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Tagbilaran, officially the City of Tagbilaran and sometimes referred to as Tagbilaran City, is a city in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines. It is the seat and component city of the island province of with a population of as of.. Encompassing a land area of 32.7km2, with a coastline of 13km on the southwestern part of the island, the city shares its boundaries with the towns of Cortes, Corella, and Baclayon.Tagbilaran is the principal gateway to Bohol, 630km southeast of the national capital of Manila and 72km south of the regional capital, Cebu City.HistoryA hundred years before Spaniards arrived in the Philippines, the settlement which eventually became Tagbilaran was already involved in trading with China and Malaya. This early settlement had contact with the Spaniards in 1565, when the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and the native chieftain Datu Sikatuna pledged peace and cooperation through the famous blood compact.(San Jose de) Tagbilaran was established as a town on 9 February 1742, by General Don Francisco Antonio Calderón de la Barca, Governor of the Visayas, who separated it from the town of Baclayon. The town was dedicated to St. Joseph the Worker. Since then it was part of the province of Bohol until it became a chartered city on 1 July 1966, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4660.When using our Philippines trip builder tool, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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