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Municipality of Moalboal
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; 123.4Coordinates: 9°57′N 123°24′E / 9.95°N 123.4°E / 9.95; 123.4
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
District2nd district of Cebu
Founded6 February 1852
Barangays15 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorPaz A. Rozgoni
 • Vice MayorInocentes G. Cabaron
 • CongressmanPeter John D. Calderon
 • Electorate19,821 voters (2016)
 • Total124.86 km2 (48.21 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total31,130
 • Density250/km2 (650/sq mi)
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence26.58% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue (₱)110,298,289.45 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Climate typetropical climate
Native languagesCebuano

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.[3]

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.

Moalboal is bordered to the north by the town of Alcantara, to the west is the Tañon Strait, to the east is the town of Argao, and to the south is the town of Badian.

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


Moalboal comprises 15 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a. Date of Fiesta
2015[3] 2010[5]
072233001 Agbalanga 3.0% 940 916 0.49% 29 September
072233002 Bala 2.2% 700 697 0.08%  
072233003 Balabagon 5.9% 1,825 1,572 2.88% 5 April
072233004 Basdiot 19.1% 5,949 5,291 2.26% 27 April
072233005 Batadbatad 4.2% 1,318 1,248 1.04%  
072233006 Bugho 5.9% 1,824 1,430 4.74% 28 January
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% 3 May
072233011 Poblacion West 10.4% 3,240 2,742 3.23% 3 May
072233012 Saavedra 9.3% 2,881 2,618 1.84% 15 October
072233013 Tomonoy 6.5% 2,018 1,874 1.42% 8 December
072233014 Tuble 6.5% 2,012 1,591 4.57% 21 January
072233015 Tunga 7.8% 2,413 2,245 1.38% 17 September
Total 31,130 27,676 2.26%


Population census of Moalboal
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 11,743—    
1918 14,897+1.60%
1939 14,868−0.01%
1948 15,019+0.11%
1960 13,745−0.74%
1970 15,679+1.32%
1975 16,182+0.64%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 16,420+0.29%
1990 20,041+2.01%
1995 22,021+1.78%
2000 23,402+1.31%
2007 27,398+2.20%
2010 27,676+0.37%
2015 31,130+2.26%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

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. 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.


Panagsama Beach

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.

Tonggo Point at Panagsama Beach (Basidot), Moalboal
Turtles at Pescadores
Sardine Storm
Pescador island

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.

Moalboal has been featured by several Filipino TV show hosts, such as Kuya Kim Atienza of Matanglawin, Drew Arellano of Biyahe ni Drew, Slater Young, and Kryz Uy.

Moalboal also serves as a base for other activities, such as canyoneering in Badian and the Kawasan Falls, 20 kilometres (12 mi) away from 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. ^ "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Cebu". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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