Posted on : 10-06-2011 | By : Michael Harman | In : Life in the Philippines, Tourism
Municipality of San Remegio, Cebu, Philippines
WELCOME TO SAN REMIGIO
Heading off from the rowdy metropolis after a two-hour drive northwest of Cebu, no one would have the slightest idea of the surprise one to unravel in the humble municipality of San Remigio.
The town has maintained a rustic ambience and its serene shores clad in ivory – white sands stretch long for people to sounder and for nature lovers to lounge around. Beach resorts that abound the municipality fascinate every newcomer in sight.
Before the colonial regime, local inhabitants named the place Kanhagas which was derived from the same name of the tree that thrive plentiful in the area. A certain Remigio Multon once organized a community group to safeguard the place form the impending attack of the Moro pirates. Kanhagas was later renamed San Remigio with the title �San� in memory of his valor and heroism.
ABOUT THE TOWN
Mainly an agricultural area, San Remigio has vast tracts of farmlands and marine sanctuaries to boot. It is comprised of 27 barangays, which has manifested quite a myriad of projects in the new administration. Among these include an extensive focus on upland development through tree plantation and agro � forestry and the preservation of marine life through mangrove reforestation and sea grass bed sanctuary. The local government has also led in the proliferation of livestock raising in one of its livelihood and income generation projects. Moreover, the establishment of the Hagnaya terminal., access roads in the mountain barangays, improved waterworks and extension of the Poblacion Public Market are just few of the monumental manifestation of good governance.
Many townfolks wonder why their annual fiesta will be held on May 15 – 16 wherein they venerate San Juan Nepomuceno and San Isidro Labrador as their patron saints and call their town San Remigio–so they said that San Remigio is a unique name for it does not derive even from its patron saints.
History reveals that San Remigio was formerly known as “Kanghagas”, the name of a tree, which grew abundant in the place. When the Spanish conquistadores came, they identified a town site by clearing the kanghagas trees through self-help labor. It was governed by a captain or gobernadorcillo.
Lavilles in his book, “Cebu”, recounts that Kanghagaswas a barangay unit of Punta, a part of the municipality of Bogo. Sometimes in the early 1800, Punta was renamed Punta Isabel, in honor of Queen Isabela II of Spain. This marked the beginning of its social and educational advancement because people from the scattered area learned to settle in a common place.
When the marauding Moro pirates swept through the shores of northern Cebu, the townfolks organized themselves into homeguards through ronda system under the command of a Spanish sentinel, by the name of Remigio Multon. His bravery and heroism during the fight against the pirates gained himself distinction as he was honored by prefixing the word “San” to his name-to lend religious dignity to his name. In addition to his honor,Kanghagas was later renamed as San Remigio which later on became the seat of the local government. As a sign of gratitude to him the residents named the town in his honor and endowed him with saintly assets. Eventually, San Remigio became the name of the town as this replaces Punta Isabel.
About the later part of the 1820s, the Spaniards converted Punta Isabel into a town headed by its firstGobernadorcillo, Capitan Juan Goopio, through a representative election participated in by the Cabezas de Barangay of the six original barangays, namely:Hagnaya, Punta, Tambongon, Victoria, Kanghagas and Ma�o.
AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY
Aside from corn, fresh catch fish, sugarcane, banana, rootcrops and vegetables San Remigio also has the other source of income.
San Remigio is one of the major supplier of MANGO (indian, pajo and commercial”in the picture”) in the Province of Cebu or maybe in the country.
Basket weaving industry is one of product of this municipality. Like A & R Hapao Basket Supplier known for their unique design and durability. They are best San Remigio handicraft product have been known locally and starting penetrating world market. Factory and Showroom: Looc San Remigio, Cebu, 6011 Philippines. Tel. No. (6332)435-5597
Municipality of San Remigio has its own nursery for breeding swine, cow and goat for livestock auction or for community project like CBRMP. Visit Municipal Agriculture Office for more details or call tel no. 435-9308 & 435-9028 and look for Mr. Roberto Villaganas.
TOURISM IN SAN REMIGIO
At the Northern part of Cebu is a town filled heart warming people and vast area of swimming ground. San Remegio is ready for you with white beaches and palm resorts, coral gardens and tropical fishes.
Home to 44,028 peace-loving people, the municipality of San Remigio in the island of Cebu is famous for its unspoiled beaches, gentle people and peaceful environs.
History books traced the beginnings of San Remigio’s modern historical account way back in the latter part of the 17th century. In those days, San Remigio was then known as “Kanghagas”
The entire province is ringed with beautiful beaches and enticing islets. Find yourself in San Remigio, where you will catch a glimpse of the longest coastline in the entire province of Cebu, and experience the unparalleled hospitality of the Cebuano.
Tourism Map of San Remegio, Cebu, Philippines
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