Minglanilla, Cebu

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Nickname(s): Sugat Capital of the South
Map of Cebu with Minglanilla highlighted
Map of Cebu with Minglanilla highlighted
Minglanilla is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°15′N 123°47′E / 10.25°N 123.78°E / 10.25; 123.78Coordinates: 10°15′N 123°47′E / 10.25°N 123.78°E / 10.25; 123.78
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 1st district of Cebu
Founded 1858
Barangay 19 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Elanito Peña (NP)
 • Vice mayor Robert Selma
 • Town Council
 • Total 65.60 km2 (25.33 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[3]
 • Total 113,178
 • Density 1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
 • Voter (2013) [4] 50,367
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6046
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 1st class
PSGC 072232000

Minglanilla is a first income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 113,178.[3] In the 2013 election, it had 50,367 registered voters.[4]

Minglanilla lies within Metro Cebu. It is known as the "Sugat Capital of the South". The Kabanhawan (Cebuano for "Resurrection") festival is held annually on Easter Sunday.

A big socio-religious event in Minglanilla which attracts not only people from adjacent towns but also from Cebu city and farther, is the Sugat. Sugat in Cebuano means meeting. On Black Saturday night, a public dance is held at the church plaza to witness the re-enactment of the "meeting" of the risen Christ and his mother. Their images, borne on richly-decorated carrozas, meet amidst joyous songs and the presence of child angels suspended by wires.


Minglanilla is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Cebu City. It is bounded southwest by Naga; northwest by Toledo; northeast by Talisay; and southeast by the Bohol Strait. Its land area is 65.6 km2 (25.3 sq mi).


The climate of Minglanilla is classified as Coronas type III, characterized by a dry season lasting from one to six months. There is no pronounced maximum rain period. The town is placed within the tropical rainforest type of world climate (Köppen type: Af) which has uniform high temperature and heavy precipitation distribution throughout the year.


Minglanilla comprises 19 barangays:[2]

  • Cadulawan
  • Calajo-an
  • Camp 7
  • Camp 8
  • Cuanos
  • Guindaruhan
  • Linao-Lipata
  • Manduang
  • Pakigne
  • Poblacion Ward I
  • Poblacion Ward II
  • Poblacion Ward III
  • Poblacion Ward IV
  • Tubod
  • Tulay
  • Tunghaan
  • Tungkil
  • Tungkop
  • Vito


Population census of Minglanilla
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 50,875 —    
1995 62,523 +3.94%
2000 77,268 +4.64%
2007 101,585 +3.85%
2010 113,178 +4.01%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

In the 2013 election, it had 50,367 registered voters, meaning that 45% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]


Father Fernando Lopez, Minglanilla's first parish priest, is credited as the founder of the town in 1858. The roads and bridges were built by the same Fr. Lopez together with Fr. Magaz.

There were a number of capitanes who headed the town during the Spanish era. The first capitan was Hilario Castañares. During the American regime the first was Canuto Larrobis. The first elected municipal mayor was Gregorio de la Calzada.

Buat was the former name of Minglanilla. It was the place where early settlers dried (buad/buat) their sea catches. But in 1858, it was renamed Minglanilla by Fr. Lopez, after a place in Spain.

The town suffered setbacks, among them during the Philippine Revolution when insurrectos burned down its municipal building and looted many houses. This event is remembered by a street named 18 de Julio (18 July). In 1942, its poblacion was razed to the ground by the Japanese in retaliation for the presence of the guerrillas in the town


  • Camp 7 Reforestation
  • White Caves
  • Kawasan sa Minglanilla
  • Tubod Flowing Water Resort
  • Ruvi Cave Resort
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church – one of the oldest church in Cebu
  • Plaza Minglanilla
  • IHM Prayer Room


  • Archdiocesan Shrine Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Snr. San Roque Parish
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish



  • Sugat kabanhawan festival
In its devotion to the celebration of Christ's resurrection, the municipality of Minglanilla has long held the distinction of being the "Sugat Capital of the south", a title which is defined in the celebration of the Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival.
Annually held every Easter Sunday, the occasion primarily focuses on "Sugat sa Minglanilla" – the reenactment of the meeting of the Risen Christ and the Sorrowful Mother – which is followed by a string of activities and events scheduled to take place throughout the day.
As one of the biggest annually celebrated occasions of the municipality, the Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival takes a direct translation in celebrating Christ's resurrection, with street dancing, a wide assortment of day games, and entertainment features.
Essentially a socio-religious event, previous Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival celebrations have played the role of host to a diverse range of organized contests, competitions and games, including a Carabao Race, a Burda Making Contest, and a Mud Volleyball tourney.
Easter Egg Hunts also are part of Sugat-Kabanhawan Festivals, just as the Kabanhawan Street Dancing and the Kabanhawan Ritual Showdown have become mainstay staples of the festival's overall program flow.
Cultural shows and fireworks displays have also are featured in held Sugat-Kabanhawan Festivals, truly immersing its visitors and guests in its festive and vibrant spirit.
  • Annual Fiesta of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal: Minglanilla, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  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. ^ a b c "2013 National and Local Elections Statistics" (PDF). Commission on Elections. 2015. 
  5. ^ "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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