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MUNICIPALITY OF SAN FRANCIS CO-2010 Population- -47,357==San Francisco is 38 nautical miles of Cebu city in Central Philippines. It is a small piece of paradise. A general small island in northeast of mainland, Cebu. This third class municipality sprawls 12414’04’’ to 124 30'37 and 10 32'48 latitude . The municipality is bounded on the north, south, and west by the shark infested Camotes Sea and on the east by Ponson Island (municipality of Pilar). The municipality composed of 15 barangays namely: Barangay Campo, Cabunga-an, Consuelo, Esperanza, Himensulan, Southern Poblacion, Northern Poblacion, Western Poblacion, Sonog, Union, Montealegre, Santiago, Unidos , San-Isidro and Sta. Cruz. The municipality is being created in the year 1928 .
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The town started as a barrio called SUANGAN and once a part of the town of Poro.  A letter in Spanish dated February 23, 1852 by the Cabezas de Barangay and the Principales, to then Alcalde ( Mayor) Ramon Limos Y Mansa of Cebu, petitioned for its separation from the Cabezera of Poro.  In the Errection de los Pueblos de Cebu, a letter dated March 29, 1852  granted the official approval to the request of the Leaders in SUANGAN for the establishment of the town apart from Poro, that made known that the town was named after Francisco de Asis.The Jesuits of Mandaue  who  had then established a mission in Suangan, and who were then devotees to San Jose possibly explains why both the City of Mandaue and the Municipality of San Francisco have San Jose as their Patron.  The Patron’s feast falls every 19thday of March. 

This small town is blessed with beautiful spots and sites.  White sand beaches along the  western and northern coasts; caves for those who are adventurous, wherein, the most popular is the Timobo Cave for a refreshing and rejuvenating swim.  There are eleven identified amazing dive sites; our underwater paradise - so much attracting and inviting for exploration.  We also have Lake Danao which is not only a tourist attraction but it is also a source of livelihood for the people, for its abundance of tilapia fish and kuhol shells for food, and the rare soli-soli grass to be made into mats, bags, and varieties of souvenir items for sale.  Take a tour around the lake.


Saint Joseph Church
St. Joseph Church became a parish in 1863 and is independent from the town of Poro. It is located at Pacijan Island in the town of San Francisco (formerly known as Suangan). This church is dedicated to the Fatherhood of St. Joseph.
In 1886, the parish had a modest church of wood and “tabique” (spanish word which meanspartition) built on a meter high foundation of rubble, “nipa” (filipino word which means palm) roof and a wooden floor. The convent was similarly constructed. Because the colonial church had many developments and repairs, the current St. Joseph Church now looks like a modern daychurch. The only thing that remains in history is the name and the birth of Christianization in the town.

SOLI-SOLI FESTIVAL -  Every March 18, in San Francisco, Camotes Island, the Soli-soli Festival is celebrated with the town’s patron, St. Joseph the Worker. The festival is named after the soli-soli plant which flourishes around Lake Danao, basically used for weaving mats, hats, baskets and other handicrafts. Costumes and props in freestyle street dancing competition are made of soli-soli grasses as its main material. Though Sinulog-inspired, the street dancing and rituals are based on storylines on the arrival of St. Joseph’s image in San Francisco, the town’s Christianization and the legend of Lake Danao. There are three basic movements in dancing the festivity: 1) “iwagayway” or mimicking the graceful sway of the soli-soli weed, 2) stomping movement that bears a resemblance to harvesting of the weeds, 3) stylized weaving action that reminds everyone of the
livelihood that soli-soli has given the locals.

Lake Danao is located 20 to 30 minutes away from Santiago Bay, the prime beach resort ofCamotes. It can be accessed going to the west part of Pacijan Island near Union and Campo. A big signage on the corner is visible enough for one to know that it is the road going to Lake Danao. It can be accessed by tourists in two different locations, Lake Danao Park and Green Lake Park.

Lake Danao

Lake Danao is a five-kilometer long, guitar-shaped lake in the northern part of the island. It has at least two parks on its shore - Lake Danao Park and the privately owned Green Lake Park.
Santiago - White Beach is fronting Santiago Bay located at the south-western part of the island and has a long strip of beach which directly fronts the town of Santiago. The beach there is public and is owned by the local government unit. It is one of the few beaches which is public and does not charge to stay on the beach. Due to the public ownership, the beach is a favorite hang-out place for the locals as well as foreign visitors. The main resort there, which is at the western end of the beach, is the Santiago Bay Garden & Beach Resort. There are a couple of other resorts along with a few restaurants and vendors operating on the beach near the resorts.
Mangodlong Rock Resort is a popular resort on Camotes Island having its own private cove and a small rocky outcrop that has few cottage huts to relax in. The resort offers snorkelling, kayaking as well as having its own dive centre. The pool is tiny and is more for cooling off from the tropical heat than for swimming. Day use of the resort is available and you can rent out snorkels.  The Coco Groove rooms are located outside the main resort a few minute walk just past Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort. Mangodlong Rock Resort is the sister Hotel of Santiago Bay Garden only 10 minutes away. 
Bakhaw Beach, located in Bakhaw, Esperanza, San Francisco, it has a sugary beach and a crystal-clear waters that is very safe for children
Mangodlong Beach, the most visited beaches in the whole Camotes, is a white-sand beach located in the fisherman's village of Mangodlong, Himensulan, San Francisco. Across the beach is a coral islet separated by the blue sea.

Timubo Cave, one of the 8 natural caves in Camotes Island. It was known as the natural drinking water of the people of Sonog. Timubo Cave is a small underground cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. It has also an underground pool. The cave was once used by Filipinos during World War II to hide from the Japanese. There were a number of locals taking a dip in the cold and clear waters, sadly, with all the "No Food and No Drinks" signage in the cave, they didn't seem to bother.

Within Pacijan Island, Camotes is Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort – a modest 18-room resort that offers both relaxation and recreation at a balance. The Paradise features Asian and modern themed rooms, the islands’ first and only infinity pool, a calming bamboo restaurant, a breathtaking view of the sunset at the bar, and recreational activities for the active youngsters. This intimate resort is perfect for those looking for an escape from all the hustle and bustle of the city.
Mangodlong is located in Himensulan, Pacijan Island, Camotes in the Philippines. It has a 2-hectare land area with coconut shaded garden close to the beachfront. A strange-shaped swimming pools attached to each other for both adults and children gives another option for visitors to swim. Near the beach are tropical huts built on a coral islet. One hut on wonderful rock formation now serves as concept of the logo design.


Lake Danao is located in the northern part of Pacijan Island, one of Camotes Islands’ smaller islands in Cebu Province.

It takes around two hours to reach Camotes by boat, ferry, and other watercrafts.

The lake has a shape of a guitar whose park is the entry point in accessing Danao Lake - one of the popular tourist attractions on the island.

The Park is north of Mangodlong and Santiago Bay, which is about 30 minutes to the towns of Campo and Union.

The Local Government of San Francisco (Camotes) takes charge in maintaining, preserving, and developing the whole area as eco-tourism as well as educational facility.

Lake Danao is also popularly labeled as the Lover’s Lake. For some obvious reasons, it is serene and has romantic appeal for couples or lovers to be at.

You’ll be mesmerized by the tranquility of the place, which is harmonized by the singing birds on the trees and the gentle blowing breeze.
The park is best not only for couples but also as a picnic area for families and friends.

Lake Danao has diverse flora and fauna that lives and survives within and around the lake. The most noticeable plants surrounding the lake are the coconut trees and some hardwood species planted by the locals living by the lakeside.

There are diverse plants found around the lake – cultivated and natural. Some of the cultivated plants include corns, yams, sweet potato (that is the literal name for “camote” from which the island got its name), and some vegetables.

Locals also develop their traditional way of curing (minor) ailments by using indigenous medicinal plants.

In the lake’s fresh water a number of fish species can be found, such as tilapia, etc.

The lake is also home to some wild ducks, purple herons, and some migratory birds.


For lovers and couples, it is the most romantic way of being together and sharing intimate time in this serene lake. You can rent a small boat and just paddle around the lake’s shores.

It is some sort of a motor-powered boat that can accommodate more than 10 people for a ride around the lake. This boat has sits and tables for visitors to use in case they want to enjoy some food and drinks while touring the lake and enjoying the scene.

During the one-hour cruise on that boat, you’ll have the chance to step on an islet in the middle of the lake where you can take photos with the lake’s wonderful view.

2010 Population:


Cabunga-an---------- 1,764
Campo---------------- 2,517
Consuelo------------- 4,827
Himensulan---------- 2,169
Northern Poblacion-- 3,779
San Isidro------------ 3,668
Santa Cruz----------- 4,717
Santiago------------- 2,132
Sonog---------------- 3,366
Southern Poblacion--3,453
Unidos ----------------1,035
Western Poblacion---2,292