What Places In Cebu Used to Be Called

Most of the names of places in Cebu are of Spanish origins thanks to more than three centuries of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. Prior to the Spaniard's arrival however, places in Cebu used to be known by different names. Many of these names still stick around, but most are probably just forgotten. Let us review the former names of places in Cebu in this post. I also tried to research on what these former names actually mean.

Related reading: What’s In A Name: How Places in Cebu Got Its Names

Cebu

Kang Sri Lumayng Sugbo

That of Sri Lumay's Great Fire


Camotes Islands

Suangan


Alcantara

Kogtong

A big freshwater fish lived for a time in the brackish waters of a spring in Capton Bay. It was known to the locals as kogtong. When the Spanish established sovereignty, they renamed the town after a place in Spain.

Alcoy

Mambaje


Alegria

Tuburan


Argao

Argahao

Argao was named after the sali-argaw tree that grew in abundance in the town. The town's name used to be spelled Argahao but as time passed, it was shortened to Argao.

Asturias

Naghalin


Balamban

Kagma


Borbon

Silmugi


Carcar City

Kabkad 

Mowag

Sialao


Carmen

Bugho


Cebu City

Dapit sa Sinibuayng Hingpit

Place of Trading

Mabolo

Singhapula

Lion City


Cordova

Cordoba


Day-as

To adventure or dare

Daanbantayan

Kandaya

Daanbantayan town used to be called Kandaya or Kang Daya which referred to its legendary chieftain, Datu Daya.


Chocolate Island 

Paji Island


Malapascua Island

Logon Island


Ginatilan

Hinatdan


Lapulapu City

Opon


Madridejos

Lawis

In Cebuano, lawis literally means peninsula.


Medellin

Tawagan


Minglanilla

Buat


Oslob

Nueva Caceres


Pinamungajan

San Remigio

Kanghagas

Kanghagas is a kind of tree that grew in abundance in the area.

Punta Isabel


Santander

TaƱong


Toledo City

Pueblo Hinulawan

Hinaguang Bulawan means gold that was worked hard for. Hinulawan could also come from the phrase "hinol sa bulawan" which means touching the gold.


Tuburan

Bagacawa



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