Dauis, Bohol

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Map of Bohol with Dauis highlighted
Map of Bohol with Dauis highlighted
Dauis is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°37′N 123°51′E / 9.62°N 123.85°E / 9.62; 123.85Coordinates: 9°37′N 123°51′E / 9.62°N 123.85°E / 9.62; 123.85
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 1st district of Bohol
Barangay 12 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Miriam Sumaylo (LP)
 • Vice mayor Pedro Fuertes
 • Town Council
 • Total 42.88 km2 (16.56 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[2]
 • Total 39,448
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6339
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class
PSGC 071219000

Dauis is a fourth income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 39,448.[2] It is one of two municipalities located on Panglao Island.


Dauis comprises 12 barangays:

  • Biking
  • Bingag
  • Catarman
  • Dao
  • Mariveles
  • Mayacabac
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro (Canlongon)
  • Songculan
  • Tabalong
  • Tinago
  • Totolan


According to local natives a deep well was constructed in Upper Songculan, Dauis, Bohol in the year 1900 by a Spaniard leader. The locals provided the labor. The well depth is more or less 30 fathoms (55 m; 180 ft) and the diameter is more or less three metres (9.8 ft). Information revealed that the well was constructed through manual digging using bolos, crowbars, pulleys, and rope for digging into the soil stones, which contains limestone rock.

The first bridge between poblacion of Dauis and Mansasa, Tagbilaran was constructed by Spaniards during their reign, possibly in the 18th century. The bridge is still there and in place, used as a connection between the two islands. The other bridge was constructed near the old City Hall of Tagbilaran City, crossing towards Totolan, Dauis. That bridge is known as 'the causeway' and leads as far as Panglao Beach resort about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Tagbilaran.


Population census of Dauis
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 23,601 —    
1995 24,041 +0.35%
2000 26,415 +2.04%
2007 36,525 +4.57%
2010 39,448 +2.84%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][3]

Celebrations in honor of the town patroness[edit]

The town's 18th century church, is dedicated to La Señora de la Asuncion or Our Lady of the Assumption. The church is believed to have been built of light materials by the first Spanish missionaries in 1697. Since then, the church has gone through several changes.

The image of the La Señora de la Asuncio is famed to be miraculous. Faithfuls from afar hike the distance from their city to the site to invoke special petitions or mainly to honor the Patroness. In addition, at the foot of the altar of the church is a well also believed to have healing power. The water tastes fresh, despite the well's proximity to the seashore.

  • 15 August
    The town and all devotees of the La Señora de la Asuncion attend the Patroness' feast day every 15 August. Stories abound of the Patroness' sojourn and blessings. One of the stories tells of a man who found a camiseta (small shirt) in his fishing boat after a lady passenger disembarked. On several occasions, devotees found the Patroness' camiseta full of amorseco. Many believe the Patroness must, on occasions, get down from her pedestal to visit them in their homes and farms. To this day, devotees continue to venerate and pay homage as manifestation of gratitude and appreciation after being healed of their ailments through the camiseta.
  • Last Sunday of January
    Another fiesta is celebrated during the last Sunday of January each year to commemorate a miracle that happened many years back. It is said that many young girls have seen the lady waving her hands as if bidding them to come near.


Dauis's major tourist attractions are Our Lady of Assumption Church and Hinagdanan Cave. Our Lady of Assumption Church is locally known as Señora de la Asunción. The church was built by the Spaniards and is constructed of solid rocks or stones and has paintings on the walls. There is a tower with a bell, outside the church another tower and also a small well. The front face of the church collapsed during the earthquake of 2013.



  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Dauis". Province of Bohol. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. 
  3. ^ "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. 

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