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|Municipality of Moalboal|
Poblacion (town centre)
Map of Cebu with Moalboal highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||2nd district of Cebu|
|Founded||6 February 1852|
|Barangays||15 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Paz A. Rozgoni|
|• Vice Mayor||Inocentes G. Cabaron|
|• Congressman||Peter John D. Calderon|
|• Electorate||19,821 voters (2016)|
|• Total||124.86 km2 (48.21 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|• Income class||4th municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||26.58% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||110,298,289.45 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Climate type||tropical climate|
Moalboal, officially the Municipality of Moalboal, (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Moalboal; Tagalog: Bayan ng Moalboal), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 31,130 people.
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 located 89 kilometres (55 mi) from Cebu City, about 2½ hours by public bus.
Pescador Island, a popular tourist attraction, is part of the municipality.
Moalboal comprises 15 barangays:
|PSGC||Barangay||Population||±% p.a.||Date of Fiesta|
|072233010||Poblacion East||8.1%||2,521||2,223||2.42%||3 May|
|072233011||Poblacion West||10.4%||3,240||2,742||3.23%||3 May|
|Population census of Moalboal|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
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
Moalboal is a peninsula and therefore it is almost entirely surrounded by water. The 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 bicycles with side cars, known locally as pedicabs or, depending on the distance, tricycles with side cars, called trisikads.
Since the 1970s, Moalboal has developed a tourism industry based on recreational diving and beaches. Panagsama Beach (Basidot) is where most resorts and restaurants are established, while further north on the peninsula, in Saavedra, is White Beach (Basdako), a two-kilometre (1.2 mi) beach. This beach used to be mostly frequented by locals, but has since developed an international tourist trade.
In Moalboal, most tourists stay at either Panagsama Beach (Basdiot) or White Beach (Basdako), both located 3–5 kilometres (1.9–3.1 mi) away from the main bus stop in Moalboal.
Recreational diving is the main tourist activity in Moalboal, and 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 with an underwater cave known as "the Cathedral". Indeed a breath-taking view of the underwater world as some of the country’s best diving sites in Moalboal as the terrain of the reef follows the entire coast line, making the place ideal for scuba-diving, snorkeling and freediving, with a shallow drop-off close to shore dropping down to more than 40 metres (130 ft). The area is also known to be a sanctuary for sea turtles, as well as vast schools of sardines. nearby Pescadores. Whale shark, dolphins and threshers are also seen out of the blue.
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.
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