantayan.

In 1942–1945, Cebuano guerrilla groups was fall of four year main conflicts and insurgencies in the town of Daanbantayan and attacking Japanese. After the conflicts, the Cebuano resistance groups goes to retreating by the Japanese and start the liberated and the Battle of Daanbantayan on 1945 by the local Filipino forces of the Philippine Commonwealth Army units and aiding the Cebuano guerrillas and defeats Japanese.[clarification needed]

In 1945, the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops of the 3rd, 8th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 85th and 86th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army entered the town of Daanbantayan, supported by the Cebuano guerrillas, and were attacked by the Japanese forces in the Battle of Daanbantayan during World War II.[citation needed]

On 8 November 2013, 9 people were killed and 50 injured when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Philippines area of responsibility) passed over Daanbantayan.[6]


Population census of Daanbantayan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 58,771 —    
1995 64,845 +1.86%
2000 69,336 +1.45%
2007 73,254 +0.76%
2010 74,897 +0.81%
Source: National Statistics Office[7][8]

In the 2016 election, it had 48,601 registered voters, meaning that 58% of the population are aged 18 and over.[5]


Sta Rosa de Lima parish church
Malapascua island from the air
Approaching Gato Islet

Daanbantayan is now known for its pristine, white powder-like sandy beaches – one of which is Malapascua Island. With its vast and rich marine resources, it hosts a long string of dive sites offering unique marine life and beauty.

As a tourist destination, Daanbantayan stages the Haladaya Festival every year as an added attraction to local vacationers, holidaymakers, Filipino expatriates, and foreign tourists from as far away as North America, South America, and Europe.

  • Municipal hall – built in 1916.
  • Sta. Rosa de Lima parish church – inaugurated on 10 April 1858 and finished in 1886. Its façade is still intact with its original design.[9]
  • Town plaza – site of a battle between the so-called Daanbantayan Volunteers and 19 well-armed bandits led by Capitan Berinoin 1898.[9]
  • San Pedro River - its northern bank has an abandoned Muslim settlement founded by Datu Daya during the pre-Spanish era.[9]
  • Tapilon point (also known as Punta Sampero) – site of the watchtower of Kandaya, called "daang bantayanan". But there are no remains of the watchtower.[9]
  • Malapascua Island – is situated across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu. This small island is known for its wide white sand beach, Bounty Beach; it has also become known as a superior diving destination.
  • Gato Cave and Islet – a small sharp rocky island rising in the middle of the Visayan Sea, about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Malapascua. The 83-metre-high (272 ft) island is home to nesting seabirds, a colony of flying foxes, soft coral canyons, and rare and unusual nudibranchs.[9]
  • Monad Shoal – a 20-metre-deep (66 ft) seamount known for its thresher sharks, making the shoal popular for recreational divers. The common thresher shark (alopias vulpinus) and pelagic thresher shark (alopias pelagicus) normally live in depths as deep as 350 metres (1,148 feet), but the shoal offers opportunities to see them in less than 20 metres of water.[9]


Ceres Liner, Rough Riders and Cebu Autobus are among the bus companies with regular service to and from Cebu city (North Bus Terminal). Jeepneys, tricycles, and trisikads are the main modes of transportation within the town.


  1. ^ "Loot, now Daanbantayan mayor, blames political black propaganda". Sun.Star. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Municipal: Daanbantayan, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016 
  5. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  6. ^ The Economist (16 November 2013). "Typhoon Haiyan Damage Is 'Worse Than Hell'". Business Insider Australia. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ NSO; Census of Population and Housing (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  8. ^ 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 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Local Heritage". Municipality of Daanbantayan, Cebu. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 

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