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INTRODUCTION TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF ARGAO

(from: http://www.sali-argao.gov.ph)


If Cebu is the Queen City of the South, Argao would definitely rank as a Princess Royal. The town of Argao is extremely proud yet also very humble. It is one of the oldest and most interesting towns in the entire country. It is a town trying hard to catch up with the modern times but at the same time trying to retain most of its old flavor. It is home to people proud of their heritage. It is rich in natural resources and famous home-grown products. Above all, its most important wealth is its people.

Many prominent people come from Argao or have Argawanon roots. It is the birthplace of many Cebuano priests, and is proud to say that it has produced the most number of priests in the province of Cebu. It has also produced several representatives to congress and provincial board members, and even the province's first recognized Governor, Julio A. Llorente, was half Argawanon by virtue of his mother, Martina Aballe y Perez. Another former governor, Arsenio Climaco, married Juanita Cabrera Osmeña, whose mother was an Argawanon. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., 1979 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Jennifer M. Cortes, comedian and impersonator Jon Santos, actress Maila Gumila, and international model Amanda Griffin, are all of Argawanon descent.

The municipality of Argao rests in the southern portion of the province of Cebu. Since its founding in 1608, Argao has grown from a sleepy fishing and farming town to a tourist destination today with many promises.

As modernization and fast-paced developments happen to more and more municipalities in the province of Cebu, in particular, and throughout the rest of the country, in general, Argao strives to catch up with the strings of changes happening around the Philippine islands, proving to the rest of the country what it is worth, but also very mindful of its rich socio-cultural and environmental heritage, making certain that whatever change happens the identity of Argao for which it is known is still preserved, thus ensuring that the future generations can still view Argao in all its historic splendor.

Argao has always been described as one of the most interesting places in the province and in the past it was known for its public stone buildings roofed with tiles and for its ovens used for the baking of bricks and tiles, which served as one of the basic means of livelihood for the inhabitants. Many of these Argao-made bricks and tiles found their way to Cebu City where they were used in the houses of the elite.

Argao remains one of the few towns in the country that still has traces of Spanish and early-American influences. This is evident not only from its old church, but also from its venerable houses made of tisa, which is said to have been imported straight from Spain. These include eighteenth century houses and buildings to age-old socio-economic activities and livelihoods that started during the Spanish era, or even farther than that. A walk in the poblacion proper would undoubtedly allow anyone a glimpse of what has been. Aside from its historicity, Argao is also blessed with an abundance of nature’s attractions, from beaches with pristine water and white sand, deep and intricate caving systems where only a portion has been explored by cave experts, to majestic and lush-green forests seated at the top of Argao’s famed Mt. Lantoy, where also an abundance of rare wildlife reside.

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