Liloan, Cebu

Liloan, Cebu

Infobox Philippine municipality
infoboxtitle = Municipality of Liloan

sealfile = Ph_Cebu_Liloan_Seal.png locatormapfile = Ph_locator_cebu_liloan.png caption = Map of Cebu showing the location of Liloan.
region = Central Visayas (Region VII)
province = Cebu
districts = 5th District of Cebu
barangays = 14
mayor = |Vincent Franco "Dodong Duke" Frasco class = 2nd class; urban
areakm2 = 45.09
pop2007 = 92,181
popden2000 = 2,044
coordinates = —

Liloan (Alternate spelling: Lilo-an) is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 92,181 people.

Liloan is part of a metropolitan area informally called Metro Cebu.



One of the best known landmarks in Lilo-an is its historic lighthouse at Bagacay Point. The original lighthouse was built in 1857 by the Spanish. However, the current tower was constructed in 1904 by order of William Howard Taft [] , the first Governor-General of the Philippines and later the President of the United States. The tower is 72 feet tall and remains in active use today [] .


Long before other towns were “discovered” as tourist spots, Liloan was already known for its scenic pristine beaches and as a resort town, favorite place for sea bathing. Along its coastline, there is spot called Silot. Here, bathers are cautioned not to swim to a certain point because of a whirlpool caused by the ebb and tide of the waters which flow from an inland lake. This phenomenon is called lilo in Cebuano. Because of this, the town was known as Liloan, a place where there is lilo.

The word Liloan, as the legend is told, comes from the word “lilo” - whirling waters (not unlike Edgar Allan Poe’s maelstrom) that form when the sea approaches an abrupt depth at a point just after a bridge.

Long ago, as the legend goes, when Lilo-an was still a wilderness, a marriage of a couple was objected to by the parents. As such, they boarded a boat and fled to a far away place. Somewhere at sea, a storm overtook them. For safety, they entered a channel, now called “Suba,” (a name of a place in Liloan) and proceeded into the interior. They took shelter at its bank and noticed the abundance of the fish in the vicinity. They decided to stay, and with the extra fish they caught, they sold or bartered the catch in the nearby villages. When asked where the fishes were caught, the answered, “Sa may liloan” (by the lilo). Asked where they live, they gave the same answer, :Sa may liloan.” In time, the place was called, as we know the town now, “Liloan”.

Sometime in the 1970’s, a newspaper article stated that the “Pueblo de Lilo-an” was separated from the Municipality of Mandaue (now Mandaue City), and was created a new municipality in 1840. However, in the “BRAVE ENSENA de lo que fue y de lo que es la DIOCESIS DE CEBU En Las Islas Filipinas,” published in 1866, it was mentioned that Lilo-an was created a parish in 1845 (in 1995, Lilo-an celebrated its sesquicentennial - 150th anniversary.)

The creation of the municipality of Lilo-an could have been at the same time the parish was established, but not earlier than its being a parish. As recorded, the first priest of Lilo-an, Fr. Vicente Dolorech, served in 1845. The first mayor, then called “Kapitan” was Basilio Bantilan. His term was from 1845 - 1846.

During the war years (World War II), Lilo-an had three mayors at one time. The elected mayor was Catalino Noval. The Japanese Occupation Forces appointed another - Pascual Delgado. Not to be outdone, the Guerilla Forces also designated another - Jose Cañete.

Records show that the mayors with the longest length of service were Lazaro Ramas and Cesar Bugtai, each having served Liloan for 21 years. For priests, the longest was done by Fr. Vicente Rallos - 19 years (1931 - 1950).

The Liloan Church (San Fernando Rey Parish Church)

The designer of the church in Liloan is viewed by some as visionary. Despite Liloan having only 5,000 citizens when the church was constructed in 1847, this local church was even larger than that of Mandaue, Cebu's second largest city. Today, 159 years, more than 30 priests, 50 mayors, and some 47,000 people later, the church still has enough room to accommodate the faithful.

One unusual detail about the Church in Liloan is that it faces the mountains to the West, whereas most churches face the sea to the East. Some have theorized that this is because Mass is often performed in the morning, and the church is thus shielded from the morning sun, making it less hot and uncomfortable. Others have speculated that the church's direction has a symbolic significance related to church rites. That is how it all started


Liloan is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.

* Cabadiangan
* Calero
* Catarman
* Cotcot
* Jubay
* Lataban
* Mulao
* Poblacion
* San Roque
* San Vicente
* Santa Cruz
* Tabla
* Tayud
* Yati

Local Businesses


Liloan is home to a number of ceramics manufacturers. Their shops sell a variety of ceramics items - from ordinary plant pots, to bricks and exotic jars.


Titay’s Liloan Rosquillos was founded in 1907 and had withstood the taste of the times in baking prowess. It started with just the Rosquillos and tablea making. It later expanded to an array of homemade delicacies ranging from torta, mamon, monay, otap, CPA (chicken pork adobo), bao-bao and a lot more mouth watering pastries. Titay’s Liloan Rosquillos gains the prestige of being known for its select delicacies domestically and internationally. Rosquillos is one of the favorite delicacies of Virginia Fuentes-Abacajen.

ee also

*Metro Cebu

External links

* [ Philippine Standard Geographic Code]
* [ 2000 Philippine Census Information]

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