Loay, Bohol

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Harbour and mouth of the Loboc River
Harbour and mouth of the Loboc River
Map of Bohol with Loay highlighted
Map of Bohol with Loay highlighted
Loay is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°36′N 124°01′E / 9.6°N 124.02°E / 9.6; 124.02Coordinates: 9°36′N 124°01′E / 9.6°N 124.02°E / 9.6; 124.02
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 3rd district of Bohol
Established 1740
Barangay 24 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor May Imboy (LP)
 • Vice mayor Florencio Tejano
 • Town Council
 • Total 46.85 km2 (18.09 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[2]
 • Total 16,261
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6303
IDD : area code +63 (0)38
Income class 5th class
PSGC 071228000
Website www.loay-bohol.lgu.ph

Loay is a fifth income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines, located at the mouth of the Loboc River. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 16,261.[2]

The town can be divided into a lower and an upper part. The lower part used to be called Canipa-an because of the presence of nipa swamps in this part of the town, while the upper part is named Ibabao, being located on a plateau.[1]

Recent historical research found that instead of being in Bool, Tagbilaran, the actual site of the Blood Compact between Legazpi and Sikatuna may be in barangay Hinawanan.[3] Loay is also known for the many antiques discovered in its soils, thus indicating a civilization before the Spanish came to Bohol: it has become an haven for the treasure hunters.


Loay comprises 24 barangays:

  • Agape
  • Alegria Norte
  • Alegria Sur
  • Bonbon
  • Botoc Occidental
  • Botoc Oriental
  • Calvario
  • Concepcion
  • Hinawanan
  • Las Salinas Norte
  • Las Salinas Sur
  • Palo
  • Poblacion Ibabao
  • Poblacion Ubos
  • Sagnap
  • Tambangan
  • Tangcasan Norte
  • Tangcasan Sur
  • Tayong Occidental
  • Tayong Oriental
  • Tocdog Dacu
  • Tocdog Ilaya
  • Villalimpia
  • Yanangan


During the period 1751-1754, Loay was a small village called Santissima Trinidad located at the strip of the Loboc River, as mentioned in the accounts of Father Juan Delgado (1892).

As a visita, it formerly belonged to the Municipality of Loboc. It was separated from the Loboc mission in 1795, although some state 1815 as the foundation date and Redondo 1886 reflects that it became an independent parish in 1799.


Population census of Loay
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 12,677 —    
1995 12,450 −0.34%
2000 14,433 +3.22%
2007 15,881 +1.33%
2010 16,261 +0.86%
Source: National Statistics Office[2][4]


Loay is one of the locations for taking a Loboc river lunch cruise.

The church and belfry of Loay were severely damaged by the 2013 earthquake.


  1. ^ a b c "Municipality of Loay". 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. ^ Resolution No. 04, Series of 2005. National Historical Institute. July 1, 2005
  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. 


  • Sendino y Redondo, Felipe (1886). Breve reseña de lo que fue y de lo que es la Diócesis de Cebú en las Islas Filipinas (in Spanish). Manila: Colegio de Sto. Tomas. 

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