Tuburan, Cebu

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Map of Cebu with Tuburan highlighted
Map of Cebu with Tuburan highlighted
Tuburan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°44′N 123°50′E / 10.73°N 123.83°E / 10.73; 123.83Coordinates: 10°44′N 123°50′E / 10.73°N 123.83°E / 10.73; 123.83
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Cebu
District 3rd district of Cebu
Founded 1851
Barangay 54 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Democrito Diamante (LP)
 • Vice mayor Danilo Diamante
 • Town Council
 • Total 224.50 km2 (86.68 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 63,866
 • Density 280/km2 (740/sq mi)
 • Voter (2016)[4] 42,547
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6043
IDD : area code +63 (0)32
Income class 2nd class
PSGC 072252000
Website www.tuburancebu.gov.ph

Tuburan is a second income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 63,866.[3] In the 2016 election, it had 42,547 registered voters.[4]

Tuburan was the hometown of the revolutionary leader Arcadio Maxilom.[5]

Tuburan is known for its crystal-clear springs, beaches, creeks, rivers, caves and natural splendours that draw adventure-seekers and nature-lovers.

Industrial and domestic products include decorative apparel and fashion accessories made of seashells and coconut shells, wood and other indigenous products. Tubod Festival is held in honor of the parish patron, Saint Anthony of Padua.[6]


Tuburan comprises 54 barangays:[2]

  • Alegria
  • Amatugan
  • Antipolo
  • Apalan
  • Bagasawe
  • Bakyawan
  • Bangkito
  • Barangay I (Poblacion)
  • Barangay II (Poblacion)
  • Barangay III (Poblacion)
  • Barangay IV (Poblacion)
  • Barangay V (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VI (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VII (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VIII (Poblacion)
  • Bulwang
  • Caridad
  • Carmelo
  • Cogon
  • Colonia
  • Daan Lungsod
  • Fortaliza
  • Ga‑ang
  • Gimama‑a
  • Jagbuaya
  • Kabangkalan
  • Kabkaban
  • Kagba‑o
  • Kalangahan
  • Kamansi
  • Kampoot
  • Kan‑an
  • Kanlunsing
  • Kansi
  • Kaorasan
  • Libo
  • Lusong
  • Macupa
  • Mag‑alwa
  • Mag‑antoy
  • Mag‑atubang
  • Maghan‑ay
  • Mangga
  • Marmol
  • Molobolo
  • Montealegre
  • Putat
  • San Juan
  • Sandayong
  • Santo Niño
  • Siotes
  • Sumon
  • Tominjao
  • Tomugpa


Population census of Tuburan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 43,078 —    
1995 47,818 +1.98%
2000 51,845 +1.75%
2007 53,663 +0.48%
2010 58,914 +3.46%
Source: National Statistics Office[7][8]

In the 2016 election, it had 42,547 registered voters, meaning that 67% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]



Tuburan was founded in the 1851 by Don Mariano Montebon who came from the town of Sogod. The townsite was first located at Daan Lungsod which is just across the Adela River, north of the present poblacion. Tuburan got its name from the prevalence of springs, which are the sources of potable water for household use of the early settlers. "Tuburan" evolved from the Cebuano word Tubod, meaning "spring".

Philippine revolution[edit]

General Arcadio Maxilom y Molero was a hero of the Philippine Revolution. He was born in Tuburan where his family were members of the local gentry, or principalía. He worked joined the Katipunan, whose activities in Cebu were led by León Kilat.

After Kilat's execution, Maxilom continued the revolution in Cebu as command. The Katipunan were regroup in the impenetrable central highlands. On December 16, 1898, Maxilom wrote a letter to the Spanish authorities in Cebu, demanding that the latter surrender. Weary after incessant fighting, the Spaniards quickly responded, and in Christmas Eve the Spaniards had left, leaving behind only three Catholic clerics.[9]

Their newfound liberty short lived, as in the Treaty of Paris Spain had to sell the fate of their former subjects to the United States for twenty million dollars.

Maxilom is best remembered for stubbornly refusing to surrender to the American occupying forces even as his fellow revolutionaries in Manila and Cebu were starting to capitulate or collaborate with the new colonial power. He finally surrendered on October 27, 1901. Virtually forgotten after the revolution, Maxilom died in his hometown of Tuburan, after a long bout with paralysis.

Culture and tourism[edit]

Scenic spots

Among the scenic spots are:

  • Springs of:
  • Molobolo
  • Mantawihan
  • Little Baguio
  • Marmol cliff and cave
  • Lantawan Lookout
  • White beaches of:
  • Friendship
  • Daan Lungsod
  • Apalan


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipal: Tuburan, Cebu". PSA. Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b PSA; Census of Population (2015), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 20 June 2016 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ Cebu Daily News 2008.
  6. ^ Parish church
  7. ^ PSA; Census of Population (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  8. ^ 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 
  9. ^ The Freeman 1998.


  • Cebu Daily News, Joeber Bersales (10 April 2008). "Museum for Tuburan, more gold in Boljoon". Archived from the original on December 25, 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  • The Freeman, Emil Justimbaste (1 June 1998). "Recruitment and Beginnings". León Kilat and Cebu's Revolution. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 

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