What's In A Name: How Places In Cebu Got Its' Names

There is a story behind how places in Cebu got its names. In this post, we shall read about the origins of the names of places in Cebu. Let us also examine what some of the name origins meant.



Camotes Islands

Camote Crop

Camotes Islands were named after the camote root crop which grew abundantly in the islands.

Mactan Island

Mangatang


Alcantara

Alcantara, Spain

Formerly known to locals as Kogtong with reference to a fish that lived in a spring in town, Alcantara was renamed by the Spanish conquistadores as Alcantara after a place in Spain.

Alcoy

Alcoy, Spain


Alegria

Que Alegre!


Aloguinsan

Ulo sa Kinsan

Kinsan is a type of fish that is abundant in the town. The town derives its name from ulo sa kinsan (head of the Kinsan fish).

Argao

Sali-argaw or Abgaw

The sali-argaw tree grew in abundance in Argao.

Alambijud

Alambijud plant


Anajao

Anahaw plant


Apo

Mount Apo


Term of endearment for the elderly


Balaas

Bala-as Tree


Balisong

Sharp weapon


Binlod

A medium-sized corn


Bogo

Bogo tree


Bug-ot

Pagtug-ot


Bulasa 

Tree and fruit


Butong

Young coconut meat


Calagasan

Calagasan tree 


Lagas 



Presence of Many Old Maids


Canbantug

Bantug


Canbanwa

Banwa


Cansuje

Suje


Capio-an

Piyo


Casay

Casay tree


Catang

Catang crab


Colawin

Colawin plant 


Conalum

Conalum Tree


Lalum


Gutlang

Sanggot


Jampang

Datu Ampang


Jomgao

Muddy & dirty soil


Lamacan

Muddy


Langtad

Nilangatad


Langub

Cave or hole


Lapay

Yohong Pula 


Temporary lagoon


Lengigon

Carpenter's tool


Linut-od

Lut-od


Mabasa

Basa


Mandilikit

Likit


Mompeller

Montpelier


Panadtaran

Tadtad


Poblacion

Town or village


Sua

Sua


Tabayag

Tabayag


Talaga

Mantalaga


Taloot

Taloot tree


Tiguib



Tulang

Oil lamp


Tulic

Style of dancing


Bandits


Ubaub

Buntod nga gatiub-ub


Asturias

Principado de Asturias, Spain


Badian

Badyang Plant


Balamban

Balang-balang


Bantayan

Bantayan! Bantayan!


Barili

Balili


Bogo City

Bogo Tree

Garuga Floribunda


Boljoon

Bolho

Projection towards the sea or promontory in Cebuano



Borbon

Bonbon

The Legend of Bor and Bon

The House of Bourbon


Carcar City

Carcar, Spain

Kabkaban or Kabkad


Carmen

Carmen

Song, poem, tune



Birhen sa Carmen



Catmon

Catmon Tree


Cebu City

Sugbu 

Scorched earth

Sinibuayng Hingpit

Place of trading



Basak

Bulacao

Busay

El Pardo 

Guadalupe

Mabolo

Mambaling

San Antonio 

Santa Cruz



Compostela

Compostela, Spain


Consolacion

Consolacion, the governor's daughter


Cordova

Cordoba

Cordoba means "stark nakedness and bare".

Cordoba, Spain



Nalusuan

Kalusuan

Abundance of sea cucumbers

Gabi

Gabi Plant


Pilipog

Pilipog Coconut Tree


Daanbantayan

Daan bantayan



Malapascua Island

Bad Christmas


Dalaguete

Dalakit Tree


Danao City

Danawan


Dumanjug

Du, manok tinuhog!


Ginatilan

Hinatdan


Lapulapu City

Datu Lapulapu


Lilo-an

Lilo


Madridejos

Madridejos, Toledo, Spain


Mandaue City

Mantawi


Medellin

Medellin, Spain or Medellin, Colombia


Minglanilla

Minglanilla, Spain


Linao

Linao means lake or bay in the Cebuano dialect.


Moalboal

Bokal-bokal


Oslob

Toslob


Sumilon Island

Sumilong


Pilar

Pilar

Pilar was the wife of Seferino Borinaga's son Martin. Borinaga of Cabalian, Leyte. Seferino founded the town.


Pinamungajan

Pinamuhuan


Poro

Puro

In the Waray-waray language or dialect, puro means island.

Samboan

Sinamboang


San Remigio

Remigio Multon


Talisay City

Magtalisay Trees


Toledo City

Toledo, Spain


Tuburan

Tubod


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