Samboan, Cebu

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Map of Cebu Province with Samboan highlighted
Map of Cebu Province with Samboan highlighted
Samboan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°32′N 123°18′E / 9.53°N 123.3°E / 9.53; 123.3Coordinates: 9°32′N 123°18′E / 9.53°N 123.3°E / 9.53; 123.3
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu Province
District 2nd district of Cebu
Barangay 15 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Raymond Calderon (LP)
 • Vice mayor Emerito Calderon
 • Town Council
 • Total 45.16 km2 (17.44 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[3]
 • Total 18,613
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6027
IDD:area code +63 (0)32
Income class 5th class
PSGC 072240000

Samboan is a fifth income class municipality in the province of Cebu Province, Philippines, 150 kilometres (93 mi) south of Cebu City. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 18,613.[3]


Samboan comprises 15 barangays:[2]

  • Basak
  • Bonbon
  • Bulangsuran
  • Calatagan
  • Cambigong
  • Camburoy
  • Canorong
  • Colase
  • Dalahikan
  • Jumangpas
  • Monteverde
  • Poblacion
  • San Sebastian (Bato)
  • Suba
  • Tangbo


Samboan is an abbreviation of the word sinamboang, which was a ritual dance performed by the people of the village.

Samboan is a small town on a hill. But it used to be very much bigger, with Oslob and Alegria under its territorial jurisdiction. In fact, people of Alegria were made to render forced labor for the construction of the Samboan church. It was only some time during the middle of the 1880s that those two towns were separated from Samboan (the towns of Ginatilan and Malabuyoc, which now lie in between, were created after the separation).


Population census of Samboan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 15,005 —    
1995 15,770 +0.94%
2000 16,659 +1.18%
2007 18,140 +1.18%
2010 18,613 +0.94%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][4]

Heritage buildings[edit]

One aspect of interest is that of Samboan's cultural heritage left by the Spanish conquerors. St. Michael Archangel Church is one of the oldest Spanish-built churches in Cebu, with its façade made of coral stones.

The Watch Tower is another Spanish structure, also made up of blocks of coral stones. It was built on the side of the hill to watch out for Moro invaders approaching the island. It is the tallest and best preserved in the entire island of Cebu.

Connecting the beach area with the Spanish Watch Tower is St. Jacob's Ladder (Escala de Jacobe). It is a flight of 147 stone steps built in 1878, which leads to the old watchtower on a plateau 65 metres (213 ft) above the town. From here, one can get a view of the Tañon Strait.

The Samboan WWII Volunteers Monument, at the center of Poblacion on the National Highway, was built in honor of the many volunteers who fought for the freedom of the Philippines.

The San Sebastian Stone Walls are old stone structures near San Sebastian Parish Church. This may be why this barangay is popularly known as 'Bato' (meaning "stone").

Another Spanish structure is an old coral stone believed to be a Spanish Boundary Post. It stands along the highway in Tangbo beside the Tangbo—Bonbon River Bridge. It was believed that it used to mark the boundary limit of old poblacion but now merely serves to mark the boundary between Bonbon and Tangbo.


Samboan beach

Samboan is known for its beautiful crystal clear waters with a rich marine ecosystem along its coastal barangays.

Colase Marine Sanctuary is managed by the municipality together with a fisherfolks organization. Samboan's effort for nature's protection is proven by this marine sanctuary's existence for almost two decades already. You can visit the fish sanctuary or dive for a fee where you can experience the most preserved marine ecosystem where sharks often visit, dolphins play, whales often traverse and all kinds of fish visit the shallowest part of the foreshore unprovoked by man. Aside from Colase, other coastal barangays including San Sebastian (Bato), Dalahikan, Tangbo, Bonbon, Suba and Poblacion offer the same experience generally.

Aguinid Waterfalls in Tangbo comprises five different tiers along Tangbo River. Each tier has a unique waterfall. One can never reach the peak or last waterfall without climbing the limestone walls of each waterfall from the lowest to highest.

Bonbon Hidden Falls to the immediate south of Poblacion which some visitors call the Triple Drop Falls.

Ponong Hidden Lake. It is not actually a lake, but a type of a closed lagoon. Its water is brackish. It is unique in the sense that here is where a certain kind of bird - the "manolong" - dives into its salty waters and stays under for a long time in order to escape the hunters. Also near the Poblacion (town center) at the hilly portion lies Calina-ay where you can also take a deep swim in the cool lagoon of the...

Balay‍ '​g Sawa Falls. Near the Poblacion at the hilly portion lies Calina-ay where one can plunge into the cool natural water pool. It is a smaller waterfall but has a bigger lagoon for swimming.

Mt. Bartolina situated in between Bulangsuran and Canang (Oslob) is where one can climb the peak and see both sides of Cebu, facing Bohol Strait to the East and Tañon Strait to the West. Bartolina Mountain is the highest peak in the south of Cebu where the panoramic view of north and south Bais Bay and the rest of Negros, Siquijor, and Bohol islands can be seen. From there, you can catch both the rising and setting of the sun.

Da-o Falls of Suba is a new spot to wander. It is the highest waterfall of Samboan.

Tabon Falls is a recently developed natural spot found between barangays Tangbo and Bonbon.

Town Fiesta[edit]

The town fiesta is celebrated each September 29–30 in honor of the patron saint, Michael (San Miguel, ang Arkanghel).


  • Torta Espesyal (with/without coco wine) and Samboan cookies, which usually come out best during fiesta for visitors to try.
  • Torta de Tangbo is said to be among the best in the locality if not in the whole of Cebu.


  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  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. ^ "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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