Interesting Name Origins Of 7 Cebuano Places

The history of how these places were named are proof of our rich culture.
posted on: Friday, September 19, 2014
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Wonder how the different places in Cebu got their names? Their origins might be simple or has a long, complicated history but all in all, they are proof of our rich past.

1. Mandaue

It got its name from a type of vine called “” which used to grow abundantly in the area. However, some dispute that this vine ever existed, but regardless, the name remains.

2. Bantayan Island | PJames

During the 1600s, tall stone walls and were built in different parts of Visayas to protect the people from the Moros. | Glenn Martinez

These watchtowers were locally known as “Bantayan sa Hari” (Watchtowers of the King). In the course of the watchtowers’ vigil after the Moros, it became the common expression for them to say, “Bantayan! Bantayan!” meaning “Keep watch! Keep watch!”, and that is how the island group got its name.

3. Talisay

In some accounts it’s name is taken from a tree called (Terminalia catappa) which is abundant in the city. Others claim that the city is named after a town in Spain.

4. Basak

Veli Bustib |

This is interesting. Barangay Basak (San Nicolas) in City states in its history that the word Basak means “rice field”. Basak version defines Basak as “swampy or muddy”, describing how the place looked like in the past. Might be related since a rice field will always be muddy.

5. Bogo

No, it doesn’t mean dumb/unintelligent. The city of is said to have gotten its name from bogo trees (Garuga floribunda) that thrived in the place where people came to trade in the early times.

6. Cebu/Sugbo

According to the official site of , Cebu comes from the word “sebu” which means animal fat.

Another version, an article written by , Cebu comes from the old word sibu which means “trade” or “barter”, referring to the prosperous trading in Parian. Hence, the place was called “sinibuayng hingpit” (place for full trade).

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In the same article, Sugbo means “scorched earth”, referring to how the natives of Sugbo drove away Muslim invaders by burning their town. Sugbo has the same origin as the words sugba (grill) and sugnod (burn).

7. Mactan

comes from the word mangatang which means “pirate”. It refers to Lapu-Lapu and his men at the time when they looted ships that passed by the island.

So which place in Cebu did you find interestingly named?