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Island Group Visayas
Region Central Visayas
Province Cebu
Area 141.13 km²
Barangays 12
PSGC 072249000
ZIP 6044
- Total 21,421
- Density/km² 151.78
Income class 4
Urbanisation partly urban
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Tabuelan is a philippine municipality in the province Cebu in Region VII Central Visayas which be­longs to the Visayas group of islands. The municipality Tabuelan is seated about 51 km north of province capital Cebu City and about 522 km south-east of Philippine main capital Manila.

Tabuelan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Cebu in Region VII or Central Visayas Region. It is situated in the northwestern part of the island of Cebu and is about 51 kilometers north of Cebu City, the provincial capital. The town is bordered by the municipality of San Remegio on the north, by the towns of Borbon and Sogod on the east, by the municipality of Tuburan on the south and by Taņon Strait on its west side.

Tabuelan occupies an area of 141.13 km² with a total population of about 21,421 residents as of 2007. It is politically subdivided into 12 barangays and is one of the 9 municipalities that compose the 4th congressional district of Cebu. From Cebu City, Tabuelan can be reached by public buses in more or less three hours.

Once, Tabuelan was a part of a bigger town, the town of Tuburan. The original name of the town is "Tabugokan" from the word "tabugok", a kind of octopus that was growing abundantly in the area. Tabugokan means "the place where tabugok can be found".

Tabuelan is a simple town gifted with a number of attractions that will surely captivate the hearts of tourists both local and foreign. The place is ideal for active individuals who want to engage in strenuous adventure-type activities as well as for those who are seeking for peace of heart and mind away from the bustling metropolis. It is home to a number of natural spots such as beaches, rivers, caves and springs.

One of these attractions is the Himaroto Cave located in Barangay Kanluhangon. It is shaped like a "baroto" or boat and is about 300 meters deep with bats living in the cave. Rich deposits of guano fertilizers and phosphates can also be found here.

Another cave of interest to tourists is the Liki or Kugtongan Cave. It is called "liki" by locals because of a "liki" or crack which can be found upon entering the cave. Located at Barangay Poblacion, the cave has spacious interior, but it can only be entered during low tides.

White-sand beaches in the town are also frequented by tourists who prefer coastal environment. Among the beaches in Tabuelan are the Durhan White Beach Resort referred as paradise sanctuary with its native cottages made from bamboo with roofs made of nipa; the La Familia Beach Resort, the Gully Rose beach Resort and the Maravilla Beach Resort.

Tabuelan also observes an annual fiesta celebration called "Ani-Anihan sa Tabuelan" in honor of its patron saint, St. John the Baptist which falls every 24th day of July. This is a street dancing festival showcasing the agriculture which is the primary source of livelihood for its people.

Administratively the Municipality of Tabuelan is subdivided into 12 barangays. One forms the center of the city wheras the other 11 are in the outlying areas. Some of them are even several kilometers away from the center of the Municipality. The most populous are Villahermosa, Mabunao, Kanlim-ao, Kanluhangon, Dalid, Olivo, Kantubaon, Tigbawan, Maravilla, Tabunok, Bongon, Poblacion.

Among the bigger cities and muni­ci­pa­li­ties in the neigh­bor­hood of Tabuelan there are Ormoc City (Leyte) 83 km east-north-east, Mandaue City 54 km south, Cebu City 50 km south, Lapu-lapu City (Opon) 56 km south, City Of Talisay 62 km south, Toledo City 53 km south-south-west, Silay City (Negros Occidental) 98 km west, San Carlos City (Negros Occidental) 74 km west-south-west, Cadiz City (Negros Occidental) 63 km west-north-west as well as 50 km west of Tabuelan the municipality Sagay City (Negros Occidental).

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