Fishing boats at Kota beach
Map of Cebu with Madridejos highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||4th district of Cebu|
|Founded||2 January 1917|
|Barangay||14 (see § Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Jay dela Fuente (NUP)|
|• Vice mayor||Salvador dela Fuente|
|• Town Council|
|• Representative||Benhur Salimbangon|
|• Total||23.95 km2 (9.25 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||23,134|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||4th class|
Madridejos is a 4th municipal income class municipality on Bantayan Island in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 36,429. In the 2016 election, it had 23,134 registered voters. It is one of the three municipalities that make up the island of Bantayan, which lies to the west of the northern tip of Cebu. It is bounded to the south by the municipality of Bantayan, and on all other sides by the Visayan Sea.
Lawis was the old name of Madridejos. Even today people still use the name "Lawis", meaning "promontory", the portion carved out to constitute the municipality of Madridejos being the peninsula located on the northern side of Bantayan island facing the Visayan Sea.
During the time of governor Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera (1635–1644), the Visayas were continually harassed by the Moros, who wreaked dreadful havoc, capturing, massacring, robbing, sacking churches, and burning everything there was.
The kota (cota or cuta = fort) was built in 1630 by Lázaro Mangubat. Blowing of the budyong [a] served as signal of the coming of the Moros. A watch tower was built in Kaongkod, a barrio about (4 kilometres (2.5 mi)) from the fort. It is the place from where the approach of the Moros could easily be seen, to give a timely warning to the townsfolk of their coming. All watchtowers on Bantayan where built by Fr. Doroteo Andrada del Rosario, parish priest of Bantayan in the 19th century[not in citation given] (Moro attacks were worst around 1840s).
In 1917 barrio Lawis became a town named Madridejos. This was the name given to the third town of Bantayan island in honour of Benito Romero de Madridejos the former archbishop of Cebu.[b] The town's feast day is celebrated annually on 8 December.
Immaculate Conception parish church
In the year 1600s, before Madridejos was made into a town, there was a barrio called Lawis at the tip of Bantayan island. In this barrio was a chapel built by the Augustinians who also built the parish church of Bantayan in the year 1580.[c]
The chapel was located within the Spanish fort near the seashore. Inside the chapel, there was a framed picture of La Virgen Purisima Concepcion which was the object of devotion and before which the Holy Rosary was prayed every afternoon. Once a month and during church feasts, the chapel was visited by the priest of Bantayan to say mass and celebrate its annual feast.
In the 1700s there was an image of La Virgen Purisima carved in the Island from batikuling wood. It was 16 inches (41 centimetres) tall and was placed on the altar of the first chapel built by the Augustinian priests near the seashore of barrio Lawis. Folklore say there would be times when the clothes of the image were wet and damp although there was no rain, and was full of amorseko (crab grass) [d] – a kind of weed in the fields. During the time of the El Tor epidemic a beautiful lady was observed ministering to the sick mountain folks.
Since olden times, every October the Virgin is brought in a fluvial procession and the Holy Rosary is prayed. The feast was celebrated every eight day of December, until Lawis became a parish in the year 1928.
Second World War
- 1942 - occupation by Japanese Imperial forces.
- 1945 - liberation by the Philippine Commonwealth troops of the 3rd, 8th, 81st, 82nd & 83rd Infantry Divisions of the Philippine Commonwealth Army which landed in Madridejos at the front of battles against Japanese forces in the Battle of Bantayan. The built of the general headquarters of the Philippine Commonwealth Army was stationed in Madridejos and active from 1945 to 1946 during and after the war.
Madridejos comprises 14 barangays:
|Population census of Madridejos|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Office|
The main industries of Madridejos are fishing, poultry and tourism.
Because of its rich fishing grounds, Madridejos earned the name of "Little Alaska of the Philippines": the first canning factory in the country was established here, but it lost its sustaining impact in the history of the municipality after it was bombed during World War II. At present, poultry-raising is a growing industry and Madridejos provides a substantial quantity of eggs produced for sale to the neighboring provinces.
There are two radio stations:
- Bag-ong Adlaw DYCM-FM 99.0 MHz
- Radyo Natin DYEE-FM 102.9 MHz
Madridejos can be reached by boat from Cebu City via Santa Fe with 75-minutes ferry service to San Remigio (Hagnaya) via Island Shipping or SuperShuttle Ferry. Bus (jeepney) travel to Madridejos via the municipality of Bantayan takes about one hour.
There are currently NO overnight boats from Cebu City to Bantayan Island, nor are there any scheduled commercial air flights. Private air companies occasionally fly smaller Cessna and Piper aircraft into Bantayan Airport.
- horn – could be a conch shell or the horn of a carabao
- Benito Romero O.F.M. (appointed 28 January 1876 - died 4 November 1885)
- Thanks to: Rev. Fr. Cristobal Garcia at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, to whom this written history was submitted, as required by the Archdiocese of Cebu, on the occasion of the solemn processional of the thirty nine (39) images with the titles of "La Virgin Purisima" joining the said procession of the International Marian Year.
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