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Tagbilaran City

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Things to do: sightseeing, religious sites, museums
Tagbilaran is a in the island province of, Philippines, serving as its capital. Its income classification has an annual income of 240-320 million. According to the, it has a population of.Tagbilaran lies in the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 32.7km2, with a coastline of 13km. The city shares its boundaries with the towns of Cortes, Corella, and Baclayon. It is 630km southeast of the national capital of Manila and 72km south of the regional capital, Cebu City.It is the principal gateway to Bohol and is known as the "City of Friendship". Tagbilaran is considered by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia as one of the eight Philippine Dream Cities. It was also recognized as one of the 20 "Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines" and "Pinoy Cities on the Rise" in 2005 and 2007, and first in the Quality of Life Category for the same two years, awarded by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center.HistoryA hundred years before Spaniards arrived in the Philippines, the settlement which eventually became Tagbilaran was already involved in trading with China and Malaya. This early settlement had contact with the Spaniards in 1565, when the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and the native chieftain Datu Sikatuna pledged peace and cooperation through the famous blood compact.(San Jose de) Tagbilaran was established as a town on February 9, 1742, by General Don Francisco Antonio Calderon de la Barca, Governor of the Visayas, who separated it from the town of Baclayon. The town was dedicated to St. Joseph the Worker. Since then it was part of the province of Bohol until it became a chartered city on July 1, 1966, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4660.
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