Ubay History

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The town of Ubay is considered a first class municipality in the province of Bohol. It is about 124 kilometers northeast from the lone and capital city of the province, Tagbilaran City. With its total land area of approximately 292.05 hectares, it is considered as the largest municipality of Bohol.

Ubay is situated south of Camotes Sea, north of the towns of Alicia and Mabini, east of the towns of Trinidad and San Miguel, and west of the Bohol Sea. Located northwest of the town is the municipality of Bien Unido, and located northeast is the municipality of Carlos Garcia.

Not long before the Spaniards rule, the town was a part of the municipality of Talibon. The town was then officially proclaimed by the Spanish government as a separate town on January 15, 1876.

Ubay has its own stories. One of them is how the town got its name. Legend says that “Ubay” means “ubay-ubay” or “alongside”. The term used to be the byword of inhabitants or traders who used to travel along the shorelines of the town to avoid the strong current of the famous Cunigao Channel. The trail followed by native folks in going to the center of trade was located alongside the sandy beach. Later on, the term was adopted as the original name of the community.

The town celebrates its town fiesta every 29th day of January in commemoration and honor of their patron saint, Senior Santo Niño. Ubayanons, now residing elsewhere in the country and abroad, often come home during fiesta to celebrate the affair with their loved ones and share the joy of reviving the beautiful old, old story on the origin of the place.

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