Moalboal, Cebu

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Poblacion (town centre)
Poblacion (town centre)
Map of Cebu with Moalboal highlighted
Map of Cebu with Moalboal highlighted
Moalboal is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°57′N 123°24′E / 9.95°N 123.4°E / 9.95; 123.4
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 2nd district of Cebu
Founded 6 February 1852
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Inocentes Cabaron (1‑Cebu)
 • Vice mayor Lingling Rozgoni
 • Town Council
 • Representative Peter John Calderon
 • Total 124.86 km2 (48.21 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 31,130
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 19,821
Demonym(s) Moalboalanon
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6032
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 4th class
PSGC 072233000

Moalboal is a 4th municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 31,130.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 19,821 registered voters.[4]

Extending as a peninsula on the south-western tip of Cebu, Moalboal is bordered to the west by the Tañon Strait. Negros Island can be seen from the western shoreline. Moalboal is between the towns of Alcantara and Badian, located 89 kilometres (55 mi) from Cebu City, about 2½ hours by bus.

Pescador Island, a popular tourist attraction, is part of the municipality.


Moalboal comprises 15 barangays:[2]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a. Date of Fiesta
2015[3] 2010[5]
072233001 Agbalanga 3.0% 940 916 +0.49%
072233002 Bala 2.2% 700 697 +0.08%
072233003 Balabagon 5.9% 1,825 1,572 +2.88%
072233004 Basdiot 19.1% 5,949 5,291 +2.26%
072233005 Batadbatad 4.2% 1,318 1,248 +1.04%
072233006 Bugho 5.9% 1,824 1,430 +4.74%
072233007 Buguil 2.4% 756 710 +1.20%
072233016 Busay 4.2% 1,309 1,167 +2.21%
072233008 Lanao 4.6% 1,424 1,352 +0.99%
072233010 Poblacion East 8.1% 2,521 2,223 +2.42%
072233011 Poblacion West 10.4% 3,240 2,742 +3.23%
072233012 Saavedra 9.3% 2,881 2,618 +1.84%
072233013 Tomonoy 6.5% 2,018 1,874 +1.42%
072233014 Tuble 6.5% 2,012 1,591 +4.57%
072233015 Tunga 7.8% 2,413 2,245 +1.38%
Total 31,130 27,676 +2.26%


Population census of Moalboal
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 20,041 —    
1995 22,021 +1.78%
2000 23,402 +1.31%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2007 27,398 +2.20%
2010 27,676 +0.37%
2015 31,130 +2.26%
Source: Philippine Statistics Office[3][5][6]

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 19,821 registered voters, meaning that 64% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]

Though the majority of the people in Moalboal are Cebuanos, a few members of cultural minorities have found their way there. Bajaus who are similar to Muslim nomads, are often seen in the streets, especially during the holiday season, as some of them make their living by begging. There is no evidence though that the badjaos have taken up permanent residence in the town.


Industry and trade[edit]

Moalboal is a peninsula and therefore it is almost entirely surrounded by water. Majority of the people who live in the flat lands engage in fishing as their main mode of livelihood. Those who live in the mountain regions, like Agbalanga and Bala, live through farming.

The common mode of transportation is by motorcycles with side cars, known locally as pedicabs or, depending on the distance, tricycles with side cars, called trisikads.


Panagsama Beach

Since the 1970s, Moalboal has developed a tourism industry based on recreational diving and beaches. Panagsama Beach is where most resorts and restaurants are established. Further north on the peninsula, in Saavedra, is White Beach (Basdako), a 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) beach which still has sand. This beach used to be quieter and mostly frequented by locals, but has only recently developed a tourist trade.

In Moalboal most tourists stay at either Panagsama Beach (Basdiot) or White Beach (Basdako), known for its beautiful sandy beach both located 3–5 kilometres (1.9–3.1 mi) away from the bus stop in Moalboal. It is easy to find transportation from the bus stop to either beach.

There is plenty of accommodation near either beach, although Panagsama has the most bars, restaurants, people and dive shops. Since the resorts in the area cater mostly to divers, entertainment is laid back and more of a chilled out pub style atmosphere.

Recreational diving is the main tourist activity in Moalboal, and is considered very good, even according to Philippine standards. The reefs along the west coast of the Copton peninsula are home to a great variety of marine life. Pescador Island, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) off the coast, is the most popular dive spot. The structure of the reef that follows the entire coast line has made the place ideal for scuba-diving, snorkeling and freediving. Divers can enjoy easy access to the reef since the drop off is shallow and close to shore but drops down to more than 40 metres (130 ft). Big turtles can sometimes be seen very close to the shore line.

Other popular tourist attractions such as waterfalls, caves and canyons are found within 20 kilometres (12 mi) of Moalboal.


The annual feast of Moalboal is held on the 15 and 16 of May. Moalboal is known also for its "Kagasangan Festival" (coral) in which they perform tribal dances and music. It is held in honor of St. John of Nepomuk, the town's patron saint.



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal: Moalboal, 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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