The municipality of Argao rests in the southern portion of the province of Cebu. Since its founding as a town in 1608, Argao has grown from a sleepy fishing and farming town to a tourist destination today with many promises. As modernization and fast-paced developments happen to more and more municipalities in the province of Cebu, Argao strives to catch up with the strings of changes happening around the Philippine islands, proving to the rest of the country what it is worth, but also very mindful of its rich socio-cultural and environmental heritage, making certain that whatever change happens the identity of Argao for which it is known is still preserved, thus ensuring that the future generations can still view Argao in all its historic splendor.
Argao has always been described as one of the most interesting places in the province and in the past it was known for its public stone buildings roofed with tiles. Argao remains one of the few towns in the country that still has traces of Spanish and early-American influences.
This is evident not only from its old church, but also from its venerable houses made of this, which is said to have been imported straight from Spain. These include eighteenth-century houses and buildings to age-old socio-economic activities and livelihoods that started during the Spanish era, or even farther than that.
A walk in the Poblacion proper would undoubtedly allow anyone a glimpse of what has been. Aside from its historicity, Argao is also blessed with an abundance of nature’s attractions, from beaches with pristine water and white sand, deep and intricate caving systems where only a portion has been explored by cave experts, to majestic and lush-green forests seated at the top of Argao’s famed Mt. Lantoy, where also an abundance of rare wildlife reside.
The Argao Tourism Commission has identified destinations, heritage monuments and buildings, livelihoods activities, and natural splendors that will cater to any group of tourists or visitors. Even people who simply want to relax and get away from the city can surely benefit from what Argao has to offer. Romantic, historic, and so much more, Argao is one town in the province of Cebu, that both local and foreign tourists should not fail to visit.
GEOGRAPHY OF ARGAO
The municipality of Argao is located at the southeastern portion of the province of Cebu, approximately 68 kilometers from the City of Cebu. Argao is exactly between Cebu City and the southern tip of the island. It is approximately 26 Km from Carcar, from Alcoy, and from Lo-on which is across the Bohol Strait. The rectangle that is Argao (approximately 20 X 40 Km) is bounded, clockwise, in the west by Badian, Alcantara, Ronda, and Dumanjug; in the north by Sibonga; in the east by the Bohol Strait; and in the south by Dalaguete.
Aside from the Poblacion proper are 44 barangays which are, clockwise, Tulic, Bogo, Talaga, and Casay; then Balisong, Cambantug, Bala-as, and Linut-od; then Butong, Cansuje, and Tulang; then Anajao, Apo, Mompeller, Lengigon, Colawin, Gutlang, Langub, and Sumaguan; then Guiwanon, Taloot, Bulasa, Binlod, and Langtad. Inner barrios are Alambijud, Uba-ub, Capio-an, Mandilikit, Mabasa, Jampang, then Usmad, Catang, Panadtaran, Jomgao, Talaytay, Canbanua, and Lamacan; and finally the southern group of Calagasan, Conalum, Tabayag, Lapay, Tiguib, and Bug-ot.
Going to Argao is easy and relatively convenient now since the national road has undergone vast improvements recently, ensuring a safe and faster travel to the southern portion of Cebu. Traveling time to Argao takes approximately an hour and a half to two hours, depending on the traffic situation. Around the town, one can ride motorcycles (tricycles and habal-habal), trisikads, and jeepneys.