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IJsselstein, Monday, 14 February 2011 (updated: Sunday, 3 June 2018)

The municipality of Balilihan is located in the interior part of Bohol. It is said to have been so called because of the grass (balili) which grew in abundance in the locality. Balilihan means "a place where plenty of grass grows." It is said to have been organized as a municipality in the 1828. It used to be a part of Baclayon and was sparsely settled. The seat of government was in the then sitio of Bay-sa-Iring but was later transferred to the present site because of the scarcity of water in that area.

In 1902, there was a move to fuse this town with Antequera but was vigorously opposed by the people. The following year, the municipality of Catigbian was annexed to Balilihan under Act No. 370 of the Philippine Commission. In 1879, it had a population of 5,998.


Balilihan celebrate its town fiesta on the 16th of July in honor of Virgin of Carmel.

Balilihan Fire Station: +63 38 506 5007

The Balilihan Spanish belfry on Our lady of mount Carmel hill after the earthquake
What to see in Balilihan:
Kawasan Falls, Camugao Falls and Kulang Kulang Falls both located in barangay San Isidro.
Kawasan Waterfall
Kawasan Waterfall
Balilihan Spanish Belfry
Balilihan Spanish Belfry
Kawasan Waterfall
Kawasan Waterfall
How to get there:
You can take a bus from Dao Integrated Terminal bound for Sagbayan via Catigbian. Ask the driver to drop you off the center of Balilihan. From there you can take a habal habal to the waterfalls. There are jeepneys and multicabs going to Balilihan.

Balilihan at a glance
Population (2015): 17903
Population (2010): 17147
Population (2000): 16837
Number of households (2000): 3101
Land area: 15022 ha
Number of barangays: 31
Distance from Tagbilaran: 22 km

BarangayPopulation (2000)Households (2000)Population (2010)Population (2015)
Baucan Norte647126688666
Baucan Sur815140852799
Boyog Norte27849212227
Boyog Proper21743199281
Boyog Sur33264329348
Datag Norte541105540604
Datag Sur39583414498
Del Carmen Este (Pob.)625110672669
Del Carmen Norte (Pob.)727134720746
Del Carmen Sur (Pob.)51295600615
Del Carmen Weste (Pob.)773155865827
Del Rosario25652260230
Haguilanan Grande782136836686
Hanopol Este32566337345
Hanopol Norte33261349384
Hanopol Weste27851272245
San Isidro51597458455
San Roque593109519546
Santo Niņo46891494532

(Based on figures from the census of 2000, 2010, and 2015 from PSA)

Jeroen Hellingman and Rodelyn Gallo Hellingman

What readers think...

Rex wrote:
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:26:15 PHT
I would like to ask if the town needs warehouses, space for lease or apartments for rent? A good feedback on what the town needs would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Juerg Wanner wrote:
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:59:34 PHT
I stayed in Balilihan last summer 2012 during the great Balilihan Fiesta and enjoyed my time in this nice city with it's warm and cordial people a lot. Today i've heard about the strong earthquake which hit Bohol and the whole region. I strongly hope that the people of Balilihan are ok in general and that nobody was seriously injured or killed. My thoughts and prayers are currently with the inhabitants of Balilihan. Best regards from Switzerland
Raymond Sicat wrote:
Friday, 16 March 2012 13:31:36 PHT
I would like to go to Kawasan falls on april 7,2012. Pls tell me how to go there by commuting or taking a bus ride. thank you.

The barangay road towards Kawasan falls is a little south of of Balilihan poblacion, and indicated by a large sign. You could ask a bus to drop you off there, but then it is still a few kilometers walk. Alternatively, you can book up with the Abatan river tour, which ends at the Kawasan falls.--Jeroen.

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