Guindulman is situated on the eastern part of Bohol, 84.6 kilometers from Tagbilaran, the capital and lone city of Bohol province. It is bounded by the towns of Candijay, Anda and Duero. It is a coastal town which is considered a 4th class municipality with a population of 32,355 people according to the 2007 census and is under the 3rd Congressional District.
The town has a land area of 11,770 hectares and politically subdivided into 19 barangays, namely: Basdio, Bato, Bayong, Biabas, Bulawan, Cabantian, Canhaway, Cansiwang, Casbu, Catungawan Sur, Catungawan Norte, Guinacot, Guio-ang, Lombog, Mayuga, Sawang (Poblacion), Tabajan (Poblacion), Tabunok, and Trinidad.
The Municipal Hall of the town of Guindulman is located along the coast and at its side is the public market. A new public market is now being built on the old public market site, a priority project of Mayor Ma. Fe Añana-Piezas. With an estimated cost of P70-million, the market is envisioned to be a high rise building.
The new public market project will be funded by government lending agencies who have expressed willingness for a soft, low interest loan for the municipality. Likewise, the Office of President Arroyo, the provincial government under the able governance of Gov. Erico Aumentado, and the third district congressman Adam Jala pledged to give financial support to the project.
Behind the Municipal Hall and the Public Market is a long stretch of black sandy beach fringed with tall coconut palm trees. The beach with its crystal blue waters is a favorite haunt of the locals and visitors. In fact my family went to swim there, not only once or twice, but so many times. I enjoyed collecting colored round pebbles on the beach and used them to decorate my potted plants at home.
There are other beaches along the coast of Guindulman town especially in the area leading to Anda. Some of these beaches have white sand with intermittent rugged cliffs. Due to the onslaught of battering waves on these cliffs, some were carved out and these overhanging cliffs give shelter to bathers during hot sunny days. Caves can also be found on the sides of the cliffs of Guindulman.
In front of the public market yet across the National Road is the St. Mary’s Academy which offers complete secondary education. The school is run by the Augustinian Recollect Sisters. Behind the school premises is the Guindulman Church of Our Lady of Consolation, or Nuestra Señora de Consolacion, with a wide plaza in front. The present priest’s quarters with the rectory are located at the back of the church.
The church “Birhen Sa Kalipay”, as the local dialect calls the “Our Lady of Consolation” celebrates its feast day on September 8. The celebration of nine (9) consecutive Novena Masses is held with a Pontifical Mass on the feast day itself. Other activities are observed to make the fiesta a lively and memorable one.
Guindulman is home to the Basdio Marine Sanctuary which occupies 18.4 hectares of Guindulman’s fishing ground. The sanctuary was established to answer the need to preserve the aquatic resources in Basdio which has dwindled due to destructive fishing practices involving the use of dynamite and fine-mesh nets.
It is also home to the Eskaya tribe, the indigenous tribe of Bohol. The tribe settled at barangay Biabas way back in the early 20th century led by Mariano Datahan. Descendants of the original inhabitants of Biabas have spread in the hinterlands of the towns of Duero, Pilar and Sierra Bullones.
Guindulman is geared towards further improvement with plans of constructing a fish port and a bay walk. These plans with the concerted effort of the locals to make their beaches clean, especially the beach behind the municipal hall, will make the town a new tourist Mecca.