The town proper of Moalboal, Cebu is situated in a wide cove the beauty and loveliness of which can, in a small measure resemble Manila Bay. Looming across the town proper is Pescador Island, which location wise typifies Corregidor Island; to the cove’s right stands Tongo Point, which by location may be the counterpart of Bataan Peninsula; to the cove’s left is Badian Point which may well be the Cavite Harbor. Indeed, Moalboal Bay is Manila Bay as to its location aspect. It’s beautiful sunset with its grandeur and magnificence is an attraction to many people.How Moalboal got its name has puzzled not a few people. Many and varied are the conjectures on how and why it has been so named. However, only three possibilities have come into focus.
Legend states that a Spaniard was walking around the place and met a townfolk near the bubbling underground spring situated along the coast of the town. The Spaniard asked the folk in Spanish as to the name of the place. The folk unable to perceive the Spanish language answered “bokal-bokal” for he discerned that the Spaniard was asking about the bubbling spring. Bokal-bokal was a tongue twister to the Spaniard hence MOALBOAL.
Others claim that Moalboal is so named after the itinerant peddlers from Bohol who peddled their wares from barrio to barrio in Moalboal.
A great majority believe that Moalboal was founded by settlers coming from Bohol Island. In this connection, it has been said that one Laurente Sabanal of Bohol who was captured by the Spaniards for killing a “guardia civil” escaped from his captors, took a small boat to Southern Cebu. He landed in a place with wide fertile plains and a sea that teemed with fish. He settled here and lived a Robinson Crusoe existence. Sometime later, he returned to his hometown in Bohol and invited his relatives and friends to emigrate to his newly-found place. Year after year, more Boholanos came to Moalboal. Not long afterwards, the town of Moalboal came into being.
Today, many people in Moalboal still speak the dialect with the Boholano accent and intonation. The leading citizens in the town are the Babieras, the Cabarons, the Gadors, the Redobles, the Sabanals and other.
There is a legend that said Laurente Sabanal who was popularly known as “Laguno” became the first ruler of the town. It was also said that he possessed extraordinary powers because he was gifted with the “oracion” which granted him supernatural powers. It was bruited about that he would use this power to scare the Moro raiders who rode on their fast vintas. Laguno would cause to be floated on Moalboal Bay coconut husks, barks of trees and other objects, which upon his ministration through his “oracion” would appear to the incoming pillaging invaders as their armed enemies. As a consequence, no raids were made.
When Laguno died, he was buried in the sandy shore where he made his defense against any invaders. On his grave was placed a marker, a log, a symbol of the utmost respect of his people and a symbol for his exemplary life. Today, this log which is almost buried in the sand, can still be seen, is a reminder of Laguno’s heroism and bravery. A street along the shore where he was buried was named after During the Spanish time in view of the fact that the church was united with the state, the creation of a parish was under the joint and concurrent authority of the Bishop and the Governor of the Province. Regulating this authority was the Real Order of July 31, 1874 applicable to the Philippines since June 2, 1886, which was later amended by the Royal Decree of July 10, 1894. Because of this setup, parishes in Cebu were established by virtue of the local religious authorities. This was very true of the establishment of the town of Moalboal as a parish.
Sometime in the year 1851, the Spanish Governor passed a Decree approving the petition which was the erection of Moalboal as a parish. By the following year, Jan. 20, 1852, the corresponding decree from the Bishop was received. And on Feb. 6, 1852, San Juan Nepomuceno Parish, Moalboal, Cebu was officially established.
A logical connotation can be stated that Moalboal as a town was erected also when the Moalboal Parish was erected on Feb. 6, 1852. The first recorded event that happened in the town was a baptism done by Fr. Agustin Melgar on Mar. 16, 1852.
Despite its proximity to Cebu city, Moalboal has retained a unique charm and relaxed atmosphere that has endeared to local and foreign tourists especially those who love nature, resorts, dive spots and orchid farms abound the area, making Moalboal the ideal getaway from the busy city life.
Moalboal is a peninsular where you can find a lot of beautiful coral shorelines. Kasai Village Resort is one of the biggest resorts in the area that offers beautiful and relaxing ocean scenery.