Lila, Bohol

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Town hall
Town hall
Map of Bohol with Lila highlighted
Map of Bohol with Lila highlighted
Lila is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°36′N 124°06′E / 9.6°N 124.1°E / 9.6; 124.1Coordinates: 9°36′N 124°06′E / 9.6°N 124.1°E / 9.6; 124.1
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 3rd district of Bohol
Incorporated 1 January 1915
Barangay 18 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Regina Salazar (LP)
 • Vice mayor Frederick Raut
 • Town Council
 • Total 33.93 km2 (13.10 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[2]
 • Total 11,985
 • Density 350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6304
IDD:area code +63 (0)38
Income class 5th class
PSGC 071227000

Lila is a fifth income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. Twenty kilometres (12 mi) from Tagbilaran, it is bounded to the east by Dimiao, to the west by Loay and to the north by Loboc. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 11,985.[2]


Lila comprises 18 barangays, of which 10 are coastal and 8 inland:

  • Banban
  • Bonkokan Ilaya
  • Bonkokan Ubos
  • Calvario
  • Candulang
  • Catugasan
  • Cayupo
  • Cogon
  • Jambawan
  • La Fortuna[a]
  • Lomanoy
  • Macalingan
  • Malinao East
  • Malinao West
  • Nagsulay
  • Poblacion
  • Taug[a]
  • Tiguis


In 1869, during the Spanish Regime, a place called “Tinubdan” was discovered by the Spaniards. Passing a pool fed by a spring, their attention was caught by the water lilies whose flowers were of lilac, a unique shade of the color violet. And thus the place was referred to as Lilac which later evolved into Lila.

The coastal town of Lila once belonged to the Municipality of Dimiao. It was composed of the barrios of the municipalities of Loay and Dimiao. In 1899, during the Spanish–American War, the municipal building, the church and neighboring houses were razed to the ground and burned. Thus, no records can be shown stating when Lila was annexed to the town of Dimiao. However, the Agustinian mission in Bohol has written that Lila was a separate municipality in 1879, with a population of 4,023.

Later, a town was founded and part of the municipality was annexed back to Loay and part to Dimiao. From that time up to 1914, the municipal government of Lila ceased to function.

However, in 1915 the municipality of Lila was re-established. That part of Lila annexed to Dimiao and those annexed to Loay were returned and formed the new municipality of Lila.

For the church, it was initially administered alternately by a priest stationed in Loay and Dimiao due to the scarcity of priests. It was only in 1921 that the priest of Lila had a residential parish. The church and the convent built then were only made of light materials.

In 1915, during the administration of Fr. Narciso Maglasang, the present church was built. The convent was constructed under the administration of Fr. Miguel Ortega some time in the year 1941.

World War II came and, like all other coastal towns, the Japanese caused untold sufferings to the people of the town. Many civilians were tortured and the women raped. Atrocities were done usually by tying the natives to their houses then burning them. If not, they were killed with bayonets and shot. More or less, some thirty-one civilians were killed during the Japanese occupation.

After World War II, the town prospered.

Catholic Church


Population census of Lila
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 8,556 —    
1995 9,014 +0.98%
2000 10,322 +2.95%
2007 10,801 +0.63%
2010 11,985 +3.86%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][4]


  1. ^ a b In 1957, the sitio of Taug Norte, then part of barrio Taug, was separated to form the independent barrio of La Fortuna.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Lila". Province of Bohol. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  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. ^ Republic Act No. 1688 of 20 June 1957 An Act Converting the Sitio of Taug Norte, Barrio of Taug, Municipality of Lila, Province of Bohol, into a Barrio of Said Municipality to Be Known As the Barrio of La Fortuna.
  4. ^ "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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