Ubay Bohol Travel Guide
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.
The town’s total land area is subdivided into 44 barangays, to wit: Achila, Bay-ang, Biabas, Benliw, Bongbong, Bood, Buenavista, Bulilis, Cagting, Calanggaman, California, Camali-an, Camambugan, Casate, Cuya, Fatima, Gabi, Governor Boyles, Guintabo-an, Hambabauran, Humayhumay, Ilihan, Imelda, Juagdan, Katarungan, Los Angeles, Lomangog, Pag-asa, Pangpang, Poblacion, San Francisco, San Isidro, San Pascual, San Vicente, Sentinila, Sinandigan, Tapal, Tapon, Tintinan, Tipolo, Tubog, Tuboran, Union, Villa Teresita.
Basing on the 2007 census, the town has a total population of 81,000 people.
The town of Ubay is about 2.5 to 3 hour drive from the capital city of the province. One can find lots of buses and jeeps that travel to almost every other municipalities in Bohol in the Ubay People’s Terminal.
Transportation within the town consists of tricycles, multicabs, jeepneys, buses and vans-for-hire. Multicabs and jeepneys ply the longer routes while vans are usually used for out-of-town travel.
Ubay town has two seaports. One is located at the town center and it serves boats plying the Cebu-Bohol route, northwards to the town of Carlos P. Garcia, and eastwards to town ports in Leyte. The other seaport is located in Barangay Union which serves boats going to Leyte Island and vice versa.
There are two radio stations operating in the town. One is the Hot FM 102.3 MHz (FM Band) and the other is DYZD 1422 kHz (AM Band).
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.
Places of InterestUbay Stock Farm
This stock farm located in barangay Lomangog of Ubay town is one of the largest government stock farms in the country with an area of approximately 4,500 hectares. It is where one can find imported breeds of cattle. Ubay Stock Farm serve as a research facility for cattle, carabao, goat, sheep and even ostrich breeding.
Bohol Experimental Station
This is the Integrated Agricultural Research Center of Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas. It is a PhilRice's national lead agency for the planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all rice research and development activities in the Philippines. It is strategically located in barangay Gabi.
Capayas Dam is considered as one of the largest dams in the province of Bohol. It is located just along the national highway in barangay Bay-ang of Ubay. The dam is the major source of water supply in the town for home use and irrigation.
The first of its kind in the Visayan region was recently launched to boost the agriculture and tourism industries in the area. It is a 100-hectare land situated along the national highway in Lomangog, Ubay. Ubay Agri-Park, which helps promote agri-tourism or "farm tourism," is also a showcase of Bohol’s advancement in farm technology. Guests or visitors can interact with the park’s personnel on various aspects of farm technology, and they leave the park much richer in agricultural knowledge or production.
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