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Poblacion (town centre)
Map of Cebu with Moalboal highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||2nd district of Cebu|
|Founded||6 February 1852|
|Barangay||15 (see § Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Inocentes Cabaron (1‑Cebu)|
|• Vice mayor||Nelson Abenido|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||124.86 km2 (48.21 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||19,821|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||4th class|
Moalboal is a fourth income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 31,130. In the 2016 election, it had 19,821 registered voters.
Extending as a peninsula on the south-western tip of Cebu, Moalboal is bordered to the west by the Tañon Strait. From the western shoreline, Negros Island can be seen. 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 under the jurisdiction of the municipality.
Moalboal comprises 15 barangays:
- Poblacion East
- Poblacion West
|Population census of Moalboal|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
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. 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.
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 brgy Saavedra, is White Beach (Bas Dako in Visayan), a 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) beach which still has sand. This beach used to be quieter and mostly frequented by locals, and 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.
Also barangays and subdivisions have certain fiestas:
- Agbalanga – 29 September
- Balabagon – 5 April
- Basdiot – 27 April
- Bugho – 28 January
- Poblacion East & West – 3 May
- Pook – 4 June
- Saavedra – 15 October
- Tomonoy – 8 December
- Tuble – 21 January
- Tunga – 17 September
- "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Municipal: Moalboal, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016
- "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016.
- PSA; Census of Population (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016
- NSO; Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City and Municipality, archived from the original on 24 June 2011
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