Poro, Cebu

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Poro town hall
Poro town hall
Map of Cebu with Poro highlighted
Map of Cebu with Poro highlighted
Poro is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°38′N 124°25′E / 10.63°N 124.42°E / 10.63; 124.42Coordinates: 10°38′N 124°25′E / 10.63°N 124.42°E / 10.63; 124.42
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 5th district of Cebu
Founded 17 December 1701
Barangay 20 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Luciano Rama (BAKUD)
 • Vice mayor Edgar Rama
 • Town Council
 • Total 63.59 km2 (24.55 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[3]
 • Total 23,498
 • Density 370/km2 (960/sq mi)
 • Voter (2013) [4] 14,629
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6049
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 4th class
PSGC 072238000

Poro is a fourth income class municipality on Camotes Islands in the province of Cebu, Philippines.[2] According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 23,498.[3] In the 2013 election, it had 14,629 registered voters.[4]

Poro, along with the municipality of Tudela, is located on Poro Island of the Camotes Islands.

The patronal feast of Poro is celebrated on the third Friday of January, in honour of the Santo Niño de Cebu.


Poro comprises 17 barangays:[2]

  • Adela
  • Altavista
  • Cagcagan
  • Cansabusab
  • Daan Paz (formerly Poso)
  • Eastern Poblacion
  • Esperanza
  • Libertad
  • Mabini
  • Mercedes
  • Pagsa
  • Paz (formerly Santa Rosa)
  • Rizal
  • San Jose
  • Santa Rita
  • Teguis
  • Western Poblacion


Population census of Poro
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 19,150 —    
1995 21,517 +2.21%
2000 21,397 −0.12%
2007 21,529 +0.08%
2010 23,498 +3.24%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

In the 2013 election, it had 14,629 registered voters, meaning that 62% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]

Etymology and languages[edit]

The town's name is derived from the Waray-Waray word puro meaning "island". This how Camotes Island is called by Warays and Leyteños. Before the first municipality to be established in Camotes, puro meant the name of all the islands.

Aside from Visayan languages, Filipino, and English, the townsfolk also speak the local Porohanon language. Also known as Camotes Visayan, the language is mutually intelligible with other Visayan languages (e.g. Cebuano) spoken in the rest of the Camotes Islands, Cebu, other parts of the Visayas, and Northern Mindanao.

Porohanon is distinguished by the way the locals substitute /j/ sounds with /ʒ/, for instance Cebuano maayong buntag ("good morning") vocalised as maazong buntag in Porohanon. (Possibly occasions too a handover from the yeísmo phenomenon in Spanish.) Other dialectical variations include the Porohanon ara dira instead of the standard Cebuano na-a diha.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal: Poro, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "2013 National and Local Elections Statistics" (PDF). Commission on Elections. 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates by Province, City and Municipality: Central Visayas: 1995, 2000 and 2007" (PDF). National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2011. 

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