The municipality of Candijay is located at the eastern side of Bohol about 92.2 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, a two-hour ride away. Considered a 4th class municipality, the town occupies an area of 8,687 hectares with a population of 31, 183 people according to the 2007 census.
The town faces Cogtong Bay which has the most diverse mangrove ecosystem in Bohol. The Bay is home to 32 of the Philippines’ 47 species of mangroves and associates. Yet due to illegal fishing and mismanagement of the mangroves, the mangroves and marine life in the area dwindled. To rectify the damage done, the municipal government is now into a coastal resource management program: the planting of mangroves and the control and eventual abolition of illegal fishing.
Candijay is subdivided into 21 barangays, to wit: Abihilan, Anoling, Boyo-an, Cadapdapan, Cambane, Can-olin, Canawa, Cogtong, La Union, Luan, Lunsoda-an, Mahangin, Pagahat, Panadtaran, Panas, Poblacion, San Isidro, Tambongan, Tawid, Tugas and Tubod (Tres Rosas).
The name of the town is said to have come from the words “Kang Dihay” meaning belonging to Dihay, a strong man with many followers. The name was eventually changed to Candijay and was organized during the Spanish regime and was then one of the 34 towns in the province in 1879 with a population of 5,030.
The municipality of Candijay was established in 1879 and so was its establishment as a parish. The people were eventually converted to the Roman Catholic religion by the Spaniards. Slowly and through the years, the people adopted themselves to the Catholic faith where most of their activities revolved around their church. The parochial church of Candijay is advocated to Saint Joseph and celebrates with much fanfare its feast day every 19th of May.
Candijay is home to the CVSCAFT School of Fisheries offering college courses related to modern fishing methods and fish preservation. It also has educational facilities for elementary and secondary levels in almost all barangays of the municipality.
Candijay has a vast array of natural resources. Some have been tapped for tourism pursuits yet others still remain unheard of to those outside the municipality. One is the Can-umantad Falls which is not even listed in the Bohol list of attractions and the more accessible Canawa Spring, in barangay Canawa.
Another is the Tunigongan Rice Terraces and the Candijay Mangrove Forests in Panadtaran. The community-based Panadtaran Mangrove Association (PAMAS), which seeks to preserve Panadtaran’s mangroves and other natural resources in the area and promote them for eco-tourism pursuits, has now established the Candijay Mangrove Adventure Tour.
Candijay also boast of a man-made lake, verdant and lush vegetation up Paradise Hill, the tallest peak found in the barangay of Panadtaran. Rice fields carpet the lowland areas interspersed with coconut and banana groves and an emerald-colored river that winds its way thru a thick mangrove forest and nipa palm grove.
And what of the Cogtong Bay and the palm fringed beaches that line it! The mesmerizing blue sea and its backdrop of green and undulating hills plus its remote and tropical setting is more than enough to satisfy the cravings of a soul in search of peace and relaxation. For the active soul, they can go swimming, snorkeling, boating, scuba diving and more!
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