Dalaguete is located is 84 kilometers (52 miles) southeast of Cebu. It can be reach by bus for around 4 hours from Cebu City. Dalaguete is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 67,497 people. Dalaguete is bordered to the north by the town of Argao, to the west are the towns of Badian and Alegria, to the east is the Cebu Strait, and to the south is the town of Alcoy.
The Origin of the name of “Dalaguete”
The origin of the name Dalaguete is from a “Dalakit” Tree. In old times, before the Spaniards came, these trees had been used by people as major landmarks. These is the location where people gather for to sell and trade products. For several generations in pre-Hispanic Dalaguete, the area has always been unofficially called as “dalakit”. Its accessibility and its reputation as a communal area for community gathering have prompted the Spanish authorities to construct the church and eventually establish the area as part of an encomienda.
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