Medellin, Cebu

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Map of Cebu Province with Medellin highlighted
Map of Cebu Province with Medellin highlighted
Medellin is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°08′N 123°58′E / 11.13°N 123.97°E / 11.13; 123.97Coordinates: 11°08′N 123°58′E / 11.13°N 123.97°E / 11.13; 123.97
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu Province
District 4th district of Cebu
Municipality 9 September 1881
Barangay 19 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Ricardo Ramirez (NUP)
 • Vice mayor Alfonso Lim
 • Town Council
 • Total 73.19 km2 (28.26 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[3]
 • Total 50,047
 • Density 680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6012
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 2nd class
PSGC 072231000

Medellin is a second class municipality in the province of Cebu Province, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 50,047.[3]

The municipality of Medellin is one of the nine municipalities comprising the 4th Congressional District of Cebu Province. It is approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) north from Cebu City via brgy Curva and 113 kilometres (70 mi) via brgy Luy-a. The town is bounded on the north by Daanbantayan; on the south by San Remigio and Bogo; on the east by the Camotes Sea and on the west by the Tañon Strait.

Based on cadastral survey, the municipality of Medellin has a total land area of 73.82 km2 (28.50 sq mi).


Medellin comprises 19 barangays:[2]

  • Antipolo
  • Curva
  • Daanlungsod
  • Dalingding Sur
  • Dayhagon
  • Gibitngil
  • Canhabagat
  • Caputatan Norte
  • Caputatan Sur
  • Kawit
  • Lamintak Norte
  • Luy-a
  • Panugnawan
  • Poblacion
  • Tindog
  • Don Virgilio Gonzales
  • Lamintak Sur
  • Maharuhay
  • Mahawak


The name Medellin is of Spanish origin and refers to the village with the same name in the Badajoz province of Extremadura in Spain. Medellin became a municipality by royal decree of Queen Isabel II of Spain on September 9, 1881.

Medellin was formerly part of Daanbantayan. As a town, it started with only 3 barangays, namely; Kawit and Buenavista on the west coast, and Tindog on the east coast. Kawit, being the biggest and most progressive barangay at that time, became the first seat of government. But because of its deep shore water, the area was prone to pirates. As a consequence, the seat of government was then transferred to Buenavista (Daanlungsod). However, in view of its shallow shore water, traders and merchants found it difficult to transport their wares to and from Buenavista. A distance away south of Buenavista, there was a place called Tawagan which was an ideal site for trade and commerce. When the seat of government was transferred to Tawagan, the new poblacion was then called Medellin.


Population census of Medellin
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,184 —    
1995 41,796 +3.84%
2000 43,133 +0.68%
2007 44,860 +0.54%
2010 50,047 +4.06%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  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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