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; 123.78
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 1st district of Cebu
Founded 1858
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Elanito Peña (NP)
 • Vice mayor Robert Selma
 • Town Council
 • Representative Gerald Gullas
 • Total 65.60 km2 (25.33 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 132,135
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 55,652
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6046
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 1st class
PSGC 072232000

Minglanilla is a 1st municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 132,135.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 55,652 registered voters.[4]

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

A big socio-religious event in Minglanilla is the Sugat, which attracts not only people from adjacent towns but also from Cebu city and further. 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.


Father Sanchez, 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. Sanchez 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. Sanchez, after a municipality in Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, 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


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 municipal hall

Minglanilla comprises 19 barangays:[2]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[5]
072232001 Cadulawan 4.0% 5,321 3,986 +5.65%
072232002 Calajo‑an 8.8% 11,583 10,181 +2.49%
072232003 Camp 7 1.9% 2,571 2,279 +2.32%
072232004 Camp 8 1.4% 1,798 1,946 −1.49%
072232005 Cuanos 2.1% 2,809 2,499 +2.25%
072232006 Guindaruhan 2.7% 3,503 2,707 +5.03%
072232007 Linao 9.8% 12,943 11,432 +2.39%
072232008 Manduang 1.6% 2,147 1,968 +1.67%
072232009 Pakigne 9.6% 12,644 11,463 +1.88%
072232010 Poblacion Ward I 1.6% 2,087 1,987 +0.94%
072232011 Poblacion Ward II 2.5% 3,254 2,950 +1.89%
072232012 Poblacion Ward III 2.2% 2,884 2,765 +0.81%
072232013 Poblacion Ward IV 3.6% 4,767 3,650 +5.22%
072232014 Tubod 4.3% 5,626 4,666 +3.63%
072232015 Tulay 8.5% 11,286 9,775 +2.77%
072232016 Tunghaan 10.7% 14,187 13,389 +1.11%
072232019 Tungkil 9.9% 13,109 10,789 +3.78%
072232017 Tungkop 8.3% 11,003 7,589 +7.33%
072232018 Vito 6.5% 8,613 7,157 +3.59%
Total 132,135 113,178 +2.99%


Population census of Minglanilla
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1970 28,880 —    
1980 38,504 +2.92%
1990 50,875 +2.83%
1995 62,523 +3.94%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2000 77,268 +4.64%
2007 101,585 +3.85%
2010 113,178 +4.01%
2015 132,135 +2.99%
Source: Philippine Statistics Office[3][5][6]

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 55,652 registered voters, meaning that 42% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]


  • Camp 7 Reforestation
  • Gullas Peak
  • Kawasan
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church – one of the oldest church in Cebu
  • Plaza Minglanilla
  • Ruvi Cave Resort
  • Tubod Flowing Water Resort
  • Tungkop Palm Beach
  • White Caves


Minglanilla Church


  • 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". Annually held every Easter Sunday, the occasion primarily focuses the re‑enactment of the meeting of the Risen Christ and the Sorrowful Mother – 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 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, 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 (burda = embroidery), and a mud volleyball tournament. Easter-egg hunts also are part of Sugat-Kabanhawan festivals, just as the street dancing and the ritual showdown have become mainstay staples of the festivals overall program flow.
  • 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". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 

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