Valencia, Bohol

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This article is about the municipality located in Bohol, Philippines. For all other uses, see Valencia (disambiguation).
Valencia welcome arch
Valencia welcome arch
Official seal of Valencia
Map of Bohol with Valencia highlighted
Map of Bohol with Valencia highlighted
Valencia is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°37′N 124°12′E / 9.62°N 124.2°E / 9.62; 124.2Coordinates: 9°37′N 124°12′E / 9.62°N 124.2°E / 9.62; 124.2
Country Philippines
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Bohol
District 3rd District of Bohol
Incorporated 1867
Barangay 35 (see § Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Maria Katrina Lim (LP)
 • Vice mayor Jorge M. Buslon
 • Town Council
 • Total 100.77 km2 (38.91 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 27,126
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
 • Voter (2016)[4] 15,245
Demonym(s) Valencianhon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6306
IDD : area code +63 (0)38
Income class 4th class
PSGC 071247000

Valencia is a fourth income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines.[2] According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,126.[3] In the 2016 election, it had 15,245 registered voters.[4] It is on the southern coast of Bohol, 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Tagbilaran.

There are elementary schools in the poblacion and in the barrios. For their secondary education, students go to Valencia High School, a public school.

Valencia is the birthplace of former Executive Secretary Juan Pajo.


Valencia comprises 35 barangays.

  • Adlawan
  • Anas
  • Anonang
  • Anoyon
  • Balingasao
  • Banderahan (Upper Ginopolan)
  • Botong
  • Buyog
  • Canduao Occidental
  • Canduao Oriental
  • Canlusong
  • Canmanico
  • Cansibao
  • Catug-an
  • Cutcutan
  • Danao
  • Genoveva
  • Ginopolan
  • La Victoria
  • Lantang
  • Limocon
  • Loctob
  • Magsaysay
  • Marawis
  • Maubo
  • Nailo
  • Omjon
  • Pangi-an
  • Poblacion Occidental (Sawang)
  • Poblacion Oriental (Sur)
  • Simang
  • Taug
  • Tausion
  • Taytay
  • Ticum


Its former name used to be Panangatan, which comes from the root word sang-at, meaning "to put up on an elevated place". This referred to the practice of fishermen from Dimiao and Lila who would put up (sang-at) their boats on the banks of the Panangatan River when taking shelter during the south-west monsoons. Here nipa palms grew along the river, preventing the boats from being washed away by the waves.

Panangatan remained part of Dimiao until 1867. That year a Spanish priest was assigned to the place and it became a separate municipality. The priest gave it a new name, naming after his birthplace in Spain. In 1879 Valencia had a population of 7,009.


Population census of Valencia
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 20,879 —    
1995 22,423 +1.35%
2000 24,363 +1.79%
2007 28,043 +1.96%
2010 27,586 −0.60%
Source: National Statistics Office[5][6]

In the 2016 election, it had 15,245 registered voters, meaning that 56% of the population are aged 18 and over.[4]


Public market

The principal industries of the people today are weaving, pot making, and fishing. The most important produce is coconuts, rice, corn and fish.

Market day, locally known as Tabu, is Sunday. Local produce such as fresh fruits, vegetable, fresh meat and live poultry are sold. The days of this weekly community occasion differ from town to town.

Badiang Spring resort in barangay Anas is a major contribution to local economic activity. Badiang Spring has continuously flowing water from subterranean rocks, which is its main attraction. Not just domestic tourists but foreign tourists too frequent the 1,250-square-metre (13,500 sq ft) lot by the shore. Badiang Spring has separate swimming pools for adults and children as well as accommodation facilities.

Valencia Parish Church[edit]

Roman Catholic Church, Valencia

The parish of the Santo Niño and the town of Valencia began as barrio Panangatan of Dimiao. Together with adjacent barrios, it was constituted a town in 1869 and a parish in 1871 and named after a city on Spain’s southern coast. The church building commenced during the term of Fray Mariano Cornago (1870–77) and was completed in 1882 by Fray Francisco Arraya, who laid the church's wooden floor. The church walls were of tabique but were later replaced by cement.

Heritage Site: The church is cruciform with a steep roof and a pyramidal crossing tower. Cut stone is used in parts of the church like the façade, however, concrete is found elsewhere. The real treasure of the church is its wooden floor of alternating dark (tindalo or balayong) and light (molave or tugas) wood planks. At the transept crossing an eight pointed flower design is used for the floor, while a herringbone pattern is used elsewhere. The interior is unpainted, unlike most Bohol churches and has altars in the neoclassical idiom.

The convent is located not beside the church as is customary but across the street. This structure was renovated in the 19th century. The fencing of the entire campus of the convent is recent.


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipal: Valencia, Bohol". 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. ^ PSA; Census of Population (2010), "Region VII (CENTRAL VISAYAS)", Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay, retrieved 29 June 2016 
  6. ^ 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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