Tagbilaran City

In 1957, Abucayan Norte was created from the sitios of Cabulihan and Cabinong and Abucayan Sur from the sitios of Rama and Bino. On the other hand, the sitios of Binogawan, Masonoy, Bentig, Cahayag, and Lawis were constituted into barrios too. Its name is derived from cape, either referring to specie of rattan or to a plant that is the source of a common beverage, both of which still grow abundantly there until now.

Top things to do in Tagbilaran City

Visit St. Joseph The Worker Cathedral Parish

The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker is the main seat of the Catholic faith in Bohol, with the church bearing the name of the province’s patron saint. St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral is located on Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Tagbilaran City—the capital of the province of Bohol. It stands within the same area where the city hall and the city plaza are located, a typical setting based on Spanish influence in the country.

Also called the Tagbilaran Cathedral, the church’s history dates back to the arrival of the Jesuit missionaries in the Philippines in 1595. In 1768, the Recollects took over the parish from the Jesuits, but since the fire that razed the church in 1798, the cathedral has undergone a series of improvements.

Visit the Blood Compact Shrine

This monument commemorates the first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos. The event is known as the “Sandugo,” which means “one blood” in Visayan. The site also offers a great view of the sea.

Tour at National Museum Bohol

The NM Bohol Area Museum (National Museum Bohol) currently occupies the former Provincial Capitol Building located in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Built in the Spanish colonial period, this built-heritage served as a tribunal, prison and living quarters for the Spanish military force. Declared an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) on July 22, 2012, the Provincial Capitol sustained damages during the 7.2 magnitude Bohol Earthquake on October 15, 2013. The building was donated to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) by the Provincial Government of Bohol on June 16, 2014. The building was repaired and inaugurated as the National Museum Bohol on July 22, 2018. Bohol – National Museum

Experience the Sandugo Festival

Sandugo Festival is a month-long festivity. It honors the Blood Compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, an important Philippine historic event that happened in Bohol. Celebrated annually in the month of July, it features an agro-industrial fair, cultural and historical showcase, sports events, a beauty pageant, balls and dances, entertainment shows, and streetdancing which culminates with the re-enactment of the blood compact or Sandugo. Visit Sandugo Festival | Facebook for updates.


Photo credits:

  • National Museum Bohol – National Museum
  • St. Joseph Cathedral Interior – ABS-CBN
  • St. Joseph Cathedral – Boholtourismph
  • Sandugo Festival – Lourd Pocon

Sites Information

Tagbilaran City Tourism Address: City Hall, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Contact Person: May Hope Arcenal
Contact Number: 09155372535
Email Address: tagbilarancitytourism@gmail.com
St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral-Parish Address: Tagbilaran City, 6300 Bohol
Contact Number: (038) 501-0294
National Museum Bohol Area Museum NM Bohol Area Museum
Km.0, Carlos P. Garcia Ave., Poblacion 3, Tagbilaran City, Bohol 6300
Contact No.
(038) 5019166
Facebook: National Museum Bohol
Instagram: National Museum Bohol
Twitter: National Museum Bohol


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