Valencia, Bohol

Valencia welcome arch
Valencia welcome arch
Official seal of Valencia
Map of Bohol with Valencia highlighted
Map of Bohol with Valencia highlighted
Valencia is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 9°37′N 124°12′E / 9°37′N 124°12′E / 9.62; 124.2
RegionCentral Visayas (Region VII)
District3rd District of Bohol
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorMaria Katrina Lim (LP)
 • Vice mayorCalixto Garcia
 • Town Council
 • RepresentativeArthur Yap
 • Total116.67 km2 (45.05 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total27,126
 • Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4]15,245
Time zonePST (UTC+8)
ZIP code6306
IDD:area code+63 (0)38
Income class4th class

Valencia is a 4th municipal income class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 27,126.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 15,245 registered voters.[4] It is on the southern coast of Bohol, 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Tagbilaran.

There are elementary schools in the poblacion and in the barrios. For their secondary education, students go to Valencia High School, a public school.

Valencia is the birthplace of former Executive Secretary Juan Pajo.


Its former name used to be Panangatan, which comes from the root word sang-at, meaning "to put up on an elevated place". This referred to the practice of fishermen from Dimiao and Lila who would put up (sang-at) their boats on the banks of the Panangatan River when taking shelter during the southwest monsoons. Here nipa palms grew along the river, preventing the boats from being washed away by the waves.

Panangatan remained part of Dimiao until 1867. That year a Spanish priest was assigned to the place and it became a separate municipality. The priest gave it a new name, naming after his birthplace in Spain. In 1879 Valencia had a population of 7,009.

Other Languages
Bikol Central: Valencia, Bohol
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Valencia, Bohol
français: Valencia (Bohol)
Bahasa Indonesia: Valencia, Bohol
Kapampangan: Valencia, Bohol
Nederlands: Valencia (Bohol)
Pangasinan: Valencia, Bohol