Harbour and mouth of the Loboc River
Map of Bohol with Loay highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||3rd district of Bohol|
|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)|
|• Density||350/km2 (900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)38|
|Income class||5th class|
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.
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. 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:
- Alegria Norte
- Alegria Sur
- Botoc Occidental
- Botoc Oriental
- Las Salinas Norte
- Las Salinas Sur
- Poblacion Ibabao
- Poblacion Ubos
- Tangcasan Norte
- Tangcasan Sur
- Tayong Occidental
- Tayong Oriental
- Tocdog Dacu
- Tocdog Ilaya
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|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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.
- "Municipality of Loay". Province of Bohol. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- "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.
- Resolution No. 04, Series of 2005. National Historical Institute. July 1, 2005
- "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.
- Delgado SJ, Fr Juan José (1892). Historia sacro-profana, política y natural de las Islas del Poniente, llamadas Filipinas (in Spanish). Manila: Imprenta de "Eco de Filipinas" de D. Juan Atayde. OCLC 351181.
- 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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