Sikatuna Bohol Travel Guide

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Located 16.6 kilometers away from Bohol’s lone component city, Tagbilaran City, is the town of Sikatuna. With a population of 6, 335 according to the 2007 census, the town is considered a fourth class municipality. Sikatuna is an interior town bounded by the town of Balilihan in the north, Alburquerque in the south, Corella in the west and by the towns of Sevilla and Loboc on the eastern part. It is under the first Congressional District.

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Reaching the town from the city may only take 30 minutes approximately. It is also about 6.5 kilometers from the town of Corella.

With a land area of 2,675 hectares, the town is politically subdivided into 10 barangays, namely: Abucay Norte, Abucay Sur, Badiang, Bahaybahay, Cambuac Norte, Cambuac Sur, Canagong, Libjo, Poblacion I, and Poblacion II.

The town of Sikatuna was made into a separate municipality by the decree of the Executive Order No. 88 on the fifth day of December 1917. This was issued by Governor General Francis Burton Harrison. Sikatuna was once part of the town of Baclayon and also became a part of Albur before it was made into a new town.

History claim that the town was named after Datu Sikatuna, the famous Boholano Chief who made a blood compact with the leader of the Spaniards, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, in 1565. However, residents of the town claim that the once known reason of the name’s existence is not true.

During World War II, the town was made used as an evacuation center by the people of its neighboring towns. When the Japanese learned of this, they put up a garrison in the municipal building. The guerillas did not attack the garrison in order not to expose the civilians to the danger of revenge.

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