Samboan is second town in the west from Santander, the southernmost town of Cebu. It is about 7-8 hour drive from Cebu City and is around hundred fifty kilometers away. Samboan a quite rural place where people are already home at 6pm. Samboan is home of several waterfalls within Cebu, check out our blog chasing waterfalls. Aside from waterfalls, Samboan is a town of a heritage and history.
The Origin of the name “Samboan”
Town officials said that the name Samboan as coming from “sinamboang,” a method of fishing used by local fishers. The story goes that during the early Spanish period years, the Spaniards who were the first to reach the town asked a fisherman for the name of the place. The fisherman, who didn’t understand a word of Spanish, thought they wanted to know what he was doing and so he answered “sinamboang.”
For simplicity and brevity, the name was shortened to Samboang which later on became Samboan.