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Maya, Daanbantayan – northernmost point of Cebu island
Map of Cebu with Daanbantayan highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||4th district of Cebu|
|Founded||1886 (became a municipality at this year, though exact date when the town was discovered is unknown)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Vicente Loot (United Nationalist Alliance)|
|• Vice mayor||Gilbert Arrabis|
|• Town Council|
|• Representative||Benhur Salimbangon|
|• Total||92.27 km2 (35.63 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||48,601|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||1st class|
Daanbantayan is a 1st municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines, the northern tip of Cebu island. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 84,430. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 48,601 registered voters.
Daanbantayan celebrates its annual fiesta along with the Haladaya Festival which starts 21 August and ends with street-dancing on 30 August, in honor of Datu Daya, the legendary founder of the town.
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 look out for Moro raiders during the Pre-Hispanic Philippines. The original site of the town might have been at an elevated vantage point near Punta, in Tapilon.
Islands and thalassic attractions
There are several small islands / islets and diving spots some distance from Cebu island:
- Carnaza ( ) 175 ha (432 acres)
- Chocolate ( )
- Gato cave and islet ( ) 4.5 ha (11 acres)
- Malapascua ( ) 600 ha (1,483 acres)
- Maria ( ) 1.5 ha (4 acres)
- Monad Shoal ( )
Daanbantayan comprises 20 barangays:
|Population census of Daanbantayan|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
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.
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.
- Town plaza – site of a battle between the so-called Daanbantayan Volunteers and 19 well-armed bandits led by Capitan Berinoin 1898.
- San Pedro River - its northern bank has an abandoned Muslim settlement founded by Datu Daya during the pre-Spanish era.
- Tapilon point (also known as Punta Sampero) – site of the watchtower of Kandaya, called "daang bantayanan". But there are no remains of the watchtower.
- 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.
- 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.
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