Moalboal

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Moalboal
Municipality of Moalboal
Poblacion (town centre)
Poblacion (town centre)
Flag of Moalboal
Map of Cebu with Moalboal highlighted
Map of Cebu with Moalboal highlighted
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Moalboal is located in Philippines
Moalboal
Moalboal
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
CountryPhilippines
RegionCentral Visayas
ProvinceCebu
District 7th district
Founded6 February 1852
Barangays15 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorInocentes G. Cabaron
 • Vice MayorPaz A. Rozgoni
 • RepresentativePeter John D. Calderon
 • Municipal Council
Members
 • Electorate22,455 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total124.86 km2 (48.21 sq mi)
Elevation
30 m (100 ft)
Highest elevation
253 m (830 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total36,930
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
 • Households
7,226
Economy
 • Income class4th municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence16.90% (2018)[4]
 • Revenue₱188,538,280.90 (2020)
 • Assets₱403,260,127.85 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱153,461,223.86 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱136,317,043.19 (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricityCebu 1 Electric Cooperative (CEBECO 1)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
6032
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)32
Native languagesCebuano
Tagalog
Websitewww.moalboal.gov.ph

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 2020 census, it has a population of 36,930 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.

Geography[edit]

Barangays[edit]

Moalboal comprises 15 barangays:

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a. Date of Fiesta
2020[3] 2010[5]
072233001 Agbalanga 2.5% 940 916 0.25% 29 September
072233002 Bala 1.9% 700 697 0.04%  
072233003 Balabagon 4.9% 1,825 1,572 1.46% 5 April
072233004 Basdiot 16.1% 5,949 5,291 1.15% 27 April
072233005 Batadbatad 3.6% 1,318 1,248 0.53%  
072233006 Bugho 4.9% 1,824 1,430 2.40% 28 January
072233007 Buguil 2.0% 756 710 0.61%  
072233016 Busay 3.5% 1,309 1,167 1.12%  
072233008 Lanao 3.9% 1,424 1,352 0.51%  
072233010 Poblacion East 6.8% 2,521 2,223 1.23% 3 May
072233011 Poblacion West 8.8% 3,240 2,742 1.64% 3 May
072233012 Saavedra 7.8% 2,881 2,618 0.94% 15 October
072233013 Tomonoy 5.5% 2,018 1,874 0.72% 8 December
072233014 Tuble 5.4% 2,012 1,591 2.31% 21 January
072233015 Tunga 6.5% 2,413 2,245 0.70% 17 September
Total 36,930 27,676 2.85%

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Moalboal, Cebu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
24
(75)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 42
(1.7)
34
(1.3)
40
(1.6)
61
(2.4)
124
(4.9)
188
(7.4)
190
(7.5)
191
(7.5)
189
(7.4)
186
(7.3)
124
(4.9)
73
(2.9)
1,442
(56.8)
Average rainy days 10.0 8.5 9.5 12.8 22.3 26.8 28.4 27.9 27.3 27.6 20.5 13.1 234.7
Source: Meteoblue [6]

Demographics[edit]

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%
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+2.27%
2020 36,930+3.42%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[7][5][8][9]

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.

Due to the tourism boom that the town has experienced in the 2000s and 2010s, a small contingent of expatriates have also started to settle in Moalboal. Europeans and Americans are the most prominent expatriates in the town, but recently, expatriates from East Asian countries have also started to settle in the area.

Economy[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.

Tourism[edit]

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. [17] 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 Pescadores (Basidot), Moalboal
Turtles on the reef
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. 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.

Fiesta[edit]

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.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Municipality of Moalboal | (DILG)
  2. ^ "2015 Census of Population, Report No. 3 – Population, Land Area, and Population Density" (PDF). Philippine Statistics Authority. Quezon City, Philippines. August 2016. ISSN 0117-1453. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2020). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ "PSA Releases the 2018 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Philippine Statistics Authority. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  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. ^ "Moalboal: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  7. ^ Census of Population (2015). "Region VII (Central Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Province of Cebu". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Poverty incidence (PI):". Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  11. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/NSCB_LocalPovertyPhilippines_0.pdf; publication date: 29 November 2005; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  12. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2003%20SAE%20of%20poverty%20%28Full%20Report%29_1.pdf; publication date: 23 March 2009; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  13. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2006%20and%202009%20City%20and%20Municipal%20Level%20Poverty%20Estimates_0_1.pdf; publication date: 3 August 2012; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  14. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/2012%20Municipal%20and%20City%20Level%20Poverty%20Estima7tes%20Publication%20%281%29.pdf; publication date: 31 May 2016; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  15. ^ https://psa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/City%20and%20Municipal-level%20Small%20Area%20Poverty%20Estimates_%202009%2C%202012%20and%202015_0.xlsx; publication date: 10 July 2019; publisher: Philippine Statistics Authority.
  16. ^ "PSA Releases the 2018 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Philippine Statistics Authority. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  17. ^ sparksph (2022-05-31). "Moalboal Basdaku and Basdiot: The Face of Paradise". Suroy.ph. Retrieved 2022-07-22.

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