Tagbilaran City - Bohol Destinations

Tagbilaran City

Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol is hidden from the open sea by the island of Panglao.

Tagbilaran is bounded on its western and southwestern sides by 12.2 kms of coastline, on its north by the town of Cortes, on its northeast side by the town of Corella and to its eastern side by the town of Baclayon.

Tagbilaran City is a 2nd class city in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It is the capital and a component city of the island of Bohol. It is situated some 630 kilometers southeast of Manila and 72 kilometers south of Cebu City. Tagbilaran lies on the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 32.7 km², including about 13 km. of coastline. The town of Cortes is situated to the north of the city, the town of Corella is on its northeast side, while the town of Baclayon is on its eastern side.

It is the principal gateway to the island province of Bohol and is known as the "City of Peace and Friendship". It is one of the eight Philippine Dream Cities along with the Island Garden City of Samal, San Fernando, La Union, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Marikina, Naga, Calbayog City and Surigao City.

There are 15 barangays comprising Tagbilaran, with an population of 92,297 for the year 2007 census, with an annual growth rate of 3.6%. However, 41% of the entire population reside in the 4 urban districts where trade and commerce are concentrated.


The city is just over an hour's flight from Manila, and a fastcraft ferry ride from Cebu would take approximately 1.5 hours. Cebu Pacific, the country's low fare leader operates a twice daily flight to Tagbilaran. Philippine Airlines also operates two flights daily.


Tagbilaran City is politically subdivided into 15 barangays.

* Bool

* Booy

* Cabawan

* Cogon

* Dao

* Dampas

* Manga

* Mansasa

* San Isidro

* Taloto

* Tiptip

* Ubujan

* Poblacion, 1st District

* Poblacion, 2nd District

* Poblacion, 3rd District


The city was originally a native settlement, involved in trading with both China and Malaysia a hundred years before Spaniards arrived in the Philippines. The settlement first encountered the Spaniards in 1565, where the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and the native chieftain Datu Sikatuna pledged peace and cooperation through the famous blood compact, where they drew their own blood, mixed it with wine and drank together. This is celebrated annually in Tagbilaran and the rest of the island during the Sandugo Festival which lasts throughout July.

(San Jose de) Tagbilaran was established as a town on February 9, 1742, when it was separated from the town of Baclayon. Since then it was part of the province of Bohol until it became a chartered city on July 1, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4660.

The city was occupied by the United States during the Philippine-American War, and again by Imperial Japan during World War II.