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Valencia

Valencia is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 24,363 people in 4,392 households.

Valencia is on the southern coast of Bohol. It is forty-two kilometers from the capital. Its former name is said to be “Panangatan,” which is derived from “Sang-at”, meaning to put up on an elevated place. It is said that many years ago, on windy days, fishermen from Dimiao and Lila used to seek shelter at the mouth of the Panangatan River when the southwest moonsoon was very strong. Here they would put up (sang-at) their boats on the banks of the river where nipa palms grew in order to prevent them from being washed away by the waves. When the Spaniards came, Panangatan was still a part of Dimiao. It was separated in 1867, the year a Spanish priest was assigned to the municipality. The priest gave it the new name, after that of a seaport city in Spain. In 1879 Valencia had a population of 7,009.

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Sierra Bullones

Sierra Bullones is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 25,499 people in 4,473 households.

Located at the interior part of the province, this municipality was used as place of refuge by insurgents during the Philippine Revolution and the Filipino-American War. It is about 71 kilometers from Tagbilaran City and used to be a forest when after a provincial road was opened, settlers from Jagna, Valencia, Garcia-Hernandez, Candijay, Alburquerque and Loay made clearings. When the Homestead Act was approved, the settlers applied for the lands they had cleared and became permanent owners of their clearings. Farming is the most important industry of the people and rice is the chief crop. The tributaries of the Wahig River furnish water for irrigation purposes.

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Sevilla

Sevilla is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 10,281 people in 1,840 households. In all probability, this town was named after the Andalusian city of Sevilla.

This interior town north of the municipality of Loboc was founded in 1872. In all probability, this town was named after the Spanish city of Sevilla. It was one of the latest towns established during the Spanish regime. Three towns contribute to its territory, namely, Loboc in the south, Balilihan in the west and Bilar in the east. The site of the town was first located in Bentig, on the other side of the Loboc River from the present site. When the Americans invaded the town, they burned all the buildings in Bentig. When peace was declared, the site of the town was transferred to Maraag, which is the present Poblacion. In 1879, it had a population of 4,835.

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Pilar

Pilar is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 25,095 people in 4,489 households.

Pilar is a new municipality located in the interior town of Bohol. It was created by Executive Order No. 460 issued by the former Pres. Carlos P. Garcia on December 26, 1960. It used to be a barrio of Sierra Bullones and was called Lungsodaan because it was the old seat of the municipal government during the Spanish regime.

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Mabini

Mabini is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 27,250 people in 5,047 households.

Mabini is located in the eastern part of the province. It was established in 1904 out of the barrios of Abaca, Banlas, Bulawan, Lungsodaan, Minol, Poblacion 1 and 2 and Tambo which then belonged to Candijay; Cabulao and San Jose which then belonged to Ubay and Batuanan which a that time was a barrio of Mabini. The first settlers of Sitio Libas came from Duero, Loboc, Guindulmlan, Jagna and Sevilla. The barrios were organized into a new town through the initiative of its parish priest, Fr. Jimenez and municipal president Canuto Bernales.

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Loboc

Loboc is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It is mere 24 km away from Tagbilaran City, the provincial capital of Bohol. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 15,734 people in 2,738 households.

Loboc is known for its floating restaurants along the scenic and winding Loboc River. Tourists also come to see the tarsier, a small nocturnal animal with large eyes. It is one of the world’s smallest primates. Unfortunately, the tarsiers here are kept in an inadequate cage, and better be observed in the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella.

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Loay

Loay is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 14,433 people in 2,615 households.

On the southern coast of Bohol is the municipality of Loay. It is located at the mouth of the Loboc river. This town was said to be established in 1740. In 1879, Loay had a population of 8,171. The population has 2 parts, the lower and the upper parts. The lower part used to be called Canipa-an because of the presence of nipa swamps in this part of the town while the upper part is named Ibabao, being located on the plateau.

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