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Alburquerque is a in the province of, Philippines. According to the, it has a population of. The town is colloquially known as "Albur".Formerly Alburquerque had one of the longest and heaviest pythons in captivity, with a length of 23ft, weighing 280kg and with a girth of 34in. This female python died in 2013, but the mounted creature is still exhibited.Etymology The town was formerly called "Sagunto", but according to the research of Jess Tirol of Bohol, it was called "Segunto". Local folklore holds that Alburquerque was named in honour of Afonso de Albuquerque, the famous Portuguese seafarer and conqueror of Malacca, Sumatra. The name Alburquerque, which comes from either albus querqus ("white oak" in Latin) or ("country of cork oaks" in Arabic), is very widespread in all of the Americas and the Philippines. Since then, Segunto was changed to Alburquerque and its inhabitants are called Alburanons (Alburquerqueños in Spanish).HistoryDuring the Spanish era, the way to travel around Bohol was by sea. Many coastal areas with a sheltered cove or harbor became progressive settlements. Among them was a place called "Lo-oc", Baclayon, Bohol. It was a sheltered cove good for berthing seacraft. It was also the breeding place of the "Bulinaw". Since Lo-oc was relatively far from the poblacion, the people had difficulty in attending Holy Mass on Sundays. Accordingly, they had the idea of constructing their own chapel and having a priest from Baclayon come to serve the people. Lady Mariona Irag, a prominent lady in the community took the mantle of leadership. In 1842, she requested the parish priest of Baclayon, Fr. Pedro de la Encarnacion, to supervise the construction of the chapel, a school, and a convent to be built by the people. The construction of these structures gave way to the establishment of Lo-oc as a barrio under the civil and religious jurisdiction of Baclayon and it was renamed Segunto after a town in Cataluña, Spain.
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