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Carcar City Cebu Philippines
Your Destination Travel Guide to Carcar City Cebu Philippine
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The City of Carcar is 40.5 kilometers southeast of Cebu City. Its boundaries are the Municipality of San Francisco in the north, the Municipality of Sibonga in the south, the Bohol Strait in the east and the municipalities of Aloginsan and Barili in the west. Carcar City has a population of 100,632 people. The Heritage City of Cebu, Carcar is home to various Spanish to American period structures. Carcar is administratively subdivided into 15 barangays namely Bolinawan, Buenavista, Calidngan, Can-asujan, Guadalupe, Liburon, Napo, Ocana, Perrelos, Poblacion I, Poblacion II, Poblacion III, Tuyom, Valencia and Valladolid.

Balay na Tisa in Carcar City Cebu

Balay na Tisa in Carcar City

Carcar's interesting history dates back to the pre-Spanish colonial period. the town originated from a seaside settlement called Sialo. The settlement was at the mouth of the Minag-a River and the natives early contact with the Chinese traders who frequent the place to barter goods in exchange for farm produce.

When the Spaniards came in the middle of the 16th century, Sialo became the town of Valladolid, named after a town in Spain. The town's progress made it a target of raids of moro marauders, driving villagers to the uplands. Soon, a new settlement was established in a site, which came to be known as Kabkad, from the word Kabkaban, a species of hardy fern that was aboundant in the place. Later on, a Spanish priest changed the name to Carcar, after a small town in the province of Navarro in Northern Spain.


Carcar is known as "Little Marikina in the South" because of the bustling shoe-making industry in barangays Poblacion 3, Liburon, Valladolid and Perrelos. Carcar is known for native delicacies such as sweetened rice crispies called ampao, the sweet bocarillo made of young coconut meat and the famous Carcar-made chicharon.

The Carcar plaza alone hosts several Heritage structures, the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria dominates the area. Within the complex various structures stand. Walking towards Sta. Catalina street one will surely be astonished with the quaint houses and their distinctive architectural details. Must see destinations in Carcar include St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, the Theotokos Shrine in Perrelos, the Mainit-Mabugnaw National Park in Guadalupe and the old residential houses of the Noel and Leocadio-Justine Barcenilla families.

Getting there to Carcar City in Cebu Province

Mini-busses, aircon and non-aircon buses as well as vehicles-for-hire or VHire that leave for Carcar every hour are available at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Upon reaching the town, tricycles, trisikads and motorcycles called habal-habal take tourists and locals around the town.

Click here for the Historical Background of Cebu Philippines

See also the Flight Schedules of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines from Cebu to Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and Davao and vice versa.


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