Sibonga Municipal Hall
Map of Cebu with Sibonga highlighted
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|District||1st district of Cebu|
|Barangay||25 (see § Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Caroline Bacaltos (NP)|
|• Vice mayor||Cirilo Apuda|
|• Town Council|
|• Representative||Gerald Gullas|
|• Total||133.45 km2 (51.53 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||360/km2 (940/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||27,317|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)32|
|Income class||3rd class|
Sibonga is a 3rd municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 48,186. In the 2016 election, it had 27,317 registered voters.
Sibonga has begun developing the town to become more industrial while still preserving its natural bounty. Sibonga is abundant in root crops, corn, rice, coconuts among others. The public market is held every Saturday in Poblacion.
Sibonga also now has Sibonga Community College which offers 4-year courses to its inhabitants.
Sibonga comprises 25 barangays:
|Population census of Sibonga|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Office|
Pastores de Sibonga
Pastores de Sibonga is a short Christmas play which narrates the nativity as performed in brgy Magcagong. The play depicts the shepherds' adoration of the child Jesus. Pastores de Sibonga dates back to the 1920s.
Pastores de Sibonga is performed by at least four dancers. The female dancer wears a red blouse or shirt paired with a long white skirt. The male dancer wears a red shirt paired with black pants. Accessories include a round hat decorated with cut-outs of the sun, moon and stars in yellow, red, green, and other brightly colored papers together with a yellow sash placed across the body. It is performed used red fans and white handkerchiefs. An oval-shaped native fan is used and held by the right hand during the performance. The white square handkerchief is held by the left hand folded into a triangular shape.
The accompaniment music is a rondalla – a ensemble (guitar, bandurria, and banjo), played with the plectrum. The lyrics tell of the pre-, nativity, and post-nativity settings. It expresses happiness, joy, and worship, and offers praises and gifts for Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
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