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Dauin Town Hall
Dauin Town Hall
Map of Negros Oriental with Dauin highlighted
Map of Negros Oriental with Dauin highlighted
Dauin is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 09°12′N 123°16′E / 9.200°N 123.267°E / 9.200; 123.267Coordinates: 09°12′N 123°16′E / 9.200°N 123.267°E / 9.200; 123.267
Country Philippines
Region Negros Island Region (NIR/Region XVIII)
Province Negros Oriental
District 3rd district of Negros Oriental
Barangays 23
 • Mayor Neil B. Credo
 • Vice Mayor Rodrigo Alanano
 • Total 114.10 km2 (44.05 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 27,786
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6217
IDD:area code 35

Dauin, officially the Municipality of Dauin (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Dauin; Filipino: Bayan ng Dauin) is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental in Negros Island Region, Philippines. It is bordered on the north by Bacong, on the south by Zamboanguita, and on the west a mountain range separates it from Santa Catalina. The municipality is a coastal town, the Bohol Sea forming its eastern border. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,786 people.[3]


Dauin beach

Origin of the Name[edit]

There are three versions, the first two being interrelated; first, there was a majestic tree that towered over all trees that the Spaniards asked for its name, which was Calawin.[citation needed] Second, the natives believed that the Calawin was the home of the supernatural beings, called “Dawinde”, who gave help to those in need but could be seen only in such situations.[citation needed] The third, natives used to cultivate the lands into banana plantations. The bananas were sold not by bunch or by fingers but by hands, which were locally called “Lawing”.[citation needed]

Contemporary Times[edit]

An association of Japanese divers[who?] once named Apo Island of Dauin town one of the ten best dive sites in the world.[citation needed] The 72-hectare volcanic outcrop on Negros Oriental’s eastern horizon has placed Dauin in the world tourism map.[citation needed] It is an international favorite, attracting large numbers of scuba and snorkel enthusiasts to its magnificent underwater gardens and colorful marine life.[citation needed]

While the island barangay is Dauin’s principal tourism lure, the town’s beaches are the locus of some of the most popular resorts in the province, from the upscale to the budget-friendly, all catering to the foreign market, all gazing at Apo Island. Occasional sorties to Dauin’s marine reserves can also be arranged.

The town’s largely unspoiled hinterlands roll up into the Mt Talinis Geothermal Reserve, where fumarolic activity can be observed on Mag-Aso and the Malungcay Hot Springs.

Dauin’s colonial Church of San Nicolas is regarded as the Province’s oldest. In front of the church and along the beach are the ruins of two dome-shaped watchtowers said to have been used to warn against pirates.[4]


Dauin is politically subdivided into 23 barangays.

  • Apo Island
  • Anhawan
  • Bagacay
  • Baslay
  • Batuhon Dacu
  • Boloc-boloc
  • Bulak
  • Bunga
  • Casile
  • Libjo
  • Lipayo
  • Maayongtubig
  • Mag-aso
  • Magsaysay
  • Malongcay Dacu
  • Masaplod Norte
  • Masaplod Sur
  • Panubtuban
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Poblacion III
  • Tugawe
  • Tunga-tunga


Population census of Dauin
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 9,224 —    
1918 10,356 +0.77%
1939 12,234 +0.80%
1948 11,208 −0.97%
1960 13,175 +1.36%
1970 13,533 +0.27%
1975 14,971 +2.05%
1980 14,992 +0.03%
1990 17,513 +1.57%
1995 19,609 +2.14%
2000 21,077 +1.56%
2007 23,681 +1.62%
2010 25,239 +2.35%
2015 27,786 +1.85%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]


Apo Island

Dauin hosts several popular beach resorts with both local and foreign tourists. The coast of Dauin offers scuba dive sites with both coral reef and muck dive opportunities. The municipality has established several sanctuaries, within which fishing and boating is absolutely prohibited. This includes sites such as Mainit sanctuary, Luca sanctuary, Dauin sanctuary and Masaplod sanctuary. These sites are well preserved and offer a huge variety and quantity of life forms.

Dauin also offers Muck diving, which on a point of view of biodiversity can be compared to the dives in Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. Greater blueringed octopus, Wonderpus, Mimic octopus, Poison ocellate octopus, Ambon scorpionfishes, Flamboyant cuttlefishes, bluespotted stingrays, nudibranchs, and many species of frogfish (most amazing critters in the world) are frequent sights on the sandy shores of the municipality.[8][9]

Apo Island is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Dauin. The island is also a popular site for scuba diving. As it is completely surrounded by coral reefs, the whole island is a dive site. Popular dive sites include Coconut Point, Mamsa, Cogon, Rockpoint and Chapel. Bigeyed Jacks, turtles, bumphead parrotfish and sea snakes are inhabiting the reefs of the island. It is accessible by boat, 30 minutes from the mainland.[10][11]

Another tourist attraction of Dauin is the Baslay Hot Spring. The hot spring is located in Barangay Baslay. The water from the hot spring contains natural sulphur which is known to have health benefits.


Public High Schools[12][edit]

School Name Location School Head Senior HS Offerings
Antonio B. Alejado MNHS (Mag-aso High School) Mag-aso Dauin Negros Oriental Roland S. Parol, Ph.D. Cookery
Apo Island High School Apo Island Mervenna Lou Aranguez, Ed.D. ABM
Dauin National High School Poblacion II Joelou M. Aguirre, CESO III
Dauin Science High School Bulak Christian A. Tubog, M.D. Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
Froilan A. Alanano Memorial High School Bunga Lou A. Rubio, ME,Ph.D. GAS, Cookery
MalongcayDacu High School MalongcayDacu Rosemarie A. Aldanese, Ed.D. Horticulture
Apolinar B. Macias Memorial High School (Casile National High School) Casile Procora C.Verzano, Ph.D. COMP PROGRAMMING AND HARDWARE SERVICING

Elementary Schools[12][edit]

  • Apo Elementary School
  • Bagacay Elementary School
  • Baslay Elementary School
  • Bulak Elementary School
  • Casile Elementary School
  • Dauin Central Elementary School
  • Maayongtubig Elementary School
  • Mag-aso Elementary School
  • Magsaysay Elementary School
  • ONE International School
  • Malongcay Elementary School
  • Masaplod Elementary School
  • Panubtuban Elementary School
  • Tugawe Elementary School


  1. ^ "Elected Mayors – Vice Mayors and Councilors in Negros Oriental". Dumaguete.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  2. ^ "Province: Negros Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Negros Island Region (NIR)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "About | Cities & Towns", Negros Oriental Tourism Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities (PDF). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Province of Negros Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  8. ^ http://liquiddumaguete.com/liquid/liquid-dive/dive-center/ Dauin dive sites
  9. ^ http://divebongo.com/fun-diving/
  10. ^ http://divebongo.com/padi-courses/
  11. ^ http://mikes-beachresort.com/diving/
  12. ^ a b "dumaguete.com". 

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