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      Is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 41,279 people.
Municipalty Of Carmen


Carmen is administratively subdivided into 21 barangays.

  • Baring
  • Bliss
  • Cantipay
  • Cantumog
  • Cantucong
  • Caurasan
  • Corte
  • Dawis Norte
  • Dawis Sur
  • Cogon East
  • Hagnaya
  • Ipil
  • Lanipga
  • Liboron
  • Lower Natimao-an
  • Luyang
  • Poblacion
  • Puente
  • Sac-on
  • Triumfo
  • Upper Natimao-an
  • Cogon West


RegionCentral Visayas(Region VII)


Population41,279(2007 census)

Brief History The Name "Carmen" - After the coming of the Spaniards, baptism was held as one of the steps taken to christianize all the natives of Bugho. During the first baptismal ceremony, only one woman was baptized. She happened to be wearing a necklace bearing the name "Birhen sa Carmen". A Spaniard who served as a recorder to take down important notes asked her for the name of the village before the ceremony took place. She thought the whiteman was referring to her necklace because he was looking at it. She answered, "Birhen sa Carmen". Not long after that, the town was named CARMEN by the Spaniards.

Carmen: The secrets out
Carmen is proud of its many caves. While I had no sweat getting into Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol a couple of years ago because its passage was made easy, Carmenís Titip Cave literally made my knees shake and left minor bruises on my arms. Getting into the cave required body strength, flexibility and courage. When the cave guide asked all of us to turn off our flashlights, there was total darkness. I held my breath in fear and thrill. When we turned on our lights again, I was fascinated to see the crystal clear water of a subterranean pool and the caveís stalactites and stalagmites that speak of its age and grandeur. From my adventurous climb at the cave, we drove to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima nestled at the peak of natural rock in Corte (one of Carmenís barangays) where a panoramic view of Lapu-lapu City awaits. It was a serene, chilly place to be. Pine trees are everywhere. Carmen gets as cold as 15OC during its coolest months of November and December. Before the sun set in, we ended our trip at St. Benedictís Monastery, a place of worship in the mountain, some six kilometers from Carmen municipal building to behold the grand finale of our day -- bat watching. Around one million wrinkled-lip and fruit bats (locally known as kabyaw) inhabiting the Kabyawan Cave come out in batches daily and paint the twilight sky with black dots. They showed up and looked like crushed Oreos spreading in the sky. So breathtaking, that watchers would want to freeze them and have them stay, but they fly away to neighboring islands like Bohol and Negros and donít return to their home cave until before sun up the following day. A less than two-hour drive from Cebu City, Carmen (formerly called Bugho before the Spaniards came) is a third class municipality with close to 40,000 settlers in a land area of some 8,210 hectares. The townís local government has strong advocacies protecting the environment. Among its treasures are the Mangrove Pocket Forest, Villamor Tree Farm, turtle habitat at Cantumog River, a monkey sanctuary with an estimated 200 monkeys at Magtakup Cliffs, and Batong Diyut Fish Sanctuary, a 20-hectare marine protected area with sunken Japanese warships and colorful marine life.


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