About Catigbian


Map of Bohol with Catigbian highlighted

Coordinates:  9°50′N 124°02′ECoordinates:  9°50′N 124°02′E

Catigbian, officially the Municipality of Catigbian (Cebuano: Munisipyo sa Catigbian; Tagalog: Bayan ng Catigbian), is a 4th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 23,805 people.

Catigbian was formerly known as San Jacinto, and officially changed to its current name in 1954. Catigbian is named after a certain group of seed-bearing plants named “Katigbi” (Coix lacryma-jobi), which grow abundantly.

The town was founded in 1829 as one of the villages where rebels were resettled after the Dagohoy Rebellion had been suppressed. In 1903, when the province was reorganized, it was annexed to Balilihan but was made an independent municipality once more on 17 June 1949. At that time there were only 15 barrios within the territorial limits compared to the 22 barangays it has now.

Located 34 kilometres (21 mi) north of Tagbilaran, Catigbian is an interior town north of Balilihan, south of Sagbayan and Tubigon, east of San Isidro and west of Batuan.

Catigbian is politically subdivided into 22 barangays. Each barangay consists of puroks and some have sitios.

PSGCBarangayPopulation±% p.a.
071213011Causwagan Norte7.4%1,7631,812−0.27%
071213015Libertad Sur1.4%326364−1.10%
071213017Mahayag Norte2.3%551577−0.46%
071213018Mahayag Sur1.2%277277Steady0.00%
071213027Poblacion Weste7.4%1,7541,7420.07%
071213026Triple Union4.8%1,1491,1480.01%

Population census of Catigbian

Year    Pop.               ±% p.a.

1903  1,580             —   

1960  13,438          +3.83%

1970  13,782          +0.25%

1975  15,570          +2.48%

1980  15,620          +0.06%

1990  17,362          +1.06%

1995  17,596          +0.25%

2000  21,461          +4.35%

2007  23,333          +1.16%

2010  22,686          −1.02%

2015  22,675          −0.01%

2020  23,805          +0.96%

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority


  • Catigbian Public Market
  • Livestock Auction Center – the biggest in the province of Bohol
  • Abattoir
  • Catigbian Waterworks System
  • One Town One Product (OTOP) Display Center


  • 8,950 ha (22,100 acres) alienable & disposable land
    • 43.85% devoted to crops
    • 56.15% pasture land, grassland, idle land
  • 2,351 ha (5,809 acres) forestal land
    • Livestock raising (alternative)



  • 3 Pumping Stations for 12 barangays – 500 m3 (130 thousand US gallons) /day
  • 2 more barangays with own pumping station


  • Catigbian Training Center
  • Municipal Court Hall
  • Municipal Conference Hall
  • Public Market
  • Tennis Court
  • Basketball Court/Multi-Purpose Court (sports and other activities)
  • Catigbian District Hospital
  • Municipal Health Center

Feast Days & Patron Saints

Catigbian comprises two parishes:

  • Immaculate Conception Parish (church located in Poblacion West), which celebrates its Feast Day on 8 December in honor of the Immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary
  • Santo Niño Parish (church located in Baang), which celebrates its feast day on the third Saturday of January in honor of the Holy Child Jesus


Catigbian is home to caves, hanging bridges, handicrafts, livestock market and for its nature resort. Among its attractions are

  • Betn’Choy Farms and Resort
  • Rizal Hanging Bridge
  • Cantalina Cave
  • Haguilanan Cave
  • Candumayao Cave
  • Bongbong Cave
  • Dagook Falls

The Katigbawan Festival

What distinguishes Catigbian from other towns is its annual festival, the Katigbawan, which is a week-long festival in June consisting of various activities like carabao-racing, hog-catching, agrofair, motorcross and a search for Miss Katigbawan.

This four-day event has several activities lined up starting with the opening of the festival with a parade after a holy mass. It is followed by a comparza and a talent contest of Miss Katigbawan candidates during the day. Judging of the display of agrofair, bloodletting and motorcross takes place on the second day. On the third day is the Carabao Parade with carabao-racing and hog-catching at central elementary school and the search for Catigbian’s prettiest – the Miss Katigbawan Beauty Pageant – in the evening. On the fourth day is the street dancing, then a fireworks display to cap the festival.


Literacy Rate: 87.9%

1 Tertiary School

  • Bohol Northwestern Colleges

7 Secondary and high schools

19 Public Elementary Schools

3 Primary Schools

22 Day Care Centers