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  Location: 66 km SE
Population: 61,010
Households: 12,227
Land Area: 21,044 has
Topography: Large flatlands and plains in urban areas
Town Rating: 3rd Class
Zip Code: 6021

Town Fiesta: Sep. 29
Patron Saint: St. Michael Archangel

rgao is situated in the southeastern coast of Cebu and is about 66 kilometers from Cebu City. The municipality is bounded on the north by the municipality of Sibonga, on the west by the municipalities of Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal and Badian, on the south by the municipality of Dalaguete and on the east by Cebu Strait.

Argao is composed of 45 barangays, namely: Alambijud, Anajao, Apo, Balaas, Balisong, Binlod, Bogo, Butong, Bug-ot, Bulasa, Calagasan, Canbantug, Canbanua, Cansuje, Capio-an, Casay, Catang, Colawin, Conalum, Guiwanon, Gutlang, Jampang, Jomgao, Lamacan, Langtad, Langub, Lapay, Lengigon, Linut-od, Mabasa, Mandilikit, Mompeller, Panadtaran, Poblacion, Sua, Sumaguan, Tabayag, Talaga, Talaytay, Talo-ot, Tiguib, Tulang, Tulic, Ubaub and Usmad.

Argao has always been described as one of the most interesting places in the province and in the past it was known for its public stone buildings roofed with tiles. Argao remains one of the few towns in the country that still has traces of Spanish and early-American influences. This is evident not only from its old church, but also from its venerable houses made of tisa, which is said to have been imported straight from Spain. These include eighteenth century houses and buildings to age-old socio-economic activities and livelihoods that started during the Spanish era, or even farther than that. A walk in the poblacion proper would undoubtedly allow anyone a glimpse of what has been. Aside from its historicity, Argao is also blessed with an abundance of nature’s attractions, from beaches with pristine water and white sand, deep and intricate caving systems where only a portion has been explored by cave experts, to majestic and lush-green forests seated at the top of Argao’s famed Mt. Lantoy, where also an abundance of rare wildlife reside.

Argao in History
The town of Argao is considered as one of the oldest towns in the province of Cebu, having been founded by the Spaniards and established as a pueblo in the year 1608. But prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, what was then Argao was composed of several families that lived mainly by fishing and farming, as many still do today. According to stories passed on from generation to generation, the name of the town was derived from an abundantly-growing plant in the area, known locally as “Sali-argaw”. The story of Argao’s name is very much like many other localities in the Philippines that derived their names from popular flora or fauna found in the area. As the story goes, a delegation of Spanish officials came to the town and asked a villager, some say a fisherman, what the name of the town was. Obviously, not comprehending the foreign tongue, the man presumed that the Spaniard was referring to the “Sali-argaw” plants in the area, as the Spaniards were waving their arms to mean the entire place. With this, the fisherman simply said “Sali-argaw”, and from that moment on the Spaniards christened the area as el pueblo de Argao.

Main industry
Tourism, Agriculture, Fishing, Farming

How To Get There
By public buses or V-Hires (vans) from the Cebu South Terminal in Cebu City with an estimated travel time of about 2 hours.

Places of Interest

  • Nature & Adventure: Sunrise Lawis, Argao Nature Park, Castle in Jomgao, Bugasok Falls, Mt. Lantoy, Balay sa Agta Cave, Rice Terraces, Balete Tree, Natural Spring
  • History & Culture: San Miguel Archangel Parish, Painted Ceiling of the Church, The Pipe Organ of Argao, Casa Real, Cuartel Building, Alex Cafe, Balwarte, Balay nga Tisa, Museum, Puerta Real, Castle in Jumgao

    Web Links
  • Argao Tourism Website.
  • Argao Official Website.
  • Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Municipality Profile for Argao

  • Note: Population and Household statistics are based on the Philippine National Statistics Office (NSO) data of 2000.


    The San Miguel Archangel Parish Church.

    Puerto Real.

    Castle in Jumgao.

    Balay nga Tisa.

    Bugasok Falls.

    Argao Nature Park.

     Argao News

    4 cops, guard, civilian help nab meter thieves
    Sun.Star, Philippines - Aug 8, 2006... in Casuntingan, Mandaue City. The two minors are now at the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Argao, Cebu. To date, six meter thieves ...

    03 - NSO-7 ties up with LGUs for easy access to record
    Balita.org, UK - Aug 3, 2006... networking system between their office and Talisay City and the towns of Bogo, Argao and Carcar will ease the burden of the people in going to Cebu City tog et ...

    NSO Cebu links with LGUs for easy access to records
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines - Aug 2, 2006... Diputado said they have just recently implemented such a program and that four LGUs in Cebu namely Talisay City and the towns of Bogo, Argao and Carcar are ...

    L’ ecole du coeur
    Sun.Star, Philippines - Jul 30, 2006... what motivates Eric Nicolas and his wife in helping the parish of Argao put up ... Dolino, a graduate of the only Montessori school in Cebu, the University of San ...

    Safety of OFWs in Lebanon utmost concern of gov't
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines - Jul 20, 2006... They are: Bebeth Kintanar and Maribeth Sayson are from Looc, Poblacion and Lutchie Lloveras of barangay Taloot all from Argao, Cebu. ...

    RP plea: Please allow Filipinos to hitch ride
    INQ7.net, Philippines - Jul 19, 2006... Maribeth Sayson, 36, a native of Argao town in Cebu province, sent a text message to her relatives from Beirut on Sunday saying: “What’s the latest news? ...

    19 - OFWs send deluge of text messages back home asking for ...
    Balita.org, UK - Jul 19, 2006... reads a text message from Bernadette "Bebeth" Kintanar-Paez, who hails from Cebu. ... mountains," Paez again said in her text message to her relatives in Argao. ...

    DOST announces PSHS search for 2007 scholars
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines - Jul 18, 2006... Mario de la Pena said scholars coming from Region 7 will now enroll at PSHS Central Visayas Campus in Barangay Talaytay, Argao, Cebu. ...

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